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Solo and Small Firm Section | E-News

E-Newsletter | Winter 2012

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Section News

Solo and Small Firm Section Call for Nominations
The Solo and Small Firm Section Council is currently accepting nominations for one vacant Council seat with a term ending June 30, 2014.

Persons interested in serving on the Council may nominate themselves or accept nomination by another member of the Section.  Nominations should include:

1) Nominee’s name;
2) Nominee’s firm/organization;
3) Nominee’s email address and phone number;
4) Nominee’s bio or link to bio; and
5) Nominator’s name and contact information if different from nominee.

Please submit all nominations on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012, via email to Elyse Farnsworth at  


2011-12 Section CLEs and Events

Program Title Date Event Code CLE Credit Number of Attendees
Happy Hour Social August 8, 2011 N/A No CLE Credits 100

An Afternoon with Ed Poll: How to Manage Client Expectations & Coach's Corner (Case Studies for Solo and Small Firms)

August 25, 2011 158505 3.0 Law Office Management Credits 30
REVENUE: Make It, Book It, Bill It, Collect It September 22, 2011 159155 1.0 Standard and 0.5 Ethics CLE Credits 36
Building Your Brand Without Breaking Your Bank October 27, 2011 160687 1.5 Law Office Management Credits 36
Autumn Networking Social (co-sponsored with the Practice Management & Marketing Section) November 2, 2011 N/A No CLE Credits 46
Going Solo and Small Boot Camp December 6, 2011

Morning Session:161907

Afternoon Session:161908

Morning Session: 3.0 Law Office Management Credits

Afternoon Session: 2.5 Law Office Management Credits and 1.0 Ethics Credits



Upcoming Section CLEs and Events

Register today for the Section's next lunch-hour CLE program entitled, "Real Estate Basics: Making Murky Matters Mundane." This program will take place at the MSBA Offices from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012. Remote participation is available upon request. The program is being co-sponsored by the MSBA Real Property Section.

Watch for more information soon about the Section's litigation seminar series featuring programs about effective motion practice, evidence and appeals. The Solo and Small Firm Section sponsors 4-6 CLE programs and 1-2 social events each year September - June. Visit the Section's webpage frequently for updated event information.


Articles of Interest

REVENUE: Make It, Book It, Bill It and Collect It
Debra McLain | McLain Law Firm LLC

REVENUE. All lawyers need to make it, book it, bill it, and collect it. During the September 22, 2011 Section Meeting, this topic was presented to attendees by Chad A. Snyder and Adam P. Gislason from Snyder Gislason Frasier, LLC, Todd Scott from Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, and Debra McLain from McLain Law Firm. Susan Dickel Minsberg of Susan Minsberg Law Office moderated. An overview of the important points made during the presentation is identified in this article for Section Members who were unable to attend in September. Read more...


Taking the Uncomfortable Out of Estate Planning 
Anna M. Lima | Lima Law Office, PLLC

For many people, estate planning can seem like an uncomfortable and daunting process. Let’s be honest, most do not enjoy thinking, let alone talking, about death. For these reasons, it’s not surprising that many people postpone meeting with an attorney to establish an estate plan. However, once a client decides to meet with an attorney, we can help to make the process feel less daunting and uncomfortable, and more rewarding and efficient, as well as more comfortable if we try to remember the following when working with clients in estate planning. Read more...

Building Your Brand Without Breaking Your Bank – Revisited
Top 5 Basic Branding Tips

Adam Gislason | Snyder Gislason Frasier, LLC

As we discussed at the “Build Your Brand Without Breaking Your Bank” CLE
presented by the MSBA’s Solo and Small Firm Section this past October, while there is an overabundance of materials, articles and blog posts concerning how companies should go about building their brand, most of these materials are not particularly geared towards solo lawyers and small law firms operating on a shoestring rather than a corporate marketing budget. Read more...


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