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Solo And Small Firm


Gain the momentum you need to propel your practice to prosperity with this informative full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on October 27, 2017! Learn how to run your practice with maximum profitability, hire and fire employees in your firm, maintain a virtual practice, and refer clients. In addition, attendees will gain a better understanding of: practicing on a budget for a financially-sound practice; how to build your firm with the best employees possible; the pros and cons of practicing virtually; the risks and benefits of accepting referral fees; how technology and ethics intersect; and much more!

The program is presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 6.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.


The Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: Tech Tips & Tools to Transition to the Solo & Small Firm Setting will be held from 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. This program will be held at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark and will available via live webcast.

Find out more and register at www.isba.org/cle/2014/10/16/techtips


The Best Practices for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners – Fall 2014 will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Four Points Sheraton, 319 Fountains Parkway, in Fairview Heights.

Considered the premier event in Illinois dedicated to meeting the needs of solo and small firm lawyers, this full-day seminar offers attendees numerous educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall that showcases services and products to help solo and small firm lawyers expand their careers and improve the efficiency of their law practices.


The 2013 ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference will be held on Oct. 3-5 at the Westin Northwest Chicago in Itasca. Earn up to 16.5 hours of MCLE credit, including all 6 hours of required PMCLE credit.

Register by Sept. 6 at www.isba.org/soloconference to receive the Early Bird discount.


The 2013 ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference will be held on Oct. 3-5 at the Westin Northwest Chicago in Itasca. Earn up to 16.5 hours of MCLE credit, including all 6 hours of required PMCLE credit.

 

Register by Sept. 6 at www.isba.org/soloconference to receive the Early Bird discount.

Learn how to BUILD A BETTER, MORE PROFITABLE PRACTICE.

 
The 3 most productive days of your year won't be spent in court, won't be stressful, and won't involve arguing with opposing counsel. The 3 most productive days of your year will be spent learning practical information from our team of experts that you can put to work immediately to build a more profitable and productive practice.

The exhibitor hall in the atrium of the Westin Chicago Northwest.
The exhibitor hall in the atrium of the Westin Chicago Northwest.
The Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference is underway in Itasca. This event features the ISBA's first app, available for free download at Online registration is closed, but onsite registration is still available. Find out more about the conference at www.isba/soloconference.

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The Illinois State Bar Association's 8th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference returns to Chicagoland Sept. 13-15 at the Westin Northwest Chicago in Itasca. Online registration closes today (Sept. 7) - ISBA members register today to save $75 off the onsite fee. Earn up to 15 hours of MCLE credit, including all 6 hours of PMCLE credit.

Top 10 Reasons To Attend This Year’s Conference

  1. Networking with like-minded peers from across the state!
  2. Crowd favorite program Gizmos & Gadgets returns
  3. Basic and advanced Fastcase legal research training
  4. New location in Itasca, just northwest of Chicago
  5. Individual counseling on how to market your firm
  6. Mobile Device App to put Conference info you need at your fingertips
  7. Comedians-at-Law at Friday night social event
  8. Plenary speaker Todd Winegar's Trials of the Century Overview program
  9. New 4th track of programming – Practice Fundamentals
  10. 15 HRS MCLE/ 6 HRS PMCLE credit available

Learn more and register today at www.isba.org/soloconference


The Illinois State Bar Association's 8th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference returns to Chicagoland Sept. 13-15 at the Westin Northwest Chicago in Itasca. Register by Aug. 20 for the Early Bird discount -- a savings of $75. Earn up to 15 hours of MCLE credit, including all 6 hours of PMCLE credit.

Top 10 Reasons To Attend This Year’s Conference

  1. Networking with like-minded peers from across the state!
  2. Crowd favorite program Gizmos & Gadgets returns
  3. Basic and advanced Fastcase legal research training
  4. New location in Itasca, just northwest of Chicago
  5. Individual counseling on how to market your firm
  6. Mobile Device App to put Conference info you need at your fingertips
  7. Comedians-at-Law at Friday night social event
  8. Plenary speaker Todd Winegar's Trials of the Century Overview program
  9. New 4th track of programming – Practice Fundamentals
  10. 15 HRS MCLE/ 6 HRS PMCLE credit available

Learn more and register today at www.isba.org/soloconference


The Illinois State Bar Association's 8th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference returns to Chicagoland Sept. 13-15 at the Westin Northwest Chicago in Itasca. Register by Aug. 20 for the Early Bird discount -- a savings of $75. Earn up to 15 hours of MCLE credit, including all 6 hours of PMCLE credit.

Top 10 Reasons To Attend This Year’s Conference

  1. Networking with like-minded peers from across the state!
  2. Crowd favorite program Gizmos & Gadgets returns
  3. Basic and advanced Fastcase legal research training
  4. New location in Itasca, just northwest of Chicago
  5. Individual counseling on how to market your firm
  6. Mobile Device App to put Conference info you need at your fingertips
  7. Comedians-at-Law at Friday night social event
  8. Plenary speaker Todd Winegar's Trials of the Century Overview program
  9. New 4th track of programming – Practice Fundamentals
  10. 15 HRS MCLE/ 6 HRS PMCLE credit available

Learn more and register today at www.isba.org/soloconference

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride delivered the plenary speech to a packed house on Friday morning at the Illinois State Bar Association's Solo and Small Firm Conference in Springfield. The Chief Justice detailed his rise from legal aid lawyer to solo practioner to the Supreme Court.

Kilbride detailed his start as a young lawyer making $14,000 a year in 1981 at the Legal Aid clinic in Rock Island. He represented workers laid off during the early 80s recession from local factories.

Kilbride left the clinic to join a small law firm in 1987. He did insurance defense work and made partner, but became unhappy with the long hours and lack of control. He left and went out on his own in 1993.

He applied for associate judge three times, losing out each time. He finally won a much larger seat in 2000, joining the Illinois Supreme Court.

News and notes from Chief Justice Kilbride:

  1. He switched from a BlackBerry to an iPhone 4S (yesterday)
  2. Yellow page ads worked great for him (though he admits this was pre-2000)
  3. Make your clients happy; then ask them to refer their friends and family
  4. A law office in a prominent location may not be a good thing (some people want anonymity when seeing a lawyer)
  5. Some people correctly say he is "all screwed up" (he required 36 screws for injuries suffered in a biking accident)