The State Bar of Michigan:
General Practice—Solo & Small Firm Section
Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section
Business Law Section
Practice Management Resource Center
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September 18–20, 2013
Lansing Center, Lansing
Inspiring CLE, Great Networking at Your Annual Meeting
Revitalize your practice and reconnect with friends and colleagues at this year's Annual Meeting. It's all here in one location—section council meetings, SBM networking events, an enhanced vendor hall, and the most exciting Solo & Small Firm Institute yet!
Whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or giving your current firm an overhaul, the Institute has exactly what you need. Stay current on hot topics in technology, marketing, and practice management with simultaneous break-out sessions taught by national experts. Plus, brush up on the latest legal developments in your practice areas from top Michigan attorneys. Improve yourself and reinvigorate your passion for practice.
Thursday—Grab a box lunch from the exhibit hall and then join your fellow SSFI attendees for a guided walking tour of our state's majestic Capitol building.
Friday—Share your knowledge and get questions answered at a roundtable lunch, compliments of the Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section. Please pre-register.
- Administrative & Regulatory Law
- Agricultural Law
- American Indian Law
- Appellate Practice
- Consumer Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law
- Insurance & Indemnity Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Labor & Employment Law
- Negligence Law
- Real Property Law
- Young Lawyers
- Animal Law
- Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation
- Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports
- Aviation Law
- Children's Law
- Criminal Law
- General Practice—Solo and Small Firm
- Latin American Bar Activities
- Law Practice Management and Legal Administrators
- Law Student
- Master Lawyers
- Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Carolyn Elefant, MyShingle.com
Carolyn Elefant is a practicing lawyer in Washington, DC who blogs, writes, consults, and speaks about going and growing solo in the 21st century. Her blog, MyShingle.com, launched in 2002, is the longest-running blog on solo and small firm practice and has been included in the ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. Ms. Elefant is also author of Solo by Choice: How to be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be the most up-to-date book on starting a law practice, and coauthor of Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier. She was named a 2010 ABA Legal Rebel.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group
Barron K. Henley is an attorney, a "legal technologist" since 1990, and a founding member of Affinity Consulting Group, a firm that handles all aspects of law practice automation. He heads Affinity's HotDocs document assembly and software training departments and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs document assembly, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Mr. Henley is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and a former chair of the OSBA Law Office Automation and Technology Committee. He speaks throughout the U.S. for the ABA; numerous state and local bar associations; CLE organizations in Indiana, Michigan, and Virginia; the Law Society of British Columbia; the Seattle University School of Law; the National Association of College and University Attorneys; and many others.
Roy S. Ginsburg, Roy S. Ginsburg JD
Roy S. Ginsburg is a lawyer coach who works with attorneys across the nation to help them achieve individualized practice goals and career satisfaction. He helps lawyers sell their practices, either acting behind the scenes as a strategic advisor or as a broker by actively selling the practice on the retiring attorney's behalf. Mr. Ginsburg has practiced for more than 30 years, in law firms large to small and as in-house counsel. As a currently active solo with a part-time practice in legal marketing ethics (with Thomson Reuters as a client), he is completely familiar with the challenges working lawyers face each and every day of their professional lives. He is a skilled, popular, and accredited CLE speaker who regularly presents programs nationwide on business development, client services, and career management to bar associations as well as law firm audiences.
Janet K. Welch, State Bar of Michigan
Janet K. Welch is executive director of the State Bar of Michigan. She has had an extensive career in state government, beginning in the Michigan Legislature where she served as a legislative analyst in the House and as the first director of the Senate's nonpartisan legislative analysis office. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Welch was a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Griffin. She stayed at the Court for over a decade in a variety of positions, culminating in a position as Supreme Court counsel.
Scholarships made possible by the generous support of the State Bar of Michigan, ICLE, the Business Law Section, and the Real Property Law Section. Scholarships cover the registration fee for the Solo & Small Firm Institute and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference will be given to those who did not receive a scholarship to last year's program. Don't wait—apply today.
To apply, send a statement of need and indicate attendance (Thursday only, Friday only, or both days) to:
Attn: Stephanie Fisher
1020 Greene St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1444