PMRC Webinar Series - 2021

A new webinar series from the Practice Management Resource Center will feature free or low-cost presentations on tech competence, practice management, and risk management.

Business Continuity for Law Offices in the Face of Coronavirus

A free on-demand webinar for Michigan lawyers

This all-inclusive webinar will teach you the steps you need to take to develop your remote practice, from setup to running at full throttle. Mobility and efficient remote access were important even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a situation like this they can be the difference between the life or death of your practice.

Attorney and legal technologist Barron Henley shares, among other things, what you need to know to:

  • Build a reliable electronic filing system, including the hardware, software, and necessary protocols for functioning with less paper and remotely accessing your files
  • Understand how VoIP works and the many mobile communication options available to you
  • Set up remote access for billing and accounting, and matter management
  • Draft documents using templates, document assembly, and speech recognition
  • Get documents remotely signed and notarized
  • Understand cloud concepts including software-as-a-service and hosted servers
  • Secure and protect your client data
  • Build out your home workspace

The full webinar runs about two hours. The State Bar of Michigan has made it available on-demand, so you can watch it on your own time.

You can download the materials referenced in the webinar here.


  • What Constitutes A Business Disaster?—1:55
  • Causes—4:19
  • Practice From Anywhere—6:03
  • Remote Working Checklist—13:34
  • What Will The New Normal Look Like?—17:39
  • Electronic Filing System—25:45
    • Step 1: Bullet-Proof Backup & Security—32:20
    • Step 2: The Hardware—37:29
    • Step 3: Searchable PDFs—50:59
    • Step 4: Search Program or Document Management System—59:02
    • Step 5: If No DMS—1:04:28
    • Step 6: Digitize Everything—1:08:05
    • Step 7: Email Stored Outside Email Program—1:11:23
    • Step 8: Collaborative Tools—1:16:03
    • Step 9: Write it Down & Get Trained—1:16:55
  • Accessing Files Remotely—1:19:48
  • Hardware Considerations—1:23:10
  • Mobile Communications—1:37:33
  • Getting Documents Signed—1:44:37
  • Security & Protecting Client Data—1:46:17
  • Cloud Systems—1:53:47
  • Drafting Documents—1:57:22
  • Home Workspace—2:00:26

If you have a question about something in the webinar, email Barron Henley.


Barron K. Henley, Esq. is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm focused on automating and streamlining law firms and legal departments. He earned his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management, a member of Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Technology and the Courts, and a member of both the ABA Law Practice Management and the Real Property Trust and Estate Law ("RPTE") Sections. He's a former member of RPTE Futures Task Force, a former Board Member for the ABA TECHSHOW, and the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Mr. Henley heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments. Barron is also an expert in launching new law firms, overhauling existing firms, and documenting and re-engineering law firm processes. Finally, Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.

Barron K. Henley, Esq.

Barron K. Henley, Esq.
Affinity Consulting

Visit the PMRC Learning page to view past webinar recordings.