Hanging Out Your Own Shingle

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

This add-on option to the Bridging the Gap program will provide practical "need to know" information about starting a solo practice.
Registration Fees
• Registration … $75

The fee includes electronic course materials, seminar attendance and coffee/refreshment breaks.

On-Site Registrants will be provided the link to download electronic course materials at the time of registration.

Important Note: This program is Paper-Free! Electronic program materials are accessible via a link where attendees can download/save OR download/print the seminar materials. The link will be sent to the email address of record you provided to the LSBA, prior to the seminar. We suggest you print the materials in advance and bring them with you. If you choose to review the materials from your electronic device we strongly suggest you charge the laptop battery, as electrical outlets may be limited. Internet access will not be available in the meeting room.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than May 3. Cancellations will receive a full refund. Absolutely no refunds will be made after May 3.

CLE CREDITS: This program has been approved for a maximum of 4 hours of CLE credits, including 4 hours of law practice managment credit.
For more information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Bridget Berins
(504) 619-0102            (504) 619-0137 

SHAWN L. HOLAHAN is the Practice Management Counsel and Legislative Committee Liaison for the LSBA, and administrates the LSBA’s fee dispute arbitration program.  Prior to her position at the bar, she was a partner with a medium sized law firm in New Orleans (labor and employment matters primarily) and had completed two federal clerkships in the USDC. (E.D. La.). She has served ABA LP Division’s Publishing Board and its TECHSHOW Planning Board and is currently a member of the it’s State and Local Outreach Committee. She also served as the Chair of the Practice Management Advisors of North America.

7:30-8:00 a.m.

8:00-9:15 a.m. - (1.25 credits)
The Law Office Business Plan – The Basics
Hanging out your shingle and don’t know where to start?  The first step is your business plan.  This session will discuss the importance of developing a basic business plan for your own law office.  We will also discuss the basics of developing such a plan that can guide your practice from the start, leave positive impressions on financial institutions and other possible future relationships with colleagues, and adapt as your practice grows and changes. 

9:15-10:00 a.m. - (.75 credits)
The Actual Law Office – Where is Your Office? What’s in it? What are you calling it? What are your Office Processes? How are your Files Organized?  Are You Creating the Impression Do You Want to Create?
Many office options exist from the traditional brick and mortar office, rent-a-desk workspaces, shared workspaces and even virtual offices.  We will discuss the pros and cons of each.  We will also discuss the equipment  and technology basics for the starting law office and cost-effective alternatives to hiring staff for administrative tasks.  Efficient offices depend on good processes from client intake to file organization and calendaring.  This session will explore them and discuss pros and cons.

10:00-10:15 a.m.

10:15-10:45 a.m. - (.5 credits)
If You Build it, Will They Come?  Attracting the Right Clients for Your Practice
We will discuss the development of a client base that is good for your type of practice.  We will also discuss the clients that you should avoid or think twice about.  We will also discuss maintaining a positive online presence and defeating negative online items.

10:45-11:30 a.m. - (.75 credits)
Client Communication and Client Relations – Nail This for Happy Clients and a Productive Practice
Essential to effective client communication is managing client expectations from the beginning to the end of your representation.  We will discuss best practices on client intake, client communication throughout the representation and at the end. 

11:30-11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - (.5 credits)
Time and Billing – The Life Blood of Your Firm
We will discuss the art of billing (and the art of the timing of billing) and the development of the billing vocabulary. 

12:15-12:30 p.m. - (.25 credits)
Practice Resources – LSBA and Other Online Resources

Those who plan and teach LSBA seminar are volunteers. Their generous contributions of time, talent and energy make this and every LSBA seminar a success. We deeply appreciate their work.

The LSBA continues to encourage all its members to participate in the preparation and presentation of LSBA CLE programs.

* Please contact the LSBA CLE Dept. if you have a disability which may require special accommodations at this program. The LSBA is committed to enduring full accessibility for all registrants. *
Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600