Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: Momentum: Running Your Practice in Today’s High-Tech World

March 16, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:55 p.m.
6.25 MCLE hours, including 6.25 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Co-sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

Bloomington
Holiday Inn & Suites
3202 E. Empire Street
(map and directions)


ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series
Momentum: Running Your Practice in Today's High-Tech World

Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
Program Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
Flash Drives Sponsored by Clio



Get the technology tips you need to run your practice efficiently and economically in today’s high-tech world with this full-day seminar. Topics include:

  • Billing/collection issues
  • Communicating with difficult clients
  • Cybersecurity issues
  • PDF/E-filing tips and best practices
  • Mindfullness
  • Risk Management issues

 

 

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda

8:00 a.m.  Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  PDF Tips for E-Filing*
Bryan M. Sims
, Sims Law Firm Ltd, Naperville

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Illinois E-Filing Nuts and Bolts*
Maria N. Berger
, Berger Law Firm, LLC, Byron

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Refreshments provided)
Sponsored by Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Cybersecurity*
Ari J. Scharg
, Edelson P.C., Chicago

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Dealing with Difficult Clients*
Don’t miss this in-depth look at the types of mental health issues your clients may have and how you can effectively relate to them in order to provide the best services possible. Recommendations, best practices, and ethical considerations are included throughout the discussion.
Maureen P. Tamillow, River Forest

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  How to Own Your Practice & Not Have It Own You*
Mark C. Metzger
, Law Office of Mark C Metzger, Naperville

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Special Guests (No MCLE credit)

  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.       Lunch Served (Provided)
  • 12:45 – 12:50 p.m.     Illinois Bar Foundation  
  • 12:50 – 1:00 p.m.       ISBA Mutual

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Refreshments provided)
Visit with exhibitors during the break and complete the Exhibitor Game Card for your chance to win an iPad2.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Featured Speaker: Billing and Collections*
Kerry M. Lavelle
, Lavelle Law Ltd, Schaumburg

2:15 – 2:35 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Refreshments provided)
Sponsored by Life’s Plan, Inc.
Complimentary beer and wine will be served.

2:35 - 3:35 p.m.  Best Practices Rapid Fire Table Clinics*
Capture some of the best ideas to incorporate into your practice during this lightning-round session. Speakers on a variety of topics are assigned to tables where they share their top practice tips and answer your specific questions on those topics. Select three of the topics below and switch tables every 20 minutes to get the most out of this fast-paced fun segment! Topics include:

  • Risk Management Topic
    Andrew Murray, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chicago
  • Topic TBD
    Kerry M. Lavelle, Lavelle Law Ltd, Schaumburg
  • Topic TBD
    Maureen Tamillow, Psychologist
  • Coping with the Stresses of the Profession
    Mark C. Metzger, Law Office of Mark C Metzger, Naperville
  • Technology Topic
    Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd, Naperville
  • E-Filing Tips
    Maria N. Berger, Berger Law Firm, LLC, Byron
  • Law Practice Managment topic
    Jennifer Ramovs, Affinity Consulting, Ohio
    Jeffrey Krause, Affinity Consulting, Ohio

3:35 – 3:55 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Prizes Awarded at End of Break)
Don’t miss this final break with the exhibitors! Complimentary beer and wine will be served. Be sure to turn in your completed Exhibitor Game Card to conference registration by 4:00 to be entered into the prize drawings. 

3:55 – 4:55 p.m.  The Best Of: Table Clinic Tips*
The program concludes with our table clinic speakers gathering together to answer the most frequently asked questions and to summarize the top tips on their topic. Don’t miss this supercharged summary of the best ideas from throughout the day!
Maria N. Berger, Berger Law Firm, LLC, Byron
Jeffrey Krause, Affinity Consulting, Ohio
Kerry M. Lavelle, Lavelle Law Ltd, Schaumburg
Mark C. Metzger, Law Office of Mark C Metzger, Naperville
Jennifer Ramovs, Affinity Consulting, Ohio
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd, Naperville

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval