2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference
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2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference

Presented by The Iowa State Bar Association's General Practice Section.

8/14/2014 to 8/16/2014
When: 8/14/2014
4:30 PM
Where: Honey Creek Resort
12633 Resort Drive
Moravia, Iowa  52571
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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Registration for this event is now closed.
Walk-ins are welcome ($50 walk-in fee).

Registration for the 2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference is now open. Taking place at the alluring Honey Creek Resort in Moravia, Iowa, this event offers solo and small firm practitioners the opportunity to attend a CLE geared directly to their type of practice. That's right! A whole conference dedicated to you.

Although the conference is targeted towards solo and small firm practitioners, this doesn't mean you can't bring the family along. The resort has plenty to offer guests (golfing, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, spa services, etc.) and the ISBA is also inviting attendees and their families to join in on a variety of receptions where relaxation will be the number one agenda item. The Solo & Small Firm Conference allows you to take a vacation and receive valuable information on how you might be able to improve your practice. Not too many seminars offer attendees this chance so take advantage of it.


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Welcoming BBQ Reception on the Patio (families welcome)


7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Breakfast (families welcome)
9:00 - 10:45 a.m.
The Practice vs. The Business - Your Freedom Lies in Understanding the Difference the Value of Strategic Planning - Making the Practice Work for YOU Instead of Vice Versa
Speaker: Robert Clements, E-myth Benchmark/Henderson Business Brokers
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Reaping the Financial Benefits-Selling or Transitioning a Practice (Business)
Speaker: Robert Clements, E-myth Benchmark/Henderson Business Brokers
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch (included in registration - families welcome)
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
ISBA Member Benefits and Bar Services for the Solo And Small Firm
Speaker: Harry Shipley, ISBA Assistant Executive Director
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Keeping Up - Using Laptops and Tablets at Hearings
Speaker: H. Edwin Detlie
Trial notebooks are widely used, but usually loose-leaf binders with tab dividers. Ed Detlie will discuss the use of notebook PCs and tablets as electronic trial notebooks, including software to make them much more useful than the loose-leaf binder, as well as using the same software for meetings, and other uses such as corporate minutes and municipal ordinances.
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Bringing it Home - Fee Agreements and Collections
Speakers: Mark R. Gray and Christopher Low
"Bringing it Home" will inform attendees on how to set billing rates, different types of billing practices, and how to get paid for attorney services.
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Rainmaking - Practice Development Using the Internet
Speaker: Jeremiah Terhark, Webspec Design, LLC
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Small Groups & Reception on the Patio

8:00 a.m.
Breakfast (families welcome)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
It's Why You Do, What You Do That's Important
Speaker: Nick Critelli, Critelli Law, P.C.
1:00 p.m.
Guided fishing and hiking tours plus boat rental available for attendees and their families
(ISBA is not responsible for costs associated with fishing or boat rentals. Hiking tour is free of charge.)
Guided fishing fee (includes half-day excursion, equipment and bait supplied, and cleaned fish): $300 for 1 or 2 people (additional $50 for a third of fourth person).


Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after August 13th will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee amount.

YLD Members - $225
ISBA General Practice Section Members - $235

Please use promo code general when registering to receive the $235 fee. This is for ISBA General Practice Section Members only. If wanting to join this section ($15 fee), please contact the ISBA's Membership Department at 515-697-7870 (must already be an ISBA Member).

ISBA Members - $250
Non-ISBA Members - $335

8.5 state hours which includes 2 ethics hours


Honey Creek Resort website
Standard room - $99 (+ tax)

Two bedroom cottage - $314 (+ tax)
Two bedroom cottage with bunk - $314 (+ tax)

Boat Rental
Spa Services
Other Outdoor Activities