2016 Solo & Small Firm Conference
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8/11/2016 to 8/13/2016
When: 8/11/2016 - 8/13/2016
Where: Ameristar Casino Hotel
2200 River Rd.
Council Bluffs, Iowa  51501
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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Taking place at the alluring Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs, 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 and your practice!

Please click the “Register” button above to register online.

4:00 - 6:00 - Welcoming Reception and Registration (Sponsored by Mercer)

7:00 – 8:00 – Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 – Tweets, Bleats, Blogs and Chats: Ethics in the Cloud
– Speaker: Dustin Cole, Attorneys Master Class

9:00 – 10:00 – Breakouts

  • Practice Management Software: A New Outlook – Speakers: Adriana Linares, Clio and Scott Baird, Tabs3
  • Employment Law in 60 Minutes: The Basics Every Employer and Attorney Should Know – Speaker: Catherine Cano, Jackson Lewis
  • Not Your Father's Yellow Pages Ad Anymore...Social Media and Marketing – Speaker: Matthew Gardner, Gardner Law Firm
10:00 – 10:15 – Break (Sponsored by Clio)

10:15 – 11:15 – Breakouts
  • Cyber Liability and Protecting Confidential Client Information – Speaker: Todd Scott, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
  • Unbundling the Sticks – Real Estate Transactions – Speaker: Deborah Petersen, Petersen Law
  • The When, How, Why – and Why Not – of Advertising and Public Relations – Speaker: Dustin Cole, Attorneys Master Class
11:15 – 11:30 – Luncheon (provided with registration and sponsored by P&L Technology)
11:30 – 12:30 – Small Firms, Big Markets
– Speaker: Mary Vandenack, Vandenack Williams LLC
12:30 – 12:45 – Break
12:45 – 2:45 –
The Model Rules and a Practice That Works Like a Business – Speaker: Robert Clements, Benchmark Business Group
2:45 – 3:00 – Break

3:00 – 4:00 – Breakouts
  • Succession Planning/Buying or Selling a Practice – Speaker: Joseph Feller, Koopman Kennedy & Feller
  • Estate Planning: Breaking Down the Basics – Speaker: Laura Essay, Dvorak & Donovan Law Group
  • Encryption is Not a Four-Letter Word - Speaker: John McHughs, Citrix
4:00 – 5:00 – “Beer and Bull” Small Group Sessions: Discussions on Productivity/Time Management Tips, Marketing and Staffing (beverages and snacks provided)

7:30 – 8:30 – Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 – Breakouts
  • Alternative Fees: Making Them Profitable – Speaker: Mary Vandenack, Vandenack Williams
  • Family Law 101: Best Practices and Pitfalls – Speaker: Brandie Fowler, Higgins Law
  • Introduction to NebDocs/IowaDocs – Speakers: Joel Carney, Larson, Kuper, Wenninghoff & Carney and Brian Hegg, The Iowa State Bar Association
9:30 – 9:45 – Break

9:45 – 10:45 – Breakouts
  • Staffing, HR and Recruiting for Small Markets – Speakers: Katie Samples Dean, Sonntag Goodwin & Leef, P.C. and Phil Garland, Philip L. Garland Law Firm
  • Representing Business Clients – Speaker: David S. Houghton, Houghton, Bradford & Whitted
  • Introduction to the Nebraska Child Support Calculator – Speaker: Adam Astley, Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley
10:45 – 11:45 – Breakouts
  • Mobility in Representation: Taking Technology from the Desk to the Bench – Speaker: Rick Sheehy, P&L Technology, Lincoln
  • Juvenile Law Basics: Interviewing and Counseling the Youth Client – Speaker: Christine Henningsen, University of Nebraska Center on Children & Families
  • Introduction to Casemaker – Speaker: Jim Corbett, Casemaker
  • Introduction to Fastcase – Speaker: Ebube Okoli, Fastcase Representative

Mercer Insurance - Thursday Night Reception
Clio - Friday Break Sponsor
P&L Technology - Friday Lunch Sponsor

Midwest Special Needs Trust
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
Structured Financial Associates


Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after August 8 will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee amount.

Nebraska State Bar or Iowa State Bar Dues-Paying Members - $350
Paralegal/Non-lawyer Office Staff - $135
Non-Nebraska State Bar or Iowa State Bar Dues-Paying Members - $550

CLE CREDIT (approved)
11 state hours which includes 2 ethics hours (Iowa)
9 state hours which includes 2 ethics hours (Nebraska)

Attendees will receive an electronic copy version of the materials. A hard copy of the materials can be purchased for $30 when registering.

The Iowa State Bar Association and Nebraska State Bar Association have set aside a block of sleeping rooms for guests. Sleeping rooms are not included with your registration. Discounted room rates have been negotiated at $94 (+ taxes and fees) per night for both August 11 and August 12. Attendees can make room reservations at the $94 rate prior to August 8, by visiting www.ameristar.com and entering promo code ISBH16 or by calling 877-462-7827 and mentioning the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference.

Sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Association and The Iowa State Bar Association