2016 Solo and Small Firm Conference Materials
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2016 Solo and Small Firm Conference Materials


2016 Solo and Small Firm Conference
Thursday, August 11 to Saturday, August 13
Ameristar Casino Hotel
2200 River Rd.
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501

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

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to download the complete PDF of the materials. To download individua
l presentations, click on the topics listed below in the agenda.  (Materials have been updated on 8-11-2016)

If you have any questions, please contact ISBA CLE Director Christy Cronin at 515-697-7874 or cle@iowabar.org.


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


7:00 – 8:00 – Registration and Breakfast (Nebraska room)
8:00 – 9:00 – Tweets, Bleats, Blogs and Chats: Ethics in the Cloud (Nebraska room)
Speaker: Dustin Cole, Attorneys Master Class
9:00 – 10:00 – Breakouts
Practice Management Software: A New Outlook (Iowa room)
Speaker: Scott Baird, Tabs3, Adriana Linares, LawTech Partners
Employment Law in 60 Minutes: The Basics Every Employer and Attorney Should Know (Riverside room)
Speaker: Catherine Cano, Jackson Lewis
Not Your Father's Yellow Pages Ad Anymore...Social Media and Marketing (Des Moines)
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 (Materials added 8-11-2016) (Iowa room)
Speaker: Todd Scott, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
Unbundling the Sticks – Real Estate Transactions (Riverside room) 
Speaker: Deborah Petersen, Petersen Law
The When, How, Why – and Why Not –  of Advertising and Public Relations (Des Moines)
Speaker: Dustin Cole, Attorneys Master Class
11:15 – 11:30 – Luncheon (sponsored by P&L Technology)



11:30 – 12:30 – Small Firms, Big Markets (Nebraska room)
Speaker: Mary Vandenack, Vandenack Williams LLC
New materials added click here. (added 8-11-2016)
12:30 – 12:45 – Break
12:45 – 2:45 – The Model Rules and a Practice That Works Like a Business (Materials not provided at this time)
(Nebraska room)
Speaker: Robert Clements, Benchmark Business Group
2:45 – 3:00 – Break
3:00 – 4:00 – Breakouts
"Living the Dream" and Other Comments Regarding Rule 39.18: Requirement for Death or Disability Plan (Iowa room)
Speaker: Joseph Feller, Koopman Kennedy & Feller
Estate Planning:  Breaking Down the Basics (Riverside room)
Speaker: Laura Essay, Dvorak & Donovan Law Group
Encryption is Not a Four-Letter Word (Des Moines)
Speaker:  John McHugh, Citrix
4:00 – 5:00 – "Beer and Bull” Small Group Sessions (Nebraska room)
(beverages and snacks provided)

7:30 – 8:30 – Breakfast (Nebraska room)
8:30 – 9:30 – Breakouts
Alternative Fees: Making Them Profitable (Iowa room)
Speaker: Mary Vandenack, Vandenack Williams
New materials added click here. (added on 8-11-2016)
Family Law 101: Best Practices and Pitfalls (Riverside room)
Speaker: Brandie Fowler, Higgins Law
E-Discovery for Solo and Small Firms (Des Moines) (added on 8-12-2016)
Speaker:  Anitha Mathai, GoldFynch
Introduction to NebDocs (This session has been canceled)
Speaker: Joel Carney, Larson, Kuper, Wenninghoff & Carney
Introduction to IowaDocs (This session has been canceled. Please contact Brian Hegg if you would like a training via the web. Brian's contact information is bhegg@iowabar.org)
Speaker: Brian Hegg, The Iowa State Bar Association
9:30 – 9:45 – Break
9:45 – 10:45 – Breakouts
Staffing/HR-Recruiting for Small Markets (Materials not provided at this time) (Iowa room)
Speakers: Katie Samples Dean, Sonntag Goodwin & Leef, P.C., Phil Garland, Philip L. Garland Law Firm and Robin Weis, Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.
Representing Business Clients (Riverside room)
Speaker: David S. Houghton, Houghton, Bradford & Whitted
Introduction to the Nebraska Child Support Calculator (Des Moines)
Speaker: Adam Astley, Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley
10:45 – 11:45 – Breakouts
Mobility in Representation: Taking Technology from the Desk to the Bench (Iowa room)
Speaker: Rick Sheehy, P&L Technology, Lincoln
Juvenile Law Basics: Interviewing and Counseling the Youth Client (Riverside room)
Speaker: Christine Henningsen, University of Nebraska Center on Children & Families
Introduction to Casemaker (Nebraska room)
Speaker: Jim Corbett, Casemaker
Introduction to Fastcase (Materials not provided at this time) (Des Moines)
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