Basic Training & Beyond Breaks Down Small Firm Management

October 27, 2016

One day a law office is up and running, a year later its doors are locked. The names on the plaques may change. The staff may shift. Launching and operating a successful practice isn’t easy, but the D.C. Bar’s award-winning “Basic Training & Beyond” gives attorneys hands-on coaching to gain the necessary skills. The next available dates are November 9 and 16.

The two-day interactive program is led by Dan Mills, assistant director of the Practice Management Advisory Service, and Rochelle Washington, senior staff attorney, and targets lawyers looking to manage a small firm. 

The first session, “How to Start a Law Firm,” provides the nuts and bolts of getting a law practice off the ground in the District. It will focus on the small firm lawyer’s workplace, firm naming, insurance, and office location issues; fees and agreements; Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts; office operations; time management, productivity analysis, and planning to grow; planning for the unexpected; and the business plan.

Part two, "How to Grow a Law Firm," encourages lawyers to evaluate the law office as an enterprise. The discussion will cover issues related to strategic client selection, client relations and management, office systems and procedures, case management, the "new" law firm model, productivity strategies and technology tools, and how to focus your marketing efforts to attract your ideal client.

The two-day program takes place from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The classes can be taken at any time and in any order, but it is recommended that participants attend the sessions in the same month. Register at and specify the dates you wish to attend.

For questions, contact Dan Mills at 202-626-1312 or Rochelle Washington at 202-626-1317.

View the Basic Training schedule for future sessions.