Practice Management Advisory Service

Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series

The Practice Management Advisory Service of the D.C. Bar presents the Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series. Each program in this series will explore a topic of particular interest to members who are starting, managing, or growing law firms in the District of Columbia. All sessions take place from Noon-2:00 p.m. at the D.C. Bar (1101 K Street, NW) and are free to Bar members and their staff. This is a brown bag event.  Attendees may bring their own lunch.  Beverages are served.  Here is more information about each of the programs in the upcoming Lunch and Learn series.

Lunch and Learn Series Schedule:

In May, register and attend Practice 360, A Day for Lawyers and Law Firms

June 11, 2015 -- A Day in the Life of a Small Firm Lawyer Handling "Big Firm" Law, presented by Sara Kropf, Ron Kamis and Margarita Sanchez. As the practice of law has changed, more and more large firm lawyers are leaving big firms for small firm settings. These lawyers are now faced with the challenge of competing with the perceived level of service offered by "Big Firm". During this program we will discuss how you, as a small firm lawyer, can increase your efficiency to match or exceed these levels while still providing the personal service that clients value. Our panel of seasoned experts will walk you through some of the IT tools and office systems they use in a typical day to compete and win against "Big Firm".
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June 18, 2015 -- A Day in the Life of a D.C. Landlord-Tenant Lawyer, presented by Dorene Haney. During this presentation, Ms. Haney will share practical advice and insights into practicing landlord-tenant law in the District. She will address: common client relations issues, case management tips, technology tools for the practice area, what to expect in the courtroom, what judges expect from the bench and much more! Don't miss this opportunity learn and network at the D.C. Bar!
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July 23, 2015 -- A Day in the Life of a Lawyer Representing Non-Profit Entities, presented by Benjamin Takis of Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC. It is common for lawyers practicing in the District of Columbia to encounter the law of nonprofit organizations at some point in their careers, whether through pro bono projects, service on a Board of Directors, or other professional engagements. During this presentation, Benjamin Takis of Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC will guide you through the tools and resources; areas of law; and other practice issues you need to know to provide effective representation to nonprofits and tax-exempt entities.

July 30, 2015 -- Fastcase 101, presented by Morgan Wright of Fastcase. This program will provide an introduction, and general overview, of the features available with Fastcase legal research software, a free D.C. Bar Member Benefit. Fastcase is the leading, next-generation, legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and smarter and more powerful searching, sorting and visualization tools at your fingertips. As a D.C. Bar member, you can also sync your Fastcase mobile app to your desktop account. For details on the latest version of the Fastcase app (Version 3.0), check out

August 6, 2015 -- Using Analytics to Give Your Firm a Strategic Advantage, presented by Ed Walters of Fastcase. The entire world is changing, as industries as diverse as advertising, stock trading, medicine, and sports are using analytics to achieve maximum results, often in unexpected ways. Is there any reason to believe law is different? Fastcase CEO Ed Walters will discuss new tools to understand law better, from contract drafting to forum shopping, and from case valuation to legal research. Lawyers are notoriously late adopters, but a new wave of legal tech companies is using tools like citation analysis, data visualization, and big data to gain new insights into practice. This session will explore the frontiers of these tools in practice, and how you can use Moneyball for lawyering today. 


To register or for more information on this program and other services offered by the Practice Management Advisory Service you may contact: Daniel M. Mills, assistant director, or Rochelle D. Washington, senior staff attorney, at