Practice Management Advisory Service

Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series

Lunch and Learn


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. Most sessions take place from noon until 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:

September 1, 2016 — How to Start and Run a Virtual Law Firm, presented by Nakia Gray of Nakia Gray Legal, PC. During this session you will learn:

  • What a virtual law practice is (and what it's not);
  • Essential tools you need to run a virtual law practice;
  • The exact resources and applications I use daily to run my virtual law firm;and
  • Tips on how to use technology to get more done in less time.

September 15, 2016 — The Case for Community: How Caring Creates a Competitive Edge, presented by Diane Wright of Wright Path Strategies LLC. Many people consider socially conscious activities such as pro bono work, philanthropic endeavors, and social impact initiatives to be little more than an expensive footnote on the income statement, but new studies indicate that incorporating social work into a firm's strategy can give them a measurable leg up over the competition. CEO Diane Wright discusses how a strategic foray into social impact initiatives can create a comparative advantage for a law firm –increasing reputation, productivity, and profitability while decreasing risk.

September 22, 2016 — Fee Sharing the Right Way, presented by Hope Todd, assistant director for legal ethics, Regulation Counsel, at the District of Columbia Bar. In October 2015, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals amended D.C. Rule 7.1 to prohibit the payment of referral fees. Come to this interactive session to learn the answers to such burning questions as: Can lawyers in different firms still refer cases to one another? Can they share legal fees? What if one lawyer only refers the case to the second lawyer, but does no other work? Can a lawyer pay her paralegal for bringing in firm clients? And what about online marketing and lawyer referral services? Can a lawyer share fees with them? This session will help you navigate the D.C. Rules and legal ethics opinions on referrals and fee sharing arrangements to keep you out of ethical hot water.

For descriptions and handouts from recent Lunch and Learn programs, click here.

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 lunchandlearn@dcbar.org.