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Network Thursday, October 11, at the D.C. Bar, 901 Fourth Street NW at Noon. The program is Fastcase 101, presented by Jeffrey Asjes, Product Manager and Software Development Attorney at Fastcase, the Bar's member benefit for legal research. RSVP to lunchandlearn@dcbar.org 

Network Friday, October 12 at Alto Fumo, 2909 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA (Clarendon Metro) at 12:30 p.m. RSVP to steven@stevenkriegerlaw.com 

Network Friday, October 26 at Positano Ristorante, 4948 Fairmount Avenue, Bethesda (Bethesda Metro) at 12 Noon. RSVP to rsjillions@gmail.com 

Law is a relationship business. Bring cards to share.   

 

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Registration is open for the Successful Small Firm Practice Course with both weekday and weekend sessions. Learn how to launch, grow and manage your law firm in this free program for D.C. Bar members and their staff. Rochelle D. Washington will lead the Monday sessions from Noon-2 p.m. from September 10 through November 5, 2018. Daniel M. Mills will lead the weekend sessions on October 6 and October 27, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions are at the D.C. Bar, 901 Fourth Street NW, Washington, DC. 

To register or inquire, e-mail SmallFirmCourse@DCBar.org. When registering, specify weekday or weekend sessions. 

 

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Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series

All programs begin at Noon.You may attend most in-person or by Zoom video conference. Register for any or all online or at lunchandlearn@dcbar.org

October 11, 2018 — Fastcase 101, presented by Jeffrey Asjes, Product Manager and Software Development Attorney at Fastcase. This program will provide an introduction, and general overview, of the features available with Fastcase, a Bar member benefit and the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and smarter and more powerful searching, sorting, and visualization tools right at your fingertips. The Fastcase collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions. Fastcase also provides access to a newspaper archive, legal forms, and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings.

To register for this program, click here or send an e-mail to lunchandlearn@dcbar.org.

October 18, 2018 Blockchain: 3 Ways to Make it Pay, presented by Aaron Pease of Highbridge Law Firm, LLP. During this program we will discuss:

  • The Basics (Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrencies, Tokens, DAOs and why you need to understand this technology);
  • Counseling Clients in Blockchain (Learn the market sectors with low hanging fruit where your clients can capitalize); 
  • Talking to Lawyers (and Judges) about Blockchain (How blockchain will affect litigation and business relationships); and  
  • The Technology Adoption Curve (How long before blockchain becomes ubiquitous).

To register for this program, click here or send an e-mail to lunchandlearn@dcbar.org.

October 25, 2018 — Improve Your Negotiation Effectiveness Now, led by Susan Borke of BorkeWorks. Being prepared for a negotiation often makes a real difference in its ultimate success, so why do so many people fail to take this most important step? There are many excuses but they all boil down to this: most people really don't know how. 

In this presentation, you'll learn a practical, easy to implement approach to use when preparing for negotiations. This presentation includes how Ms. Borke and others have used the 3 R's of effective negotiation preparation successfully. Once you understand and begin to practice the process, you'll reap the benefits of being a more effective negotiator. 
To register for this program, click here or send an e-mail to lunchandlearn@dcbar.org.

The Lunch and Learn Series is here

New programs are added regularly. Recaps and materials from recent programs are here

If you have an idea for a program, let us know at: lunchandlearn@dcbar.org

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Basic Training & Beyond, is set for October 10 & 17 / 9:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register: BasicTraining@dcbar.org. This program has been presented 213 times. More than 2,900 lawyers have attended over the last ten years.

From the Desks of Rochelle & Dan: 

If you have Office 365 (soon to be known as Microsoft 365), here is how to increase security and keep data safe in the cloud. What's your Secure Score? 

-- Dan

Do you find yourself struggling to coordinate or schedule meeting times when multiple people are involved? Collaboration can often be stifled before it starts simply because you cannot find a convenient time for all involved. If you currently have a subscription to Office 365 try the add-on FindTime. You can send an email message to invitees that embeds your proposed dates and times. All attendees can then vote and select options based upon their availability leaving you to quickly set the best time for all. FindTime also sends out the meeting invite on your behalf. It is a great time saving tool and eliminates the unnecessary back and forth that often occurs when trying to schedule meetings with clients.

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If you are not a subscriber to Office 365, Doodle is another comparable option.

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--Rochelle 

What are your obligations to a prospective client? Read the new Legal Ethics Opinion 374 to find out.

Have you read the new Legal Ethics Opinions on social media and lawyers? They are here: LEO 370 and LEO 371 

Check the small firm legal trends reports here.

The new e-Manual for Basic Training & Beyond can be downloaded here

For more information on PMAS programs, click here

D.C. Bar CLE, Communities and Pro Bono Center

Continuing Legal Education programs are here.

Communities Events are here.

Pro Bono Center training programs are scheduled here

Dan & Rochelle

Daniel M. Mills| Assistant Director | 202.626.1312
Rochelle D. Washington | Senior Staff Attorney | 202.626.1317
Practice Management Advisory Service
District of Columbia Bar
904 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001