D.C. BAR 2020 CONFERENCE – DISCOVER MORE AT https://www.dcbarconference.org
 

Practice Management Advisory Service

Basic Training & Beyond

 

Scheduled Sessions

D.C. Bar, 901 4th Street, Washington, DC, 20001

All Wednesday sessions are from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Saturday sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


2019 Schedule

 

2020 Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 15 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, January 29 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, February 12 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, February 19 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, March 18 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, April 15 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, April 22 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, June 10 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, June 17 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, July 15 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, July 22 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, August 12 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, August 19 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, September 16 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, September 23 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, October 14 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, October 21 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, November 4 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, November 18 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, December 9 - Day one: How to Start a Law Firm 
  • Wednesday, December 16 - Day two: How to Grow a Law Firm  

 

2020 Schedule 

(One-day, Saturday sessions) 

  • January 25 - How to Start and Grow a Law Firm 
  • April 25 - How to Start and Grow a Law Firm 
  • July 25 - How to Start and Grow a Law Firm

 

This program is free for, and limited to, D.C. Bar members and their staff.

Slides and other Program Materials



The program is for lawyers who want to know about the methods and skills necessary for starting and growing a small firm and who want to participate actively in the learning experience. This interactive program consists of two full–day sessions or a Saturday one-day session that cover:

 

Day One:  
How to Start a Law Firm – All you need to know to get an office up and going in the District of Columbia. This segment of the program focuses on the skills, tools, and rules plus planning issues including:

  • The small firm lawyer’s workplace, firm naming, insurance and office location issues.
  • Fees and agreements: Types of fee arrangements; hourly, flat and alternative law office accounts; getting paid.
  • IOLTA, operation of the trust and business (operating) accounts and record keeping.
  • Office operations; office policy; of counsel and contract arrangements; file creation, retention, storage and destruction.
  • Time management, productivity analysis and planning to grow.
  • Planning for the unexpected: What if you cannot work? Do you have a backup plan?
  • The business plan, financial and productivity planning.


Day Two: 
How to Grow and Manage Your Law Firm – Client relations, marketing, finding clients, invoicing/billing, and legal technology and innovation for your practice.

This session includes: 

  • Clarifying your law firm's vision. 
  • Identifying your target audience, developing your marketing message, identifying marketing venues and outlets, and how to stand out from your competition. 
  • Client Relations (selection, management, in-take, and communication) 
    • Case management
    • Time and billing systems
    • Innovative ideas and software for office organization and automation 

 

The two-day program can be taken at any time and in any order, however it is best to attend the sessions in the same month.  The Saturday sessions are one day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. covering all topics addressed in the two-day sessions. Click here and do a "New Event Search"to find and register for the next available Basic Training & Beyond being offered by the Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS). You may also register by sending an e-mail to [email protected] 


For questions, call Dan Mills at 202-780-2762 or Rochelle Washington at 202-780-2764. You may also e-mail us at [email protected].

Basic Training was awarded the ABA Gambrell Award in 2011.