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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 (901 4th 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. 




In addition to registering online, you may also email [email protected] to register for all events.


November 7, 2019 — Help, I Have No Time for Marketing (Holiday Edition), presented by Mary Ellen Hickman of Hickman Consulting Partners, LLC. 

During this session, Ms. Hickman will discuss simple, cost-effective, holiday marketing tactics to help you get more clients now and generate additional business in the new year. For those who have already decided on your marketing for next year, she will present ways to make those marketing tactics work better. If you're just starting out, she’ll share which marketing tactics tend to work best, which to avoid, and how to make sure that the time and money you invest in marketing get the best results. 


November 14, 2019 — Hands-on with Fastcase, presented by Matthew Geary of Fastcase

During this program, Mr. Geary will explore search methods and techniques to achieve better search results and lead attendees through a step by step, hands-on, experience using Fastcase's many tools and features. Fastcase is 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 through our content partners. 


December 5, 2019 — A Day in the Life of a Divorce & Family Law Lawyer, presented by Michelle C. Thomas, esq. of M.C. Thomas & Associates, PC

Between managing clients, counsel and court, practicing divorce and family law can be challenging. During this session, Michelle C. Thomas, esq. will provide insight on how to not just survive but thrive as a divorce and family lawyer. 

This program will provide valuable information about how to develop, manage and grow a flourishing divorce and family law firm while minimizing the stress that often accompanies divorce practice. From recent changes in the law to law office management, the session will cover a wide array of issues that arise in divorce and family law and provide viable solutions. Topics include: the nuts and bolts of starting a divorce law practice; how to become a well-respected divorce law practitioner; managing a multi-jurisdictional practice; the various niches within this practice area and the importance of selecting one; how to keep up with the fast-paced changes in the law; common mistakes and pitfalls; the basics of practice and case management; as well as marketing and business development advice. 

If you have ever wondered how to "get more divorce clients" or simply get better ones, then you should not miss this session. 


December 12, 2019 — Tech Talk for Attorneys: Using Computers Efficiently in the Workplace (Hands-On), presented by Michael D.J. Eisenberg of The Law Office of Michael D.J. Eisenberg  

Mr. Eisenberg is a D.C. lawyer and blogger at www.TheTechSavvyLawyer.Page. Join him for a series of rapid-fire, 5-minute, tips and tricks to help those less comfortable with technology become more efficient using computers in the workplace. He will share some tricks he uses and has taught to other attorneys over the years. As a practicing lawyer, he will also identify some of the Professional Responsibility traps for attorneys that can result from uninformed computer use. You are invited to bring your laptop to follow along! 


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 [email protected].