Successful Small Firm Practice

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The 2020 Course has concluded.  If you would like to be notified when registration opens for the 2021 sessions, email [email protected] with your request.  You may also be interested in attending Basic Training & Beyond described here which is offered monthly.

In 2020, D.C. Bar members and their staff attended:

(1) eight remote sessions on Mondays from Noon to 2:00 p.m. starting September 14 and continuing through November 9;
(2) two Saturday sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 3 and November 7.
To be notified about 2021 registration, send an email to [email protected] and indicate if you prefer the Monday or Saturday sessions.

The Course was awarded the ABA Gambrell Award in 2015.

This program will be presented by PMAS Practice Advisors, Daniel M. Mills and Rochelle D. Washington. Mills and Washington combined have over 35 years of experience managing a small firm. Mills has thirteen years of experience leading the D.C. Bar’s Basic Training and Beyond program and D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education sessions on trust accounts and fee agreements.  Washington has taught Basic Training and Beyond and the Course since 2013 and is the organizer of the annual Practice 360º program at the D.C. Bar.

Course outlines for the completed 2020 weekday and weekends sessions are here.

PAST Slides and other Program Materials are here.

The D.C. Bar, Practice Management Advisory Service annually presents this in-depth program for its members and their staff on starting, managing, and growing the small law firm in the District of Columbia. This unique program is designed to assist the lawyer who is considering or already has launched a small firm practice.

From core concepts such as understanding the legal service market, office management, ethics issues, and money management to advanced techniques in marketing, client–relations and cloud–based case management systems, this multi–session program will lay out the ground work for starting your own law practice as well as help you reach the efficiency, productivity and work–life balance that is possible in the small firm practice.

Attendees at this program are encouraged to actively participate in the sessions, and create work product during and between sessions which include a detailed law firm business plan, extensive marketing program, newsletter series, website content, social media program, law firm manual, risk management analysis, fee agreements, standardized client communication procedures, law firm account management systems, and a law firm backup and security plan.

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