Successful Small Firm Practice

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Registration is open for the 2021 Course. We cover all aspects of starting, managing and growing a law firm in the District. The Course is more in-depth than Basic Training & Beyond because attendees create work product for their firm, such as a business plan, fee agreements and marketing content. The Course is free for D.C. Bar members and their staff.

In 2021, you may register for:

(1) eight remote sessions on Mondays from Noon to 2:00 p.m. starting September 13 and continuing through November 8; or

(2) two Saturday sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 2 and October 30.

For questions about the Course, send an email to [email protected].

Register here for all of the Monday sessions. The Monday sessions are from Noon – 2p.m. on September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 18, 25; and November 1 and 8.

Register here for both Saturday sessions. The Saturday sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 2 and 30.

Register here to select individual sessions.

The Course is presented by Practice Advisors, Daniel M. Mills and Rochelle D. Washington. Mills and Washington combined have over 35 years of experience law firm management. Mills has thirteen years of experience leading the D.C. Bar’s Basic Training & Beyond program and D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education sessions on trust accounts and fee agreements. Washington has taught Basic Training & 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 2021 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 law firm technology and innovation, this multi–session program will lay out the groundwork 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. Work product will include a detailed law firm business plan, marketing plan, newsletters, website content, social media strategy, fee agreements, standardized client communication procedures, law firm account management systems, and a law firm backup and security plan.

The Course was awarded the ABA Gambrell Award in 2015.

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