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Solo and Small Firm Section | E-News

E-Newsletter | Spring 2012

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Section News

Solo and Small Firm Section Call for Nominations
The Solo & Small Firm Section Council has nominated the following individuals to serve on the Section Council from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015:

Debra McLain

Marylee Abrams

Brian Cote

All Section Members are encouraged to attend the Solo & Small Firm Section Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 30 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. The meeting will include the Section Council election. Nominations made properly from the floor will also be considered.

Registration information and additional details about the Solo & Small Firm Section Annual Meeting will be distributed via email soon.


2011-12 Section CLEs and Events

Program Title Date Event Code CLE Credit Number of Attendees
Happy Hour Social August 8, 2011 N/A No CLE Credits 100

An Afternoon with Ed Poll: How to Manage Client Expectations & Coach's Corner (Case Studies for Solo and Small Firms)

August 25, 2011 158505 3.0 Law Office Management Credits 30
REVENUE: Make It, Book It, Bill It, Collect It September 22, 2011 159155 1.0 Standard and 0.5 Ethics CLE Credits 36
Building Your Brand Without Breaking Your Bank October 27, 2011 160687 1.5 Law Office Management Credits 36
Autumn Networking Social (co-sponsored with the Practice Management & Marketing Section) November 2, 2011 N/A No CLE Credits 46
Going Solo and Small Boot Camp December 6, 2011

Morning Session:161907

Afternoon Session:161908

Morning Session: 3.0 Law Office Management Credits

Afternoon Session: 2.5 Law Office Management Credits and 1.0 Ethics Credits

Real Estate Basics: Making Murky Matters Mundane January 27, 2012 162932 1.5 Standard CLE Credits 61
The Art of Effective Motion Practice | Part 1: Litigation Series (co-sponsored with the Civil Litigation Section)
March 9, 2012 164843 1.5 Standard CLE Credits 49
How to Get Your Evidence In: What's Admissible and What Isn't, and What to Do About It | Part 2: Litigation Series (co-sponsored with the Civil Litigation Section) March 16, 2012 164912 1.5 Standard CLE Credits 42
Appeals 101: Can I appeal? Should I? How? (co-sponsored with the Appellate Practice and Civil Litigation Sections) March 30, 2012 164913 1.0 Standard CLE Credits 31
The Proper Use of Interns in Your Legal Practice April 19, 2012 166446 1.0 Standard CLE Credits applied for TBD


Upcoming Section CLEs and Events

Watch for more information soon about the Section's Annual Meeting, Elections and CLE, scheduled for Wednesday, May 30. The Solo and Small Firm Section sponsors 4-6 CLE programs and 1-2 social events each year September - June. Visit the Section's webpage frequently for updated event information.


Articles of Interest

Criminal Law in Minnesota | Basics
John Del Vecchio| Law Office of John Del Vecchio

This article provides a basic summary of information as to criminal law and procedure in the State of Minnesota. Read more...


Guiding Small Business Owners in Selecting a Name 
Kelly M. Fiege | Trepanier & MacGillis P.A

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare’s simple statement could not be further from the truth when applied to naming corporations and other legal entities. Although it may not seem legally important to your client, businesses should pay close attention to what they are calling the company and the names under which they are actually conducting business. Read more...

What Should your Board Members be Accomplishing at Board Meetings?
Jennifer L. Urban | Urban Law Group, PLLC

In general, the health of a nonprofit organization can be pegged to the knowledge and functionality of its Board Members. Do the Board Members follow their fiduciary duties? Do the Board Members assure the nonprofit organization meets its compliance requirements? How often does the Board meet? What do they talk about? Are proper minutes kept? How active is the Board? Read more...


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