2023 Solo and Small Firm Summit

Event Description

The Solo and Small Firm Summit is a day of CLEs designed by and for solo and small firm lawyers. This year, we are excited to welcome everyone back to an in-person event! Reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones.

Whether you have just come out of law school or stepping away from practice at a larger firm to strike it out on your own, or if you have been at this small-firm thing for a while, this program will offer ideas to improve and expand your practice.

This event is a collaborative effort by the MSBA Solo Small Practice Experience Section, MWL Solo and Small Practitioner Group, and RCBA Solo and Small Firm Section. Members of these groups can attend the event at a reduced rate of $45.

Tentative Schedule:

8:00-8:30 am | Breakfast and networking

9:30-9:30 am | Plenary | Lawyer as Business Owner, Leanne Fuith , Professor at Mitchell Hamline. 1.0 Standard CLE

9:45-10:45 am

  • Track 1 | Five Marketing Lessons Learned in Growing a Profitable Small Law Firm | Panelists: Bree Johnson, Managing Partner MJSB Employment Justice; James Gempeler, Co-Founder North Star Criminal Defense; and moderated by Brenda Suaro , Partner Suaro & Bergstrom, PLLC. 1.0 Standard CLE
  • Track 2 |  Ethics, Mental Health & Well-Being in a Post-Covid Environment | Presenter Judie Rush, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Minnesota. 1.0 Ethics CLE

11:00-12:00 pm

  • Track 1 | Expanding your Business Without Full Time Employees | Panelists Coming Soon. 1.0 Standard CLE
  • Track 2 | Elimination of Bias CLE Program. 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE

12:15-1:00 pm | Lunch and networking

1:00-2:00 pm | Plenary | Designing a Law Firm that Aligns With the Life You Want to Live | Patrick Patino, Attorney at Patino King and Law Firm Consultant and Attorney Coach at Newfangled Legal. 1.0 Standard CLE

2:00-3:00 pm | Plenary | What is ChatGPT and what do I need to know? | Todd Scott , Vice President Minnesota Lawyers Mutual 1.0 Ethics CLE

3:00-4:00 pm | Social Hour

CLE Credits:

The Minnesota State Bar Association has applied to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 5.0 CLE Credits. We anticipate that 2 sessions will qualify for 1.0 Ethics Credit and one session will qualify for 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits. In no case may you claim more than 5.0 total CLE credits for the 2023 Solo and Small Summit.


Section Member Rate: $45 (MWL use code MWLSOLO at checkout)
Non-Member Rate: $75
Law Student & New Admittee: $25

Registration Deadline:    April 27th, at 12:00 pm 

Remote Participation:  There is no remote participation for this event. The event may be recorded for On Demand.

Payments/Cancellations:  Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form . Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager: Kara Haro | kharo@mnbars.org| 612-278-6329



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Thursday, May 4, 2023

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Minneapolis, MN United States

In Person: 150