The California Lawyers Association invites you to submit education program proposals for the CLA Solo and Small Firm Summit. We are seeking new and innovative programs to attract a broad and diverse audience, capitalizing on the momentum and buzz surrounding our successful virtual event in 2020. Join your colleagues virtually to network, build business skills, and meet other CLA members of your similar practice.
Criteria for Submission: The Programs Committee will prioritize programs as follows:
- Offer content that is new and broad in scope or entail an interesting twist on an “old” topic
- Cross practice areas
- Involve multiple Sections
- Include new and diverse speakers that have not previously presented a CLA program.
- Programs not selected may be considered for the Annual Meeting, held virtually September 23-25, 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: To further CLA’s mission, adherence with the Model Diversity Policy is required for the Solo and Small Firm Summit. Read the model policy here.
The deadline to submit proposals are Friday, March 19, 2021.
The California Lawyers Association Solo and Small Firm Summit will be held June 24-25 on CLA’s virtual platform, Pheedloop.
The Summit provides programs designed to address the education and networking needs of those in a solo or small firm practice—from business management and technology to law updates in areas commonly practiced in a solo or small firm setting. The Summit agenda will also include networking events, and a virtual sponsor showcase with virtual products and services unique to the solo or small firm practitioner.
The Summit opens at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, June 24 with a keynote speaker. Education programs are held Thursday and Friday and will be primarily scheduled in one of three tracks: Practice Management, Technology and Substantive Law. Other topics will also be considered.
- Practice Management (i.e., decision-making, business development/strategies, ethics, case management, accounting/tax issues relating client trust accounting, competency or elimination of bias, disaster planning, personnel/HR management, retirement & succession planning, or other topics).
- Technology (i.e. computer application training or technology that supports the day-to-day running of a practice, cyber-security, discovery, e-filings and other electronic legal research)
- Substantive Law (i.e., courses addressing a substantive law area common in a solo practice (both fundamental and advanced level), such as Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Family, Labor and Employment, Real Estate, Tax, and other topics especially suited to a solo practitioner. Substantive topics with a law practice or technology component included and preferred)
- Other topics of special interest to Solo and Small Firms
CLA’s mission statement specifies the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in all facets of our work: Promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. For questions, please contact Brianna Hollingsworth, Brianna.Hollingsworth@calawyers.org