Solo & Small Firm

From the Trenches … Start to Finish as a Solo Practitioner in California

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Cal Northern School of Law
1395 Ridgewood Drive
Chico, CA 95973

Earn 3 Hours MCLE Credit!

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9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | You Opened Your Office … Now What?

Opening a solo or small law office can be a daunting undertaking – from deciding what your practice area will be, setting up your office, dealing with staff, and the business side of the practice. This program will cover some of the fundamental considerations in opening your own practice including managing client expectations, dealing with difficult clients, fee agreements, malpractice insurance, and getting paid.

Speaker: Cynthia Elkins, Esq., Elkins Employment Law

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Break


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Death & Incapacity … What to Do When an Attorney Dies or Becomes Incapacitated?

This panel will address the steps that can and should be implemented to avoid the devasting operational issues that can occur when these emergencies arise, which otherwise can stop a law practice in its tracks.

Speaker: Ritzel Starleigh Ngo, Esq., Ideal Legal Group

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Networking Lunch

Networking lunch.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Traps & Tips for the Unwary: Employment Law 101 for Attorneys

There is a myriad of State and Federal employment laws and regulations that govern employers. This program provides solo and small firms with critical guidance on compliance with the complexities of the Labor Code, the Gov’t Code and related rules and regulations, and will address the most common mistakes lawyers as employers make which creates potential liability in the area of wage & hour and employment law compliance and personnel management. This program will also discuss the new AB5 Independent Contractor analysis

Speaker: Cynthia Elkins, Esq., Elkins Employment Law

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California Lawyers Association
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Registration Fees

  • $95 for Solo and Small Firm Section Members
  • $190 for Non-Section Members
  • $25 for CYLA Members, Law Students, and Non-Attorneys
  • Free registration for Butte County Bar Association Members. Email for complimentary access.

Pre-Registration Deadline: The deadline to pre-register is Friday, February 21, 2020.

Cancellations/Refunds: Requests must be received in writing by Friday, February 21, 2020. A $25 processing fee will be charged for requests received after February 21, 2020. For more information, call (916) 516-1757.

On-Site Registration: On-site registration is subject to availability. Call (916) 516-1757 to confirm space availability.

Special Assistance: For special assistance, please call (916) 516-1753.

Questions: For registration information, call (916) 516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call (916) 516-1753.

This event may be recorded. By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and to any use, by the CLA, of your likeness, voice, and name in any and all media including social media. If you do not want your name or photo to be used, please let us know in advance. We cannot, however, honor requests to opt out of the use of your image or voice if you choose to ask a question during one of the event sessions.

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