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MAIN STREET LAWYERS
How to Successfully Open and Maintain a Law Practice in a Small Town

RECORDED MARCH 30, 2012

Archived Webcast

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour and 1 Professionalism Hour

Co-Sponsor:
Main Street Lawyers Committee, State Bar of Georgia

Presiding:
Gregory C. Sowell, Program Chair; Senior Director of Development, The University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

Welcome
Kenneth L. Shigley, President, State Bar of Georgia; Chambers, Aholt & Rickard, LLP, Atlanta

Is Small Town Private Practice For You?
Pros And Cons

Charles E. Peeler, Flynn Peeler & Phillips, LLC, Albany

Start Up Basics: Turning The Lights On And
Keeping Them On

  • Selecting a Location
  • Obtaining Insurance (What Do You Need?)
  • Hiring Needed Staff
  • Things You Do Not Think About—Utilities, Office Supplies, etc.

Joshua C. Bell, The Law Office of Joshua C. Bell, LLC, Whigham

State Bar Resources

  • Transition Into Law Practice Program
    Douglas G. Ashworth, Associate Director, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Athens
  • FastCase
  • Law Practice Management
  • Member Benefits Committee
  • Ethics Hotline
    Michael L. Monahan, Director, Pro Bono Project, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

Building Skills and Other Resources

  • Software: Case Management and Billing Programs
  • Utility of the Internet: Advertising, Listserv and Legal Research
  • Pro Bono Work
    Michael L. Monahan

Take A Guru To Lunch
Gregory C. Sowell

Waiting For The Phone To Ring:
How To Attract Clients (Panel Discussion)

  • Offering Presentations/Seminars to the Community
  • Community and Association Involvement
  • Blogging
  • Newsletters
  • Internet Advertising

M. Tyler Smith, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A., Gainesville
John P. Webb, Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC, Stockbridge
Kice H. Stone, Stone & Driggers, LLC, Macon
Gregory C. Sowell

Common Ethical Challenges Confronting A Sole Practitioner

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Creation of Lawyer-Client Relationship
  • Trust Account vs. Business Account
  • Escrow
  • Office Sharing

Walter J. Gordon, Sr., The Gordon Law Firm, Hartwell
J. Alexander Johnson, J. Alexander Johnson, P.C., Baxley
Christina Petrig, Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

Professionalism
Christina Petrig

War Stories—Successes and Failures
Walter J. Gordon, Sr.
Gregory C. Sowell
Kice H. Stone