October 2013
The Information Exchange
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section
Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for the following Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Events

Details are subject to change. Check your emails and the Atlanta Bar Association website for updates.

Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Breakfast 
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:30am
Topic: Cloud Based Billing
Speaker: Nancy Duhon, Duhon Technology Solutions, LLC
Location: Buckhead Club
Register Now

Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Lunch 
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:00pm
Topic: "Stay Solo, Partner Up or Merge: Pitfalls and Strategies for Success" Panel Discussion
Speakers: Price Williams, Kimberly Childs,
Brad Groft
Location: Gordon Biersch
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Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section Breakfast
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:30am
Topic: "The Tone & Tenor of Mediation"
Speaker: Rex Smith, Henning Mediation
Location: Buckhead Club 

Event Re-cap: 
Mobile Solutions for Attorneys
Working Outside the Office via Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone  

Presented at the ABA Sole Practitioner / Small Firm Section meeting at the Buckhead Club on June 20, 2013.


Industry Trends 

Network 1 shared three relevant trends: laptops, handhelds (smartphones & tablets) and cloud.  The smartphone of choice for attorneys is the iPhone.  Blackberry's 2013 announcements are too little too late.   


Cloud Clients

There are four types of cloud clients: cloudless, hybrid, private and shared.  Do your due diligence before selecting any cloud solution.  


Read the entire article

View PowerPoint Presentation


Transition Into Law Practice Program

This is the current listing of Georgia Beginning Lawyers who are taking the bold step of hanging out a shingle as a sole practitioner. Each Beginning Lawyer is required to comply with the Transition Into Law Practice Program ("TILPP").

Because these Beginning Lawyers are starting a new business and learning the practice of law at the same time, a one-on-one pairing with an experienced attorney who has traveled the same path could make the difference for his or her success and retention in the practice of law.

Criminal Law (PDF)
Family Law (PDF) 
SPSF Section Breakfast Presentation
Law Firms as a Business: 
5 Areas Small Firms Fall Short  
By Justin Miller, JTM Consulting, LLC  


On Thursday, September 19th Justin Miller, CEO and Founder of JTM Consulting, LLC, presented at our SP/SF Section breakfast at the Buckhead Club on running a law firm more like a business and less like a profession. He generated some valuable discussion in the room around topics such as actively listening to clients, regularly evaluating the health of the business, value pricing, innovation, and legal project management. Justin specializes in building more productive, more profitable solo and small practices and is based here in Atlanta.

For more information, please feel free to view his presentation via the link or by reaching out directly using his contact information below.

Presentation Link - Law Firms as a Business: 5 Areas Small Firms Fall Short


2013-2014 Section Board of Directors

Newsletter Editor
James L. Yeargan Jr.

James A. Attwood

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Beth E. Rogers

Rob Huestis

Clark A.D. Wilson

Immediate Past Chair
Katherine Adams-Carter

Members at Large
Christopher N. Armor
Christopher S. Badeaux
The Hon. T. Jackson Bedford, Jr.
Louis Cohan
Timothy M. Curtin
Frank G. Goldman
Joseph Gottlieb
Elaine Levine
Rachel Platt
James L. Yeargan Jr.
Robert G. Wellon 
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