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    Whether you are practicing on your own or in a small firm, attending the eighth annual State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference can help you build your business and improve your life. The Oct. 24 - 26 conference in Wisconsin Dells offers more than 14.5 CLE and 11.0 EPR credits.
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    Aug. 7, 2013 – The State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference has helped members achieve a balance between professional success and personal satisfaction since 2006. This year’s Oct. 24-26 conference, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, will continue this practice.

    Attendees can choose from 32 educational sessions in four different tracks: practice management, quality of life/ethics, substantive, and technology. Six plenary sessions round out this two-and-a-half-day conference as well as an opening night networking reception.

    Choose From Four Tracks

    • The Substantive Track offers sessions on the IRS including audits, appeals, and collections; estate planning; governance and transfer terms in LLC operating agreements; tax consequences of deeds in lieu, foreclosure, and cancelled credit card debt; issues facing family farms including succession planning, divorce, and lawsuits; common negotiation mistakes; and an update on Wisconsin landlord-tenant law.

    • The Practice Management Track focuses on social media traps; human resources; virtual practice; pricing your legal services; expanding your practice and adding a partner; professional networking and business development; time management; and health care reform.

    • The Technology Track offers sessions on the future of office technology; using technology to systematize your practice; tips, tricks, sites, and ways to save; creating forms in Word and Adobe, low-budget/no budget technology survival guide; introduction to Windows 8; hosted services; and going mobile and paperless.

    • The Quality of Life/Ethics Track focuses on planning for death and disability; ethical issues for the estate planning practitioner; what to do when the Office of Lawyer Regulation calls; life versus the billable hour; dealing with pro se litigants; ethical considerations of law office operations; and what you can learn from Hollywood about ethics.

    Thursday and Friday Plenary Sessions

    Internationally recognized expert on workplace restructuring, talent management, work/life balance, and the retention and promotion of lawyers Deborah Epstein Henry will present “Blueprinting for Success: Developing Plans for Success in Mentoring, Promotion, Flexibility, Networking & Leadership,” on Thursday morning before the conference officially begins. Henry will also present “How to Capitalize on the Tumultuous Legal Market,” on Friday.

    Todd C. Scott, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, will present “New Trends in Malpratice & Ethics Complaints, and 10 Tips to Avoid Top Attorney Errors,” on Thursday morning before the conference begins.

    On Thursday afternoon, nationally known Stephanie Kimbro, Burton Law LLC, Raleigh, N.C., will present “Limited Scope Representation: What is Allowed Under the Supreme Court Rules” – sometimes referred to as unbundling of legal services, how can and how should you implement in your practice?

    Saturday Plenary Sessions

    New Richmond lawyer and former State Bar of Wisconsin President Gary Bakke, will present “What I Did Right and What I Did Wrong in My Practice.”

    Vice President for business development and general counsel for Avvo Inc., Joshua King, will present “Being Smart with Social Media: Ethics & Effectiveness When Engaging Online.”

    The eighth annual WSSFC is hosted by the State Bar of Wisconsin in partnership with founding sponsor, the Milwaukee Bar Association.


    Tuition is $269 for members and $369 for nonmembers, which includes the networking luncheon on Friday. After Sept. 26 prices increase by $50. The networking luncheon costs $20 for Ultimate Pass holders and guests. Members and their staff can register now.

    The conference will be submitted for CLE and EPR credits and is included in the cost of the PINNACLE Ultimate Pass Gold. Ultimate Pass Silver holders can register for half the current tuition, which includes the Friday luncheon.

    PINNACLE will record selected presentations and offer them via webcast at a later date at no additional cost to registrants.