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From the CLE to networking opportunities to having fun away from the office, there's a lot to like about the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference. We hope you'll join us!
Aug. 16, 2017 – Confused by encryption? Worried about cyber liability? Need a boost to your business processes, or want to learn the secrets to successful negotiation?
Learn this and more at the 2017 Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Oct. 26-28.
Stay on Top of Practice Changes
The Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference will help you glide through the unique challenges you face in your practice every day – from having to stay on top of changes (often to multiple practice areas) to piloting the business side of your firm.
It’s a chance to learn from fellow attorneys, to share your successes and setbacks, swap stories, and establish referral relationships. Visit exhibitors at the Legal Expo for tools, services, and ideas to keep your practice thriving. Learn strategies for feeling better, working smarter, and reducing stress.
Take the time to relax and unwind at the reception on Thursday evening. And make new and valuable connections by signing up for a dine-around with a conference speaker or planning committee member at a Wisconsin Dells restaurant.
Solve Your Technology Problems at the Tech Lounge
Recharge – literally – at this comfy, relaxed lounge while you charge your devices and receive one-on-one help with your tech questions and problems from Practice411™, the State Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Program.
Our specialists will be on hand to offer tech consultations, conduct mini security audits, and, of course, answer your questions, such as:
- What should I look for when buying a laptop?
- What are my options for upgrading my office’s technology?
- What can I do to improve my network and data backups?
Earn CLE, EPR, LPM, and LAU Credits
Short on Funds but Still Want to Attend? Apply for a Scholarship by Aug. 25
The State Bar’s Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section is offering a limited number of scholarships to WSSFC. The scholarships cover the cost of conference tuition. Recipients are responsible for travel and lodging costs.
All solo and small-firm attorneys are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to those who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints.
WSSFC scholarship recipients are expected to “pay it forward” through volunteer service. That service can take the form of assisting with WSSFC planning or serving on either the Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section board or a board subcommittee.
Scholarship applications are due Aug. 25 and can be sent to com tdunst bakkenorman Terry Dunst. Recipients will be notified by Sept. 20.
Effective July 1, 2017, lawyers can earn up to 6.0 hours in law practice management (LPM) credits, and 6.0 hours in lawyer awareness and understanding (LAU) credits toward the 30 hours of approved CLE credits required during a reporting period.
WSSFC will be submitted to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for up to 10.5 CLE credits including 9.5 EPR credits, along with an additional 3.5 LPM and 1.5 LAU credits which can be added for a total of 15.5 credits toward your CLE reporting total. You can choose from 15 different sessions at WSSFC to earn up to 6.0 total LPM credits, and from three different sessions to earn up to 3.5 total LAU credits. Attendance verification forms can only be completed onsite at each individual session.
As a special bonus, attendees will have the opportunity after the conference to watch webcasts of selected programs recorded at WSSFC – earning additional credits at no extra charge. Earn up to 7.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 EPR credit, and an additional 1.0 LPM credit.
The conference will also be submitted to the Minnesota Board of Bar Examiners for applicable credits.
For more on the new credit classifications, see SCR 31.02 (3) and (4).
Register by Oct. 4 for the Best Rates
Register by Oct. 4 to save up to $50 off the standard registration tuition of $349. To register, visit WisBar’s Marketplace.
Become an Ultimate Pass Gold subscriber and get free tuition, or use the Ultimate Pass Silver, which gives you 50 percent off tuition.
- Register online (credit card or Ultimate Pass only)
- Phone: (800) 728-7788 (credit card or Ultimate Pass only)
- Fax: (608) 250-6020 (credit card or Ultimate Pass only)
- Mail: State Bar PINNACLE Registrations, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158 (check, credit card, passbooks, or Ultimate Pass)
At the Kalahari Resort – Reserve Your Room by Sept. 25
Bring your family for a mini-vacation at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Ideally located in the heart of Wisconsin, the Kalahari Resort features a 27-hole golf club, spa, dining, retail shopping, movie theater, and waterparks.
To reserve your room, call (877) 253-5466. Register by Sept. 25 to receive the special room rates between Oct. 23 and Oct. 31. Be sure to mention that you are with the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference to receive the special room rates.
If you would like to extend your stay, contact the Kalahari to check on discounted rates before and after the conference. All rooms include water park passes for four people.