About the Conference

Solo and small-firm attorneys are the aces of the legal world. We’re inspired by your bravery and pioneer spirit in piloting your firm. But you shouldn’t have to fly solo on your course to success. That’s why we created the Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference.

WSSFC is your co-pilot, helping you navigate a smaller firm’s everyday challenges – whether it’s keeping up on multiple practice areas or managing the business side of your office.

It’s a chance to share the sky with outstanding fellow attorneys. Make some new friends. Find out what works – and what doesn’t – for other lawyers like you. And take time to visit exhibitors at the Legal Expo for all the latest tools, services, and ideas to keep your practice soaring.

Don’t let stress put you into a stall. Learn how you can feel better, work smarter, and reduce strain. Relax and unwind at enjoyable social events.​

So join us at WSSFC 2018 as we take off on a journey of learning, networking, and fun!

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CLE, EPR, LPM, and LAU Credits

WSSFC will be submitted to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for CLE, EPR, LPM, and LAU credits*. The Conference will also be submitted to the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education. Anticipated CLE credit will update on this website in June.

*Effective July 1, 2017, lawyers can earn up to 6.0 hours of Law Practice Management (LPM) and up to 6.0 Lawyer Awareness and Understanding (LAU) credits toward the 30 hours of approved CLE required during a reporting period. See SCR 31.02 (3) and (4) for more information.

Additionally, earn even more credits watching complimentary webcast replays in November and December.​

Choose Your Own Adventure!

With six powerful plenaries and 32 individual breakout sessions, WSSFC features customizable education, networking, and business exchanges.

Plenary sessions will be announced throughout the spring and full CLE schedule details will be posted by July 1. Have an idea for a session? Email Barbara Moddes at bmoddes@wisbar.org.

Tuition Costs

We know solo and small-firm practitioners can sometimes have tight budgets, so WSSFC delivers more content for less cash. Plus, save up to $50 on standard tuition if you register by October 3, 2018. First time attending WSSFC? Newbies receive an additional $50 off for a combined total of $100 in savings if registration is received by October 3, 2018.

Want to save even more? Become an Ultimate Pass Gold subscriber and get FREE tuition to WSSFC and other conferences. Ultimate Pass Silver subscribers enjoy 50% off WSSFC tuition.

Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference Tuition Early Registration
BY October 3
Standard Registration
AFTER October 3
SBW Members* $299 add $50
Nonmembers* $399 add $50
Ultimate Pass Gold $0 $0

* WALA members and staff of State Bar members receive SBW member pricing. Ultimate Pass Silver not eligible for first time attendee discount.

WSSFC Scholarships – Apply Today!

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 their travel and lodging costs.

All solo and small-firm attorneys are eligible to apply, but preference is given to those who otherwise couldn’t attend the conference due to financial constraints.

WSSFC scholarship recipients are expected to “pay it forward” through volunteer service. That service could take the form of assisting with WSSFC planning or serving on either the Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section board or a board subcommittee.

To request an application, contact jcorkery@wisbar.org.

WSSFC 2018 Planning Committee

Executive Committee

Sarah L. Ruffi
Conference Chair
Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.

J. David Krekeler
Past Chair
Krekeler Strother, S.C.

Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
The Erickson Group
Belvidere, IL

Christopher Shattuck
LOMAP Advisor
State Bar of Wisconsin

Timothy Clark
PINNACLE Seminars Division Manager
State Bar of Wisconsin

Barbara Moddes
PINNACLE Program Planner
State Bar of Wisconsin

Plenary Committee

Paul F. Angel
Angel & Angel SC

Kathleen A. Brost
Legacy Private Trust Co.

Jeffrey S. Krause
Affinity Consulting Group

J. David Krekeler
Krekeler Strother, S.C.

Nancy L. Trueblood
Trueblood Law Firm LLC

Substantive Track

Sara M. Drescher*
Forest County Potawatomi Community

Kate Knowlton*
Knowlton Law Group LLC

Carol E. Krigbaum
Krigbaum Law LLC

Eliza M. Reyes
Krekeler Strother, S.C.

Melissa A. Spindler
Smith Keane LLP

Alexander L. Ullenberg
Ullenberg Law Offices, S.C.
Fond du Lac

Practice Management Track

Jeffrey S. Krause*
Affinity Consulting Group

Sarah L. Ruffi*
Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.

Stephanie L. Melnick
Melnick & Melnick, S.C.

Erin R. Ogden
OgdenGlazer LLC

Todd W. Schluesche
Kittelsen, Barry, Wellington, Thompson & Schluesche, S.C.

Michael Seung-Hyock Yang
MY Law Office

Technology Track

Brent J. Hoeft*
Hoeft Law LLC

Nerino J. Petro, Jr.*
The Erickson Group
Belvidere, IL

Quality of Life/Ethics Track

Paul F. Angel*
Angel & Angel SC

J. David Krekeler*
Krekeler Strother, S.C.

Deborah M. Richter
Richter Law Office LLC
Park Falls

Aiden Tharp
Williamson & Siler SC
New Richmond

* Indicates Track Chair



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Contact Us

General Info:
Barbara Moddes
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6157
(608) 250-6157
Karen Richter
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6132
(608) 250-6132
State Bar of Wisconsin