Innovative Education for the 21st Century Solo Just a Short Drive from Chicago

The Illinois State Bar Association holds its annual Solo & Small Firm Conference this week at the Westin in Itasca, IL

What really makes this year different from previous are the educational sessions. Which are broken down into four tracks covering a wide array of topics including ethics, technology, practice management and practice area specific situations.

Many of the Solo & Small Law Firms that we work with have branched out into new practice areas, or completely recreated their firms since the recession began. Including taking on cases that don’t always fit the traditional mold. These sessions take on new issues and challenges small law offices face today, and may need to plan for in the future.

If you’re an attorney or legal professional in the Chicago area, the conference is just a short drive away, but promises to deliver valuable insights to help you grow your practice in our rapidly changing industry. Here are a few sessions we’d like to highlight:

Ben Neiburger's Baby Boomers, The Age Wave, and the Commoditization of the Practice of Law: How to Survive the Storm.

There is a hurricane coming that could substantially alter (or destroy) the coastline that is the solo/small firm legal practice. Legal Zoom, Rocket Lawyer and other form producers fueled by Baby Boomers that want to do thier own legal work are taking away substantial business from solo/small firms. This session will give you the tools you need to change your practice and successfully weather the storm.

Bankruptcy: Interaction of Bankruptcy and Divorce

Discover how bankruptcy and divorce interact and affect one another with this comprehensive overview. Topics include: filing before or after a divorce; discharging payments owed to third parties; drafting the necessary language in a settlement agreement; discharging the attorney’s fee; and violating the automatic stay. A discussion on the various decisions each court makes — including bankruptcy courts and state court — is also included.

Paul A. Osborn, Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson P.C., Sterling

Sean M. Williams, The Law Offices of Williams & Assoc., P.C., Rock Island


As the recession continues and solo and small firm attorneys “reinvent” the focus of their practice, the prospect of mortgage foreclosure defense work becomes more realistic and the opportunities more frequent. Join us for an exploration of the fundamentals surrounding the mortgage foreclosure arena, including the most recent case laws affecting mortgage foreclosure issues.

Steven B. Bashaw, Steven B. Bashaw P.C., Lisle

Evidentiary Foundations and Admitting Social Media, Email and Other Digital Evidence

This comprehensive overview explores the general principles of the authentication of evidence, including the specific foundations for the authentication of digital evidence, such as text messages, social media, and websites.

Steven N. Peskind, Peskind Law Firm, St. Charles

Full schedule here.