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Nebraska and Iowa Solo/Small Firm Conference
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8/11/2016 to 8/13/2016
When: Thursday, August 11 - Saturday, August 13, 2016
4:00 PM Thursday - 11:45 AM Saturday
Where: Ameristar Casino
2200 River Rd.
Council Bluffs, Iowa  51501
United States
Contact: Sara Weber
(402) 475-7091

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Sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Association and The Iowa State Bar Association’s General Practice Section

Taking place at the alluring Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa, this event offers solo and small firm practitioners the opportunity to attend a CLE geared directly to their type of practice. That's right. A whole conference dedicated to you and your practice! 

MCLE Accreditation
Nebraska MCLE #125822. 9 CLE hours, including 2 hours ethics.
Iowa MCLE #233441. 11 CLE hours, including 2 hours ethics.

Registration Fees - Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after August 8 will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee amount.

$550 - Regular registration
$350 - NSBA dues-paying member (25% discounted price for NSBA dues-paying members)
$135 - Non-Attorneys/Paralegals (Register via registration form)
$10  -  Law Students

Optional Fees
$30 - I am attending the seminar & want printed materials (cost is additional to registration fee)

Hotel Information
The Iowa State Bar Association and Nebraska State Bar Association have set aside a block of sleeping rooms for guests. Sleeping rooms are not included with your registration. Discounted room rates have been negotiated at $94 (+ taxes and fees) per night for both August 11 and August 12.

**Attendees can make room reservations at the $94 rate prior to Aug. 8, 2016, by visiting and entering promo code ISBH16, by calling 877-462-7827 and mentioning the ISBA GP Section Annual Meeting 2016, or by contacting Rayna Gochanour at 402-672-3077 or**

4:00 - 6:00 - Welcoming Reception and Registration

7:00 – 8:00 – Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 – Tweets, Bleats, Blogs and Chats: Ethics in the Cloud – Speaker: Dustin Cole, Attorneys Master Class

9:00 – 10:00 – Breakouts
Practice Management Software: A New Outlook – Speaker: Scott Baird, Tabs3, Jodelene Weir, Clio
Employment Law in 60 Minutes: The Basics Every Employer and Attorney Should Know – Speaker: Catherine Cano, Jackson Lewis
Not Your Father's Yellow Pages Ad Anymore...Social Media and Marketing – Speaker: Matthew Gardner, Gardner Law Firm

10:00 – 10:15 – Break

10:15 – 11:15 – Breakouts
Cyber Liability and Protecting Confidential Client Information – Speaker: Todd Scott, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
Unbundling the Sticks – Real Estate Transactions – Speaker: Deborah Petersen, Petersen Law
The When, How, Why – and Why Not – of Advertising and Public Relations – Speaker: Dustin Cole, Attorneys Master Class

11:15 – 11:30 – Luncheon

11:30 – 12:30 – Small Firms, Big Markets – Speaker: Mary Vandenack, Vandenack Williams LLC

12:30 – 12:45 – Break

12:45 – 2:45 – The Model Rules and a Practice That Works Like a Business – Speaker: Robert Clements, Benchmark Business Group

2:45 – 3:00 – Break

3:00 – 4:00 – Breakouts
Succession Planning/Buying or Selling a Practice – Speaker: Joseph Feller, Koopman Kennedy & Feller
Estate Planning: Breaking Down the Basics – Speaker: Laura Essay, Dvorak & Donovan Law Group

4:00 – 5:00 – “Beer and Bull” Small Group Sessions: Discussions on Productivity/Time Management Tips, Marketing and Staffing (beverages and snacks provided)

7:30 – 8:30 – Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 – Breakouts
Alternative Fees: Making Them Profitable – Speaker: Mary Vandenack, Vandenack Williams
Family Law 101: Best Practices and Pitfalls – Speaker: Brandie Fowler, Higgins Law
E-Discovery for Solo and Small Firms - Speaker: Anith Mathai, GoldFynch

9:30 – 9:45 – Break

9:45 – 10:45 – Breakouts
Staffing/HR-Recruiting for Small Markets – Speakers: Katie Samples Dean, Sonntag Goodwin & Leef, P.C. and Phil Garland, Philip L. Garland Law Firm
Representing Business Clients – Speaker: David S. Houghton, Houghton, Bradford & Whitted
Introduction to the Nebraska Child Support Calculator – Speaker: Adam Astley, Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley

10:45 – 11:45 – Breakouts
Mobility in Representation: Taking Technology from the Desk to the Bench – Speaker: Rick Sheehy, P&L Technology, Lincoln
Juvenile Law Basics: Interviewing and Counseling the Youth Client – Speaker: Christine Henningsen, University of Nebraska Center on Children & Families
Introduction to Casemaker – Speaker: Jim Corbett, Casemaker
Introduction to Fastcase – Speaker: Christina Steinbrecker Jack, Fastcase Representative

Thank you to the sponsors of the Solo and Small Firm Conference!

Thursday Night Reception Sponsor
Mercer Insurance

Friday Coffee Break Sponsor

Friday Lunch Sponsor
P&L Technology

Midwest Special Needs Trust
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
Structured Financial Associates Inc.

Nebraska State Bar Association, 635 S. 14th St., Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 475-7091; Toll Free (800) 927-0117; FAX (402) 475-7098