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Roy S. Ginsburg, JD
Nationally-Renowned Lawyer Coach and Attorney




Young Lawyers, Senior Lawyers, & General Practice Sections Seminar: Career and Law Firm Transitions: Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 PM

Roy Ginsburg will discuss the various issues related to career growth and transition planning faced by lawyers of all experience levels and at firms of all sizes. For the newer attorneys, Roy will discuss what practice areas provide the most opportunities and how to make partner—what to look for, what to ask, and how to get it. For the mid-career attorneys, he will cover the practical and financial issues of how to best manage growth, including adding partners to the firm. For the retiring attorneys, he will discuss succession planning issues, including how to value and sell a law practice. He will also discuss the importance of practice management and business development skills for all lawyers, as well as the unique challenges and opportunities in today’s legal market, especially for rural practitioners and retiring boomers.


Ethics Seminar with Roy Ginsburg:  Retain Your Clients: A Roadmap to Effective, Ethical Client Service
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
pm - 5:15 pm

Many lawyers forget that law is a service profession. Studies show that the most common reason for losing clients is poor service, and retaining clients in a volatile economy is crucial to your practice. So how do you make sure you’re providing the best service? This seminar will provide you with the tools you’ll need to consistently deliver exceptional service, retain and develop more business from current clients, and increase referrals. You’ll also earn ethics credit while you learn to apply best practices that will exceed client expectations; eliminate the most common causes of client dissatisfaction; deal effectively with all types of client complaints; handle angry clients; and much more. Classic movie scenes illustrate and underscore the program’s principles to help you gain a competitive edge through excellent service.


Catherine Sanders Reach
Director of Law Practice Management & Technology, Chicago Bar Association
Catherine Sanders Reach is Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association. She was the Director at the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, providing practice technology assistance to lawyers for over ten years. Prior to her work at the CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.

Law Practice Management Section Seminar : Information Management and Efficient Law Practice
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lawyers are the original knowledge workers. A law practice hinges on finding, managing, digesting and regurgitating information, and today it is all digital. In this session we will explore the tools available to help leverage a law firm’s information – practice management, document management, customer relationship management, project management, email management, notes
management – and how they work (and work together). How can you solve hoarding, bottlenecks and bad workflows? We will look at technologies that can help. We will also discuss how firms can effectively communicate and collaborate with clients.


Tech Talks: 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes
Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Come to this fast-paced, fun session and walk out with some actionable and practical steps to take to improve your practice when you get back to the office. We’ll teach you to be more productive and efficient, provide better client service, and keep on top of your to-do list! Software, hardware, social media, productivity, security, managing people, cloud computing, mobile devices, apps, and more - there will be something for all legal professionals to use in their practice.


How to Honestly Answer a Malpractice Insurance Application
Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Malpractice insurance applications ask questions about a firm’s procedures including conflicts checks, docketing/calendaring, succession planning, business continuity, standard letters and, increasingly, use of firewalls, encryption, and other security-related questions. Do you know how to answer these questions with assurance? In many instances you can easily make a switch in your current systems to answer questions in the affirmative and create less risk in the eyes of the malpractice insurance provider. We will walk through specific questions appearing on an application and help you to improve your processes, security and insurability! 


Prof. Joe Starita - University of Nebraska
Award-winning investigative reporter Joe Starita, in his book “I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice, explores the powerful, compelling story that reached its climax in Omaha, 130 years ago. It is a story of survival. It is a story of life and death, despair and fortitude, freedom and patriotism. And it is a story of hope. But before it ends, Standing Bear’s story also explores fundamental issues of citizenship, constitutional protection, cultural identity and the nature of democracy – issues that still resonate in 21st century America. And it is a story that aptly illustrates how the nation’s delicate system of checks and balances worked almost exactly the way the Founding Fathers envisioned.

General Session
Thursday, October 12, 2017
3:45 pm - 5:05 pm

Chief Standing Bear’s Long Journey for Justice
Late on the evening of May 2, 1879, in a building at the corner of 15th and Dodge in Omaha, a large, boisterous crowd saw something that no one had ever seen in the nation’s 103-year history: They saw an aging man clad in a red blanket, buckskin leggings and bear-claw necklace rise from the plaintiff’s table and slowly make his way to the front of the noisy courtroom.  Earlier that year, Ponca Chief Standing Bear had walked almost 500 miles to honor a death bed promise to his only son. But two days short of their ancestral burial ground, the chief and his small party were arrested by the U.S. Army and marched to Fort Omaha. A few weeks later, on behalf of his weak, diseased and starving people, Standing Bear sued a brigadier general of the U.S. Army. He demanded to know whether the Constitution offered protection to those who looked like him. He challenged an all-powerful government to prove it could not legally stop him from burying the remains of his son in the soil of their native homeland.  Now, in the crowded courtroom, he stopped in front of the judge’s bench and extended his right arm, holding it aloft until there was complete silence. Then he turned and faced the curious crowd. “My hand is not the color of yours,” he said, “but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be of the same color as yours. I am a man. The same God made us both.”  A few days later, a federal judge did something that also was a first in American history: He declared that an Indian “is a person within the meaning of the law” with the
“same inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as the more fortunate white race.”