Building a Sustainable Practice 2017

November 2017

This seminar is approved for 7.2 WV MCLE AV credits, including 7.2 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

Managing Millennial Employees 

The talk will examine important psychological differences between millennial and previous generations. These differences are important because they affect how employees respond to coworkers in the workplace. I will share some implications from my research about how Millennials process and respond to feedback, as well as how workplace factors may encourage deviant behaviors such as employee theft.

Professor Kip Holderness, Assistant Professor of Accounting       
WVU College of Business and Economics

Personal & Professional Financial Planning for Your Legal Practice               

Financial security is something most of us strive to achieve in our lives. People try to do what is right for themselves and those they care about. Lawyers must also plan for their clients’ and business’s needs, but the wrong financial decision can often undermine the best of intentions. Whether you are concerned for your own financial needs or those of your family or business, this session will help participants identify their goals and develop a plan to addresses those needs so they can start on the path to greater financial security, regardless of their current position. 

Heather Ebbecke & Bryce Gidley, Financial Representatives                    
Northwestern Mutual

Developing Your Practice/Finding Your Niche         

This session will provide tips and guidance on developing your identifying and developing your personal practice area based on needs within the legal market. Strategies presented will be adaptable to any size firm or practice, for attorneys at all levels of professional development. Particular attention will be paid to ensuring client accountability for costs accrued, and how to manage your personal/office/firm finances.

Beau A. Noonan, Esquire          
Noonan & Noonan, LLC

Implicit Bias in the Professional Workplace

Dr. Natalie Shook will lecture on the general nature of implicit bias, followed by a moderated discussion role-playing exercises between participants. The session will bring awareness of the many causes of bias, including mental health conditions, emotional disorders, upbringing, and social cues. Participants will be provided with mental “cues” they can use to help them overcome these biases in their daily lives. 

Dr. Natalie Shook  
WVU Department of Psychology 

Excel for Attorneys 

In this course, you will learn Excel skills that will help to maximize your productivity.  We will cover common keyboard shortcuts, conditional formatting (which can save hours of time!), sorting and filtering, subtotaling, and basic formulas.  We will even cover how to create a chart in less than 15 seconds!  Come and learn how to unlock some of Excel’s most powerful tools. 

Denise Ash, Training Manager         
Jackson Kelly PLLC 

Using Technology to Enhance Your Mediation Experience           

This session will take us through the latest tech tips & tricks that you can put into action today! We’ll explore which gadgets are worth your time (and nickel) and highlight helpful websites you should bookmark. Everything in this session is designed to empower you to be a more effective mediator and better serve your clients.

David Duffield, Esquire 
Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple & Boggs, PLLC  

Polling to Ensure Your PR is Effective 

Many law firms fail to properly use strategic communications and public relations to grow their business. These tools are applicable in government affairs, grassroots advocacy, polling, research and creative services. Whether building public dialogue or influencing legislation, lawyers must be able to identify their client's audience, determine the message and utilize the correct tool to deliver results. This session will cover the steps that can be used to ensure your messaging is effective and appropriate to your target group.

Tom O’Neill , Esquire 
Orion Strategies

Making the Most of Your Non-Lawyer Network        

Community activities, board memberships, local government, and other non-profit work is recognized by most attorneys as important to building a strong reputation, but also seen as a drain on profit-generating activities. Lawyers who can best harness these non-lawyer-networks and build a solid base of referrals while continuing to be productive in the work place are more likely to find financial success and meaningful work. This session will explore avenues for developing this network, and provide tips to balance the “other” parts of being a lawyer with the substantive legal work that must be done.

Parween Mascari, Esquire 
WV Chamber of Commerce