In-Person Program

How to Make Money & Stay Out of Trouble

Implementing best practices and avoiding ethical missteps

2110135P02
Friday, 6/24/2011, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
6 substantive credits, 6 ethics credits
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Product Description

BBO-those are the last initials you want to see in the morning mail. Whether you are a new or experienced attorney, this program gives you the essential tools to run a professional and successful practice by reviewing the expectations of and rules governing the ethical and responsible practice of law in Massachusetts and identifying the key elements of starting and maintaining a law office. A panel of practitioners and counsel from the Office of Bar Counsel highlights the values and standards that represent the best traditions and highest aspirations of the legal profession and guides you in implementing the best practices and procedures to make money while avoiding ethical missteps. Take advantage of this opportunity to raise your practice to the next level of professional excellence.

Agenda and written materials

  • The Rules Explained: An Intensive Immersion into the Mass.R.Prof.C. and Other Ethics Standards
  • Anatomy of the Attorney-Client Relationship: How To Communicate Effectively with Your Client
  • Common Ethical Problems: How To Recognize and Avoid Them
  • Conflicts of Interest: How They Result in Attorney Misconduct Charges
  • Best Practices for Law Office Management: Basic Office Requirements; Maintaining Files, Billing, Tickler and Other Systems; Trust Account Management
  • Stress Management for Lawyers: Alcohol Abuse and Other Vicissitudes of a Stressed-Out Life and Law Practice
  • Billing and Collections: A Skills Primer
  • Finance and Accounting for Lawyers: Budgeting, Planning, Meeting Tax Requirements, Creating and Maintaining Accounting Systems
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Table of Contents

Chair

James S. Bolan, Esq., Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox & Bolan LLP, Newton Centre

Faculty

Rodney S. Dowell, Esq., Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc., Boston
Jeffrey M. Graeber, Esq., Graeber, Davis & Cantwell, PC, Quincy
Constance V. Vecchione, Esq., Board of Bar Overseers, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Ronald A. Witmer, Esq., Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP, Boston

Speaker(s)

Fees

  • $225
  • $195 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $145 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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