OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference 2018 Has a Service and Security Focus

by Jim Calloway, OBA Management Assistance Program Director

“Serve Your Clients and Protect Their Data”, is the theme of the 2018 OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference, which will be held June 21-23 at the River Spirit Casino Resort, in Tulsa.

The resort’s Margaritaville-themed attractions provide a relaxing backdrop for educational conference offerings that are innovative and timely. We are again offering children’s activities and fun social events this year.

It is important for all lawyers to guard their client’s confidences and protect themselves against hackers and other wrongdoers while avoiding measures that are financially unaffordable or that a lawyer who is not a technology expert cannot easily manage. This year will include a special Cybersecurity Fair, sponsored by Eide Bailly, Gable Gotwals and Anglin PR. New and innovative ways to serve clients will be central to the conference this year with a special focus on limited scope services, client portals and serving clients via a virtual law practice.

Natalie Kelly, Director of the Law Practice Management Program for the Georgia State Bar Association, will be presenting at our conference for the first time. She was Chair of the 2014 ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board and is a recognized authority on all aspects of law practice management and technology. She has given literally hundreds of presentations on law office management and technology.

We will also be joined by Brooke Moore, an Arkansas lawyer who operates a virtual law practice at Myvirtual.lawyer. She is an ABA TECHSHOW 2018 speaker and is a 2017 Fastcase 50 Award recipient. She will join me and OBA PMA Darla Jackson for a session on client portals. She has worked on the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission’s task force on limited scope representation to advance practical and ethical initiatives that allow attorneys to better serve the needs of today’s legal consumers. She will speak at ABA TECHSHOW 2018 and is a 2017 Fastcase 50 Award recipient.

Robert Spector, OU College of Law professor emeritus, will present his now-legendary “Family Law Update” and a presentation on     “Child Custody Jurisdiction – Understanding the UCCJEA.” Mr. Spector is known as a go-to authority on family law in Oklahoma and his long list of accomplishments is well-known to Oklahoma family lawyers. His long list of accomplishments is well-known to Oklahoma family lawyers.

Chelsey Lambert, founder and publisher of Lex Tech Review will also be sharing her expertise this year. Chelsey has had a very varied career in many aspects of law office technology, and is an accomplished speaker.

OBA General Counsel Gina Hendryx and I will present “Cyber Ethics in the Digital Age.

Great educational offerings abound at our conference including Navigating Tribal Court Practice, Division of Military Retirement Benefits, Marketing Your Law Practice on the Web, Lean Six Sigma in Law Firms and Get It In. Keep It Out. – Evidence & Objections.See the accompanying program schedule for the full list of sessions offered.

The conference coincides with the Young Lawyers Division Midyear Meeting and several of our programs are designed with a focus on skills training for the young lawyer, including Natalie Kelly “Opening a New Law Practice” and one we have titled “Just a Simple Probate”. We all know that sometimes what appears to be simple may turn out not to be so simple.

But perhaps the most important aspect of the OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference every year, is the people who attend. Many events promote their networking opportunities, but this conference will provide extended time to meet and network with lawyers from across the state. But this conference is special with extended time to visit with many lawyers from all across the state who can provide you with advice, friendship and possible referrals.

So mark your calendar now for June 21-23. We suggest registering and reserving your hotel room earlier rather than later this year.