How to Future-Proof Your Law Firm, online CLE course for lawyers
The Future of Law: How to Future-Proof your Firm
  • Cosponsored with ABA Law Practice Division
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Why You Should Attend


Many think that the golden age of lawyers is gone – forever.


After the economy tanked, firms had trouble bringing business back to where it was largely because technology has become such a disruptive force in the practice of law. So much of what lawyers do is now commoditized (consider the services of LegalZoom and similar companies). The profession is also facing an overhaul of traditional modes of advancement in our field – perhaps taking a cue from the United Kingdom – with non-lawyers owning law firms and non-lawyers engaging in what used to be considered ‘legal work’ in the financial and real estate sectors.


Does one even need a law degree to work in the practice of law?


And what does the future hold in a world where only 50% of our law school graduates find work practicing law?


Attend this CLE program on the future of law for an engaging discussion of how to survive – and thrive – in this new era.

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What You Will Learn

Faculty will instruct you how to:

incorporate alternative billing in your practice

discover opportunities for lawyers in the “new normal”

mimic some of the most alluring features of “convenience stores”

find efficiencies which lower overhead and increase the bottom line

utilize some or all of the virtual lawyering tools and services

put some of the “reinventing law” principles into practice in your firm

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Who Should Attend

This continuing legal education program from ALI CLE will benefit all attorneys who seek to understand how to handle the changing times and/or reinvent their practices.

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Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia

Ms. Nelson is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a computer forensics and legal technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and has been in private practice ever since, now concentrating exclusively in electronic evidence law. Ms. Nelson is the current President of the Virginia State Bar, a past President of the Fairfax Bar Association, a Director of the Fairfax Law Foundation, and a member of ARMA’s E-Discovery Advisory Group. She is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Publishing Board, and a past chair of the ABA TECHSHOW. She is also a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, and serves on the Virginia State Bar Governing Council, its Executive Committee, and its Technology Committee, and as Chair of its Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. The Virginia Supreme Court appointed her to the Statewide E-Filing Committee beginning in 2010. She is a co-author of The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines (ABA, 2006) and Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms (ABA, 2006), as well as the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guides (ABA, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013). She is also a co-author of How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times (ABA, 2009).


James A. Calloway, Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma City

Jim is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program. He publishes the blog, Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips, and was the co-author of the book Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour (2d ed., 2002 ABA). He was chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2005. He is a former member of the Council of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and former chair of its Practice Management Advisors Committee. He was co-chair of the 2006 and 2007 GP/SOLO National Solo and Small Firm Conferences. He has been named a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. He writes Law Practice Tips column for the Oklahoma Bar Journal and co-hosts The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology podcast. 



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Program Schedule

All Times Eastern

1:00 p.m.  Program Begins

2:30 p.m.  Adjournment


Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 1.5; total 50-minute hours, 1.8.

Please Note: Programs focusing on law practice management may not be not approved in all jurisdictions. Credit may not be available in AL, DE, IN, LA, NC, NE, NH, TX, or VA. For up-to-date information on CLE credits for a particular jurisdiction, click on the “Mandatory CLE Credit” link in the box titled, “Course Details,” at the top left of this web page.

Suggested Prerequisite: None

Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate

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Eastern 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Central 12:00 pm –1:30 pm
Mountain 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pacific 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Alaska 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Hawaii 8:00 am – 9:30 am

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