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Upcoming Seminar Presentations by Ellen Freedman

I am often asked how to find out when and where I will be presenting a seminar.  And I repeatedly promise to blog about my upcoming presentations.  But usually I am too busy actually doing the presentations to take the time to write about them beforehand.  I know, do as I say and not as I do!

August, September and October are going to be busy MCLE months.  I will be on the road presenting in many venues.  Most of the courses qualify for ethics credit.  For additional information or to register, contact the county bar association which is sponsoring my seminar(s).

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Sponsor:  Barley Snyder
Contact:  Rose Lowther
Lancaster County
Email Etiquette & Ethics

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Sponsor: Lehigh County Bar
Contact: Nancy Devers
The Essential Building Blocks of a Successful Solo or Small Firm Practice

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Sponsor: Mercer County Bar
Contact: Debra Arner
 Survival 101: Law Practice Emergency Planning for Death or Disability

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Sponsor: Erie County Bar
Contact: Sandra Brydon Smith
The Essential Building Blocks of a Successful Solo or Small Firm Practice
Records Management
Survival 101: Law Practice Emergency Planning for Death or Disability

Friday, August 28, 2015
Sponsor: Washington County Bar
Contact: Kathy Sabol
Efficiently and Effectively Administering Your Practice (3 hrs)

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Sponsor: PA Bar Institute  (program by PBA Statutory Law Committee)
Contact: Beverly Hendry
Program: Legislative Process, Statutory Drafting, Regulatory Process & Update
Part-time Practice

Friday, September 18, 2015
Sponsor: Monroe County Bar (Bench Bar)
Contact: Denise Burdge
Winding Down a Practice

Friday, October 9, 2015
Sponsor: Franklin County Bar (Bench Bar)
Contact: Amelia Ambrose
Topic not yet selected . . . stay tuned for update!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Sponsor: Montgomery Bar Association (Family Law Section)
Survival 101: Law Practice Emergency Planning for Death or Disability
Billing and Collecting for Family Law Attorneys

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Sponsor: Montgomery Bar Association (Leadership Academy)
Business Planning

Friday, October 30, 2015
Sponsor: Adams County Bar (Bench Bar)
Contact: Barbara Entwistle
3 Sessions . . . Topics not yet selected . . . stay tuned for update!

If you get to attend one of these sessions, I invite you to post a comment or two on my blog, LinkedIn, or Facebook page.  Or you can Tweet during or after the session.  It’s all good!

Disaster Planning, Prevention and Recovery — Free Seminar

I am pleased to let you know that the Greater Philadelphia Professional Counsel will be presenting a seminar on Disaster Planning on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  Registration and free breakfast begins at 7:45 – 8:30 am.  The seminar will run from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.  There is no charge for the seminar, but pre-registration is required.

It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Washington, PA.  I will be one of the panel members.  Additional information and registration can be found at

I hope to see you there!

Upcoming MCLE Seminars

I have two confessions:

1)  I do have a calendar for upcoming events on my web site, but can’t get into it to update it.  I just haven’t had time to figure out what’s wrong.

2)  I have not posted to my blog in quite a while.  This is one of those “do as I say and not as I do” situations, because I believe it’s important to post at least 3 – 4 times a week.  I think it’s been at least a month since I’ve posted.  Mia culpa.  Blame it on too much work, too many road trips (late spring through early summer is a heavy CLE period), and a ton of gardening.

I still have quite a few seminars coming up in the near future.  If one is at a county near you, please contact their Bar Association for registration details.  Outsiders are normally welcomed for my presentations.  Virtually all are given for Ethics credit.

Please be sure to come up before or afterward to introduce yourself.

Hope to see you there!


Berks County Solo & Small Firm Conference

Turn Your Smartphone into a Legal Assistant



Monroe County Bar – Bench Bar Conference

The Law Firm Life Cycle:  From Inception Through Sale or Closing



Franklin County Bar – Bench Bar Conference

Billing Done Right: From Nightmares to Nirvana



Delaware County Bar

Survival 101: Law Practice Emergency Planning for Death or Disability



Dauphin County Bar

Using Trial Tools in the High Tech Courtroom



Lehigh County Bar

Social Media:  Part of Today’s Client Development and Retention Toolkit



Lehigh County Bar

50 Finance Tips in 60 Minutes



Bucks County Bar “Ellen-A-Thon”

Survival 101: Law Practice Emergency Planning for Death or Disability

Billing Done Right: From Nightmares to Nirvana

Challenges of 2013 and Beyond


Upcoming Seminar Presentations

I have quite a few CLE seminar presentations scheduled for May & June.  If you’re going to be in the area, you might want to register for the CLE credits.  I promise you will be both educated and entertained 🙂 !

Allegheny County Bar Association Institute for Gender Equality
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Client Service and Marketing for Women Attorneys Within Ethical Boundaries
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (registration 8:00 a.m.)
Register online at

Beaver County Bar Association
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Technology Tools to Level the Playing Field for Solo & Small Firm Attorneys
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception
Contact the Bar Association for additional details.

Erie County Bar Association
Friday, May 17, 2013
Social Media:  Part of Today’s Client Development and Retention Toolkit
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
The Art & Science of Setting and Raising Rates
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Survival 101:  Emergency Planning for Your Law Practice
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Register here.

I am also pleased to be returning to Maryland this year to present at the Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting on Friday, June 14, 2013.  The event is being held at the fabulous Clarion Resort Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD.   What a great location for June.

Get a Grip! Effectively and Efficiently Administering Your Practice While Making the Most of Your Time
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
50 Finance Tips in 60 Minutes
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

If we’ve never had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face, please be sure to stop by after the presentation to introduce yourself!




ABA TechShow – Ready and Waiting

The American Bar Association’s TechShow is THE place to be if you want to get up to speed on the latest gizmos,  trends and technologies deployed by law firms.  I look forward to it each year.

I arose early this morning after a scant 1.5 hours of sleep — trying to clean up client work before departure — to make my way to Philly airport to catch a flight to Chicago. My suitcase came in at 48.5 lbs out of an allowable 50 lbs before a hefty $$ penalty applies.  So much for my usual practice of grabbing all the vendor “swag” I can fit into my suitcase.

 The windy city has not disappointed thus far.  Sunny, crisp breeze, moderate temperature, and a lovely room at the Hilton on Michigan Avenue.  Enroute from airport to  hotel, I had a delightful cab ride with a Nigerian driver who spoke beautiful English.  The accent is surprisingly similar to Jamaican.  Turns out he has his Masters in Psychology from St. Joseph’s in my neck of the woods, but couldn’t get the job he wanted, and wasn’t earning a decent wage with what he could get.  So he decided to drive cabs instead, and relocated to where he could earn the best money doing it.  He is working hard to earn enough to bring over his wife and baby daughter,  He couldn’t wait to show me pictures.  Maybe it was a ploy to increase his tip, who knows, but it was a great chat nonetheless.

So I’m unpacked, and awaiting the start of my annual update on everything related to law firm technology.  I’m especially looking forward to sessions on mobile apps, courtroom technology, Windows 8, security,  and more.    Some people come to the show to get a break from the office.  They spend as much or more time with local entertainment as they do in class.  Not me.  I take my educational opportunities very seriously.  There won’t be a timeslot that doesn’t have me in a class.  Class-free  breaks will have me going from booth to booth in the extensive exhibit hall, to see first-hand what’s new, and familiarize myself with vendors new to the marketplace.

This year my stay is much more comfortable thanks all my personal tech.  Let’s start with my high quality and very small pop-up  portable stereo speaker, all the great tunes I put on my iPhone, the multi-plug electrical cord I brought which makes it possible to plug everything in conveniently right on the night table.  No more taking turns in charging iPhone and iPad.  No more running across the room when the phone rings while being charged.    And I can leave my laptop in the room, and just carry my itty-bitty iPad around, using the convenient app to review handouts, make notes in sessions using the portable Bluetooth keyboard, keep track of which sessions I intend to attend, and even locate the next classroom on the map.

Stay tuned.  It’s going to be an exciting week.

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