Solo and Small Firm Conference 2014


Course Date: October 24, 2014

Total: 6h 2min

Welcome and Introduction

David J. Bilinsky — Practice Management Advisor, Law Society of BC, Vancouver

1. Introduction

Business School for Lawyers: What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School                                                                        

Thomas L. Spraggs Jr. — Spraggs & Co. Law Corporation, Coquitlam

2. Business and Finance     

Managing the Finances: Making the Numbers Work                                                                         

Gordon Holley, CPA, CA — President & CEO, Humanity Financial Management Inc., West Vancouver

Getting the Business Plan Right

Lena Koke, BA, JD, MBA — Axess Law, Toronto (presenting live via video conference)
Mark Morris, BA, LLB, MBA — Axess Law, Toronto (presenting live via video conference)

Networking Break

3. Law Office Management and Technology

A. Cloud Computing: Backup and Storage

Brian Mauch — President, BMC Networks Inc., Vancouver  

 B. Paperless Office: Document Management and Assembly

 Euan F. Sinclair — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

 C. Gear, Gadgets, and More

 David A. Paul, QC — Paul & Company, Kamloops

Lunch with Featured Speakers: CBA Legal: Futures Report

Fred W. Headon — Air Canada, Dorval, QC (live via video conference)
Lisa C. Fong — Ng Ariss Fong, Vancouver

4. Marketing Ethically

Being Innovative and Ethical in Marketing                          

Doug Jasinski — Skunkworks Creative Group Inc., Vancouver
Blair Lill — Director, Marketing & Business Development, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

5. Solo and Small Firm Practice

A. Dealing with Self-Represented and Freemen of the Land

David J. Bilinsky — Practice Management Advisor, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Jamie F. Maclaren — Executive Director, Access Pro Bono Society of BC, Vancouver

B. Limited Scope Retainers

Carol W. Hickman, QC — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster

C. Staying Out of Hot Water

Doug Munro — Law Society of BC, Vancouver

Networking Break

6. Solo and Small Firm Issues

Threats and Opportunities for Small Firms

David J. Bilinsky — Practice Management Advisor, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Thomas L. Spraggs Jr. — Spraggs & Co. Law Corporation, Coquitlam

7. Unconference Session on Solo and Small Firm Practice

Your Issues—Your Session

David J. Bilinsky — Practice Management Advisor, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Raymond Lee — CLE Society of BC, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks

David J. Bilinsky — Practice Management Advisor, Law Society of BC, Vancouver