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THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017

9:00 - 10:30am 
 (1.5 MCLE Credits)
1(a)  Mindful Practices for Lawyers
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It is also a set of techniques and methods for systematically developing this awareness. The practice of mindful awareness has a variety of well-documented impacts, including a reduction in toxic stress, an increase in emotion regulation, and an improvement in sustained attention, focus and executive functioning. The central objective of the course is for participants to have the tools necessary to continue their mindfulness practice after the course is completed.  This is an experiential course, so you will be both learning the techniques and applying them.  There will be some movement as well, so please wear comfortable clothing.
Speaker:  Samara Anderson, Esq.

1(b)  Ethical Traps for Solos and Small Firms (Incl. 1.0 Ethics Credit)
What distinctive ethical issues do solo and small firm attorneys face in their practices? How do the Rules of Professional Conduct structure the way you should cope with those issues? What traps lie in wait for the inattentive practitioner? This seminar will help you explore many of the ethical challenges of small firm practice.
Speaker: Mike Kennedy, Esq. 

1(c)  VBA/VLS Incubator Program: Adventures in Scavenger Hunting
Recent graduates of and the current participant in the VBA/VLS Incubator Program have been ahead of the curve, achieving early success in the utilization of mentoring and Vermont admission requirements. Incubator attorneys share experiences with their required "scavenger hunt" of certain pillars of Vermont practice, so popular that they are now part of the new rules of admission.  Gain perspective about title searches, court hearings, town government, mentoring and more from lawyers fresh out of the program.
Speakers:  Mary Ashcroft, Jeannette Eicks, Cristina Mansfield, Joanna Watts, Doug Brines, Esqs.


11:00 am - 12:30 pm (1.5 MCLE Credits)
2(a)  Umatter Suicide Prevention--Mental Health Wellness Promotion (Incl. 1.0 Ethics Credit)
The Umatter Suicide Prevention program is designed to enable professionals to implement suicide prevention in their community.  The program provides general information about suicide prevention and will equip participants as Gatekeepers.  In suicide prevention, a Gatekeeper refers to someone who knows basic information about suicide, believes it can be prevented, learns basic intervention skills and has the confidence to respond. The practice of law is inherently stressful and there is a marked risk of substance abuse, depression and suicide in the profession. Learning to spot risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and suicide is particularly important to attorneys who are duty-bound to report when another attorney’s fitness to practice is in question (See RPC Rule 8.3a).
Speaker: JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D.


2(b)  Running your Law Practice Like a Business 
Don't just own your law job, operate your business.  Learn recommendations for how to treat your law practice as a business.  This presentation will review practice management issues.  We go beyond the basics and learn how to make our practices thrive. Learn about entity choice, LLC provisions, origination credit, revenue collection, billing pointers and more.
Speaker: Gene Policastri, Esq.  


2(c)  Outsourcing: Leveraging Vermont Resources and Maximizing Profits
Outsourcing gives small firms the opportunity to grow their business without growing their overhead. LPO's in Vermont provide access to a vast network of resources, experience, and knowledge without having the long-term payroll burden of a highly experienced staff. Hear from three distinct Vermont LPO's in this informative session designed to broaden the way you think about running your business.

Speakers:  Jonathan CoutureSheldon Katz, Susan Randall

2(d)  Succession Planning: Exit Strategies
Learn how to safeguard your future and your law firm’s future. This session will provide guidance to help solo and small firm practitioner attorneys and law firms: to maximize value when closing a law practice, to assess succession readiness, to transition the firm and clients, and to successfully navigate and execute various exit strategies.

Speaker: Julius Ciembroniewicz, Esq.


FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017

8:45 - 10:15 am
 (1.5 MCLE Credits)
3(a)  Memory Master Session One, Part I
Develop better concentration, reduce stress, remember names of jurors in trials and clients in other professional settings. For any attorney, a trained memory makes you more productive and powerful. This program will show how to train your brain to make polished presentations, cross-examine in confidence, and help you get through the day without the fear of forgetting. You can improve your memory. This 3-hour program shows how.  (Sign up for either Parts I and II of Session One or Parts I and II of Session Two – These are 3-hour duplicate programs.)
Speaker: Paul Mellor


3(b)  Social Media Marketing
Facebook's population is almost 4 times greater than that of the entire United States of America. You and the staff at all levels in your law firm can be trained to optimize this predominant social media platform to drive new clients, increase client engagement and spread awareness of your brand. In a fast-paced session, attendees will become well-versed in how to set up and manage their business Page, with an emphasis on branding themselves in accord with the marketing of their law firm. There will also be a time for Q&A to discuss tips & tricks and answer any social media questions you may have.
Speaker: Anthony Marrone, Esq.

3(c)  Balanced Living For Lawyers
This training will familiarize participants with the many ways that the lives of attorneys can fall out of balance. After reviewing an overview of stress and specific stressors for attorneys, the presenter will discuss values-based living and allow participants the chance to consider how consistent their lives are with their own values. Participants will leave this seminar with strategies that can help to rebalance their lives effectively and develop a self-management plan.
Speaker: John O'Brien, PhD

3(d)
  Federal Tax Issues Facing Solos and Small Firms
This session will review a few key tax issues that are important for small firms/solos and their clients.  We will discuss in some detail: Divorce taxation; tax treatment of damages and settlements, including attorneys’ fees; timing of income recognition and deductions for small firms/solos; estimated tax issues; home offices, cell phones and other problems; current tax scams and finally a discussion of who is a tax return preparer and why should I care?
Speaker: Joseph Ronan, Esq.


10:45 - 12:15 (1.5 MCLE Credits)
4(a)  Memory Master Session One, Part II
Develop better concentration, reduce stress, remember names of jurors in trials and clients in other professional settings. For any attorney, a trained memory makes you more productive and powerful. This program will show how to train your brain to make polished presentations, cross-examine in confidence, and help you get through the day without the fear of forgetting. You can improve your memory. This 3-hour program shows how.  (Sign up for either Parts I and II of Session One or Parts I and II of Session Two – These are 3-hour duplicate programs.)
Speaker: Paul Mellor

4(b)  Personalize your Practice: Starting Your Own Firm
Learn from three successful small firm and solo practitioners who have taken the leap succesfully.  Get the full scoop on the logistics, benefits, tricks and traps of branching out and setting up your own firm.  From concept down to equipment, tap into their knowledge and prepare yourself for your small firm or solo venture.
Speakers:  Amber Barber, David Angus and Caryn Waxman, Esqs. 

4(c)  Drunk Texts and Facebook Likes: How to Get Electronic and Social Media Evidence Admitted
Social networking sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter continue to gain in popularity, as do instant messaging services and text messages.  Reflecting that, court decisions around the country have begun to address the admissibility of such media in cases ranging from personal injury to trademark infringement.  Come and learn how to get that edge in your case in this fast-evolving area where technology and evidence merge.

Speakers:  Andrew Manitsky and Greg Weimer, Esqs.

4(d)  Stress Management for Lawyers
This training will help you learn both the sources of stress in your job as well as effective ways to manage them. When was the last time that you invested in yourself and your health? Join us for this workshop that will provide you with practical strategies you can implement when you return to work on Monday morning. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify sources of general life stress as well as the specific stressors from work as an attorney; discuss the physiological changes that occur as stress levels increase.; and implement practical skills for managing stress effectively.
Speaker: John O'Brien, PhD


1:30 - 3:00 pm (1.5 MCLE Credits)
5(a)  Memory Master Session Two, Part I (this is a DUPLICATE of Session One)
Develop better concentration, reduce stress, remember names of jurors in trials and clients in other professional settings. For any attorney, a trained memory makes you more productive and powerful. This program will show how to train your brain to make polished presentations, cross-examine in confidence, and help you get through the day without the fear of forgetting. You can improve your memory. This 3-hour program shows how.  
(Sign up for either Parts I and II of Session One or Parts I and II of Session Two – These are 3-hour duplicate programs.)
Speaker: Paul Mellor

5(b)  The Productive Solo:  Navigating solo and small firm practice using the latest in personal productivity and technology
Do you find yourself busy all day but accomplishing little? Can your office function without you being there to oversee everyone and everything? Do you have goals for your firm but struggle to make progress? Jim and Drew will talk about their experience using productivity strategies and complementary technology that allow lawyers freedom to get work done, make a profit and have some fun. 
Speakers: James E. Knapp and Drew Palcsik, Esqs.



5(c)  Unleashing the Power of Casemaker
This session will review the features of Casemaker Web Library and provide an overview on how to use it to your best advantage.  Learn beginner and advanced tips on this comprehensive online research tool available to VBA members. We will cover research techniques, resources, saving, annotating, organizing research files, bill files and more. Key features will be explained in detail through live step-by-step demonstrations.
Speaker: Rebecca Skeeles, Esq.


3:15- 4:45 pm (1.5 MCLE Credits)
6(a)  Memory Master Session Two, Part II (this is a DUPLICATE of Session One)
Develop better concentration, reduce stress, remember names of jurors in trials and clients in other professional settings. For any attorney, a trained memory makes you more productive and powerful. This program will show how to train your brain to make polished presentations, cross-examine in confidence, and help you get through the day without the fear of forgetting. You can improve your memory. This 3-hour program shows how.  (Sign up for either Parts I and II of Session One or Parts I and II of Session Two – These are 3-hour duplicate programs.)
Speaker: Paul Mellor

6(b) Legal Marketing 101 for New and Established Small Firms
The idea of personal branding comes down to a single question - what do you want to be known and valued for? In this informative and interactive workshop, legal marketing consultant and business development coach John F. Reed, Esq. will guide participants through the steps necessary to answer this critical question and grow your practice, including: identifying your unique attributes, developing a personal statement, finding the right tools, leveraging marketing activities and more. Through real-world examples and common sense advice, John will demonstrate how your brand should be the basis for your business planning efforts.
Speaker: John F. Reed, Esq. 

6(c)  Immigration Issue-Spotting for General Practitioners
Immigration issues may be present and may be affecting many of your clients’ cases without you being aware.  Learn the basics of immigration that may impact your family, employment, criminal or other general practice cases.   Knowing some of the basics will help you better advise your clients generally and help you know when a referral to an immigration attorney is in order.
Speaker: Sidney Collier,  and Erin Jacobsen, Esqs.