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Managing Your Practice In A Noisy, Changing World

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Date(s) - 02/28/2014
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Buncombe County Courthouse


This CLE brings together a diverse group of experienced speakers on such topics as use of social media in practice and in marketing, firm and individual strategic planning and leadership, implementation of technology in practice (including helpful instruction in the use of an IPad) and other topics related to the four core areas of practice management: management, marketing, technology and finance. This 4-hour CLE program is geared towards practitioners in all sizes of firms in western North Carolina, and has been approved by the NC State Bar.


10 – 11:30  Marketing (75 minutes)

Jack Pringle: Ethical Use of Social Media

Ben Stevens: Small firm marketing: comprehensive look at use of the simple all the way up to how to implement social media for the small firm

Tom Grella: Individual Branding

11:45 – 12:45 Finance and Risk Management (60 minutes)

Patrick Brown: Implementation of risk management systems, avoidance of being victim of scams and embezzlement, consideration in   malpractice liability insurance

12:45 – 1:15  Lunch

1:15 – 2:00 Operations, Leadership and Resources (45 minutes)

Patrick Brown: Office Procedures and Client Selection

Tom Grella: Leadership and small firm strategic planning

2:00 – 3:00 Technology (60 minutes)

Ben Stevens: Small firm technology primarily on use of iPads and iPhones

Jack Pringle: Technology Adoption (Within a Project Management Framework). Includes some Cloud considerations and a number of practical technology tips –

Presenters for the CLE include:

Tom Grella is a partner with McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A., and chair of the firm’s Management Committee.

Thomas is a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Law Practice Management Section and is presently serving on its Executive Committee. He is serving a three-year term in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He is also a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism.

In 2005 he co-authored The Lawyers Guide to Strategic Planning for the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and he has led a forum on legal technology for the Association’s Young Lawyers Division. In 1990, he was honored with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the North Carolina Bar Association, and he has twice been named Asheville Kiwanian of the Year. He is Past Chair of the Arden Presbyterian Church Deacon Board and of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee. Thomas is a Member of Young Life of Asheville Buncombe County and is a Graduate of Leadership Asheville.

Jack Pringle is a partner with Adams and Reese LLP in Columbia, South Carolina.

Practicing law since 1996, Jack focuses on administrative and regulatory law, information technology, securities, public utilities, environmental law and land use litigation, and class action litigation. He is recognized by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Jack has experience in modern matters of privacy and security compliance for financial institutions, telecommunications providers and other businesses. A certified information privacy professional, he advises clients on the retention, collection, management, and production of electronically stored information. He assists clients with information security breach response and provides advice on how to implement processes that prevent and detect breaches.

Jack earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996, and earned his B.A., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in 1990.

J. Benjamin Stevens of The Stevens Firm, PA, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Ben is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and an experience divorce trial attorney.

He is currently a member of the Family Law Council of the South Carolina Bar. He previously served two terms as the Section Chair for the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Association of Justice (formerly SCTLA), and currently serves as Section Chair of its Technology Section and is a member of its Board of Governors. Ben is an active member of the South Carolina Bar, Spartanburg County Bar, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and Christian Legal Society.

Ben is a lifelong resident of South Carolina. He graduated cum laude from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management and a minor in Accounting. At Clemson, Ben was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, serving as its chapter President during his Senior year. He then obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and he has practiced law in Spartanburg, South Carolina ever since. Ben’s undergraduate background in business has proved particularly helpful in cases involving complex financial issues.

Patrick Brown serves as the Relationship Manager for Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina.

Prior to joining Lawyer’s Mutual, Patrick was engaged in private practice in the areas of real estate, foreclosure, creditor’s rights, and insurance subrogation – actively practicing in North Carolina and Virginia. He graduated from the Campbell University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review, and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology.

Patrick is licensed with the State Bars of North Carolina, Virginia, and District of Columbia, as well as with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Triangle Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.


This event is fully booked.