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Missouri Solo & Small Firm Conference SailingA three-day legal conference summed up in tweets

Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.

Saturday marked the end of the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. For three days approximately 1,000 lawyers gathered for seminars addressing the latest changes in substantive areas of the law, learned ways to improve practice management and have some fun.

The attendees left loaded with information; as Kirkwood, Missouri estate planning lawyer Robert W. Miller put it: “You feel energized.”

Over the course of three days I tweeted tips and advice gleaned from the speakers. For this blog post I’ve compiled 19 tweets representing a small sample of information shared during the conference.

  1. Use Acrobat Typewriter Tool to fill in “nonfillable” forms.
  2. Need to send a large attachment? YouSendIt or Megaupload.
  3. If you want to follow a site that doesn’t have RSS, use Page2rss.
  4. Avoid eye strain when trying to read websites by using Readability.
  5. Check out the iPhone J.D. blog.
  6. Want to avoid endless e-mails to set up meetings? MeetingWizard.com.
  7. Why not save client money by having motion docket via video conference?
  8. Speaker asks: Why aren’t lawyers lobbying courts about antiquated time-wasting processes?
  9. Hourly billing can operate as a disincentive for law firms to modernize.
  10. 2009 was a big year for alternative fee arrangements between Big Law and corporations.
  11. Want to see your phone on desk top? Sparus EveryWAN.
  12. TrueCrypt is an open-source free program to encrypt hard drive.
  13. Need to meet with out-of-state property expert? Combine GoToMeeting, Skype and Google Earth.
  14. YouSendIt is a good way to share docs and video, plus it provides a record of who opened it.
  15. Freeconferencecall.com: A free tool that saved one lawyer’s ski trip.
  16. Giveawayoftheday.com: Free license to one shareware program each day.
  17. For real estate lawyers, Google Earth is a good research tool and has been used at trial.
  18. Mozilla Firefox is a great browser that also has fantastic add-ons.
  19. More solo lawyers are moving to virtual practices. It cuts overhead, and more clients are embracing meetings via Skype.

Special thanks

Of course, it wasn’t all work. Special thanks to Kansas City attorney (and sailor) Donovan Dodrill for the invitation to go sailing on Friday night. He assembled a crew of lawyers and friends for an enjoyable evening on the lake.

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  2. Thomas G

    Really great list, thanks a lot for posting it! I also use SendToSign, it’s a service that allows me to send out agreements and get them digitally signed by my customers. Super effective, and free. What do you think, is it kosher?

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