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Five Minute Mentor Series-Videos

 

*Videos are listed by date, with the most recent at the top.

 

Employee Misclassification:  Independent Contractor vs. Employee; Exempt vs. Non Exempt Status
Jan. 13, 2014
with Peter Rudy

What is Misclassification of Employees and why should you care? Because the US Department of Labor just announced it will fine and seek damages from any employer that incorrectly classifies its employees - no more warnings.  Every lawyer who either has employees or advises businesses with employees must recognize these new issues. This program examines what the US Department of Labor in Denver looks at, how to correctly classify employees in the hot button areas, and how to fix past "mistakes." Click here to purchase this CLE.

 

The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Law
Oct. 14, 2013

with Catherine Brown
 

Do you have clients with foreign spouses or employees? Or do you have foreign clients?  It may be advantageous for you to know more about immigration law to better serve your own clients or refer them to an attorney who specializes in immigration law. Immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law so recognizing when an immigration problem arises is key to maximizing your client service. This presentation is geared toward attorneys who do not practice immigration law or perhaps are beginning practitioners in the area of immigration law.  Click here to purchase this CLE.

Discharge of Marital Obligations
Sept. 9, 2013
with Rob Cohen

Learn How to Protect Your Client When Bankruptcy is an Issue in Divorce.  Beyond child support and maintenance, learn what is dischargeable and what is not dischargeable and how to protect your client in practice. Also learn about the bankruptcy trustee's perspective. Click here to purchase this CLE.

 

Income Tax Benefits for Small Law Firms
August 12, 2013

with Natalie and Joseph Lutz
 

Find out more about income tax rates for the self employed including the new 2013 rates, advantages and disadvantages of S-corporations, as well as the benefits of having your office and home together.

Trust Account Basics
May 13, 2013
with Jamie Sudler

This seminar provides an overview of how a lawyer should and should not use a trust account. It includes basic examples of everyday practices and problems, and some bookkeeping practices are also covered. Click here to purchase this CLE.

 

Lawyer Website Marketing
April 8, 2013

with Dustin Ruge
 

As a solo or small firm practitioner, how important is website marketing to the success of your solo/small firm practice? What role are mobile searches and devices playing in the search for an attorney? Click here to purchase this CLE.

Colorado Professionalism and the United Nations Darfur, Africa
with Richard Pennington 

The relationship between law, ethics, professionalism, and being “helpful.” How clients' professionalism concerns intersect those of the attorneys.

 

BYOD —Bring Your Own Device
March 11, 2013

with Phil Shuey

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the hot topic in the IT world, but what does it mean for the solo and small firm? Learn what BYOD is, and is not, and how to leverage the concept in your practice.
Click here to purchase this CLE.

Death of a Solo, Death of a Law Practice
Feb. 11, 2013

with Barb Cashman 

What will happen to your solo/small firm practice in the event of your disability or death? Do you have a plan?  The vast majority of solo and small firm types don't!  This presentation reviews a few different scenarios of what might happen when there is no planning. Click here to purchase this CLE.

 

Legal Lightning—Using Technology to Spark Efficiency and Profitability in Your Firm
Jan. 14, 2013

with Tom Zichterman

The most profitable law firms share two common characteristics. First, they all run a very efficient ship—one that integrates flexible software with well-defined business process. Second, they all focus on the hardest part of the practice, generating income, while leaving technology to those who know it best. This presentation outlines how law firms, by making the right business decisions about software, systems and infrastructure, can vastly increase their revenue, decrease their costs and run a vastly more profitable business. Click here to purchase this CLE.

Quick and Easy Tips to Safeguard Client Data
Dec. 10, 2012

with Reba Nance  

The Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct require that all lawyers protect client confidentiality. Reba Nance discusses quick and easy things lawyers can do to ensure that their clients' data is protected. Click here to purchase this CLE.

 

Wearing Two Hats: The Ethics of Being Both an Attorney and Real Estate Broker (and other Dual Practice Ethical Dilemmas)
Nov. 12, 2012

with Eric L. Nesbitt

Following and abiding by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct can be challenging enough for an attorney, but issues can become even more complicated if you are practicing two professions. Eric Nesbitt, a Colorado licensed real estate attorney and commercial real estate broker, covers ethical considerations involved with actively practicing dual occupations. Click here to purchase this CLE.

Design, Build and Run Your Practice So You Can Leave It (With a Smile)
Oct. 8, 2012

with Maria B. Lopez  

Develop a practice model that fits you, consider time frames for transition planning, learn about selling your practice, technology issues, valuation elements, and more.

 

Quick Tips on Oral Advocacy
Sept. 27, 2012

with Judge Richard Gabriel

Quick Tips for Persuasive Writing
Sept. 27, 2012

with Judge Richard Gabriel

Lawyers as Independent Contractors in Firms
Sept. 10, 2012

with Dave Sprecace

Learn about the possible implications for lawyers practicing as independent contractors in firms
 

Technology and Your Firm
Aug. 22, 2012

with Phil Shuey

Phil Shuey explains the technological considerations when opening your own law firm.

Click here for more information about the 2012 Hanging Your Shingle event.

Lawyers on Facebook — Oh My!
Aug. 13, 2012

with Barb Cashman

Become more comfortable talking about and considering the use of your own “brand” in social media, primarily Facebook.  We identify some of the legal and ethical risks of Facebook, and how to mitigate such risks and still have a satisfying and meaningful engagement with social media.    


 

From the Trenches
Aug. 6, 2012

with Siddhartha Rathod

Small firm attorney Siddhartha Rathod offers his tips for attorneys who are starting a firm on their own.

Click here for more information about the 2012 Hanging Your Shingle event.

Choosing Clients Wisely: A 5-Step Plan
June 11, 2012

With Jon Olafson

While your livelihood depends on having clients, not all clients are good clients. Most client problems can be avoided by choosing clients more carefully. Regardless of the size of your practice, you will save time and maximize your profit potential by developing and implementing an easy five step plan to smart client selection.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.

Show Me the Money: Best Practices for Getting Paid
May 15, 2012

with Jeff Joseph and Kirby Gamblin Josep.

Whether you are a new practitioner or a seasoned veteran looking for new ideas, this program will provide you with best practices for getting paid. Join Jeff Joseph and Kirby Gamblin Joseph for an hour to learn what tools have helped to make their practice more profitable.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.
DOs and DON'Ts of Starting a Law Firm
March 12, 2012

So, you are ready to start your own law firm. Great! Get off on the right foot by following a few simple “DOs and DON’Ts.” Siddhartha H. Rathod and Qusair Mohamedbhai provide useful tips to cover some of the most common pitfalls and traps that attorneys make when starting their own firm.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.
Solos Working Together: Successful Collaboration
February 13, 2012

Susan Larsen and Cassandra Netzke discuss how solo practitioners might work together—to the benefit of both your clients and colleagues.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.
Secrets to Solo and Small Firm Success:
Getting Clients, Keeping Them, and Unique Ethical Issues
December 19, 2011

Solo attorney Dan Sweetser discusses the basics of setting up a firm, marketing considerations, ethical considerations and professionalism.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.
File Retention and Related Ethical Issues
November 14, 2011

Chip Mortimer discusses file retention and related ethical issues. Click here for materials.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.
Blogging and What it Can Do for Your Solo or Small Firm
October 10, 2011

with Barbara Cashman.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.
Getting Paid: Using Credit Cards at Your Solo or Small Firm
September 12, 2011

with Brian Popp.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.
Metrics of Financial Success
July 8, 2011

with Ed Poll.

Click here to purchase the hour long CLE, available in MP3 Audio or video-on-demand download.