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Flying Solo: Managing Your Practice, Your Team, and Your Finances

Streams live on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11:30am EDT

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Linda Watson was a district attorney for years before she decided to start her own practice, a successful criminal and matrimonial law shop in Central Illinois. In this introduction to law practice management, she will share everything she learned about managing a thriving practice, staying ethical, and being a sought after attorney. 

First, she will discuss how to embrace technological aspects of managing a law practice - including digital platform operations, the tech you need to use every day, and different types of technology you may want to consider, depending on your practice area. Next, she will discuss staffing considerations, such as how many staff you need, how you know when to grow, what credentials to look for in support staff, how to ethically supervise non-lawyers, and how to provide a good work-life balance for your crew so that you can keep them long term. Finally, Linda will discuss finances - your own and your client’s. From client counseling to client trust accounts to payroll and other law firm expenses, Linda will break down the brutal truth about managing money as a solo practitioner.  


Learning Objectives:
 

  1. Ethically use technology in your solo practices, including client communications and digital marketing
  2. Hire and supervise a great support staff, and keep them long term
  3. Stay solvent and profitable as a solo practitioner

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Faculty

Linda J. Watson

Watson Law

Linda is a dynamic attorney who currently focuses her practice in criminal and family law. She helps those who have been wrongfully stopped or detained enforce their constitutional rights. Linda has been successful in suppressing wrongfully obtained evidence and knows how to obtain hard to get evidence. She focuses her family law practice on helping families create a healthy flow between households and quality communication between families. Linda is not afraid to make sure that children are always protected, by obtaining court ordered alcohol and drug treatments of parents and ensuring that parents follow strict appropriate codes of conduct and minimize the effect of a parent’s separation on children. Her solutions are creative and unique, often finding resolutions outside the box, specific to each client’s needs.

Prior to founding and building Watson Law in 2010, Linda was an assistant state’s attorney for nearly seven years, prosecuting everything from murder to traffic. She enjoys teaching continuing legal education both locally and nationally to other lawyers in such areas as digital forensic evidence and children’s hearsay statements admissibility. Ms. Watson has had a number of cases succeed at the Appellate level, having been published several times on new and novel issues including the use of Google Maps as probable cause, second seizure traffic stops, and complex child support issues.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband of many years, and their teenage son.  She is passionate in pursuing traveling, photography, reading, hiking, and learning a second language.