If you are a member of The Florida Bar, this message is for you: Membership has benefits! This is especially true if you are among the overwhelming majority of lawyers who practice in small or solo law firms. In Florida, 33 percent of us are solo practitioners; 65 percent of us work in firms of five or less lawyers; 76 percent are in law firms of 10 or less lawyers; and 30 percent of Florida Bar members are young lawyers. These demographics should, and do, dictate the delivery of meaningful member benefits.
But just as important as making sure members have benefits that will make a difference, is making sure members know about them--so listen up.
The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute (PRI) exists to help attorneys with law office management and technology issues or concerns. PRI advisors are standing by to help with the business-related aspects of running a law firm. They are experienced practice management advisors who provide advice, assistance, and support--all free of charge. PRI's mission is to help attorneys implement best practices into their law firms--especially because they know many of us are fluent thinkers in the law, but not necessarily knowledgeable about business management and technology solutions. You can chat with them online, give them a call, or send them an email with your questions.
And there is no need to scramble to find CLEs, because there are over 57 hours of general CLE on practice management and technology solutions available 24/7 on the Bar's PRI website, and they are free--yes, free. All you need to do is click and play: pri.floridabar.org/videos/.
If you need a resource for caselaw, no problem. One of the most trusted online resources for legal research, Fastcase's Florida library and content, is available free of charge to Florida Bar members. In 2017, Fastcase 7 was rolled out with significant improvements to performance. There are six ways to filter your search results, and you can rank the most important of seven factors, bringing the most relevant documents to the top of the list. Access to Fastcase "classic" and Fastcase 7 is at no charge. To learn more, visit www.fastcase.com.
Three programs initiated by the Bar's Young Lawyers Division provide significant resources to lawyers of all ages. If you plan to start up or manage a law practice, all the tools a lawyer would...