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For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communications

New Jersey State Bar Association Hosts Fourth Annual Solo and Small-Firm Conference

The vast majority of New Jersey attorneys in private practice are in solo practices or work in small firms, and the numbers have continued to grow.


On Saturday, March 2, the New Jersey State Bar Association will host the Solo and Small-Firm Conference in Morristown. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


"Solo and small-firm attorneys are one of the most important sectors of the New Jersey legal profession and the State Bar Association is devoted to ensuring they have the education and resources they need to be a success," said New Jersey State Bar Association President Kevin P. McCann.  


At the daylong event, attendees will have a chance to learn more about using technology, fees, and ethics. The day begins with a boot camp, offering a rapid-fire look at ways attorneys can ethically market their practice. 


“A conference like this is crucial as many solos and small firms do not collaborate and compare notes on practice and practice management. Although technology does bridge the gap, such as listservs and blogs, there is no substitute for meeting people face to face. Simply because you are a solo, you are not alone and this conference proves this,” said Alison Leslie, chair of the association’s Solo and Small-Firm Section.


It is especially important to reach out to solo and small-firm lawyers who often face challenges and issues that are different from attorneys in large firms, said organizers.


"Solo and small firm lawyers have to both practice law and run a business. This conference is the single best place for them to get not only the latest legal trends but also solid guidance and information about law practice as a business," said William Mack, vice chair of the association’s Solo and Small-Firm Section.


The conference is part of the bar association’s larger efforts to help solo and small-firm attorneys. This year’s conference marks the first time the event will be held apart from the Annual Meeting and Convention in May. Attendance at the conference was a critical factor in moving it. In the first year, about 100 lawyers took part. This year, over 300 people are expected to attend. State bar officials said they plan to hold the conference in various areas of the state.


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