Professionalism Boot Camp (EPC211210)

Friday, December 10, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)


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Presented by the Professionalism Committee

This program has been changed to a webinar

About the Program

Learn the skills needed to practice effectively and ethically. Attending this seminar will help you to launch and navigate a successful career in law.

Program Sessions:

Plenary:  Avoiding a Grievance
Concurrent Sessions:
1A: Creating a Small, 21st Century Law Office
1B: Mastering Technology in a Law Office
Concurrent Sessions:
2A: Screening New Clients, Billing, and Fee Agreements
2B: Networking and Rainmaking
Plenary: Ethical Dos and Don'ts of Social Media

You Will Learn

  • Best practices to avoid being grieved
  • How to screen new clients, develop effective billing, and fee arrangements 
  • Insights on visioning, creating, and sustaining a successful small office legal practice
  • How to leverage technology to maximize your success 
  • How to effectively network and develop and grow a profitable law firm 
  • About the legal ethics of social media 

Who Should Attend

Attorneys who want to master the skills needed to practice more effectively and ethically.


Member $75 
Non-Member $100 
Student Member $15

Virtual registration costs include electronic materials.

The Connecticut Bar Association reserves the right to transfer any planned in-person or hybrid CLE program to a virtual-only webinar at its own discretion. Registrants will be notified in advance of the date of the program if such a change is made.


David Atkins David P. Atkins
Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

James-W-Bergenn James W. Bergenn
Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

!No-Headshot Michael P. Bowler
Connecticut Judicial Branch, East Hartford

Mark Dubois Mark A. Dubois
Geraghty & Bonnano LLC, New London

Ficocello Joseph F. Ficocello
Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Meghan Freed Meghan Freed
Freed Marcroft LLC, Hartford

David_Friedman David P. Friedman
Murtha Cullina LLP, Stamford

Brooke Goff Brooke A. Goff
Goff Law Group LLC, West Hartford

Sally Laroche Sally R. Laroche
Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

A Minchella Anthony R. Minchella
Minchella & Associates LLC, Middlebury

Chris Nelson Chris R. Nelson
Nelson | Votto, New Haven

J Rossi Jennifer R. Rossi
Law Office of Jennifer Rossi LLC, West Hartford

shearin_tim James T. Shearin
Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

Professionalism Boot Camp Agenda (EPC211210)

Opening Plenary | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
Avoiding a Grievance – Common Pitfalls (EPC211210-OP)

This session will provide an overview of some of the most common - and most easily avoided - reasons lawyers stumble into disciplinary trouble. Together with some suggested common sense measures to avoid such trouble.

Concurrent Sessions 1 | 2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. EST
Creating a Small, 21st Century Law Office (EPC211210-1A)

Tony and Jenn will provide attendees with insight and learning objectives for creating a successful small office legal practice, including creating a vision for your practice, sustaining your practice, maintaining client relationships, practical considerations, and lessons learned. Tony has been practicing law since 1996 and started his firm in 2003. Tony has been teaching law firm operations at Quinnipiac Law School for the past 8 years. Jenn has been practicing law since 1995 and started her firm in 2010 focusing on business litigation, construction litigation, and some personal injury matters.

Mastering Technology in a Law Office (EPC211210-1B)

Learn from a lead IT professional.  Understand significant IT changes a large firm felt necessary, to develop lessons for smaller firms lacking a similar staff “Chief Technology Officer”.

Break | 3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. EST
Concurrent Sessions 2 | 3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. EST
Screening New Clients, Billing, and Fee Agreements (EPC211210-2A)

The attorney-client relationship is the bedrock of private practice, and it begins with your first introduction to a new client.  Defining and setting the parameters of this relationship is therefore one of the most important (and often tricky) skills that a lawyer needs to learn.  This session will provide some basic advice and practical tips about selecting clients, establishing your professional relationship with them, and ultimately having them pay you for your services. 

Networking and Rainmaking (EPC211210-2B)

Rainmaking can be an intimidating concept for many lawyers, but it doesn’t have to be.  Learn the simple steps, best practices and novel approaches to marketing that if employed on a consistent basis will provide the best chance for success.  This session will also explore how to turn your marketing efforts into individualized and targeted business development approaches. Do not spend money without creating a marketing strategy that works within your budget and meets your individual goals. 

Break | 4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Closing Plenary | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST
Ethical Dos and Don’ts of Social Media (EPC211210-CP)

Two experienced lawyers will show you both the benefits and risks of using social media as an integral part of law firm marketing and presence-building. You will learn how firms use different forms of social media to attract business and educate their clients. You will also learn of the regulatory requirements, risks and ethical considerations involved in establishing and managing an on-line presence.  

CLE Credit

CT: 4.0 CLE Credits (3.0 Ethics; 1.0 General) or (2.0 Ethics; 2.0 General) 
NY: 4.0 CLE Credits (3.0 Ethics; 1.0 LPM) or (2.0 Ethics; 2.0 LPM)

The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for transitional and non-transitional CLE credits. 

Attorneys seeking NY CLE credit who have been admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less must attend the live seminar for skills or ethics credit, or a fully interactive videoconference. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credits are only available as non-transitional credits. For further information about transitional and non-transitional courses, please see the page on CLE: Financial hardship information is available upon request. 

If the seminar is recorded, all member registrants will receive complimentary access to the recording approximately six weeks after the program. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been sent. Cancellations made less than 2 business days prior to event are non-refundable. 

Closed captioning will be available during the seminar presentation for virtual attendees. 


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