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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Professional Development Series

The Professional Development Series is a weekly podcast series devoted to our newly sworn in attorneys and young lawyers.  The PDS will present programs bringing basic skills training, introducing the business of the law, educating on mental health issues, and showcasing long term career options. Programs will come from a variety of sources locally and from around the country.  If you are interested in contributing content, contact Chris Fortier at

Nuts and Bolts of Running a Practice: What Every Practitioner Should Know (Even if You Have an Office Manager)


The practice of law can be enjoyable, however, knowing the business side of the law will make the practice of law much easier. For instance, managing workflow, processing clients, and reading financial statements are three of the many essential skills a lawyer needs to increase his or her understanding and build sustainable practices. This brief program introduces you to basics of law practice management. Courtesy of the Washington State Bar Assocation. This program lasts about 30 minutes.




05:10 - Dealing with the Client (evaluating the client, fee agreements, setting up the relationship, writings)

08:10 - Non-engagement Letters

09:10 - Fee Agreement Structure and Suggestions, Client Relations Documents

11:20 - IOLTA Accounts

12:25 - Using Systems (Setting Up Systems, prepping for clients)

16:05 - Conflict of Interest Systems

17:43 - Technology

21:57 - Working with Staff

22:43 - Setting Financial Goals

23:30 - Measuring Client Referrals


Moderator: Jaime Hawk, Spokane, WA



Pete Roberts - Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA


Special thanks to Pete Roberts and wthe Washington State Bar Association for bringing us this video.


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