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Link to Solo Summit
California Solo and Small Firm Summit

Link to Solo Summit BrochureThe State Bar of California California Solo & Small Firm Summit
June 19-21, 2014
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive,
Newport Beach, CA 92660

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. 

Earn 10 hours of MCLE credit

Group Discount

SAVE when you send multiple staff from the same office. Register two or more people and receive $25 off the pre-registration fee for each registrant. Everyone in the “group” must register at the same time to qualify. Call 415-538-2508 for more information. Not available for online registration.

This Is Not Your Ordinary Weekend CLE Program!

Beautiful Newport Beach, link to Solo Summit The Summit is the event of the year for California’s Solo and Small Firm practitioners and office staff! Expand your network knowledge and skills, and learn key approaches to build a successful client referral network. Take away strategic solutions for the practice of law and the management of your legal business.

The Summit features power networking events, legal education classes, business management courses, and more -- all designed to promote a thriving law practice.

Earn up to 10 hours of MCLE credit, including credit in Legal Ethics. Select courses also offer legal specialization credit.

See the full program brochure at 2014 California Solo and Small Firm Summit.

Now Available! The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office

California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law FirmPublished by The State Bar of California

Available for purchase now in the Sections Bookstore [opens in new window].

Growing a law practice can be a lawyer’s most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. It picks up where The California Guide to Opening a Law Office left off, exploring challenges of growing a law practice in detail. 

Chapters include:

  1. Introduction and Road Map to Using the Book
  2. Managing a Law Office
  3. The Financial Dimension of Growth: Increasing Revenue and Profits
  4. The Human Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number of lawers, professionals, and staff
  5. The Client Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number and type of clients
  6. The Georgraphic Dimension of Growth: Marshaling physical resources
  7. The Technology Dimension of Growth
  8. Planning for the Unexpected

Cost: $99

This the companion volume to The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office, described below.

The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office

Opening a Law OfficePublished by The State Bar of California

See the Sections Bookstore [opens in new window] for more details.

As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office is your personal executive team:

Please note: The charts referenced in the book are available here: Opening a Law Office Charts.

Upcoming Programs

For a full list of upcoming CLE programs, see the CLE Calendar.

Online CLE & Self-Study

The Sections offer ongoing opportuntities for continuing legal education credit:

Online Participatory CLE

Online AudioState Bar Online CLE for Participatory Credit: It'’s fast, it's easy, it's relevant, and it’s time! View Sections programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Our catalog contains hundreds of hours of individual seminars, including programs offering CLE in the the areas of Ethics, Elimination of Bias and Detection / Prevention of Substance Abuse. Includes 450 seminars done by California attorneys for California attorneys. For a complete catalog of courses, click HERE.

Self-Study CLE

Self-Study ArticlesOnline articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. For more information, see our online catalog of articles.

For participants with special needs, please contact the State Bar of California Office of Meeting Services at 415-538-2210.

Sections Bookstore

In addition to our regular publications such as journals and other member benefits, the Sections also publish materials available for sale to all lawyers and the general public. The bookstore includes publications by the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, the Business Law, the Intellectual Property Law Section, the Litigation Section, the Real Property Law Section, the Trusts and Estates Section, and more.  For more information, see Sections Bookstore.

Important Information About My State Bar Profile

Section Members, have you set up your My State Bar Profile password yet? If not , make it a priority. My State Bar Profile allows you to access the Members Only Areas of those Sections to which you belong, update your State Bar of California address or record, and more. You can create your profile by going to

Other News

To see the agendas of recent and upcoming Section Executive Committee Meetings, see Sections Agendas.

The State Bar of California and the State Bar Sections are State Bar of California-approved MCLE providers.