Solo & Small Practice Management Series: Formation

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Solo & Small Practice Management Series: Formation
Solo & Small Practice Management Series: Formation

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Course Description

Are you part of a solo or small law firm, or thinking about starting one? This program will address the key issues related to formation and operation of a small or solo law practice and give viewers a wealth of tips on how to succeed. In this section of the series, the speakers will focus on formation issues. Topics include: - Are you suited for solo/small practice? - Budgets and business plans - Insurance issues - Types of business entity and Licenses and permits - Tax board issues - Choosing a practice area

Length: 1hr 0min

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excellent overview
- Maurice B.
Realistic overview of starting law practice.
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Meet the Lecturer(s)

Deborah A. Wolfe

Deborah has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year twice by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (, the area’s professional membership organization specifically for civil plaintiff attorneys. She received the title first in 1996, and then again in 2006 for her work in three major professional negligence cases. Only a handful of other lawyers in the history of the organization have received the title twice. California Lawyer Magazine, an official publication of the State Bar of California, named Deborah as a Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) in 1996 ( and in 2002, the same magazine recognized her as one of the Top Ten Plaintiffs’ Legal Malpractice Attorneys in the state. Deborah became certified as a legal specialist by the National Board of Civil Trial Advocacy ( in 1999 and, in 2008, was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (, whose membership is limited to the top one percent (1%) of trial lawyers in the United States. Deborah is a Certified Legal Specialist (CLS) in two separate specialties: Civil Trial Advocacy and Legal Malpractice Law. (Link to Ms. Wolfe’s State Bar profile: To receive Certification in a legal specialty in California, the lawyer must first pass a rigorous test of knowledge in the specific area of the law, and then demonstrate that she has significant experience in the subject area. (See for a list of requirements.) There are only 102 attorneys designated as Certified Legal Specialists in Legal Malpractice Law in the entire State of California, and Deborah was one of the first women to attain that distinction. In addition, Deborah served by appointment as a member and finally as chair of the California State Bar Advisory Commission on Legal Malpractice, which administers and creates the specialty exam, and investigates candidates for purposes of being granted specialty status. (See Deborah received her J.D. from the University of San Diego in 1980. Deborah is also an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of San Diego.

Matthew Lab

Matthew Lab As the Director of ALI, Matthew manages all aspects of ALI and empowers entrepreneurial and public service-minded alumni to make a living while making a difference. A program for alumni pursuing solo, small-firm, or nonprofit entity practice, ALI provides critical training, support, and post-graduate education while providing access to law to underserved segments of the community. As the Director of Professional Development, Matthew works closely with the Assistant Dean and Associate Directors in the development and administration of the CPDO's professional development curriculum that is offered to students and graduates. Prior to joining the CPDO in 2011, Matthew practiced law full time for more than nine years in both law firm and in-house corporate settings in the areas of business and real estate litigation and commercial transactions. He continues to serve as retained outside legal counsel for select local companies and occasionally as an adjunct instructor of real estate law with the San Diego Community College District. He earned his J.D. at UC Hastings and holds a California Real Estate Broker's license.

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