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Course: How to Start and Manage a Successful Consumer Law Practice Credits: Four Hours CLE [One Hour Ethics] Cost: Free

The Center for Consumer Law, in cooperation with the Houston Bar Association Consumer & Commercial Law Section and the National Association of Consumer Advocates, is proud to announce a free Friday afternoon CLE seminar to assist attorneys who desire to begin or improve a consumer law practice. The Seminar includes local, state, and national consumer law and marketing experts to help your consumer law practice succeed. Extensive materials will supplement the short program, providing even more information about how to: go out on your own, find clients, market your practice, and avoid malpractice traps. "How to Start and Manage a Successful Consumer Law Practice" will arm you with useful tools to both help you make money, while helping consumers.

The conference will take place at the University of Houston Law Center on Friday, May 1, 2009 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.


Conference will be moderated by Jim McMillen.

1:00PM to 1:05PM Welcome
Richard Alderman
1:05PM to 1:45PM Setting Up a Practice - Initial Thoughts
Speakers: Rich Tomlinson, Mark Kincaid, Bob Gilbert
1:45PM to 2:20PM Developing Client Relationships (Marketing)
Speaker: Chris Kirby
2:20PM to 2:50PM Finding and Using Mentors
Speaker: Ira Rheingold
2:50PM to 3:00PM Break
3:00PM to 3:30PM How to Get Paid
Speaker: Butch Cersonsky
3:30PM to 4:00PM Legal Technology
Speaker: Al Harrison
4:00PM to 4:05PM Short Break
4:05PM to 4:35PM Specialization and Partnering
Chris Leavitt, Dana Karni
4:35PM to 5:05PM Doing it Ethically - Avoiding Malpractice
Speaker: Bob Bennett
5:05PM to 5:15PM Final Thoughts