Put Into Practice 

February 2017
How Darth Vader Brought Passion to the Law Office
by Jay Reeves

At a seminar I was told I could discover my true passion by asking myself what I would choose to do even if I didn't get paid for it.
And yet - while there have been long stretches in my 35 years as a lawyer when I worked without getting paid - I cannot say passion was always the motivation.
Are you Babysitting Your Trust Bank Accounts?
Dawn Cash-Salau, Escrow Consulting and Accounting LLC  

The number one reason for attorney professional discipline is misappropriation of client trust accounts. According to the North Carolina State Bar Journal's Winter 2015 edition only 6 out of 57 lawyers/firms audited had no deficiencies; that is only 10.5% in good standing. 

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Lawyers Mutual Declares Dividend
Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina has declared a policyholder dividend equal to 5.7% of the final premium paid on your 2016 Lawyers Mutual policy.  This dividend, which will total nearly $1 million, will be paid at policy expiration and represent the thirteenth time since 1999 that Lawyers Mutual has declared and paid a policyholder dividend.

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Three Problems Solved by the Right Email Encryption Solution    
Joyce Brafford, North Carolina Bar Association

Jennifer Downs, Aggregate Law

As I sat down to write this article, I thought about comparing all sorts of email encryption solutions, but I had a hard time writing an article that was truly useful. I eventually rethought my premise. I decided to focus on the features that I thought would matter to you, and the best solution for each problem. And that's how we got here. Rather than give you many options, I'm going to give you my best answer.

It's likely that you are one of the nearly 70% of lawyers in private practice who have a solo practice or work in a small firm (stats from a 2012 report by the ABA.) And if you are in a solo or small practice, we're willing to bet you have some of the same concerns as others like you. Perhaps there is never enough time to actually practice law with all the other jobs you have to do to keep a small business running.
Upcoming CLE Programs
The NCBA presents
Starting Out Solo

When: 4th Tuesday, monthly
Where: NC Bar Center, Cary

This is  a networking and education group for solo and small firm attorneys. They meet monthly to present a nuts and bolts programs on how to run a law practice.

For more information, contact Jeremy Williams with the North Carolina Bar Association. 
LMASE Raleigh/Triad Networking Breakfast

When: March 2, 2017
       8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  
Where: Starbucks Private Room
   3800 Lake Boone Trail
   Raleigh, NC 27607 
These monthly meetings are a way to get to know Raleigh/Triad City Group members and make a few new friends. There is no registration fee for these events and you are welcome to bring a friend or colleague who might benefit from joining LMA.    

Click here to register. 

LMA presents
Strategic Networking  
When: March 15, 2017
       12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 
4208 Six Forks Rd, #1400
Raleigh, NC 27609

Individuals at every career stage and in every firm size will leave this program with practical tips to better focus your networking efforts to get more results.
Post Office Box 1929      Cary, NC 27512