2016 WSSFC

About the Conference

Just because you're a solo or small firm practitioner doesn't mean you have to go it alone....

Being a sole practitioner or in a smaller firm doesn't mean you don't have the same needs or wants as those who practice in larger firms. In fact, the opposite is often true. You end up needing more knowledge across a broader spectrum of topics. You often don't practice in an individual area or practice group, you practice across multiple areas of law. And, you have the added responsibility of MANAGING your practice. The Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference was designed with your unique needs in mind. The conference is packed with opportunities including 32 breakout sessions in 4 tracks, 5 plenary sessions, and the Bring Your Own Device Clinic.

See Full Schedule and Session Details

Short on Funds but Still Want to Attend? Apply for a Scholarship by Sept. 4.

Solo practice and small-firm attorneys are eligible to apply for a scholarship to the conference. Preference for the scholarships will be given to solo practitioners and small-firm attorneys who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints. Scholarship winners are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs, but the section will pay their conference tuition.

In order to continue to fulfill the mission of the State Bar’s Solo & Small Firm/General Practice Section, scholarship recipients are expected to “pay it forward” through future volunteer service to the section by assisting with conference planning and/or serving on either the section board or a board subcommittee.

Interested attorneys should complete the application by Sept. 4, and submit it to grant committee chairperson Kathleen Brost. Applications can be sent via email to kbrost@lptrust.com; by mail to: Legacy Private Trust Co., Attn: Kathleen Brost, Two Neenah Center, Fifth Floor, Neenah, WI 54956; or by FAX to: (920) 967-5079

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Recipients will be notified by Sept. 19 so that they have enough time to plan to attend the conference.

Plenaries that Engage, Educate, and Entertain

Five incredible plenaries pull everyone together to socialize and learn about important topics like presentation and extemporization skills, what’s happening in the appellate courts, emerging technology you don't want to live without, essential organizational skills for efficiency, and more!

Thursday Evening Reception & Tailgate Party

Put those newly learned networking skills to work at the Thursday evening reception in the Expo Hall. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and soda, plus a cash bar. Sponsored by WILMIC and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company.

Fifth Quarter Tailgate and Packer Viewing Party – after the exhibitor reception

The party doesn’t stop. Enjoy snacks, beverages, and tailgating games while watching the Green Bay Packers spank the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. You’ll have the best seat in the house to catch the game with friends, colleagues, and new connections. Family members welcome at this festive event. Sponsored by Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. and the State Bar of Wisconsin Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Section.

Friday Night Hospitality Suite

Take a few minutes to wind down from your conference Friday night, by joining your colleagues in the hospitality suite, sponsored by Krekeler Strother, S.C, for complimentary wine, beer, and refreshments.

Networking Lunch and the Lederer Award

Be inspired by the John Lederer Solo and Small Firm Service Award, to be presented Friday, at one of the best networking opportunities at WSSFC.

More information about the Lederer Award can be found on the Special Events page. Nominations will be accepted through August 26th and can be submitted to Brian Anderson at brian.anderson@wilmic.com.

Get $60, 50%, or 100% Off of Tuition!

Register by Friday, September 26, 2016 to save up to $60, or become an Ultimate Pass Gold subscriber and get FREE tuition! Learn more about the Ultimate Pass Gold or the Ultimate Pass Silver, which earns you 50% off of tuition.

By September 26
Beginning September 27
State Bar Members, Staff of State Bar Members, and WALA Members
(Includes luncheons)
$289 $349
New State Bar Members (admitted after 4/30/14)
(Includes luncheons)
$144.50 $174.50
(Includes luncheons)
$389 $449
Law Student Associates
Including luncheons
$20 $20
Law Student Associates
Without luncheons
$0 $0
Ultimate Pass Gold
Including luncheons
$20 $20
Ultimate Pass Gold
Without luncheons
$0 $0
Ultimate Pass Silver
(Includes luncheons)
$144.50 $174.50

2016 WSSFC Planning Committee

Executive Committee

Jeffrey S. Krause
Conference Chair
Affinity Consulting Group

J. David Krekeler
Krekeler Strother S.C.

Timothy Clark
PINNACLE Seminars Division Manager
State Bar of Wisconsin

Barbara Moubry
PINNACLE Program Planner
State Bar of Wisconsin

Tison H. Rhine
Law Office Management Assistance Program Planner
State Bar of Wisconsin

Plenary Committee

Paul F. Angel
Angel & Angel S.C.

Kathleen A. Brost
Legacy Private Trust Co.

Nancy L. Trueblood
Trueblood Law Firm, LLC

Substantive Law Track

Sara B. Andrew
Andrew Law Offices S.C.
Fond du Lac

Sara M. Drescher
Forest County Potawatomi Community

Heather B. Poster
Becker, Hickey & Poster SC

Practice Management Track

Sarah L. Ruffi
Ruffi Law Offices S.C.

Jeffrey S. Krause
Affinity Consulting Group

Technology Track

Terrence L. Dunst
Bakke Norman S.C.
New Richmond

Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
HolmstromKennedy P.C.

Ethics/Quality of Life Track

Paul F. Angel
Angel & Angel S.C. Dodgeville

J. David Krekeler
Krekeler Strother S.C. Madison

Last Modified: Tuesday April 25 2017


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General Info:
Barbara Moddes
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6157
(608) 250-6157
Karen Richter
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6132
(608) 250-6132
State Bar of Wisconsin