The 5th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, themed "Creating a Thriving Practice in Challenging Times," will be held Thursday through Saturday, October 22-24, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, 701 E. Adams St., in Springfield.

Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 22. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), the event is the premiere conference in Illinois dedicated to meet the needs of the solo and small firm lawyer.

The event offers attendees numerous educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall that showcases services and products to help the solo and small firm lawyer expand their career and improve the efficiency of their law practice.

Attendees can choose from three tracks of programming – substantive law, legal technology, and effective and ethical practice – with topics ranging from client interviews and safeguarding your network/data to how to save your client's home and collect a judgment.

The conference will also address how to practice law in tough economic times, including how to start, organize and run your own practice; transition to solo practice and represent small business clients; and manage stress.

The cost is $350 per person for ISBA members and $650 per person for non-members.

To register, log on to For more information about the conference or other ISBA continuing legal education programs, call 800-252-8908.

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