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*Eligibility to earn MCLE credit for this program expires two years from the program date below; therefore, attorneys must view and certify credit within this two-year period. This expiration date is applicable for all formats.

Presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Women & the Law


Every solo journey starts with a single step. Don’t miss this online seminar that explores the practical business concerns of starting your own law firm and the special issues you may face as a woman branching out on her own. Discover how starting a solo practice can help advance women in the legal profession and what we can do as women to support each other in getting our practices off the ground. Learn how to fight the gender biases you will inevitably face and how these biases and stereotypes can affect your confidence. Listen as our panelists use their real-life experiences to advise you on a number key issues, including trust accounts, new clients, former clients, creating a business plan, and much more.


Program Coordinator:
Tracy D. Douglas
, University of Illinois, Champaign


Program Moderator:
Lori G. Levin, Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law, Chicago


Program Speakers:
Cynthia N. Pietrucha
, Pietrucha Law Firm LLC, Downers Grove
Roya H. Samarghandi, Carmel Law LLC, Chicago
Sarah E. Toney, The Toney Law Firm LLC, Chicago

Program Information
Date Presented:
January 10, 2018 12:00 PM Central
2 hours
Member Price:
Full Price:
Advancing Women in the Profession by Starting a Solo Practice

Discover how starting your solo practice can help advance women in the legal profession – and how female attorneys can support each other in getting their practices off the ground – with this informative presentation.

Fighting Implicit Biases in the Legal Profession

Female attorneys face implicit biases in front of juries, judges, colleagues, and (sometimes) their own clients. This segment discusses the various strategies for fighting implicit biases in the legal profession, and examines the disturbing effects that gender biases and stereotypes can have on the profession.

Tips for Starting Your Practice as a Female Attorney

Learn from our panelists as they draw upon their own varied set of experiences in starting out on their own, including the ethical concerns that can arise with trust accounts, taking on new clients, issues with former clients, how to structure a business plan, how to recruit new clients, and the special concern and problems that each faced.

Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 2.00
Including Professionalism, Civility or Legal Ethics Professional Responsibility MCLE: 2.00
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