Articles | 03/13/2018

Why I’m Looking Forward to the ABA-GPSolo/GLSA 2018 Joint Spring Meeting in New Orleans

You know why I’m super excited about the GLSA/GPSolo conference in New Orleans?

Well, first off, it’s taking place in New Orleans! C’mon, that’s really a perk. I had the pleasure of visiting the Big Easy for the first time last Fall. It certainly captured my imagination with the atmospheric jazz music, historic architecture of St. Charles Avenue, St. Louis Cathedral, gumbo, beignets, and its friendly, welcoming people. But, it left me wanting for more!

The GLSA/GPSolo 2018 Joint Spring Conference promises to be an event brimming with educational and fun activities. If you missed my podcast with a Preview of the GLSA/GPSolo 2018 Joint Spring Conference, you really need to listen to it. Several conference speakers and panelists, Nicole Abboud, Matt Hahne, Aastha Madaan, and Ibrahima Seck, and Tom Martin (that’s me) share their insights about how to make the conference really work for you.

Slated for April 25 through April 28th, there will be FOUR full days of programming, beginning with a field trip Wednesday morning and ending with a Saturday afternoon post-conference workshop on building your business through podcasting.

  • Food, parties, Bywater and French Quarter pub crawls, and other networking events aplenty, including a po’ boy/crawfish lunch and a Welcome Reception at Pat O’Briens on the Mississippi River
  • CLE’s presented by the leading voices and emerging influencers in legal services. Learn about legal plan administration, access to justice efforts, user experience design, video marketing and branding, cutting-edge law office technologies, hot topics in solo and small firm, substantive law, special ethics and trustee issues, and more from nearly 70 speakers including Nicole Abboud (The Gen Why Lawyer), Riyad Bacchus (Sykes), Jean Clauson (ARAG), Dina Eisenberg (Outsource Easier), Sam Glover (The Lawyerist), Mary Juetten (Traklight), Alan Klevan (Summit Law Practice Solutions), Aastha Madaan (Madaan Law), Tom Martin (LawDroid), Stephen Mogila (Slevin & Hart P.C.), Rinky Parwani (Florida Legal Insurance), Nick Rishwain (LegalTech Live), Allen Rodriguez (ONE400), and Bryan Wilson (The Texas Law Hawk).
  • Offsite educational programs that allow you to explore vibrant NOLA neighborhoods and enjoy adventure travel in the Louisiana countryside
  • Private appointments allowing you to meet administrators from new and familiar legal plans and solicit their advice on growing your business through legal plan panel work

That’s 20+ hours of MCLE credits and some of the most interesting topics by some of the most vibrant minds and innovators in the legal industry! Download our current schedule of events.

New Orleans also offers a great opportunity to learn more about our American heritage. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be happening. There will also be a field trip to plantations, including the Whitney Plantation, the first slavery museum in the US, led by Research Historian Ibrahima Seck.

I’m also (of course) looking forward to seeing friends from the far flung reaches of the country and catching up with what they have done and what they are working on. It’s amazing how events like this bring like-minded, engaged people together.

I really do hope to see you there. It’s gonna be a blast!

Remember, the the ABA-GPSolo/GLSA 2018 Joint Spring Meeting in New Orleans is happening April 26 through April 28th! If you haven’t registered yet, you need to register now by going to and clicking on the tab for the 2018 conference.

Save $100 if you register before April 11th!!


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