Successful attorneys understand how important it is to network within the legal community. Many law firm networking events happen every week at the local, state, and national levels, but keeping up with all of the networking events in your area can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, there are tools that can help you make the most of the available opportunities and help you decide which events can lead to the greatest impact on your practice. Make it a point to attend the mid-year and annual conferences hosted by your local and state trial lawyers associations every year. Work to become a presenter or speaker and build brand recognition.
Here are some resources to help you find the most worthwhile law firm networking events to attend:
The American Bar Association hosts flagship events every year, including the Solo and Small Firm Summit. They are fruitful sources of networking, lawyer referral opportunities, and continuing legal education.
The ABA In-Person Events portal lists all events endorsed by the ABA that include a CLE component. These are a unique opportunity to complete CLE credits while building valuable relationships. There is a wide range of locations and practice areas listed.
This helpful interactive map lists mandatory CLE requirements for jurisdictions across the U.S. and Canada. While not a direct list of events, this resource can help you figure out which events to prioritize in your other searches based on what CLE credits you need.
Sites like Eventbrite and Meetup are often associated with purely social events. However, there are also a wealth of professional events listed, many of which cost nothing to attend.
The links above contain two example searches, but you should get creative with your queries. You may find a gem that can lead to lucrative relationships and continued learning.
Making an account is very easy if you already have a Google or Facebook account, and it often only takes one or two clicks. From there, you can start RSVPing in minutes.
Legal Latitudes – Nationwide events for trial lawyers
360 Advocacy – Nationwide events for trial lawyers
Vista Consulting – Consulting firm that hosts an annual nationwide conference
There are many different legal events happening every week across the country, and figuring out which are worth attending can feel overwhelming. By using the tools above as a launching point, you’ll be able to prioritize which events are best for you to attend while staying organized. In no time, you’ll have a steady rotation of networking, referral, and educational opportunities that can help grow your firm or practice.