Speaking

I teach small-firm lawyers to start, manage, and grow their practices through presentations that provoke, demystify, and entertain. My well-received talks cover technology, ethics, and practical advice for building thriving small firms.

Current Presentations

These are the presentations I’ve currently got polished and ready to go. If you have something else in mind, I’m happy to discuss variations on these presentations or something entirely new.

How to Prepare for the Future of Law Practice

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The next 5–10 years promise to be the most transformative the legal industry has ever experienced. The near future of law practice presents many challenges to existing solo and small-firm business models. But with those challenges come opportunities for well-prepared lawyers to thrive.

In this presentation I identify the things lawyers can do right now to prepare their practices for the next 5–10 years, and present three thought exercises that challenge the audience to imagine their own practices as they might appear in the near future. This presentation makes for an inspiring, thought-provoking opening keynote for a solo and small-firm or technology conference.

Basic Tech Competence

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Tech competence is part and parcel of professional competence. Under rules 1.1 and 1.6(c), lawyers have an ethical duty to know their way around computers, social networks, and the cloud. Luddite lawyers are incompetent lawyers.

This talk has two main components. First, it is an argument for why tech competence is part of professional competence. Second, I identify four things lawyers can do right now to improve their computer security (based on my 4-Step Computer Security Upgrade guide).

Lawyers should be able to get ethics credit for this presentation.

How to Book Me

To book me for your next seminar or conference, just contact me.

I do charge a fee for speaking. If I have to get on a plane and be away from my family for a couple of days, I feel like I have to charge something. However, I will always try to work within your budget.

What People Are Saying About My Presentations

Ernie Svenson @ The Paperless Chase:

Most people who speak to lawyers about technology offer no concrete, practical advice. Or worse — they wag their fingers and befuddle with blatant fear-mongering.

Sam Glover is a breath of fresh air, offering clear “do this, and not that” tips that make it easy for lawyers in small firms to make their practices run smoother and be better protected against online threats — even lawyers who feel awkward when trying to learn new skills with their computers.

When Sam speaks, lawyers not only listen, they scribble furiously. Then they go back to their offices and actually put his advice into practice.

Kari Petrasek, President of the Snohomish County Bar Association (2015):

As a new solo attorney, after having practiced in a small firm for 13 years, I have sometimes struggled to figure out what the best practices are to increase my client base while not spending a lot of time and money to do so. I appreciated Sam Glover’s recent talks at the 10th Annual WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section’s Conference because Sam gave me awesome ideas on how to make it easier for people to refer business to me, how to reduce work stress, as well as how to ensure that my computer and other tech devices are kept secure. I was unaware of many incredible programs available at little to no cost to help me better ensure that my computer and devices are not hacked and are kept as secure as possible. Sam was an extremely engaging speaker and super knowledgeable about everything he spoke about. He undoubtedly knows about a vast amount of information that is very relevant and up to date. I can’t wait to hear him talk on these topics and more again in the future.