The Brave New World of Alternative Fee Arrangements


CLE credits earned: 3 GENERAL (or 3 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

A three-hour CLE seminar that explores how to survive and thrive in a post-billable hour legal world. Over 3 hours we’ll cover the market demands, trends and rainmaking opportunities for Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs) and touch upon the varieties of AFAs. We’ll conclude with how AFAs can benefit the overall operations, profitability, client and employee satisfaction of your law practice.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

●   How & why AFAs are being used in practice
●   Types of AFAs
●   How to implement AFAs and best practices
●   Keeping AFAs profitable
●   AFAs as business development and client satisfaction tools
●   AFAs and related project management as tools to create healthier, less stressful work environments

Date / Time: February 27, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

Choose a format:

•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

Select your state to see if this class is approved for CLE credit.

Choose the format you want.


Original Broadcast Date: January 23, 2020

Julia Shapiro, Esq. is a lawyer and the founder and CEO of Hire an Esquire, the leading and most established technology-based legal staffing platform. Hire an Esquire has helped law firms—from the AmLaw to boutique practices—create alternative fee arrangements and competitive pricing solutions for their clients.

Julia has been named one of LinkedIn’s 2015 Next Wave of top entrepreneurs under 35, Top 10 Legal innovators, a “Millennial to Watch” by Legal Tech News, and to the Fast Case 50. Her writing has been published in Bloomberg Law and various legal industry publications and she has been a panelist and/or speaker on the new economy, changes in the legal industry, and legal entrepreneurship for organizations such as the Nasdaq, Stanford, and Yale Law Schools.

Accreditation Policy
myLawCLE seeks accreditation for all programs in all states. (Accreditation for paralegals sought thru NALA and NFPA paralegal associations.) Each attending attorney/paralegal will receive a certificate of completion following the close of the CLE program as proof of attendance. In required states, myLawCLE records attorney/paralegals attendance, in all other states attorney/paralegal is provided with the approved CLE certificate to submit to their state bar or governing association.

    Automatic MCLE Approvals

All myLawCLE CLE programs are accredited automatically either directly or via reciprocity in the following states: AK, AR, CA, CT, FL, HI, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH, NM, NJ, NY, and VT. (AZ does not approve CLE programs, but accepts our certificates for CLE credit.)

    Live Video Broadcasts

Live video broadcasts are new live CLE programs being streamed and recorded for the first time. All of these programs qualify for “Live” CLE credit in all states except NV, OH, MS, IN, UT, PA, GA, and LA —these states require in-person attendance to qualify for “Live” CLE credit.

    “Live” Re-Broadcasts

“Live” Re-broadcasts are replays of previous recorded CLE programs, set on a specific date and time and where the original presenting speakers calls in live at the end of the event to answer questions. This “live” element allows for “live” Re-broadcast CLEs to qualify for “Live” CLE credits in most states. [The following states DO NOT allow for “live” CLE credits on re-broadcast CLEs: NV, OH, MS, IN, UT, PA, GA, and LA]

Many states allow for credit to be granted on a 1:1 reciprocal basis for courses approved in another mandatory CLE jurisdiction state. This is known as a reciprocity provision and includes the following states: AK, AR, HI, CT, FL, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH, NM, VT, NJ, and NY. myLawCLE does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars or teleconferences in these states.

Section I. The Why
a) Market Insights & Demands: The market landscape and how it has been shaped by client demands
b) Competition: How ALSPs and law firms are leveraging client pricing pressure for new rainmaking opportunities

Section II. The How
a) Types of AFAs
b) The importance of project management
c) Tools, resources, and services to meet budget and profitability requirements while delighting clients

Section III. Hidden Benefits of AFAs
a) How AFAs and related project management can build stronger client relationships
b) Making AFAs more profitable than the billable hour
c) How AFAs can create healthier, calmer work environments and help with mental health challenges in the legal industry