The Minnesota State Bar Association is currently holding its annual Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms conference in lovely Duluth. I've always thought it's a great idea to get a large group of attorneys with small practices together -- particularly the solos who don't always get to see another practitioner over the morning coffee pot. (That's not to say that there aren't some attorneys in other office setups who might not mind trying that themselves ...)
One of the more interesting looking offerings is called "Humor and the Bottom Line." I gather that the topic is not what to do when your bottom line is laughable (although there are plenty of practitioners who could benefit from that advice). The subject of this program is "how to use humor to improve your health, working relationships and productivity." To take a cue from the old adage: Laughter is the best medicine -- and also, apparently, not bad for the bank book either.
Minnesota Lawyer's own Michelle Lore is at the conference and will bring you up to speed on what was discussed there in next week's print edition. In the meantime, if you are at the conference today and reading this on your laptop (or IPod for that matter), make sure to say "hi" to Michelle. She's the one with the digital tape recorder furiously scratching into the reporters' notebook.