5) Attend Free Continuing Education Events and Receptions: If you belong to a professional organization such as NABJ, BESLA, BLSA, etc., they often times have free continuing education events and receptions. Pinpoint the person you would like to connect with at these events and make the connection. I subscribed to a legal list serve a year ago and started receiving invitations to free CLEs in re real estate matters. I immediately noticed that the sponsoring title company used these free CLEs as a means to get business from attorneys and attorneys used them to network with other attorneys for referrals.

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Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates ( She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row, KinderJam, LLC and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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