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In my last blog, I talked about the benefits of using staffing agencies to help in your search for the ideal team member. For this installment, I want to share a few ideas on negotiating agency fees. As I mentioned in my earlier blog, I was in search of three new team members at the same time. It was difficult, but I found that working with a number of agencies expanded my reach significantly, put me in front of more qualified candidates, and all four agencies were open to negotiating their standard… [read post]
26 Jun 2013, 3:00 am by Andrea Cannavina
Nothing messes with your productivity like a clogged email inbox. Fortunately, it is never too late to polish up your daily e-routine — or to trash bad habits that are slowing you down. Andrea Cannavina is an expert in teaching lawyers to do more in less time. Try out her five favorite ways to streamline your email routine and see if you can’t boost your efficiency … starting now!  Put a process in place to sort and manage email. If you don’t have a systematic way to… [read post]
10 Jul 2013, 3:00 am by Jeffrey Jacobs
Cloud-based services can be an efficient and cost-effective way to address a law firm’s data management needs. While contracts for cloud services typically address data security and service reliability, sometimes practical considerations surrounding the need to preserve, collect and produce data from the cloud for litigation or investigatory discovery are overlooked. Courts have little patience for those who fail to meet their electronic discovery obligations, and the excuse that “the… [read post]
31 Aug 2011, 8:31 am by beverlym
Are you new to private practice? Then I have just the ticket for you! Attend our three day conference – Learning the Ropes: A Practical Skills & Ethics Workshop – for a mere $65.  Attendance at the full program satisfies the MCLE requirements for new admittees’ first reporting period. Choose from these concurrent sessions: Creating [...] [read post]
14 Aug 2012, 7:25 am by beverlym
Yes they can! “… (L)awyer trust accounts enjoy no special status with regard to garnishment law. Funds in a lawyer trust account are, by definition, client funds and are subject to claims of the client’s creditors.” For a discussion of this topic, see Sylvia Stevens, Trust Account Lessons: Cautionary Notes (July 2008).  Contact Oregon State [...] [read post]
25 Jun 2013, 3:30 am by Otto Sorts
Every year, law schools crank out twice as many baby lawyers as there are job openings, and every year we hear that the traditional market for lawyers is shrinking. The United States already has more than 1.2 million attorneys, and somewhere around 700,000 jobs. What is going to happen to us? Obviously, the value of a law degree is diminishing. With its stratospheric cost , we should start to see a decline in law school enrollment. I bet we’ll also see a steady decline in the compensation most… [read post]
1 Oct 2013, 3:04 am by Merrilyn Astin Tarlton
There’s something interesting going on out on the West Coast of the United States. It’s called the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT), and you can thank the state of Washington for taking the first step in what could turn out to be a major journey for the legal profession. In essence, it empowers someone without a law degree to provide legal services directly to clients. (That muffled cough you hear is the discomfort of the traditional bar.) This LLLT Thing May Not Be What You… [read post]
2 Apr 2012, 7:00 am by beverlym
On Tuesday, April 10 I will be presenting the NBI program: Ethical Issues and Responsibilities in Billing for Paralegals.  If you are a lawyer utilizing paralegals in your practice, I hope you support continuing legal education for staff and will register your paralegal for this program.  Here are the details: Webinar Times (April 10) Eastern  [...] [read post]
23 Apr 2012, 7:04 am by beverlym
May a client’s family member, friend, employer, legal services plan, or insurance company foot your bill?  The answer is yes, so long as: The client gives informed consent; The third party does not interfere with the lawyer’s “independence of professional judgment or with the client-lawyer relationship;” and The client’s confidential information is protected (or the client [...] [read post]
13 Mar 2012, 6:57 am by beverlym
On Friday, April 20 the PLF is offering two stellar CLE programs featuring Barron Henley, lawyer and nationally recognized legal technologist.  The morning session, PDFing: A Lawyer’s Guide to Adobe Acrobat, will be held from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm.  In the afternoon, Barron will present Law Office Paper Reduction and document Management: Strategies that Work.  [...] [read post]
28 Jan 2014, 2:00 am by Fred Miller
When it’s time to get serious about creating a strategic plan for your law practice, you can easily become mired in budget details, PowerPoints and politics. To get where you want to go, though, you need to set aside the noise and minutiae and get clear about the one thing you really want. Be bold, says Fred Miller, and let that one goal drive your planning. What’s your BHAG or “Big Hairy Audacious Goal?” You probably dream about it. We all do. But how many attorneys,… [read post]
28 Jan 2014, 2:00 am by Fred Miller
When it’s time to get serious about creating a strategic plan for your law practice, you can easily become mired in budget details, PowerPoints and politics. To get where you want to go, though, you need to set aside the noise and minutiae and get clear about the one thing you really want. Be bold, says Fred Miller, and let that one goal drive your planning. What’s your BHAG or “Big Hairy Audacious Goal?” You probably dream about it. We all do. But how many attorneys,… [read post]
31 Jul 2012, 7:18 am by beverlym
Law firms sometimes struggle with how to process refunds received from a third party, especially when the client has incurred additional costs or has an outstanding balance.  However, if you receive a refund for a cost the client has already paid, the refund belongs to the client, not to you.  This is true even if the [...] [read post]
1 Mar 2012, 10:05 am by beverlym
If you’re a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, consider following @lewisandclark on Twitter.  Use the hashtag #lccclassnotes to share alumni news.  Posts will be included in The Advocate for law school alums or The Chronicle if you’re a graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences.  At the present time, there is no [...] [read post]
21 Mar 2011, 7:14 am by beverlym
On Friday, March 18 we lost a special person — friend and colleague Carol Wilson. Carol created the Professional Liability Fund’s practice management advisor program and was one of the first practice management advisors in the United States.  In 1986 she wrote the first PLF handbook, Law Office Procedures to Avoid Malpractice, now known as [...] [read post]
17 May 2012, 7:56 am by beverlym
The May issue of Law Practice TODAY is out.  This month’s theme is ”What’s Happening in the Cloud?”  Articles include: New (and Often Overlooked) Features and Functions of Google Apps Office 365 for Lawyers Document Management: Finding it in the Cloud Lawyering Security in the Cloud How to Make Your Services Irresistible to Clients Web Site 101: [...] [read post]
28 Feb 2012, 2:05 pm by beverlym
We first warned Oregon lawyers about fraudulent check scams four years ago, but as they say “everything old is new again.” To avoid becoming a victim of a scam, follow these tips: Trust your instincts Recognize that scammers impersonate legitimate businesses Appreciate that the debtor (your opposing party) and the creditor (your client) may be conspiring [...] [read post]
12 Mar 2012, 7:13 am by beverlym
A number of lawyers have asked me recently about using Square to process credit card transactions.  Admittedly, the ads are appealing.  If you are an iPhone, iPad, or Android user and want simple, straightforward credit card processing, I understand the temptation.  Square advertises: Fast set up A free credit card reader and free apps Next-day payout [...] [read post]
7 Jan 2014, 2:00 am by Ryan Sullivan
When you are paid to argue for a living, it’s pretty much a given that your job description will encompass some teeth-gnashing, hand-wringing and good old-fashioned tantrum-throwing. But even though a lawyer’s world can be filled with anger, it is especially bitter when clients — the same people we work so hard to help — act aggressively toward us. Aggressive clients interrupt and bully their attorneys, engage in awful power struggles and even, on occasion, may stab an… [read post]
7 May 2010, 7:21 am by Guest
Guest post by Larry Port. First of all, let me point out that it’s an honor to be considered by Sam to use Rocket Matter. It wasn’t long ago that Sam, a very tech-savvy lawyer, intended to handle his IT needs himself. Managing IT is one thing when you’re a one man band. But as [...] Rocket Matter Practice Management Software for Sam’s Law Firm? is a post from: Lawyerist [read post]