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13 Jan 2014, 2:00 am by Ruth Carter
Well, I took the plunge this past December and signed a lease for a brick-and-mortar office. I’d had a virtual office for almost two years, using a box at the UPS Store for my mailing address and meeting clients in the conference rooms at the State Bar of Arizona office. It was a great little setup for someone starting out. But I was tired of having to deal with meeting-scheduling issues and I wanted a stronger division between my work and my personal life. Here’s how the first weeks… [read post]
The Academy is about to take blogging to a whole new level, and Academy Marketing Manager Kathryn Adams is here to tell you how. Kathryn AdamsMarketing Manager American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc.9444 Balboa Avenue, Suite 300 San Diego, California 92123 Phone: (858) 453-2128www.aaepa.com [read post]
12 Jul 2012, 5:02 pm by beverlym
The July issue of In Brief is now available on the Professional Liability Fund Web site.  Articles and announcements include: Modification to Civil Case Management System in Multnomah County Revised Uniform Trial Court Rules Effective August 1, 2012 Adjusted Tort Liability Limits Against Public Bodies Effective July 1, 2012 Contract Lawyers: Independent Contractors or Employees? [...] [read post]
18 Jun 2012, 4:44 pm by beverlym
The June issue of Law Practice TODAY is out.  This month’s theme is social networking.  Articles include: Keeping Up With Your Social Network Universe From the Social Media Trenches: A Roundtable Discussion Tweet Me Right: A Practical Primer for Developing Relationships and Clients through Twitter Social Media Risk Monitoring: Has Your Organization Been Gazopted? Social Media [...] [read post]
18 Jun 2012, 2:48 pm by Connie Crosby
I was fortunate to have been invited to teach a session in the Canadian Association of Law Library's New Law Librarians Institute 2012 earlier this month. The focus of the one-week program is substantive law, but my session was of a more practical nature, entitled "Knowledge Management in the Legal Setting." This talk was given last year by Ted Tjaden. Since he was kind enough to share his paper from that talk with all of us (which I found immensely helpful), I thought it good to… [read post]
27 Aug 2012, 3:00 am by Stephanie Kimbro
When was the last time you bought an entire album of music from a single artist? Most of us create playlists with tracks purchased on Apple iTunes from multiple artists and albums. We create exactly what we want to jive with our moods and circumstances. Freedom of choice is important to us as consumers, and the convenience of the Internet has only made this trend more pervasive. The shift in consumer culture has affected the legal profession as much as any industry. Consumers are looking for ways… [read post]
25 Feb 2014, 2:00 am by Noble McIntyre
Once someone contacts your law firm, everything — from the receptionist’s demeanor to the conference room decor — can affect whether that person will sign on as a client. So does your practice project a welcoming image — or are you sending a different message to prospective clients? In this new series, Oklahoma attorney Noble McIntyre offers tips on rolling out the welcome mat.  Until new clients sign on that dotted line, they are looking for reasons why your… [read post]
25 Feb 2014, 2:00 am by Noble McIntyre
Once someone contacts your law firm, everything — from the receptionist’s demeanor to the conference room decor — can affect whether that person will sign on as a client. So does your practice project a welcoming image — or are you sending a different message to prospective clients? In this new series, Oklahoma attorney Noble McIntyre offers tips on rolling out the welcome mat.  Until new clients sign on that dotted line, they are looking for reasons why your… [read post]
10 Sep 2013, 5:11 am by Randall Ryder
The life of a true solo attorney can feel overwhelming when your caseload is full (or beyond full). For new solo attorneys, that can lead to thoughts of adding some staff or another attorney to help carry the load. But before you take the plunge, make sure you consider all the short-term ramifications. A temporary surge in business may only be temporary The most frequent thing I hear from other solo attorneys that are about to add, or have recently added, an assistant or another attorney is that… [read post]
14 Mar 2014, 3:00 am by Ann Lee Gibson
You knew it had to happen. After years of blogs, hashtags and conferences referencing “The End of Lawyers,” “Legal Rebels” and “New Normal,” the movement finally became — you’ll excuse the expression — “old school.” In February, while 800-plus people crammed into a basement theater at New York City’s Cooper Union for #ReinventLaw’s third happening, Harvard Law School quietly tweeted that it would soon also host a free… [read post]
Looking for and finding just the right person for your team can be difficult and stressful. I can relate all too well. Back in June, I began to restructure and expand our department by adding two new team members to increase the support we provide. About the same time, one of my existing team members submitted their termination notice. Not great timing, but when is it ever good timing? So, what had started out as a search for two new team members, quickly turned into a search for three. Mind you,… [read post]
27 Jul 2011, 1:53 pm by Donna
Although I haven’t been posting here, I have been busy contributing elsewhere. Here’s a compilation of my articles and blog posts that have appeared around the web. Enjoy, and if you do, subscribe to my blog. Lots more activity will be happening around Law Practice Strategy as I generate new content, resources and events.  In the meantime, don’t forget to enjoy your summer – it’ll be gone before you know it! Articles and Reviews Law.com: Does MyCase Prove That Social… [read post]
14 Mar 2014, 3:00 am by Ann Lee Gibson
You knew it had to happen. After years of blogs, hashtags and conferences referencing “The End of Lawyers,” “Legal Rebels” and “New Normal,” the movement finally became — you’ll excuse the expression — “old school.” In February, while 800-plus people crammed into a basement theater at New York City’s Cooper Union for #ReinventLaw’s third happening, Harvard Law School quietly tweeted that it would soon also host a free… [read post]
26 Mar 2012, 7:00 am by beverlym
If you follow this blog, then you know I’m a fan of Twitter – in part because it is a great source for law practice and technology tips.  Consider these 25 recent tweets in the areas of organization, financial management, marketing, security, and iPhone/iPad tips: Organization Are you an e-hoarder? Here’s how to tell. http://t.co/4FmX6ZH8 (So true!) (RT [...] [read post]
19 Apr 2012, 6:52 am by Mitch Kowalski
Risk management has been a hot topic in the corporate community for about 10 years, springing mostly from scandals such as Enron, Worldcom and more recently the financial crisis of 2008. The devastation that these events wrought forced boards of directors to devote significant resources to managing risk and to keep abreast of what is happening in the world at large. When one looks at law firms, we see that attention is paid to risk management only in the micro-sense; controls are put in place to… [read post]
30 Apr 2013, 3:00 am by The Editors
Question: Our law firm has tried many different formats for performance reviews, but often we find we are doing reviews just to do reviews. In most cases, it’s merely a repeat of the year before. Do you feel annual reviews are worthwhile? What is the best format? Michael S. Cohen: Performance appraisals do matter! I cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuing to conduct appraisals both for lawyers and staff. They give the firm many benefits, including: Providing another opportunity… [read post]
30 Apr 2013, 3:00 am by The Editors
Question: Our law firm has tried many different formats for performance reviews, but often we find we are doing reviews just to do reviews. In most cases, it’s merely a repeat of the year before. Do you feel annual reviews are worthwhile? What is the best format? Michael S. Cohen: Performance appraisals do matter! I cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuing to conduct appraisals both for lawyers and staff. They give the firm many benefits, including: Providing another opportunity… [read post]
10 Dec 2013, 2:00 am by Ruth Carter
When you open a solo law practice, especially early in your career, it’s easy enough to do everything yourself. Often you’re too poor to hire anyone anyhow, and if you haven’t yet built up your book of business, you have the time to figure things out on your own. I’ve had my firm for almost two years, though, and now I’m getting to the point where I’m so busy it’s time to start outsourcing some things on my to-do lists. Where to start? I kicked this question… [read post]
9 Jul 2013, 3:00 am by Jared Correia
In part one of this post on “Generation Hexed,” Jared Correia discussed why older lawyers are finding it harder to stay employed, and proposed specific actions the organized bar and legal employers should consider. In part two, he sets out to challenge some employer assumptions about older professionals seeking employment.  For senior legal professionals searching for new jobs, the climb is hard enough. While they must be prepared to overcome objections, their barrier to entry… [read post]
4 Sep 2012, 7:01 am by Sam Glover
In response to Roy’s plea to lawyers to develop some practice management skills, CKP says part of the problem is that lawyers already think they have all the skills they need. Which, if I’m honest, sounds about right. It’s why we build our own websites and listen to lawyers-turned-marketers instead of actual marketing professionals (or lawyers-turned-bloggers, for that matter). Respond to CKP’s comment on Law Practice Management Skills Are Critical For… [read post]