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The Of Counsel Agreement (2005) (Table of Contents)
Harold G. Wren and Beverley J. Glascock
The purpose of this book is to guide lawyers and law firms that are contemplating entry into an Of Counsel relationship. We have sought to describe the fact situations that make this arrangement particularly desirable and the legal doctrines that may impose some limitations on the parties’ complete freedom to contract as they desire.
The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need (2003) (Table of Contents)
Peter B. Stark and Jane Flaherty
In The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need, Peter Stark and Jane Flaherty, celebrated consultants to some of the country's top companies, take the dread out of persuasion. Their 101 Winning Tactics make powerful negotiating skills easy and accessible, giving you tools and knowledge you can put to use right away. Each tactic is on a single page, with a clever and memorable name, a true-to-life example of how to use it, and suggested counter tactics in case someone tries it on you. All 101 tactics are so accessible and empowering that you will find yourself using them immediately--and maybe not just at work.
The Organized Lawyer (2009) (Table of Contents)
Kelly Lynn Anders
On a regular basis, attorneys are sanctioned for many misdeeds that can be traced back to disorganization. Examples include commingling of funds, failure to produce records to opposing counsel, late court filings, being inaccessible to clients, and seeming ill-prepared to represent clients during hearings. Just the thought of all the responsibilities lawyers need to handle can be overwhelming. How does one do so and remain organized?
There's more than one way to be organized, but you wouldn't know it from most books and television shows. Many offer valuable tips and tools, but they often fail to address our differences. We all have a particular organizational style that impacts how we view our things, live with them, and keep them organized--or disorganized. What works for some does not work for others.
Like good organizational skills, the creation and practice of law are a process. When combined, law and organization together make better lawyers, happier clients, and result in fewer complaints of malpractice or other violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
The legal profession can only benefit from an increased effort from attorneys in all practice areas to become and remain organized. An increased awareness of good organizational skills geared toward the needs of lawyers and the resulting benefits from being organized will have long-lasting and positive results for lawyers and everyone around them.
The Organized Lawyer is designed to address the needs of all types of lawyers--corporate, nonprofit, government, law firm, academic, and solo practitioners. Whether you're in a cubicle, corner office, or working out of your home, this book will help you develop and maintain a more organized work space.
The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (1992) (Table of Contents)
Kermit L. Hall
The indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the working and significance of the nation’s highest court—the cases, the issues, the justices, the details, the broad sweep of the history of the Supreme Court.
The Paperless Law Office (2012) (Table of Contents)
Benjamin F. Yale
The Paperless Law Office is a practical, step-by-step guide to taking your law practice from paper-filled to paperless.
Without paper, the practice of law becomes more profitable and more sustainable; the true purpose of practicing law becomes more clear; the lawyer moves with les effort, greater speed, and more focus; the lawyer is subject to fewer distractions, and has all information readily at hand no matter where he or she is located.
Author Ben Yale shows you how removing paper and clutter means gaining time--time for clients, time for your family, time for yourself--and explains in clear, easy-to-follow language what software programs, apps and techniques you should be using. He describes best practices for creating content, destroying files, and communicating without paper; how to manage your practice without paper; and how to put in place safeguards so you can confidently switch to a "state of paperlessness."
Practical Law Office Management (2007) (Table of Contents)
Brent D. Roper
Practical Law Office Management, Third Edition is designed for the paralegal student interested in day-to-day law office management topics. The text focuses on client relations and communication skills; legal fees, timekeeping, and billing; client trust funds and law office accounting; calendaring, docket control, and case management; legal marketing; and file and law library management. This revised edition offers an extended focus on technology, including a full demonstration of Thomson Elite’s ProLaw software, which is a full-featured law office management program (timekeeping, billing, trust accounts, case management, docket control, and accounting), and in-depth software tutorials. Each chapter now includes exercises and thought-provoking questions; expanded and interesting case studies specific to practicing paralegals appear after most chapters. To expand the technology focus of the text, Microsoft Excel exercises appear in the timekeeping and billing and trust account chapters. In addition, this revised text has a strong ethics focus throughout, with ethics-related cases included at the end of nearly every chapter.
Practical Systems (1991) (Table of Contents)
Charles R. Coulter
A system can be defined as a way of consistently producing a desired end result. A system is a process, method, or procedure that allows us to control various tasks to be performed. In a law office and elsewhere, a system is a documented, logical method or way of handling transactions, procedures, or work flow to minimize waste, conserve professional time, and optimize productivity.
Every law office uses many systems. Some are simple and informal; others are more sophisticated and complex.
Practicing Law in Small-Town America (2012) (Table of Contents)
Richard L. Hermann
Small-Town America is not what it used to be. The transportation and communications revolutions have spread the advantages and amenities of big cities into less populous regions--and in many cases, these regions are still very much underserved by the legal community. Moreover, housing is affordable, commuting to and from work is a non-issue, and school have fewer problems than their urban counterparts.
Practicing Law in Small-Town America, in three distinct and thorough parts, paints a picture of what small-town practice is like in its rich diversity, examines how local practitioners got to where they are, and details what an aspiring small-town lawyer needs to know and do in order to locate in--or relocate to--a small community. The book includes: Setting the Small-Town Practice Scene; Defining "Small-Town America?"; What's Different About Small Towns?; How Small-Town American and Law Practice Has Changed; Small-Town Practitioner Profiles; Many Diverse Types of Practice; Tradeoffs; Where to Locate; and What to Do When You Get There.
The book also includes appendices on what's out there, a small-town due diligence checklist, best and worst places to relocate, additional information sources and a thorough bibliography, and an in-depth look at the history of one of the representative towns featured in the book, Canandaigua, New York. Practicing Law in Small-Town America show you how to find and understand the factors--economic, social, demographic, political, legislative, technological, historical, domestic and international--that will impact your law practice and life.
Preparing for your Deposition—Spanish version
Preparing for Your Deposition educates your client on the basics so you can spend time on the specifics. Your client will learn guidelines for the deposition in order to help the process go as smoothly as possible. A hypothetical case allows the video’s plaintiff to demonstrate the correct and incorrect manner in which to answer specific questions.
Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims (2012) (Table of Contents)
ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Profesional Liability
The Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability compiles the Profile of Legal Malpractice Claims every four years. This survey is not a comprehensive review of all malpractice claims against all lawyers during a given period, but rather relies upon self-reporting from insurers who provide legal malpractice insurance. The pool of insurers reporting for the period of 2008-2011 is not the same as that which reported for the previous periods. As a result, comparisons of data periods are not reliable indicators of trends in legal malpractice claims. The data collected in this study and the methods of analysis reflected in this report are not of the type that can be used to reach underwriting conclusions. The purpose of the study is to develop information that may be used for claims-prevention programs.
The Profitable Law Office Handbook (1996) (Table of Contents)
Edward Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC
This guide is a companion piece to my book and its accompanying computer disk, Attorney & Law Firm Guide to The Business of Law (General Practice Section, ABA, 1994). Recognizing that this handbook was created to give you the big picture in broad strokes, I suggest you go to the book should you want a more in-depth treatment of the subject.
The Profitable Law Office Handbook: Attorney’s Guide to Successful Business Planning is organized in an outline format. If you’re using it in a seminar setting, simply follow along with the seminar leader. If on your own, read and take advantage of the empty right-hand column (“Notes”) to jot down ideas and thoughts as they come to you. You might want to read over the entire Handbook first, then return to re-read specific sections for further study.
Recruiting Lawyers (2000) (Table of Contents)
Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch
The greatest asset to any law firm is its intellectual capital—the lawyers. Recognizing the importance and complexity of lawyer recruitment, authors Shannon and Manch have thoroughly researched law firm hiring practices and its many shifts over the past 30 years. Recruiting Lawyers is the culmination of their efforts, providing you with practical searching and screening strategies, smart hiring practices, and constructive ideas that you can incorporate immediately into your recruitment procedures.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (2008)
Association of Legal Administrators
The Reflective Counselor (2008)
F. Gregory Coffey and Maureen C. Kessler
The Reflective Counselor is a counterpoint to the non-stop, often narrowly focused days of many lawyers. It encourages lawyers to apply to their work, their work lives and their non-work lives—and the interaction among all of those—that crucially important human skill: self-reflection. The author’s backgrounds have equipped them uniquely to produce this extraordinary book.
Reinventing Professional Services (2011) (Table of Contents)
Everyone's talking about how digital tools are leveling the business playing field, making information and skills available to all, but few are looking at what this really means for professionals in today's economy. The commoditization of most white-collar careers has left lawyers competing with do-it-yourself websites, and accountants persuading clients to hire them while simultaneously asking for the software files that provide the basis for their guidance. In Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace, recognized business and career development expert Ari Kaplan presents the ideas and information that you need in order to stay successful.
Reinvigorate a Complacent Workforce (2007)
Association of Legal Administrators
Reorganizing Failing Businesses: Revised Edition (2006) (Volume 1 - Table of Contents) and (Volume 2 - Table of Contents)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
The recently Revised Edition of Reorganizing Failing Businesses completely updates its first edition published in 1998 with comprehensive coverage of the restructuring process as it is practiced today under the Bankruptcy Code, as amended in 1995, including detailed explanations of the relevant laws, customs, and techniques that are central to restructurings.
This new Revised Edition is the product of a collaborative effort by numerous specialists from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. Experienced practitioners analyze each situation from the perspectives of all key constituencies and explain how the new Code would operate in that context. Also, addressed is how the new Code interacts with a variety of other legal disciplines, such as the federal securities laws, finance, intellectual property laws, antitrust, tax laws, and environmental laws.
Reorganizing Failing Businesses, offering the totality on restructurings in and out of bankruptcy, is written for broad spectrum of professionals who engage in Restructurings, including corporate lawyers and litigators, executives, bankers, and accountants. Its coverage of the many interactive specialties that constitute the Restructuring process makes this publication a unique and valuable resource.
Risk Management (2007) (Table of Contents)
Anthony E. Davis and Peter R. Jarvis
Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms helps you to establish solid policies, procedures, and systems to minimize your firm’s risk. This completely updated and revised edition provides a complete overview of risk management and offers a practical approach to evaluating the state of risk management within your firm.
Through case studies, and survey questionnaires (included on the accompanying CD), you’ll learn: Why risk management is essential to ensuring the best client service; How a good plan maximizes your firm’s profitability; The role of self-audits and how to conduct one; and How the digital age has affected risk for the modern law practice.
Secrets of the Business of Law (1998) (Table of Contents)
Edward Poll J.D., M.B.A., CMC
Secrets of the Business of Law will guide you to: Raise the revenue & lower your overhead; Prepare for success by using a business plan; Recognize the top eight requirements of success; Get and hold on to clients; Improve your client relations; Break through the time and income ceiling; Increase the value of your practice; Use compensation to stimulate team lawyering; Know if equipment leasing is right for you; Plan for business-interruption disasters; and much, much more!
Seize the Future (2000) (Table of Contents)
Gary A. Munneke
Based on the ABA Law Practice Management Futurist Committee’s 1999 Seize the Future conference, which featured speakers Dr. Tom Peters, Dr. Gary Hamel, Dr. Roberta Katz, Barry C. Melancon and a dozen others, this book reflects the forward-thinking spirit of the presentations and discussions. It not only recreates the ideas that the outstanding speakers shared with participants, it collects the insights drawn from the conference experience. Key issues include: innovation and change, technology and the Internet, practice settings, demographics, education and training and dispute resolution. Now those absent from the conference will also have the tools to “seize the future” where they live and work!
Selecting Legal Malpractice Insurance—2007 (Table of Contents)
ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability
This annually updated guide provides nuts and bolts information for making an informed decision about selecting legal malpractice insurance. It will familiarize you with the technology and practices common in this specialized area of insurance. The articles provide an overview of the key issues that most lawyers encounter when evaluating their professional liability insurance.
Smell Test (2009) (Table of Contents)
James C. Freund
James Freund has done it again. This time he has written a lawyer’s how-to-do-it series of fictional short stories about a firm of lawyers confronting situations raising issues of judgment that are illustrative of real-life legal practice. Each story is followed by a perceptive discussion of what went wrong, or right, and how the situation should have been handled. Only a lawyer of Jim’s wide experience, great judgment and keen sense for avoiding problems could write this book. Only a person with Jim’s sense of humor and story-telling skills could combine fiction and practical advice into the compelling “read” that is Smell Test.
Speaking of Confidence (2008)
Association of Legal Administrators
Strategies for Growing a Law Firm (2009) (Table of Contents)
Brian L. Shaw, Stephen Axinn, Frederic L. Goldfein, John T. Steffen, D. Sean Velarde, and Andrew Garson
Strategies for Growing a Law Firm is an authoritative, insider’s perspective on best practices for expanding and developing new areas within an existing law firm. Featuring managing partners from successful firms around the nation, these experts guide the reader through the process of analyzing growth opportunities and discuss the key considerations for each type of growth. These top lawyers reveal their advice to firms on recruiting new attorneys, merging with or acquiring a group of attorneys, and adding new practice areas and revenue sources. From preparing firm staff, space, and technical resources to handle new lawyers to discussing compensation and firm culture, these authors explain important factors in integrating new attorneys into an existing team, and ensuring that the expansion is beneficial to the firm as a whole. Additionally, these leaders offer advice on when not to grow a firm, offer strategies for increasing overall revenue, and analyze expansion opportunities in the current economic climate for small to mid-sized firms. The different niches represented and the breadth of perspectives presented enable readers to get inside some of the great legal minds of today, as these experienced attorneys offer up their thoughts on managing law firm growth in the twenty-first century.
Strengthening your Firm (1997) (Table of Contents)
Arthur G. Greene (Editor)
This book, Strengthening your Firm: Strategies for Success, edited by Arthur Greene, a law firm partner from New Hampshire, might be viewed as an owner’s manual for a law firm. It tells you how to keep the engine running, how to service it, and how to recognize the danger signs. It tells you how to keep the fuel of human energy firing the pistons to make your law firm run. It turns to some of the best minds in the legal profession to offer practical advice on how to keep your law firm going—efficiently and effectively.
The Successful Lawyer (2006) (Table of Contents)
Gerald A. Riskin
Global management consultant and trusted advisor to many of the world’s largest law firms, Gerry Riskin has written this comprehensive and inspirational book to explain how a lawyer can transform his or her life into a more exciting, fulfilling, and profitable one by taking control of his or her destiny. Going beyond simple concept or theory, this book is packed with practical advice that you can implement right away. Some of the world’s largest law firms have paid tens of thousands of dollars for the information found here, and now his advice can be had for a fraction of that cost, to review again and again at your leisure. Change your life and practice now with this inspiring new book!
The Successful Lawyer—CD set (2008)
Gerald A. Riskin
In these six audio CDs, containing over five hours of material, global management consultant Gerry Riskin explains how a lawyer can transform his or her life into a more exciting, fulfilling, and profitable one by taking control of his or her destiny. Going beyond simple concept or theory, this interactive personal experience is packed with practical advice that you can implement right away. Gerry Riskin can now be your personal coach, directing you toward a more successful and satisfying practice during your commute, while on vacation, or anywhere you have a few minutes to spare.
Energize your practice and your life with this six audio-CD set today!
Supervisory and Leadership Skills in the Modern Law Practice (2006) (Table of Contents)
Paul J. Zwier
There are two answers to the question of why to take the time to supervise. First, professionalism and professional responsibility require it. Second, in law firms—large and small—and for-profit enterprises with in-house legal departments, it is in the senior lawyer’s economic interest to train and to give feedback. In not-for-profit and government law organizations, the institution and its client base are best served by well-trained and productive junior lawyers.
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Think Again! (2007) (Table of Contents)
Jeffrey L. Nischwitz
Today’s reality is that success in the practice of law requires business solutions, and this book provides the ideas, strategies, and tactics to help you take your legal career and law firm to new heights of business success. Think Again! is about creating a client-centric law firm and delivering great client service, differentiating your firm from other law firms, and developing the specific skills and strategies needed for effective and productive relationship building and business development results. You’ll also learn the secrets of effective selling through existing relationships, how to take advantage of everyday opportunities, and consistent and reliable ways to bring new clients into the firm. Rethink the way you do business, reposition your firm to stand out among your competitors, and reap the many benefits loyal and satisfied clients bring.
Through the Client’s Eyes—3rd edition (2008) (Table of Contents)
Henry W. Ewalt and Andrew W. Ewalt
This updated edition of the two-time bestseller Through the Client’s Eyes is for every attorney who has struggled with the love-hate traits inherent in the practice of law. Used as a comprehensive guidebook, you’ll learn how to better cultivate your existing client relationships without compromising your own interests—and increase your bottom line.
Substantively, expanded to address distinct issues for law firms, solos, government attorneys, and corporate counsel, the detailed table-of-contents directs you to the topics most pertinent to your practice: from billing to forming alliances to enhancing your web site. Through the Client’s Eyes was written to help you build on the foundation you’ve already established in your profession—whether you’re a new attorney or further advanced in your career. Surpassing the sales cliché to “put the client first,” it teaches you how to anticipate your client’s human needs—and how to redeem yourself and your practice in the process.
True Green @ Work (2008) (Table of Contents)
Kim McKay, Jenny Bonnin, and Tim Wallace
Whether you work in an office, shop, or factory, run your own business, or manage a corporation...taking care of the environment is easier than you think. In True Green @ Work, Kim McKay and Jenny Bonin, part of the Clean Up The World team, along with business journalist Tim Wallace, offer 100 simple ways to be greener, leaner, and more productive in the workplace.
True Professionalism (1997) (Table of Contents)
David H. Maister
Professional firms are forever trying to get their people to act like professionals--to do the right things. Though their various incentives may create compliance, they don't always encourage excellence. David Maister, the world's premier consultant to professional service firms, vigorously challenges professionals to examine the central question: What is true professionalism? His answer is clear: It is believing passionately in what you do, never compromising your standards and values, and caring about your clients, your people, and your own career. In clear and compelling terms, Maister shows that this approach is not only ethical but also conducive to commercial success.
Unbundling Legal Services (2000) (Table of Contents)
Forrest S. Mosten
Is it possible to deliver legal services that give people the precise help they need, when they need it? “Unbundling” may be the answer, says author Forrest Mosten, who has been studying the risks and rewards of such nontraditional delivery methods for close to ten years. In this landmark book, Mosten explores the factors that have fueled the unbundling movement, the barriers that face it, and the case study success that suggest unbundling may significantly change the shape of law practice. This book also shares practical strategies for setting up and managing an unbundled law office, marketing your unbundled services, and using unbundled legal services in mediation.
Visible Invisibility (2006) (Table of Contents)
ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
The report is not an end unto itself. It is a tool for law firm managing partners to implement change so that they retain women of color and enable these women to join the ranks of leadership. Women of color must be visible at all levels within private firms. If the legal profession is to move forward and reach its full potential, then it must reflect the diversity of society. Anything less is unacceptable.
The Way of the Lawyer (2010) (Table of Contents)
Chris Scott Graham
Since the dawn of civilization seemingly minor disagreements have blossomed into major disputes for a broad range of reasons. Today, the negotiated resolution of disputes in a business setting remains the preferred method of dispute resolution, and trial lawyers emerge as the modern samurai who will engage in battle on behalf of their client.
This engaging book is your battle manual for the art of war in the legal arena. Author Chris Scott Graham shares the skills you’ll need—developed and honed by trial lawyers over the years—to succeed in the battles you’ll undertake on behalf of your clients. More than mere knowledge of legal principles relating to evidence and procedure, this book supplies the insight and strategies gleaned through years of hard work and astute observation in the legal profession. In its fifty chapters, you’ll find concrete advice for negotiating, presenting, and litigating a case, many presented through fascinating real-world examples. Each chapter concludes with a succinct summary of the essential information it contains. Be prepared for your next legal duel with this essential resource.
The Woman Advocate 2nd Edition (2010) (Table of Contents)
Abbe F. Fletman and Evelyn R. Storch
This is an essential book for all women advocates, whether they are still in law school, just starting out, at the height of their careers, or winding down. There is much to learn from the personal stories each chapter presents, and much to inspire women advocates to even greater heights
Women-At-Law (2004) (Table of Contents)
Phyllis Horn Epstein
How do women lawyers define success in today’s world? Is it becoming a powerful partner in a large high-profile global firm? Running a thriving solo practice in a picturesque small town? Earning a challenging public appointment or tenure as a law school professor? Or is success simply being able to simultaneously practice law and have a satisfying personal life? What exactly is “having it all,” anyway?
Author Phyllis Horn Epstein interviewed over 100 women lawyers of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles in a wide variety of practice setting nationwide to discover how women today are meeting the challenges of competing in an often all-consuming profession without sacrificing their desire for a multidimensional life. Some have already achieved national recognition and notoriety, while others are still struggling to make their way. What she learned is that there are many pathways to fulfillment; the key is to first identify which path will lead to your own individual goals, and then be ready to accept that it’s far more likely to take some twists and turns than it is to be a straight shot forward.
More and more women are choosing to enter this once male-dominated profession, not fully anticipating the many challenges they will face. Women-at-Law not only shares a wealth of practical guidance and direction for the law student or young lawyer, its lessons will also resonate with the seasoned lawyer who has wondered how her peers are managing their practices and their lives.
You and Your Clients—2nd edition (1996) (Table of Contents)
Stanley S. Clawar
The premise of this book is that improved lawyer-client relationships are the shortcut to a successful practice—better known as satisfied clients, a productive staff, and bigger incomes. The examples in this book, and the suggestions that flow from them, result from 25 years of consultations with lawyers and clients. But the techniques are intended as an adjunct to—not a substitution for—your professional skills. No interpersonal finesse can fill a void in your legal expertise.