Department of Law Practice Management
Department of Law Practice Management/Risk Management
The CBA Department of Law Practice Management/Risk Management is dedicated to providing CBA members with information about the business of practicing law. Whether you have questions about starting a law practice, affordable legal research, hiring and keeping good staff, trust account management, legal-specific software, malpractice insurance information, etc., feel free to call Reba Nance or Lauren Eisenbach for help.
The CBA is pleased to offer Casemaker, our online legal research library. Casemaker is available to all CBA members as a member benefit at no additional cost and includes: case law and statutes for all states; state and federal court rules; The Colorado Lawyer since inception; Colorado worker's compensation, ICAP decisions and Attorney General opinions. Additionally, Casemaker offers an extensive library of Federal materials. The CBA provides a Casemaker Hotline for its members which is staffed by the LPM Department. Members take full advantage of the Hotline by calling the LPM Department with specific questions about Casemaker. The Department also provides CLE-accredited training for Casemaker, as well as presentations to local bars and other groups regarding Casemaker.
The LPM Department also has information regarding other legal research providers (including Westlaw and Lexis), as well as Internet sites for legal research.
LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT HOTLINE
As an additional member benefit, the LPM Department operates a law practice management hotline during regular business hours. Call the hotline for information on a variety of law practice management issues, including technology, time and billing, collections, office equipment selection, human resources, marketing, records management and retention, among other topics.
TRAINING IN THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
The LPM Department sponsors CLE-accredited training in a myriad of legal-specific technology. The Department offers free training for state district court and county court e-filing (LexisNexis™ File & Serve) to all Colorado attorneys and their support staff. We also offer low cost CLE-accredited training for attorneys and support staff for Microsoft Office applications and many legal-specific software applications through our Training Partners. CBA members and their support staff receive substantial discounts. As a service to CBA members, the Department also provides CBA members with a list of companies/vendors who distribute law-related software.
To further meet the needs of our members, the Department of Law Practice Management works with the American Bar Association to offer a discount off the regular ABA non-member price of all ABA books, not just practice management titles. These publications are available to all CBA members at the special discounted rate of 15% off.
The Law Practice Management Department has established a Lending Library available to all CBA members. The Department keeps in the Lending Library over 100 titles, including top-selling books from the American Bar Association, on a variety of law practice management, technology, marketing, finance, and practice-specific topics. The Lending Library also carries over 20 videos for client education and staff training. All publications and videos available through the Lending Library are listed on the Bar Association website. Materials can be loaned and returned via U.S. mail for a $10 fee, or may be picked up at the CBA offices at no cost. When publications are revised and new editions are issued, the Department sells its Lending Library copies and extra sale copies at drastically-reduced prices. This is an excellent benefit for members around the state.
STARTING A LAW PRACTICE
The CBA Law Practice Management Department has extensive information on opening your own law practice and has posted a large quantity of resources on the LPM Department web pages.
The department puts on regular technology, Internet, and law practice management seminars covering the basics members need to know to use technology and the Internet in their practice. Possible seminars include How to Open Your Own Law Office, Ethics of Office Sharing, Trust Account Management, How to Hire and Keep Good Staff, Using the Internet in Your Practice, Malpractice Prevention, etc. Call Reba Nance for a complete list of topics. The department also works with local bar associations statewide to bring these seminars to outlying areas.
LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT RESOURCES
In addition to the activities of the Department mentioned above, the Department maintains the Law Practice Management portion of the CBA website, where the majority of the Department's resources are posted. The department website includes articles and links to information regarding Practice Management, Finance, Marketing, Technology, and much more. The Law Practice Management Department also serves as a liaison for the members of the Lawyers Professional Liability and Paralegal Committees, and the Solo/Small Firm and Government Counsel Sections.