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New Year’s Resolution: Move to Online Backup

- Filed Under: Practice Management

Stress. It comes with being a lawyer. You have enough to worry about without the added concern that your electronically stored documents, case materials and firm financial information might be lost as…

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Bar Dues

- Filed Under: Practice Management

The December issue of Law Practice Today is out, and it’s focus is very timely for the holiday season. It’s on making personal connections which, after all, are the basis on which…

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Is the iPhone Safe for Lawyers?

- Filed Under: Member Benefits, Practice Management

This subject was a hot topic for discussion on Solosez on Monday. While form and features – not to mention that certain “wow” factor that makes working fun – are important whenever…

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Lawyer’s Guide to Word 2007 Has Ben Schorr Batting 1.000

- Filed Under: Practice Management

The only constant is change.  Especially when it comes to Microsoft Office.  Many lawyers and firms have now upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007, which is why the recent release of The Lawyer’s…

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Friday Reading: Don Draper’s Guide to Being a Better Lawyer

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I try to make time every Friday to catch up on all the things that I’ve piled up, both literally and virtually, to read when I have a chance.  As I began…

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Mining for Diamonds, Panning for Gold

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console.debug(‘TRINITY_WP’, ‘Skip player from rendering’, ‘is single: , is main loop: 1, is main query: 1’);console.debug(‘TRINITY_WP’, ‘trinity_content_filter’);Whenever a blogger takes a couple of weeks off to catch up with other things (in this case, preparing and making CLE presentations before the end of the year) you can count on it that he or she will have a ton of stuff piled up to share.
I receive lots of new books that publishers hope I’ll review.  My desk is piled high right now.  And I dutifully try to slog through them all because, every once in a great while, the payoff is that I find a real jewel which I can pass along.
My most recent such happy discovery is The Lawyer’s Guide to Finding Success in Any Job Market by Richard L. Hermann.  According to the information about the author on the back of the book, he received his JD from Cornell Law School and is a Concord Law School professor specializing in legal career management, as well as the founder and president of Federal Reports, Inc, a provider of legal career information in the US, and the co-founder of AttorneyJobs.com.  He’s taken this background in lawyer career development and turned it into one of the single most useful books I’ve ever seen for lawyers who are worried about losing their jobs, lawyers who have already lost their jobs, and lawyers who would like to move from a less than thrilling practice area into something more fruitful.

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Smartphone Shootout – Which Is Best For You?

- Filed Under: Practice Management

Big-firm-lawyers with BlackBerrys are so common that the image this phrase conjures up is almost a cliché. And many solo practitioners have been quick to adopt the stylish iPhone, so that they…

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When It’s Time to Say “So Long…”

- Filed Under: Member Benefits, Practice Management

console.debug(‘TRINITY_WP’, ‘Skip player from rendering’, ‘is single: , is main loop: 1, is main query: 1’);console.debug(‘TRINITY_WP’, ‘trinity_content_filter’);From time to time I get calls from lawyers who are looking for information on shuttering their practices.  Sometimes it’s for happy reasons, like appointment or election to a judgeship or a long-awaited retirement.  Other times it involves a family relocation and, sometimes, small firms just don’t gain the traction they need to keep on keeping on, so  the principals decide it’s time to move on to something else.  Here are some thing to think about should you decide to close your practice.

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ABA TECHSHOW Discounts, Plus Best of TECHSHOW

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It’s time to start thinking about making plans to attend ABA TECHSHOW 2010.  For those who are not familiar with it, TECHSHOW is the ABA Law Practice Management Section‘s annual two and…

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A Tale of Two Emails or I Don’t Talk to Strangers

- Filed Under: Member Benefits, Practice Management

I received two email messages recently. Each was from someone I did not know. Both posed a single, easy-to-answer question, but it’s amazing how different my reaction was to each. The first…

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