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2015 Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference

The paralegal profession continues to experience growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, an 18% growth in the profession is projected between 2010 and 2020. Paralegals and legal assistants are an integral part of the legal system, assisting attorneys with a variety of substantive tasks. A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work.

The typical duties of a paralegal or legal assistant are incredibly wide-ranging and varied. You are expected to perform all the legal work that does not require a lawyer sometimes, this means performing this legal work for several lawyers and a fair amount of the office tasks. There are also model rules and ethical codes to be followed.

Paralegals and legal assistants need a thorough guide to all the rules and regulations dictating their job performance, as well as a repository of the many forms they see every day. Now updated and revised, The 2015 Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference explores these myriad responsibilities and types of paperwork in six easy-to-use sections and additional material:

  • INTRODUCTION
  • PART I: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LEGAL ASSISTANT
  • PART II: COURT SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES
  • PART III: PREPARING LEGAL INSTRUMENTS, DOCUMENTS AND COURT FILINGS
  • PART IV: LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING
  • PART V: TRIAL PREPARATION
  • PART VI: AREAS OF PRACTICE
  • APPENDIX A: STATE-BY-STATE RESOURCE
  • APPENDIX B: GLOSSARY OF COMMON LEGAL TERMS

This is a complete guide to the rules and regulations guiding paralegals and legal assistants,as well as the many different types of forms they are responsible for each day. This comprehensive handbook also explores the career opportunities open to paralegals and legal assistants, as well as some common areas of legal practice and what they entail.

With a CD of writable sample forms and letters, a state-by-state resource guide, a glossary of common legal terms, and a thorough index, this is the guide you need to efficiently complete all your many duties. This updated edition contains new forms and additional samples.

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2020 Vision: The Future of Legal Services

This guide is designed to help law firm leaders assess the lay of the legal landscape, prepare for foreseeable change, and above all to position themselves so that they are ready to respond to the unseen challenges and opportunities ahead.

Edited by Laura Slater

Contents

Chapter 1: Seeing the future first – Analyzing strategic trends

Chapter 2: Beyond pricing – Legal services must learn to talk value

Chapter 3: Foretelling the future – The practice of law as it will be (Hint: Don’t be left out!)

Chapter 4: How can you stay ahead of your competition? Win more. Experience management is the answer

Chapter 5: The challenge of sharing leadership

Chapter 6: Legal project management – An opportunity for firms to gain a competitive advantage

Chapter 7: Legal revolution – The “future normal” and the changing nature of work

Chapter 8: Robot law

Chapter 9: Ten predictions regarding the future of larger law firms and large firm lawyers

Chapter 10: Looking for change in all the wrong places


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Best Practices in Legal Management: A Comprehensive Guide

This engaging, comprehensive and practical resource guide provides a strong foundation for law firm administrators with forms, ideas, recommendations and explanations. Best Practices in Legal Management is a meticulously charted and pragmatic roadmap to law firm administration and governance written by practical experts with perspective and humor. A must-read for all legal administrators.  Author: Published by the New York State Bar Association in conjunction with the New York City Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. 468 pages.

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Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers

Until a few years ago, only the largest firms could afford to engage an audience of millions. Now, lawyers in any size firm can reach a global audience at little to no cost--all because of blogs. An effective blog can help you promote your practice, become more "findable" online, and take charge of how you are perceived by clients, journalists and anyone who uses the Internet. Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers will show you how to create, maintain, and improve a legal blog--and gain new business opportunities along the way.

In just one hour, you will learn to:
  • Set up a blog quickly and easily
  • Write blog posts that will attract clients
  • Choose from various hosting options like Blogger, TypePad, and WordPress
  • Make your blog friendly to search engines, increasing your ranking
  • Tweak the design of your blog by adding customized banners and colors
  • Easily send notice of your blog posts to Facebook and Twitter
  • Monitor your blog's traffic with Google Analytics and other tools
  • Avoid ethics problems that may result from having a legal blog

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How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers, Second Edition

In this new second edition, How To Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers, the best and most innovative solo and small firm lawyers give the reader their secrets, approaches, and strategies to that age-old puzzle of growing your law firm.

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Lawscape 2025: Defining the Law Firm of Tomorrow

Lawscape 2025: Defining the law firm of tomorrow is an exploration of the biggest innovations, strategies, and disruptors that are set to change the face of legal practice.

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Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers

Legal clients are responding to today's unprecedented financial pressures by demanding better predictability, cost-effectiveness and communication from their outside legal service providers. They give their business to those who can manage legal work efficiently--and take it away from those who can't or won't. Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers provides any attorney with practical skills and methods for improving efficiency, keeping budgets under control, building strong working relationships with clients, and maximizing profitability. In just one hour, this book will help you:

  • Understand the features and benefits of Legal Project Management (LPM)
  • Negotiate project scope and budgets with clients
  • Align your legal work with client needs and priorities
  • Plan and budget all legal project phases and tasks
  • Improve communications with both internal team members and external clients
  • Keep legal work on schedule, on task and on budget
  • Gain familiarity with LPM software, tools, and templates
  • Leverage time and effort with proven Legal Project Management techniques
  • Improve business development success and enhance client trust

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LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers

Lawyers work in a world of networks, connections, referrals, and recommendations. For many lawyers, the success of these networks determines the success of their practice. LinkedIn®, the premier social networking tool for business, can help you create, nurture, and expand your professional network and gain clients in the process. LinkedIn® in One Hour for Lawyers provides an introduction to this powerful tool in terms that any attorney can understand.

In just one hour, you will learn to:
  • Set up a LinkedIn account
  • Complete your basic profile
  • Create a robust, dynamic profile that will attract clients
  • Build your connections
  • Use search tools to enhance your network
  • Maximize your presence with features such as groups, updates, answers, and recommendations
  • Monitor your network with ease
  • Optimize your settings for privacy concerns
  • Use LinkedIn® effectively in the hiring process
  • Develop a LinkedIn strategy to grow your legal network

Member: $39.95
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Minimize Risk: How to Structure Law Firm Internal Controls (Formerly Closing the Gap)

Use this book as a guide to help you set up and manage an adequate system of controls for collecting, recording, organizing and reporting information that is necessary for efficiently running the firm. Edited by Rosemary Shiels 71 pages. Softcover.

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Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession

Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession is a compilation of stories about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys, academics, and jurists in the profession, through their own words. Edited by: Christine W. Young and John T. Hendricks. Published by ABA Book Publishing.

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Rise of the Legal COO

For law firms considering restructuring their business to meet the demands of a highly competitive market, hiring an experienced chief operations officer (COO) is sure to be a consideration.

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Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms, Third Edition

When the second edition of Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms was published in 2007, the legal landscape was very different. Since then developments like new technologies, the financial crisis, and the rise of non-lawyers as major providers of legal services have all transformed the legal world immeasurably. In this new environment, managing risk no longer means simply avoiding malpractice claims and staying ethical. It now requires lawyers and law firms to address an increasingly complex world of rules and regulations in order to keep firms both respected and profitable.

This all-new, updated third edition by Anthony E. Davis and Katie M. Lachter moves past recognizing risk and addresses the realities of managing risk. From managing employees to performing appropriate client intake due diligence, this book offers a practical approach to evaluating the state of risk management within your firm, and to implementing a program to control it. Topics include:

  • Strategies for tailoring a risk management program to your firm’s specific needs
  • How a good plan will improve your firm’s profitability
  • When and why to refuse a client’s business
  • How the rise of technology has affected risk for the modern law practice
  • The need for an in-firm general counsel
  • Self-assessment questionnaires for evaluating every aspect of law firm risk management

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The Extraordinary Administrator

Learn what it takes to be an extraordinary administrator and chart a successful career. This book is published with the support of the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators in memory of former ALA President David Brezina. Author: Paul A.C. Malliaté. 134 pages. Softcover. 

Limited quantity available.  

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The Extraordinary Law Firm: Making Your Firm a Great Place to Work

Great law firms do not just happen. They are the products of exceptional leadership and sweat equity. This book aims to equip firm managers with the knowledge and desire to transform their offices into the remarkable workplaces that deliver not only superior client service, but also the utmost satisfaction for each and every person who is part of that effort. The author draws from 12 case studies to create specific checklists for firms of any size to use to create an extraordinary law firm. Author: Charles E. Stinnett. 

Limited quantity available.

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The Extraordinary Managing Partner: Reaching the Pinnacle of Law Firm Management

Essential reading for anyone who is serving as a managing partner in a law firm, or simply interested in acquiring additional understanding of what is involved in law firm management. The third in the Extraordinary Series, this book is based on research obtained from managing partners and their teams, and provides - from a variety of knowledgeable perspectives - what it takes to move beyond doing “very well” to being a highly effective and extraordinary law firm management leader. Author: John J. Michalik, J.D. 184 pages. Softcover.

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The Failing Law Firm: Symptoms and Remedies

As institutions, firms face different, and in some cases, more intense structural challenges than most-if-not-all others. They are not held to the same standards of transparency, financial hygiene, and infrastructural-sterility as their publically-traded clients. Leadership and management can all too easily be unprepared for their incumbency and overwhelmed by double duties. The firm’s “product” is highly mobile and prone to flight during even minimal financial dips. And while these are just a few hurdles, they alone are more than enough to bring many corporate CEO’s to their knees. The industry presses on, regardless, and deserves some guidance in its evolution.

The Failing Law Firm was initially written with the purpose of simply illuminating the symptoms of a struggling firm. But after some research and contemplation, the author came to understand that by the time most symptoms revealed themselves, it is often too late for the attorney, management, or leadership to do something about them.

He dug deeper, seeking not only to more effectively define and articulate the various major components of a firm’s embodiment, but, to also understand the ways in which they interact at a deeper, more fundamental level to induce stability or vulnerability. This deeper understanding can provide readers with a tool that is geared more toward predicting destabilization, rather than just defining it once it is happening.

The other side of this coin is a blue print that attorneys, management, and leadership can use in analyzing, or planning for, the robustness, cohesiveness, and strength of a firm’s infrastructure and embodiment. Importantly, and perhaps for the first time in a single volume,  the themes and deeper phenomena that underlie the various components of a firm and how they interact—constructively or destructively—in a matrix fashion are discussed.

Chapters include:
1.   The End of Innocence
2.   The Anatomy of a Failing Firm
3.   The Money Press
4.   Law Firm Governance
5.   Policies and Procedures
6.   Law Firm Cultures
7.   Law Firm Leadership
8.   Law Firm Strategy
9.   Law Firm Compensation
10. Taking Academia to the Office
11. Sleeping with the Enemy?

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The Intellectual Property Handbook: A Practical Guide for Franchise, Business, and IP Counsel, Second Edition

Offering practical guidance to non-IP specialists who encounter these issues in their legal practice, this book provides specific and useful information on areas where business interests intersect with intellectual property issues, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, domain names, technology, and more.

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The Survival Guide to Implementing Effective Law Firm Management Strategies

Successful management and culture need to go hand in hand. A firm’s culture is the result of attitudes, personalities, policies, and decisions that ultimately creates the building block for the success of the firm. The Survival Guide to Implementing Effective Law Firm Management Strategies provides you with the groundwork and policies to create a positive law firm environment and business success.

Divided into five parts on culture, planning, partnerships, management, and finances, this guide will help you:

  • Understand why the culture in the firm is important to its success
  • Develop a plan and vision for the future of the firm
  • Construct marketing plans to recruit and retain new clients
  • Devise a plan to build healthy partnerships in the firm and with your clients
  • Outline delegation strategies and techniques for partners and associates
  • Build a strong recruitment and retention plan for associates
  • Formulate a system for compensation of partners, associates, and paralegals
  • Determine how to improve revenue

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Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers

More lawyers than ever before are using Twitter to network with colleagues, attract clients, market their law firms, and even read the news. But to the uninitiated, Twitter's short messages, or tweets, can seem like they are written in a foreign language. Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers will demystify one of the most important social-media platforms of our time and teach you to tweet like an expert. 

In just one hour, you will learn to:
  • Create a Twitter account and set up your profile
  • Read tweets and understand Twitter jargon
  • Write tweets--and send them at the appropriate time
  • Gain an audience--follow and be followed
  • Engage with other Twitters users
  • Integrate Twitter into your firm's marketing plan
  • Cross-post your tweets with other social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Understand the relevant ethics, privacy, and security concerns
  • Get the greatest possible return on your Twitter investment
  • And much more!
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