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Communication & Organizational Management
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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
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
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
Limited quantity available.
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.
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?
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.
The Intellectual Property Handbook: A Practical Guide for Franchise, Business, and IP Counsel, Second Edition
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:
- 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.
There are many ways that legal projects can fail: they are never delivered (or what is delivered is off the mark and unusable); they go over budget; or they take months or years longer than expected. When issues like these arise, trust between customer and supplier, or client and law practice, is irrevocably broken. Every successful project has one common thread: effective project management.
This updated edition of Legal Project Management looks at the concepts of legal project management and demonstrates how to dramatically increase the odds of a project’s success through simple techniques. Author Steven B. Levy offers a project management framework designed from the ground up for legal practices and attorneys.
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
However, the legal sector has begun to rapidly transform – and the firms that don’t change with it are going to struggle to stay relevant. In these turbulent times for firms, change initiatives must be properly managed to ensure the whole firm can successfully shift to the new norm and stick to it. Without the proper support and management, a firm runs the risks of alienating their workforce – who will not take well to sudden and imposed change.
Managing Legal Change Initiatives looks to illustrate the best methods of introducing and managing change in a sector that is known for being adverse to it. The book highlights the critical obstacles and pitfalls that law firms will face during transitional periods, and outlines some of the best methods of approaching organizational change; from building a change framework to follow, to encouraging a shift in partner behavior through the compensation strategy. This new book also explores why change is so difficult for individuals – with discussion of the neuroscience behind change, and the role of emotional intelligence in leaders to help garner a transformation.
With the disruptions to legal services predicted to continue for some time, it will be those firms who adapt, put into place, and act upon a change management strategy that will be the ones capitalize on changes to come.
Non Member: $245.00
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.
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
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
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!