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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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The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness

It's no secret that individual lawyers are under siege in a profession with a high incidence of stress, divorce, substance abuse, and suicide. In this groundbreaking multi-dimensional collection, you can find tools and information that enable you to have both a successful career and a happy, satisfied life. These tools will teach you how to harness the transformative power of being more relational and less transactional.

The earmark of happy lawyers is the development of emotional intelligence, resilience, and mindfulness practice. The book provides the keys to the kingdom, what is essential to thrive in the competitive environment of lawyering. The material comes from recognized experts who provide step-by-step behavioral guidance of what you need to do. The material is easily accessible. Each chapter has a summary and conclusion. Follow the wisdom and it's guaranteed to change your life and career.

Hear an interview with Stewart Levine, a featured expert in the ALA Summit Series Webcasts.

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Blockchain and the Legal Profession

An in-depth look at the impact Blockchain will affect the legal profession, both in terms of how processes will change in the future, and the legal issues that lawyers will have to become aware of in an increasingly digital era.


  • Publication date: June, 2018
  • Pages: 100

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The Connector's Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact

Are you already networking but all that effort is not translating into results? Does everyone seem to be getting further ahead even though you are just as smart? Are you looking for a new job or up for a promotion? Do you have great ideas but no one seems to be listening to them? If any of these situations resonate, this book is for you!

And even if you are already a Connector, this book will help you take it up a level.

Connectors think and act a certain way that makes things happen faster, easier, and often with a better result. This book will explain:

  1. Why relationships and connecting are critical to your results, success, and even happiness.
  2. How Connectors have a way of thinking and acting that enables stronger relationships.
  3. How ANYONE can infuse these mindsets and behaviors into their interactions and see the impact.

Michelle Tillis Lederman has curated connections and includes expert advice from over two dozen authors, coaches, and business owners including Marshall Goldsmith, Dorie Clark, Ivan Misner, Susan RoAnn and more.

Regardless of your goal―a job, a promotion, new business, a referral―who you know and who knows you will lead to opportunities. It is the strength of your relationships that leads to your success.

Hear an interview with Michelle Tillis Lederman, a featured expert in the ALA Summit Series Webcasts.

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Emerging Approaches to Law Firm Profitability

The legal profession, like so many other fields, has continued to reel from the deep-reaching and significant impact of the 2008 financial crisis. 

In the years following the crash, a general downward turn in the demand for legal services compelled firms to tighten their belts, make tough decisions, and come up with innovative strategies in order to survive. One of these was an increased focus on profitability and different means of
managing and improving it, a relatively new development for the legal industry. 

However, in recent years there have been small but positive signs of improvement, manifested in a gradual pick-up in client engagement, as global economies continue to slowly but steadily recover from the crash. It is definitely a better time to be a lawyer, as latent demand begins to manifest in parallel with growing client confidence in a stabilizing market, fast-paced disruptive technological innovations, and significant changes in laws and regulations.

However, this does not mean that firms can afford to be complacent. The legal landscape continues to be in flux, and improvement is slow.

Increased revenue and client demand does not come to firms that do not proactively seek it, nor is it achieved by those who are not applying innovative and cutting-edge techniques and strategies to the management of their firm. Of course, delivering the best service to clients should
always be a top priority; however, there should also be an emphasis on running the firm like a business, which includes intensive scrutiny of
expenditure and coming up with new and inventive ways to generate profit. 

Managing and growing a firm’s profitability should not just be an exercise for difficult economic periods, but instead must be a priority at
all times. Rather than being perceived as an irksome bolt-on, it is necessary to see it as a great opportunity in these times of increased business.
Existing and persistent cultural norms amongst lawyers, however, means that the reform of current business practices does not always
come naturally. Nor is it necessarily easy to find the right practical advice that can carry a firm through the transition. Emerging Approaches to Law
Firm Profitability aims to be the ideal tool to assist with implementation, providing essential guidance for those seeking new means of maximizing
their firm’s capacity. Featuring advice and reflections from a wide variety of contributors, ranging from business and finance professionals to thought leaders and consultants, this book offers in-depth, intensive  insight into the challenges generated by today’s dynamic and hypercompetitive legal landscape. 

Most importantly, Emerging Approaches to Law Firm Profitability moves past the identification of these obstacles and supplies original, innovative ways of tackling them. Expert guidance is complemented by compelling case studies and effective real-world examples, supplying principles that can be applied to firms of any size or capacity.

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From Lawyer to Law Firm

Managing the business of practicing law should be as important to the lawyer as the practice of law itself. It is pivotal to the success or failure of a law practice. The lawyer who considers hanging his own shingle cannot appreciate all of the moving parts involved in managing a profitable law practice until he has actually done it. When you do venture out, on your own or in a partnership with others, you soon realize that there is much more to the business of practicing law than you ever expected. Everything about your law firm affects the most important asset that your law firm owns: the attorney/client relationship. In From Lawyer to Law Firm, we address the commercial aspects of practicing law that are unique to a law firm. During our combined 70+ years in the legal profession, we have both experienced situations which may seem unbelievable. No matter where you are in your legal career, authors Elizabeth Miller and Joryn Jenkins offer you guidance and insights based on those experiences that will help to ensure success for both you and your law firm.

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Future Law Firm Business Models

Much has been written about the pace of change facing the legal industry – how certain law firm functions are being replaced by artificial intelligence and new types of service providers, how accounting firms are looking to absorb and replace law firms, and how merging into worldwide mega firms of 3,000 to 10,000 lawyers is the only way to survive. Steve Jobs and others have called this evolution “creative destruction”. Richard Susskind referred to it years ago as “the end of lawyers”.

It is true that the legal market is facing massive change. Technology, new ways of working, alternative methods of billing, and highly disruptive new entrants have all made their mark on the traditional legal business model. The Future of Law Firm Business Models takes a look at all these trends and more, horizon-scanning for future developments, and the ways in which these issues will fundamentally change the market.

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Innovating for Competitive Advantage in the Legal Profession

Innovation. How to go about it, what it can do for your business – what even is it? Can innovation be applied in the legal environment?

Such is the interest and appetite for legal innovation that, in the last 18 months, ARK has published over a dozen titles with innovation in their remit, covering everything from knowledge management to pricing, from marketing to recruitment, and everything in between.

This compilation deep-dives into the key areas that drive innovation forward in the legal profession, combining the views and experiences of 14 leaders in their fields.

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Innovations in Legal Project Management

The organizational competence of project management provides a solid foundation for every activity conducted by a business and the practice of law. Legal project management (LPM) provides the discipline that enables lawyers and those who manage legal work – in law firms, law departments and alternate legal services providers – to define, demonstrate and deliver greater value by balancing the scope of work, time, and resources as they strive for optimal efficiency, outcomes and client satisfaction.

Although many distinguish the business of law from the practice of law, innovators in legal project management take an integrated approach. In commercial and governmental settings, practicing law is not an academic exercise, nor an end in itself. Effective legal services address a client’s business needs, opportunities and risk profile, and may also implicate public policy and legal precedent. The client experience is personal as well as professional. LPM provides a framework for meeting all these challenges.

Innovations in Legal Project Management profiles those who have done the difficult work of harnessing the relevant aspects of legal project management as a strategy that is explicitly aligned to a law firm’s or legal department’s business objectives and culture. The authors describe communication strategies and techniques to train, coach and mentor those acquiring the skills to implement legal project management practices as a core aspect of the firm’s business strategy, operations, quality legal services, and focus on the client experience.

All the contributors to this book are professionals who continuously see around corners in improving the legal profession. They have created value for their firms, clients, and organizations; others have advanced the legal profession. They have systematically:

  • Used deep insights about particular clients to create new services and ways of doing things that impact the client’s business goals;
  • Incrementally improved the speed, value (cost/margin), and quality/  benefits of the product or service they deliver; and/or
  • Relied on technology that is homegrown or highly customized to meet users’ needs.
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Job Description Toolkit

ALA's Job Description Toolkit was designed to assist legal management professionals and their employer organizations in drafting job descriptions using the ALA Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS) taxonomy classification/codes.

It provides a step-by-step guide for writing job descriptions, including sample job descriptions organized by the following areas: Administrative, Finance, Human Resources, Intellectual Property, Legal Support Services, and Marketing and Technology.

Features of this resource include:

  • A guide on creating job descriptions that apply the UPBMS taxonomy
  • A list of resources and tools to use when writing job descriptions
  • A sample of job descriptions using the UPBMS

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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 Leadership: A Handbook for Future Success

Today’s law firm is an entity in flux. Economic and technological disruption– along with a range of other factors – have contributed to this change, meaning that firms are not what they used to be. It is therefore a necessity that the way they are managed also needs to change. This means, among many things, the need to corporatize the running of the firm; a move away from the focus on the billable hour towards more intangible activities such as business development and marketing and –perhaps the most important factor – the development of a new kind of leader within the legal landscape.

The new kind of leader now demanded by a transformed legal profession is not readily forthcoming, however. Legal culture stresses individualism and independence, which is reinforced by firm governance, practice management, and performance management systems that are ill-suited to foster supportive and collaborative leadership practices; lawyers are trained and conditioned to be combative, autonomous, and didactic. To position oneself as a contender in a fast-moving and competitive market, the legal leader of the future must push back against these trends by acting strategically, engaging in people management, investing in their employees, and creating a working environment that places emphasis on communication, teamwork, and growth and development.

Legal leadership: a handbook for future success combines the latest and most relevant intelligence from those on the frontline of law firm leadership and management, to serve as the catalyst for change and the foundation on which a strong leadership practice can be built. Drawing on their expertise and experience, our authors – ranging from behavioral psychologists to senior management figures and professional coaches –present a wide range of competencies and strategies to cultivate as part of a leader’s personal and professional development. Whether you are already a member of your firm’s senior management, or in a junior position with big aspirations, Legal leadership: a handbook for future success provides the essential tools to equip you to become a leader of the future.

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Legal Project Management: Control Costs, Meet Schedules, Manage Risks, and Maintain Sanity

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.

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Managing Legal Change Initiatives

Successfully managing a change initiative is no simple feat, regardless of the size of the firm – distilling the process of change into a workforce takes careful planning and support. Change is stressful and difficult for people to process and accept, as we often cling to what we know. This is especially true of lawyers, who are notoriously averse to change.

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.

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Microsoft Excel for Legal Professionals (Indv. License)

Microsoft Excel for Legal Professionals is easy to read and full of numbered steps and screen illustrations. It starts with the basics and works it way up, focusing exclusively on topics relevant to legal professionals and skips those which are not. It includes instructions on creating fiduciary accounting, amortization schedules, real estate closing statements, disbursement schedules, medical bill summaries, graphical representations of data, mail merging using Excel as a list manager, and many useful formulas for use with dates, numbers, text, and logic. This Microsoft Excel Manual is written with you in mind!

A sample of this content can be seen by clicking HERE.

The purchase of the Individual Users License allows for use of a single copy of this professional manual.

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Microsoft Outlook for Legal Professionals (Indv. License)

Microsoft Outlook for Legal Professionals is easy to read and covers email management, fixing default settings, and all of the little-known features that make email, calendar, and contact management easier. This Microsoft Outlook Manual is written with you in mind!

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Microsoft Word for Legal Professionals (Indv. License)

Microsoft Word for Legal Professionals is easy to read and full of numbered steps and screen illustrations. It focuses exclusively on topics relevant to legal professionals and skips those which are not. It representations a 21-year compilation of how to tackle just about every Word issue encountered by Affinity Consulting Group in a legal environment, as well as legal word processing tips, tricks and little-know techniques. This Microsoft Word Manual is written with you in mind!

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Microsoft Word for Mac for Legal Professionals (Indv. License)

Microsoft Word for Mac for Legal Professionals is easy to read and full of numbered steps and screen illustrations specific for Microsoft Word for Mac. It focuses exclusively on topics relevant to legal professionals and skips those which are not. It representations a 21-year compilation of how to tackle just about every Word issue encountered by Affinity Consulting Group in a legal environment, as well as legal word processing tips, tricks and little-know techniques. This Microsoft Word for Mac Manual is written with you in mind!

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Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go from Manager to Leader

Excerpts from Amazon:

The Globe & Mail's #1 Business Book of the Year!

Low performance and high turnover is not the result of lazy, apathetic workers. It's not about decreasing budgets. And it's not about a terrible economy.

It's about leadership that doesn't engage employees.

In Nine Minutes on Monday, leadership guru James Robbins argues that employee engagement comes down to one thing: a constant dedication to meeting the universal needs that drive performance excellence. In today's chaotic, high-stakes business environment, it is easy to get distracted from leadership responsibilities by focusing on tasks at hand instead of on strategy. But when you neglect to keep your leadership priorities in front of you, everyone suffers - your staff, your organization and, in the end, you.

Whether you lead a small team or an entire organization, you’ll discover the nine keys to raising productivity, boosting morale, and increasing employee engagement. Nine Minutes on Monday combines proven engagement drivers and principles of human motivation into a simple system of execution that will show immediate results. Inside you'll find:

  • The "9 Minute" template for maintaining focus on your leadership priorities - no matter how busy you are
  • Three key questions that will help you connect purpose to paycheck for your staff
  • A four-step formula for addressing subpar performance and driving complacency from the workplace
  • A simple coaching model for fast-track staff development
  • Four reward/recognition tools that will leave your employees feeling valued and motivated
  • The one simple activity that will forge deep bonds of trust between you and your employees
  • Three key ingredients that will immediately increase the motivation level of any employee

Being a great leader is never easy, but Robbins breaks it all down into essential components to reveal its fundamental simplicity. Nine Minutes on Monday is your road map to igniting purpose, passion, and engagement among your team members. Master and apply the tools and techniques inside, and your employees will be motivated, inspired, and equipped to bring their best to work each and every day.

Hear an interview with James Robbins, a featured expert in the ALA Summit Series Webcasts.

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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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Study Guide for the CLM Exam

The Study Guide for the CLM Exam Practice Questions, Preparation and Reviews was designed to help you prepare effectively to earn the prestigious Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® credential. The study guide presents comprehensive information relating to the four functional areas covered in the exam, along with review questions and a 100-item practice exam.  

Features of this resource include:

  • A focus on real-world issues faced by legal managers
  • The CLM Content Outline of the Body of Knowledge (also known as the test blueprint)
  • Review questions and answers for each subject area
  • A practice exam that follows the test blueprint
  • A comprehensive list of terms and definitions
  • Tips for creating a personalized study plan
  • Tips for preparing for an online exam                                                  

Use the Study Guide for the CLM Exam Practice Questions, Preparation and Reviews as a complement and guide to your individual preparation or as a resource for your study group.

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