Legal Management Magazine

Legal Management reports on topics within ALA’s five knowledge areas: Legal Industry/Business Management; Human Resources Management; Financial Management; Communications and Organizational Management; and Operations Management.


July/August 2017: On the Cover

Avoiding Chaos in Crisis
Sometimes, succession happens whether your firm is ready or not. We've got advice for handling the sudden exit of a managing partner.

Despite the importance of succession planning, many firms are ill-prepared, lacking adequate strategies to replace those partners at the top. This lack of planning becomes particularly problematic in the face of crisis, such as death or incapacitation of a managing partner. In these situations, firm ownership and administrators must work together to keep the firm on track or find the appropriate new direction for the firm. This article discusses strategies for handling a succession crisis when a law firm lacks a formal succession plan. Read more.


Curbing Conflict

Attorneys are used to fighting for their clients in the courtroom. But sometimes that conflict spills out into the firm, creating a toxic environment that can have a destructive impact on every partner and support staff member. Read more


The Prescription for the Best Practice Group Manager

For many firms, the hard skills relevant years of experience, for example, or written communication expertise the practice group leader position requirements often seem fairly obvious. However, the more approach-based capabilities that can predict an attorney’s chance of success in the role such as an aptitude for garnering support can sometimes be a little less clear. Read more


Big Ideas
A Message from ALA Executive Director Oliver Yandle, JD, CAE: The Best Laid Plans

BP Perspective
Succession Planning: The People Side of Change

Insure Your Success
7 Tips to Getting What You Deserve from Your Health Insurance 

Test Drive
Gadget Reviews with Bill and Phil: Surface Laptop — So Much Love

Thinking Out Cloud
Heading to the Cloud? Embrace Compromise 


Facts and Stats
Legal Management News

Industry News
Top 7 Questions to Ask About a Long-Term Care Insurance Plan 

Tips and Trends
Lawyers' Evaluations: Still Very Few KPIs Used


ALA Faces
Member and Chapter News

News About ALA

Advertising Index

In This Issue
Konica Minolta    •    Pitney Bowes    •    Research Associates, Inc.    •    Thomson Reuters    •    Traveling Coaches

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