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.

September: On the Cover

Finding Common Ground
We’ve got advice for managing conflict in your legal organization. 

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable — including within legal organizations. Failing to address such discord can negatively affect firm morale and potentially drive away valued lawyers and staff. But properly managing conflict within your firm is essential for retaining talent and maintaining a positive culture. This article will discuss strategies for addressing conflict within law firms, including the role of the administrator, tools to implement and tips for handling different power dynamics. Read more.


Shaking Up the Law Firm Management Structure
Alternative business structures are allowing non-lawyers to share in law firm profits.

It’s been one year since Arizona announced it was implementing a new way for law offices to “bring long overdue innovation to the legal field.” That innovation? Licensing alternative business structures (ABS), which “opens the door for non-lawyer investment in law firms, and profit-sharing within firms with non-lawyers as incentives to bring in top talent.” Read more.

Balancing Tradition with Progress
Everyone has these biases; here’s how you can keep them from seeping into your hiring process.

Summer Jurrells, PHR, SHRM-CP, arrived as Administrator of Husch Blackwell LLP’s Austin, Texas, office in March 2020 — one week before the entire staff was sent home to work remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If that kind of shock to the professional environment would challenge the equanimity of anyone, Jurrells characterizes the long-term result as favorable. “The pandemic made us all realize we can do more work in a decentralized way,” she says. “We don’t have to see each other face-to-face to be productive and get things done.” Read more.



Big Ideas
My Volunteerism Made Me a Better Conflict Manager 

BP Perspective
Examining the Employee Benefits Landscape

Diversity Dialogue
Tips from the Trenches: Women in Law Firm Leadership Share Their Wisdom

Thinking Out Cloud
Zero Touch Is Just as Important as Zero Trust for a Secure Cloud

Test Drive
Note-Taking Apps: So Many Choices — Which Is Best for You?



Industry News
Prepping for the CLM Exam? Ops in a Box Can Help

Tips and Trends
Hoteling 2.0: It’s Like Working in an Office, But Better


ALA Faces
Members on the Move

What’s Happening at Headquarters

Advertising Index

Alert Communications    •    Innovative Computing Systems   •    Forrest Solutions   •    LawPay    •    Orion    •    Tabs3

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  • Click here to read “Making Mental Health Matter” and earn one credit hour in human resources management.
  • Click here to read “Where Are Your Markers” and earn one credit hour in self-management skills.
  • Click here to read “Leading Through Change” and earn one credit hour in organizational development.
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  • Click here to read “Cyber Risk Management: The Vital Role of Legal Management Professionals” and earn one credit hour in operations management.
  • Click here to read “A Lesson in Leadership for Legal Management Professionals” and earn one credit hour in communications and organizational management.
  • Click here to read “The Risk of Idolizing False Profits;” and earn one credit hour in financial management.
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