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Articles From Ed Finkel

Lincoln and Herndon 2016 By Ed Finkel February 2016 Article, Page 22 If Abraham Lincoln were practicing today, what management techniques and tech tools should he use? LPM experts offer advice.
Supercharged Social Media Marketing By Ed Finkel January 2016 Article, Page 24 Are you using Google Plus? Blogging? Using video? Describing yourself consistently across social media and the web? Find out what social media power users are doing to market their practices.
Limited Scope Representation: Tales from the Trenches By Ed Finkel December 2015 Article, Page 24 The limited scope rules have been in place for a few years now, and savvy, forward-thinking lawyers are using them to serve clients who would otherwise be lost to online document services.
Creating a Client-Centered Practice By Ed Finkel November 2015 Article, Page 26 In a tough legal marketplace, putting clients first and providing excellent service is a must. It starts with putting yourself in the client's place.
Keeping the Road Safe and the Law Sane By Ed Finkel October 2015 Article, Page 24 The ISBA Traffic Law Section had one of its best years ever this legislative session, helping advance laws that remove harsh and counterproductive DUI restrictions while keeping (and sometimes boosting) appropriate punishments.
The ABCs of LLLTs By Ed Finkel September 2015 Article, Page 20 Proponents say limited license legal technicians provide legal representation to people who couldn't otherwise afford it. Critics argue they'll compete with underemployed lawyers and lower the quality of legal services.
Making the Ask By Ed Finkel August 2015 Article, Page 20 What can female attorneys - and firms that want to hire and keep them - do to ensure that their compensation and opportunities keep pace with their talent and commitment?
An Immigrant’s Tale By Ed Finkel July 2015 Article, Page 22 ISBA President Umberto Davi arrived as a 14-year-old from Sicily and rose to success in law and life.
The Two Faces of Eavesdropping By Ed Finkel June 2015 Article, Page 20 The new Illinois eavesdropping law makes it easier to record police in public settings - but it also gives police more power to eavesdrop on citizens' conversations.
Client Confidentiality in the Digital Age By Ed Finkel May 2015 Article, Page 20 The pathways for breaching client confidentiality - whether due to simple carelessness or inadequate security - continue to multiply as technology advances.
Estate Planners Adopt and Adapt the New HCPOA Form By Ed Finkel April 2015 Article, Page 20 Illinois has a new, plain-language statutory health care power of attorney, and lawyers are getting used to it – and, in some cases, tweaking it to suit their practices.
Plan to Grow By Ed Finkel March 2015 Article, Page 24 Lawyers and practice advisers explain the importance of strategic planning to long-term success.
Feeling Secure in the Cloud By Ed Finkel January 2015 Article, Page 20 You're probably already using the Internet to access remote servers - aka cloud computing - whether you know it or not. And you should be. But make sure you understand the risks.
The Rise of the Freelance Lawyer By Ed Finkel December 2014 Article, Page 576 More solos and small-firm lawyers are hiring stay-at-home moms and others on a project-by-project basis as the need arises. The lawyers they hire are trading full-time employment for freedom.
Alternative Billing Comes to Main Street By Ed Finkel October 2014 Article, Page 476 Firms that serve corporate clients are no strangers to non-hourly billing strategies. But other attorneys are finding that consumer-friendly pricing can be lawyer-friendly as well.
The Powerful Practice Technology You Already Have By Ed Finkel September 2014 Article, Page 428 The technology that can transform your practice by dramatically saving you time and money may already be in your office - if you'd just learn to use it.
Make Your Personal Style Work for You By Ed Finkel August 2014 Article, Page 380 Afraid you're too shy to get up and do what needs to be done to market your practice? Fear not. Good marketing is more about listening than talking.
A Practice-Focused Presidency By Ed Finkel July 2014 Article, Page 324 Promoting civics education, reshaping ISBA's solo and small firm conference, and helping debt burdened law students and new admittees tops new ISBA President Rick Felice's agenda.
Building Your Case with Social Media Evidence By Ed Finkel June 2014 Article, Page 276 Can you get the other side's damaging Facebook posts into evidence? How do you make sure they don't vanish? Here's a look at emerging principles and best practices.
Medical Marijuana Comes to Illinois By Ed Finkel April 2014 Article, Page 172 What will the Medical Cannabis Act mean for patients? For employers? Others? Prepare to advise clients about what some are calling the most restrictive medical marijuana law in the country.
Practice-Launching Tips for Solos and Small Firms By Ed Finkel February 2014 Article, Page 72 Time to strike out on your own? Veteran practitioners help you get off to a good start - and avoid common missteps - with tips on marketing, billing, retainers, client management, and more.
Low Cost Technology for Highly Productive Lawyers By Ed Finkel January 2014 Article, Page 20 Now more than ever, great technology tools - many especially designed for lawyers - are amazingly affordable if not free. But don't forget the crucial difference between "frugal" and "cheap."
‘Aim for the Top’ By Ed Finkel November 2013 Article, Page 564 After a four-decade ascent through all levels of the Illinois court system, Rita Garman becomes Illinois's second female chief justice.
Limited Scope, Expanded Opportunity By Ed Finkel October 2013 Article, Page 508 Recent Illinois Supreme Court rule changes enable lawyers to represent clients in litigation for only a portion of a case. Proponents say that's good for lawyers, clients, and judges.
Reaching Out to Generation Next By Ed Finkel August 2013 Article, Page 400 Young lawyers have different needs than their more senior colleagues. New President Paula Holderman wants to make sure the ISBA speaks their language.
Rainmaking in Dry Times By Ed Finkel June 2013 Article, Page 288 How do you attract new clients and retain existing ones in this economy? Consultants and Illinois lawyers offer battle-tested tips.