Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on Law Office Management

Cutting the pie: Determining partner compensation By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, April 2008 Many law firms are struggling with compensation systems that no longer meet the needs of the firm and the individual partners. Failure to explore alternatives to failing systems often result in partner dissatisfaction leading to partner defections and disintegration of the firm.
Resolutions for 2008 By Mary A. Corrigan Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, April 2008 Although 2008 is already underway, it is not too late to implement some resolutions for improvement of your law practice.
Remote access technology for your law practice By James A. McKenna Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, November 2007 Remote access is the ability to retrieve and utilize electronically-stored information—including Word/Excel/PowerPoint documents, litigation databases, and scanned images—from a location outside the office.
Utilization of paralegals in Illinois: The secret to a more efficient and profitable law practice By Tom Higgins Family Law, November 2007 In growing numbers, Illinois law firms have pursued the opportunity to hire a qualified paralegal in circumstances that may have dictated hiring a new associate in the past.
Use the Web, but don’t let it use you By Matt Arbogast Young Lawyers Division, August 2007 On June 29, 2007, an unbelievably large number of people waited in line for hours, some for days, to get their hands on iPhones.
More on engagement letters By Donald E. Weihl Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2007 The focus of this article will be on language to be included in engagement letters to provide for advance waivers of conflicts of interest.
Document process: The competitive edge in the legal profession By Raymond Snyder Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, January 2007 Law firms are beginning to realize the importance and value efficient document processes can provide.
To lead or to manage By Maximilian M. Prusak Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, January 2007 If your office is not acting as a team working for the same goal, try a little less management and a little more leadership.
Utilization of paralegals in Illinois: The secret to a more efficient and profitable law practice By Tom Higgins Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, January 2007 In growing numbers, Illinois law firms have pursued the opportunity to hire a qualified paralegal in circumstances that may have dictated hiring a new associate in the past.
Electronic communications & records: Metadata, security, and more By Robert G. Moss Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2006 It would be fair to say that the field of legal ethics is increasingly concerned with issues raised by new kinds of information and communication technology.
Are you ready for tsunami, a Katrina, fire or terrorists? By Thomas J. Brannan Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2006 Granted, in Illinois, we are unlikely to suffer the rampage of a Tsunami or a Katrina, but tornadoes are common to Illinois, potential for fires is a part of life, and terrorists may strike anywhere—in fact, your own personal terrorist could be a disenchanted client seeking revenge.
Exceptional client service in law firms: Tips for rewarding and recognizing employees By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2005 By regularly rewarding and recognizing your attorneys and staff when they exhibit positive client service behaviors, rather than only noticing and commenting when they do something wrong, you help motivate them to keep up the good work and internalize the behavior.
Mastering and managing documents in the state-of-the-art law office By T. Roe Frazer Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2005 Document management is the most daunting challenge for today’s law office.
Firm meetings, or “If you pay them, they will come” By Walter Kilgus General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2003 In a recent discussion with a colleague, the conversation turned to the mechanics of operating a small firm.
It’s time By Donald E. Weihl Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, January 2002 In the October, 1991, poll conducted by the section council, articles on efficient use of attorneys' time ranked high in the responses as a desired subject of attention in the newsletter.