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Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Health Care Reform: Lawyers are Employers and Consumers, Too By Janan Hanna December 2013 Article, Page 616 What does the Affordable Care Act mean to law firms as employers and lawyers as consumers? Here's a thumbnail sketch.
The Ethics of Lost Laptops, Cloud Computing By Mark S. Mathewson November 2013 Column, Page 588 What duty do you have to clients if your laptop is stolen?
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.
How Not to Be a Victim of Law Firm Embezzlement By Janan Hanna September 2013 Article, Page 456 Employee theft is an all-too-common occurrence. Experts advise lawyers how not to be victims.
New supreme court rules a boon to limited-scope representation By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 LawPulse, Page 386 Amended Rules 11, 13, and 137 create business opportunities for lawyers by making it easier to represent clients for part, but not all, of a lawsuit or transaction.
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.
Your “Unsinkable” Law Practice: Checking the Lifeboats By Karen Erger June 2013 Column, Page 314 Make sure your professional liability policy is shipshape.
The Lawyer’s iPad: Using Tablets in Your Practice By Maria Kantzavelos May 2013 Article, Page 232 Can you really use your mobile device to practice more effectively? Tech experts say "yes" and tell you how.
Marketing Your Practice via Social Media By Maria Kantzavelos April 2013 Article, Page 180 You can find clients on Facebook and LinkedIn. Or, more to the point, they can find you. But be sure to go about it the right way or you'll lose business and run afoul of ethics rules.
How Do I Research That? Find a LibGuide By Tom Gaylord March 2013 Column, Page 158 The LibGuide system connects to thousands of free research guides.
Riding the DIY Wave By Maria Kantzavelos March 2013 Article, Page 128 Lawyers should respond to do-it-yourself law sites by serving clients in new ways, an Elmhurst lawyer suggests.
Sharpening Your Pencil: Financial Basics for Law Firms By Maria Kantzavelos February 2013 Article, Page 76 Are your employees getting the tax relief they deserve? Are you? Should you process your own payroll? A CPA tells lawyers a thing or two about the business side of running a practice.
Chicago-Kent’s solo-attorney incubator nurtures new lawyers By Adam W. Lasker January 2013 LawPulse, Page 10 An innovative law school program gives a group of new admittees office space and real-world experience under the guidance of former profs.
For Sale by Owner: Getting the Most for Your Law Practice By Maria Kantzavelos October 2012 Article, Page 524 How much is your practice worth? How can you maximize its value? How do you find buyers? Even if you aren't ready to sell, experts say the time to ask yourself these questions is now.
The Dangers of Litigating in the Media By Richard L. Miller, II January 2012 Article, Page 42 A look at the risks your client takes by publicly discussing an ongoing case and why doing so is usually a bad idea.
The Ethical Office: Managing Nonlawyer Staff By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2011 Article, Page 614 The Rules of Professional Conduct make managing nonlawyer staff a high-stakes business. Find out which rules are most directly implicated and learn how to be a better boss.
Hey, Kids, Let’s Start a Law Firm By Karen Erger December 2011 Column, Page 640 An interview with a lawyer who did just that.
Planning to Succeed By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2011 Article, Page 560 How many lawyers have a strategic plan, complete with a mission, goals, action points, and a system for measuring success? Here's why you should be one of them.
Does Your Law Firm Need a Virtual Reality? By Peter R. Olson October 2011 Article, Page 516 Is it time to move your practice online? Internet-based legal software innovations offer practitioners ways to cut costs while expanding their potential client base.
OK Computer By John G. Locallo October 2011 Column, Page 488 Technology is changing the world of lawyering. Can we keep pace?
Why Calendars Matter - and Why I’m Going Back to Analog By Karen Erger October 2011 Column, Page 534 Sometimes the best technology is good old pen and paper.
Exile on Face Tweet: Lawyer Networking on Social Media By John G. Locallo September 2011 Column, Page 432 You can't afford not to use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers Make By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2011 Article, Page 444 Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.
To Tweet or Not to Tweet? By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 Article, Page 396 Don't get Twitter? You're not alone. But lawyers are using it to reach out to fellow practitioners and communicate with the public.
Tweeting the law By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 LawPulse, Page 382 Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.
Experience by Appointment By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2011 Article, Page 238 Though there isn't much money in it, serving as appointed counsel is a way to gain invaluable courtroom experience and remind yourself why you went to law school in the first place.
Finding Your Way to in the Courthouse By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2011 Article, Page 184 How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.
Hiring How-Tos, Firing Fundamentals By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2011 Article, Page 130 Recruiting employees and letting them go are both fraught with legal pitfalls. Here's how you can help your clients and your own firm avoid HR missteps.
Selling Out By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2011 Article, Page 20 The 2010 update of Illinois' ethics rules make it easier to sell a law practice. But what about practical issues like valuation and transition planning? Seasoned solos offer advice.
Succession Planning and the Duty of Diligence By John Cesario January 2011 Column, Page 46 Succession planning might just be part of your ethical duty of diligence.