Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Marketing Your Practice via Social Media

By Maria Kantzavelos
April
2013
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, Page 128
Lawyers should respond to do-it-yourself law sites by serving clients in new ways, an Elmhurst lawyer suggests.
2 comments (Most recent November 1, 2013)

Sharpening Your Pencil: Financial Basics for Law Firms

By Maria Kantzavelos
February
2013
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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.
1 comment (Most recent November 23, 2011)

Planning to Succeed

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2011
Cover Story
, 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?
1 comment (Most recent October 14, 2011)

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.
1 comment (Most recent October 14, 2011)

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
Cover Story
, 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
Cover Story
, 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.
1 comment (Most recent July 29, 2011)

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
Cover Story
, Page 184
How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.
1 comment (Most recent April 1, 2011)

Hiring How-Tos, Firing Fundamentals

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2011
Cover Story
, 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.
1 comment (Most recent February 23, 2011)

Selling Out

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2011
Cover Story
, 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.

Notes from a Legal Assistant

By Mark D. Hassakis
November
2010
Column
, Page 556
Not every law office VIP has a law license.

Unbundling Explained

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2010
Cover Story
, Page 512
Limited scope or discrete task legal representation - aka "unbundling"- is a client- and lawyer-friendly idea whose time has come, proponents say.
2 comments (Most recent February 1, 2011)

Family law software: not exempt from the rules of evidence

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
, Page 394
Make sure you understand how support calculators work before relying on their results, and don't forget to lay a foundation for the report if you seek to enter it into evidence.

Market yourself to existing clients

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
, Page 394
Don't hide your lamp under a bushel, experts warn, or your clients may head for lawyers with better self-promotional skills.

Virtual law firms: the new reality of lawyer collaboration

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
, Page 394
The keynote speaker at October's ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference will tell participants how to thrive in a tough economy and changing practice landscape.

Bankruptcy lawyers are “debt relief agencies,” high court rules

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
, Page 342
As such, they may not advise clients to incur additional debt and must label themselves "debt relief agencies" in ads.

DIY practice management software: a point-counterpoint

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
, Page 342
ISBA lawyers offer differing views on the wisdom of using free or low-cost practice-management applications.

Controlling Case Expenses: Lawyers’ Duty to Clients

By Robert L. Fogel, Michael S. Young, & Katie M. King
May
2010
Article
, Page 244
A look at the trial lawyer's fiduciary and ethical responsibility to disclose, monitor, and control reimbursable case expenses incurred on behalf of clients.

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