Publications

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

Putting It All Together With Information Organizers

By Todd Flaming
April
2003
Column
Page 203
The e-mail messages, postal letters, notes, briefs, names and addresses, and other data connected with a case; how do you store it all in one place? Here are some options.

Calculated Overhead to Determine Profitability

By Paul Sullivan
March
2003
Column
Page 143
Can you truly measure how much each lawyer costs your firm and how much profit he or she generates? Here's a guide to getting an accurate cost/revenue picture.

The “Problem Lawyer”

By Karen Erger
February
2003
Column
Page 93
The damage that drug, alcohol, or otherwise impaired "problem lawyers" do to your firm lingers long after they leave. Here's how to nip problems in the bud, and maybe salvage a career in the bargain.

Insuring Your Law Practice

By Paul Sullivan
January
2003
Column
Page 41
What kinds of insurance does your practice need, and how much? Here's an overview.

A Day in the Life of Future Lawyer

By Todd Flaming
December
2002
Column
Page 665
A technolegal tale from the future. And the future is good.

Creating a Small Office Network, Part II

By Todd H. Flaming
October
2002
Column
Page 553
Here's the hardware and software you need to network the computers in your office and increase your efficiency and productivity.

Have You Hugged Your Backup Lately?

By Paul Sullivan
September
2002
Column
Page 489
It's not a matter of whether you'll have a computer failure but when. Here's how to tell whether your backup system is up to snuff.

Creating a Small-Office Network, Part 1

By Todd Flaming
August
2002
Column
Page 425
Small-firm computing is no longer about which computer to buy; even the basic models are powerful enough. Now it's about how to set up a network that lets you share programs and files.

The Leak-Free Office: Preventing Accidental Breaches of Confidentiality

By Paul Sullivan
July
2002
Column
Page 377
Are you doing all you should to make sure confidential client information stays that way in your office?

Is Your Word Processor Telling Secrets to the Enemy?

By Todd Flaming
June
2002
Column
Page 319
Your word-processing software may be making confidential information available to your adversaries without your knowing it. Here's how it happens and what you can do about it.

Emergency Preparedness Pointers for Lawyers

By Paul Sullivan
May
2002
Column
Page 265
Let's face it; sometimes you can't prevent fires, floods, violent attacks and the like from wreaking havoc in the workplace. But you can prepare for the worst.

Build an Online Law Library for Free (Mostly)

By Todd H. Flaming
April
2002
Column
Page 211
The print law library is dead. Long live the Internet law library.

You Can’t Take It with You (and You Can’t Sell It, Either)

By Karen J. Dilibert
April
2002
Column
Page 213
Given that Illinois sole practitioners can't sell their practices, how can they prepare for death or retirement? This article discusses the problem and outlines a few steps solos can take on behalf of clients and family.

Protecting Your Firm Against Loss of Key Employees

By Paul Sullivan
March
2002
Column
Page 147
Do you find yourself printing e-mail missives and saving the paper? Here's a better way to create an e-mail archive.

Managing E-Mail (Part 2): Storing Messages

By Todd Flaming
February
2002
Column
Page 95
Do you find yourself printing e-mail missives and saving the paper? Here's a better way to create an e-mail archive.

Preventive Legal Care for Workplace Violence

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2002
LawPulse
Page 62
Counsel your employer-clients to address workplace violence before it happens.

Protecting Your Communications

By Maureen B. Collins
January
2002
Column
Page 47
Don't let your brainchildren be like the proverbial cobbler's shoeless kids; lawyer, protect your IP rights.

Disaster Recovery Basics

By Todd Flaming
December
2001
Column
Page 659
With some basic disaster planning, you can keep your practice up and running even if your office is damaged or destroyed.

Make Your Banker Your Partner

By Paul Sullivan
November
2001
Column
Page 599
Need a loan to grow your practice or even out cash flow? Here's what your banker has to offer and what you'll be asked to provide in return.

The Letterhead Name Game

By Karen J. Dilibert
October
2001
Column
Page 545
What's in that name on your firm's letterhead? Trouble, if you don't mind your ps and qs.

Managing the E-mail Monster

By Todd Flaming
October
2001
Column
Page 541
Driven into a corner by e-mail overload? Here's how to fight back.

How to Boost Office Morale without Spending a Dime

By Paul Sullivan
September
2001
Column
Page 491
The best motivator isn't money, it's recognition.

Tired of the Paper Chase? Here’s a Better Binder

By Todd Flaming
August
2001
Column
Page 431
Until the paperless office arrives, consider this approach to storing and organizing hard-copy documents.

From Office Sharing to Letterhead: The Ethics of Holding Yourself Out to the Public

By Deane Beth Brown
July
2001
Article
Page 369
A review of the ethical issues facing lawyers as they communicate the nature of their practices.

The Illinois Electronic Commerce Security Act: Birth and Death of an E-Commerce Approach?

By Kristin Mihelic
July
2001
Article
Page 356
The author argues that Illinois should abandon its Electronic Commerce Security Act and follow the national uniform approach.

An Introduction to Knowledge Management

By Paul Sullivan
July
2001
Column
Page 375
You've heard the buzzwords, but what is "knowledge management" and what can it do for you? Read on.

Your Office on the Web

By Todd Flaming
June
2001
Column
Page 319
Applications service providers, or ASPs, rent computer programs over the Web. They can give you more computing power and flexibility for less money, but beware the risks.

Had It with Technology? Remember the (Not So) Good Ol’ Days

By Paul Sullivan
May
2001
Column
Page 265
A look at how far we've come in law office technology in the last 30-plus years.

Technology in a Cost-Conscious Era

By Todd Flaming
April
2001
Column
Page 205
What if, instead of buying a lot of separate programs, you put all of your data on one computer and use a standard Web browser like Internet Explorer to input, search, and display the results?

Contractor or Employee: Be Sure to Get It Right

By Paul Sullivan
March
2001
Column
Page 149
You risk financial penalty if you treat an employee as an independent contractor.

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