Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

The Safer Sharer

By Karen Erger
June
2006
Column
Page 322
Office sharers must keep their practices separate and their confidences secret.

Calendars, Conflict-Checkers and More - Using Tech Tools to Manage Data

By Carl R. Draper
March
2006
Article
Page 134
Here are some high-tech ways to reduce data overload and stay on top of your fast-moving practice.

Filing System Basics for Solo and Small-Firm Lawyers

By Carl R. Draper
February
2006
Article
Page 84
Is your filing system - paper and electronic - up to snuff?

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January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Effective January 1, 2006, the Illinois general Assembly amended the Attorney Act, 705 ILCS 205/1 et seq, by changing section 1. 

Putting Your Firm on the Web

By Mary Katherine Danna
November
2005
Cover Story
Page 572
Should you build a Web site? Buy a listing in an online directory? Here's an introduction to Web-based marketing.

The Truth About Going Solo

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2005
Cover Story
Page 510
Three ISBA members speak from experience about the joys and challenges of solo practice.

Handling High-Maintenance Clients

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2005
Cover Story
Page 398
Angry clients, irrational clients, obsessive clients – how do you handle them? ISBA lawyers share their strategies.

Burnout and the High Cost of Turnover

By Paul Sullivan
August
2004
Column
Page 431
Does burnout have your best employees looking elsewhere? Learn the warning signs and find out how you can create a less stressful working environment.

Communicating Change

By Maureen B. Collins
June
2004
Column
Page 321
Heads out of the sand, you ostriches; confront change directly and talk about it honestly.

Outsourcing Law Office Management to an Expert

By Paul Sullivan
June
2004
Column
Page 317
You're a lawyer, not a manager. Why not free yourself to practice law by turning over office administration to an expert?

Is It Time to Grow Your Staff?

By Paul Sullivan
April
2004
Column
Page 215
If you can't seem to catch up to your workload, it may be time to bring in help. Here are some of your options.

How Long Must Illinois Lawyers Retain Case Files?

By Anton F. Mikel
February
2004
Article
Page 76
A look at Illinois' murkey law dealing with who owns the contents of client files and how long lawyers have to keep them.

Seven Steps to Better Computer Security

By Todd Flaming
February
2004
Column
Page 101
Want to make your office less vulnerable to computer viruses, hackers, and the like? Here's a seven-step program.

When Can You Retain Client Files for Failure to Pay Fees?

By Patrick Sean Ginty
February
2004
Article
Page 97
While retaining liens can be effective, you should understand their scope and effect before you use them.

How to Increase Your Personal Income

By Paul Sullivan
January
2004
Column
Page 45
The key: make sure you're recognized as an "expert," especially by prospective clients.

Beyond Eat-What-You-Kill: Determining Partner Compensation

By John W. Olmstead
November
2003
Column
Page 575
Make sure your partner-compensation system encourages behavior that advances, not undermines, your firm's strategic goals.

Marketing Tips for Small Law Firms

By John W. Olmstead
September
2003
Column
Page 469
Small-firm lawyers can no longer ignore marketing and hope to survive, let alone thrive. Here are tips for ramping up your marketing effort.

Monitors: Choosing a Window to Your Computer

By Todd Flaming
August
2003
Column
Page 411
You spend much of your day staring at a computer monitor. Here's a brief buyer's guide.

Sale of a Law Practice: Out of the Shadows and into the Rules

By John H. Maville
June
2003
Article
Page 292
A look at the ISBA's proposed transfer-of-practice rule.

The Wireless Alternative

By Todd Flaming
June
2003
Column
Page 309
Wireless networking has come into its own, and it might be right for you and your firm.

Use Financial, Management Reports to Increase Your Profitability

By Paul Sullivan
May
2003
Column
Page 257
Your accounting program can produce reports that help you measure productivity and improve your bottom line. Are you using them to full advantage?

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?

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