Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Law Practice and Office Management

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 B. 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.

Your Computer Can Help Analyze Your Case

By Todd Flaming
February
2001
Column
Page 97
Software; especially a program called "CaseMap"; can help you see the relationships between the facts, people, events, and issues in your case.

Just Another Day at the Office

By Paul Sullivan
January
2001
Column
Page 43
If you run the business side of a law practice, you've probably had a day or two like this one.

Correspondence from Our Readers

December
2000
Column
Page 678
Civility, please.

Make Your Real Estate Practice Profitable Again

By Margaret A. Bennett
December
2000
Article
Page 717
Increase the efficiency and profitability of your real estate practice.

Technology Training: Why It’s a Must

By Todd H. Flaming
December
2000
Column
Page 723
You'll waste your investment in hardware and software if you don't invest some time and effort in training people how to use it.

Legal Malpractice, Ethics, and Your Support Staff

By Anne E. Thar
October
2000
Column
Page 603
Learn in chilling detail the enormous risk you take when you cut corners on staff training and supervision, and find out what to do about it.

Jump-Start Your Cash Flow

By Paul Sullivan
September
2000
Column
Page 539
Do you know where your money goes, and where and when it comes in? Here are tips to help you get control of your receipts and expenses.

ISBA Computer Book Brings You into the 21st Century

By Todd H. Flaming
August
2000
Column
Page 475
Find out how to put computers to work in your practice with this new book from the ISBA's Committee on Legal Technology.

Using PowerPoint to Power Your Argument

By Todd H. Flaming
June
2000
Column
Page 357
PowerPoint is a powerful, easy-to-use program that can spice up your presentation. And it's probably already on your computer.

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