Articles on Law Office Management

The making of a 21st century law firm By Laura Leckrone Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, October 2004 By implementing strategic management practices, firms can take hold of the changing market and better compete in today's economy.
Seven communication styles that can improve law firm performance and enhance firm profitability By Dr. Thomas J. Venardos Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, October 2004 Assessing yourself and having others in the office assess you on the above communication strategies can provide you with valuable information about your communication effectiveness.
Trends that will affect your practice By John T. Phipps Administrative Law, September 2004 General Practice Section Council member Matt Maloney raised some interesting issues at the last Section Council meeting about the trend that smaller counties are losing lawyers and the average age of the lawyers is rising because of the lack of young lawyers going to the smaller counties to practice.
Business continuity plan essential ‘insurance’ for law firms By Tim Akers Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2004 Every law firm's worst nightmare is a disruption that makes it virtually impossible to conduct business as usual.
Editor’s column: Trends that will affect your practice By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, June 2004 GP Section Council member Matt Maloney raised some interesting issues at the last Section Council meeting about the trend that smaller counties are losing lawyers and the average age of the lawyers is rising because of the lack of young lawyers going to the smaller counties to practice.
Food for thought: The answer to the question is . . . . By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, May 2004 The author seeks answers to questions on the job.
The employment practices audit: A value-added client service By Andrew B. Cripe Young Lawyers Division, December 2003 Outside counsel is typically called to handle employment matters after a problem has arisen.
“I’ve Been Taking Care of Business & Working Overtime” - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1976) By Matt Maloney General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2003 I don’t know if Canadian singer/composer/musician Randy Bachman ever went to law school. His synopsis of how things go on a daily basis seems to mirror life in general.
Now…what was I going to say? By Vicki Kunkel Young Lawyers Division, October 2003 Three words that can strike fear into the heart of nearly every person who has to do presentations: Drawing a blank.
Dealing with poor performers and are they really that way? By Paul J. Sullivan Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2003 Dealing with the problem employee is one of the most frustrating and time-consuming functions of being a manager.
Useful ideas for spreadsheets By Maximilian M. Prusak Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, September 2003 Most law offices have spreadsheet programs that remain largely unused by lawyers. In our office, we have Microsoft Office on each computer, which includes Excel.
You are a lawyer. Are you a financial institution? Mineral Law, September 2003 Pursuant to the Federal Financial Modernization Act, more commonly known as the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act ("GLBA") (15 USC 6801-06809), certain businesses were made subject to new privacy laws.
Planning for major upheavals, and ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ By Thomas J. Brannan Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2003 It has been suggested by our illustrious editor that articles should be written about real life law office experiences.
Voice mail—the answer to garbled messages By John W. Damisch Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2003 Little pink message slips put into divided holders on the receptionist's desk was regular office procedure until the 1990s.
Firm meetings, or “If you pay them, they will come” By Walter Kilgus General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2003 In a recent discussion with a colleague, the conversation turned to the mechanics of operating a small firm.
The large-client dilemma By Donald E. Weihl Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2002 Law firms of all sizes represent large clients on a day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year basis.
Reinventing your law practice: 25 tips for implementing change By Dr. John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2002 During the next 10 years, law firms will either undergo dramatic change and transform themselves or they will cease to exist. Present business and management practices will no longer serve practitioners well in the global electronic marketplace.
It’s time By Donald E. Weihl Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, January 2002 In the October, 1991, poll conducted by the section council, articles on efficient use of attorneys' time ranked high in the responses as a desired subject of attention in the newsletter.
LOE to sponsor management roundtable Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, February 2000 The Law Office Management and Economics (Standing Committe on) of the ISBA is sponsoring a management roundtable in Peoria on Saturday morning, March 11, 2000 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Packard Plaza.
WordPerfect® Law Office 2000 Suite from Corel Corporation By Paul Bernstein Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, February 2000 The WordPerfect® Law Office 2000 Suite came to market earlier this year. For lawyers in small and mid-sized law firms, this is a perfect product for their law office.
Back to basics By Thomas J. Brannan Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, November 1999 When was the last time you were completely caught up?....I mean, a clean desk, no files awaiting work or discovery, or research, and no telephone calls to return?
Legal forms for the consumer—challenge to the lawyer? By Maximilian M. Prusak Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, November 1999 Recently, a client came into my office and told me that he had a health care power of attorney form and a living will form on his computer. He was going to print off a copy of each but decided to ask me my opinion before he did that.
Working effectively: Team work with your office assistant Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, October 1999 The bottom line in all businesses is getting the work done efficiently. Recently a very informal survey was made of law office assistants and their assigned attorneys.
“Good Start”: Finding legal management resources on the Internet By Debra L. Rhodunda & Alan R. Olson Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 1999 It's easy to spend hours "surfing the Web." The Internet contains voluminous resources, on an accelerating variety of topics.
Legal management consultant Ezra Tom Clark identifies six challenges facing lawyers By Roger L. Rutherford Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 1999 The recent ISBA-sponsored seminar in Champaign-Urbana entitled "The Small but Dynamic Law Firm--Management, Marketing and Technology for the Year 2000," featuring legal management consultant Ezra Tom Clark from Mesa, Arizona, was worth the price of admission.
Managing a small firm general practice By Michael S. Froman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 1999 When your editor told me that he thought an article about small general practice law firm management would be useful to the readers of this newsletter, he turned to me and asked if I could write such an article.
Saving time and adding value: Assorted computer tidbits By Christopher J. Cummings Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 1999 Open any law practice publication these days and you will find exhortations to lawyers to become computer literate.

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