GPSOLO April/May 2009
Ready Resources in Small Topics
Searching for additional resources on client-related topics? Take a look at the ABA publications below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GP|Solo Division, the ABA, and others. To order any of the books listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at www.ababooks.org.
Advising the Small Business: Forms and Advice for the Legal Practitioner
By Jean L. Batman (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2007; PC 5150311; $79.95; GP|Solo member price $69.95)
This book is designed to help lawyers provide more effective legal counsel and strategic guidance to small business clients, as well as produce relevant documents and identify issues that require further research or a specialist. The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM that includes sample documents and checklists for easy customization.
Advocacy Words: A Thesaurus
By William Drennan (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2005; PC 5150406; $29.99; GP|Solo member price $24.99)
Use the verbal dynamite in Advocacy Words to promote your position effectively. Let it be your companion in painting the verbal picture you want. Keep it handy to help you move others to your point of view.
How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers (Audio CDs and Book)
By jennifer j. rose (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2005; PC 5150302P; $131.95; GP|Solo member price $108.95)
In this in-depth book and accompanying audio CDs (which also include a downloadable MP3 file), the best and most innovative solo and small firm lawyers give you their secrets, approaches, and strategies to that age-old puzzle of growing your law firm. The book is packed with strategies on how to overcome obstacles and position yourself for lifelong success.
Lay Words for Lawyers: Analogies and Key Words to Advance Your Case and Communicate with Clients
By William Drennan (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2008; PC 5150420; $29.95; GP|Solo member price $24.95)
A must-have for lawyers as well as wordsmiths, this book provides verbal “ammunition” for the legal practitioner. Each category highlights words that may be unfamiliar to the lawyer and then provides definitions on meanings and examples of common usage.
Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, Fourth Edition
By K. William Gibson (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2005; PC 5110527; $99.95)
Newly revised and completely updated, the fourth edition of this comprehensive guide includes practical information gathered from a wide range of contributors, including successful sole practitioners, law firm consultants, state and local bar practice management advisors, and law school professors. All the contributors share tips and advice that can be easily implemented in your solo or small firm practice.
Garner on Language and Writing
By Bryan A. Garner (ABA Book Publishing; 2008; PC 1610057; $59.95; ABA member price $54.95)
The essays in this collection cover subjects as wide-ranging as learning to write, style, persuasion, contractual and legislative drafting, grammar, lexicography, writing in law school, writing in law practice, judicial writing, and all the literature relating to these diverse subjects. Anyone with a lively interest in language, writing, and law will find this book hard to lay aside.
How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth Edition
By Jay G Foonberg (ABA Law Practice Management Section and ABA Law Student Division; 2004; PC 5110508; $69.95)
If you have a question about starting and growing your own law practice, or improving your existing solo or small firm practice, Jay Foonberg has the answers in this power-packed, updated, and expanded new edition. Learn it all from a practicing lawyer who provides you with real answers, for real practices, gained from real experiences.
Law Office Procedures Manual for Solos and Small Firms, Third Edition
By Demetrios Dimitriou (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2005; PC 5110522; $79.95)
This new, revised edition provides you with everything you need to establish an appropriate organizational structure to allow your firm to operate effectively, efficiently, and productively. It’s a step-by-step guide offering advice and ideas for building and maintaining a thoroughly professional staff and practice.
Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, Third Edition
By Gregory H. Siskind, Deborah McMurray, and Richard P. Klau (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2007; PC 5110585; $84.95)
This completely updated and revised third edition showcases practical online strategies and the latest innovations so that you can immediately participate in decisions about your firm’s web marketing effort. With advice that can be implemented by established and young practices alike, this comprehensive guide will be a crucial component to streamlining your marketing efforts.
Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing Your Practice, Second Edition
By James A. Durham and Deborah McMurray (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2004; PC 5110500; $89.95)
This new, expanded, and revised edition will help you master the creative marketing solutions you need. It’s packed with practical ideas, innovative strategies, useful checklists, and sample marketing and action plans to help you implement a successful, multifaceted, and profit- enhancing marketing program in your firm.
Marketing Success Stories: Conversations with Leading Lawyers, Second Edition
By Hollis Hatfield Weishar and Joyce K. Smiley (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2004; PC 5110511; $74.95)
Put the advice and tips from these successful marketers to work in your own practice. You’ll find time-tested approaches that have produced results and are worth incorporating into your own long-term marketing strategy.
The Modern Rules of Style
By Paul Marx (ABA Book Publishing; 2007; PC 1610056; $29.95; ABA member price $27.95)
In ten beautifully written chapters, The Modern Rules of Style is a brief, elegant primer on how to write vivid, interesting sentences. It is destined to take its place next to Strunk and White’s Elements of Style as an essential and timeless how-to guide.
The 2009 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
By Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2009; PC 5110685; $84.95)
This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You’ll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smart phones, and anything else a law office might need.
Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour, Third Edition
By Mark A. Robertson and James A. Calloway (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2008; PC 5110660; $99.95)
This newly revised third edition (which includes a CD-ROM) provides you with tools you can use in your practice to implement and evaluate alternative billing methods, including real case studies of lawyers and firms successfully using alternative billing to deliver value to both the client and the lawyer.
GP|Solo Division Links
Popular Solosez threads on matters ranging from client relations to practice management and beyond: www.abanet.org/soloseznet/threads/
Resources for starting and running a solo or small law firm: www.abanet.org/genpractice/resources/startafirm.html
Sponsors page, featuring links to resources on liability insurance, practice management aids, and more: www.abanet.org/genpractice/sponsors/
Other Links from the ABA and Beyond
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility website: www.abanet.org/cpr
ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) home page: www.abanet.org/legalservices/colap/home.html
ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) page of helpful links: www.abanet.org/legalservices/colap/laplinks.html
ABA Law Practice Management Section’s resource links for practice management issues: www.abanet.org/lpm/resources/management.shtml