Year in review

YourABA features news and information to help you become a better lawyer, and in 2011, many of its articles focused on practice and business-management strategies to help overcome the still-stagnant economy. Among stories, new technologies and ethics considerations related to their adoption were especially popular topics. 

The list below provides a look back at the highlights from each issue. 

 

EYE ON ETHICS

Settlement Authority

TECHNOLOGY TRANSLATORS

Legal technology trends for 2012

FIRST FOCUS

YourABA: 2011 year in review

2011 HIGHLIGHTS

Seven tips on ensuring client satisfaction

Best practices on creating effective marketing emails

Crafting winning arguments: Advice from a seasoned litigator

Tips on winning discovery disputes

General counsel discuss best practices on antitrust compliance

Nine tips on protecting your reputation with judges

Ethics of partnering with nonlawyers

Improve your firm’s search ranking using Google Places

Is my document secure enough?

Retaining diverse lawyers, eliminating hidden barriers

Finding independence: Advice for women going solo

Young lawyers: Advice on rising above your peers in this still-struggling economy

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January 2011

 

First Focus
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Crafting winning arguments: Tips from a seasoned litigator

Around the ABA
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Advice on outsourcing work abroad from ethics expert
- Avoiding the ethical traps of lawyer websites
- Seven easy tips to boost office productivity
- Work a room, expand your network

Eye on Ethics
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Lawyer serving as board director of corporate client

Technology Translators
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Steps in conducting a technology audit

 

February 2011 (Midyear Meeting edition)

 

First Focus
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ABA adopts policies related to criminal justice, law schools, LSC funding and more

Around the ABA
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Is the billable hour past?
- LSC funding takes critical hit as ABA meets in Atlanta
- Cloud computing among issues of Ethics 20/20 hearing in Atlanta
- Youth courts: The power of positive intervention

 

March 2011

 

First Focus
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Seasoned jury expert shares secrets of voir dire and jury selection

Around the ABA
- Advice on getting a judge to rule in your favor
- A woman’s guide to using ambition to power success
- The impact of microinequities in the workplace
- Misclassifying independent contractors has serious consequences

Eye on Ethics
- Ghostwriting: Undisclosed legal assistance

Technology Translators
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Working with Styles and Templates in Microsoft Word 2007, part one

 

April/May 2011

 

First Focus
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Tech landscape 2011: Top product picks; Rise of Mac viruses; Security for thumbdrives, iPhone; and more

Around the ABA
- Dos and don’ts of client trust accounts
- Legal privilege issues in a post-Akzo Nobel world
- Essential iPhone and iPad apps from legal tech gurus
- The musts of establishing outsourced support services

Eye on Ethics
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Piles of files: Retention of client files

Technology Translators
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Working with Styles and Templates in Microsoft Word 2007, part two

 

June 2011

 

First Focus
- Legal hiring outlook 2011: Tips on landing your dream job; Expanding practice areas

Around the ABA
- Tips on starting your own firm
- Five tips on dealing with pro se litigants
- To disclose or not disclose: Lawyers with disabilities speak out
- EEOC regulations set new bar for ADA compliance

Eye on Ethics
- The ABA Ethics 20/20 releases draft proposals for comment

Technology Translators
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Make your point with presentation technology

 

July 2011

 

First Focus
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Finding independence: Advice for women going solo

Around the ABA
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Are you prepared for today’s e-discovery requirements?
- Step-by-step strategy on managing lawyers with chemical addictions
- Pros and cons of a virtual office from successful solos
- Tips on navigating the ethical pitfalls of corporate internal investigations

Eye on Ethics
- Negotiating for employment with the other side

Technology Translators
- Task management tools: In the office and on the go

 

August 2011 Annual Meeting edition

 

First Focus
- ABA adopts policy to improve profession, advance justice
- ABA names Kentucky litigator Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III as president

Around the ABA
- Time to act for adequate court funding is now, say O’Connor, bar leaders
- Are you prepared for a disaster? If not, it’s time to get your house in order!
- Cross-cultural legal transactions can easily get lost in translation
- The future of class action litigation discussed by ABA panelists
- Allies help minorities, women advance their careers

 

September 2011

 

First Focus
- Meet ABA President Robinson

Around the ABA
- Five tips on keeping stress at bay
- Judge: Ethical landmines abound with social media
- Outsourcing legal work is here to stay, say ABA panel experts
- Combating corruption around the world: FCPA, OECD, the UK Bribery Act, more

Eye on Ethics
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New ABA ethics opinion: Modification of fee agreements

Technology Translators
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Security trends and lessons for 2011

 

October 2011

 

First Focus
- Legal tech now: Social media effectiveness, software trends, mobile security, more

Around the ABA
- Advice on criticizing judicial decisions
- When cyber criminals hit—Is the bank liable for your loss?
- Data security breach: Is notice required?
- Technology help desk services within your reach

Eye on Ethics
- Recent ABA ethics opinions: Email communications

Technology Translators
- Three tips on using technology to improve client service

 

November 2011

 

First Focus
- Moving diversity forward: Strategies for inclusion, obstacles to overcome

Around the ABA
- eLawyering forecast: Six prediction on tomorrow’s law practice
- Five ways website owners can lose protection from posting third-party content
- Mental illness, dementia: Getting help for colleagues
- Women to women: Help establishing your own law firm

Eye on Ethics
- Facebook: Monitoring juror social media networking sites; “friending” employees of adverse parties

Technology Translators
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Time management tips for social media

 

December 2011

 

First Focus
- Better legal writing now: Top mistakes to avoid; tips on nurturing young talent; more

Around the ABA
- High-profile litigators on high-profile cases in media
- Dos and Don’ts for LinkedIn success
- State rules leave virtual law offices vulnerable to misconduct
- Providing benefits to same-sex spouses of employees: Legal issues, best practices

Eye on Ethics
- A day in the life: Resources to help answer ethics questions

Technology Translators
- Free public Wi-Fi and the cost of “free"