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PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATORS ISSUE

 

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April/May 2008 Issue | Volume 34 Number 3
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Features

How to Hire Your Next Administrator

An impressive group of next-generation administrators is taking charge in law firms today. Firms are seeking professional management to not only keep the trains running on time, but to help engineer a better train. What role should an administrator play in your firm? What qualifications and competencies are important for success? Here are strategies for identifying the ideal hire for you.

By Karen MacKay

 

The Evolution of the Professional Administrator

From office managers to top business officers, Law Practice’s “Trends” columnist reports on one of the biggest developments in the legal profession: the rise of the professional firm administrator.

By Robert W. Denney

 

Choosing Your First Administrator: Pointers and Pitfalls Learned Through Experience

Once you realize it’s time to hire a full-time administrator, tough decisions are ahead. Here, the managing partner of a midsize firm discusses the crucial decision to either promote from within or seek help from outside the firm.

By Thomas C. Grella

 

LAW PRACTICE CASE STUDY

Invitation to Succeed: Advice on Integrating Professional Management into Your Firm

A managing partner prepares to welcome his firm’s first administrator and wonders what to do now to position her for success—and what potholes to avoid. Will his partners support her? Are the goals she’s being given realistic? Sharing the administrator’s perspective are law firm executives Russ Balcome, Cynthia Bauer, John Cummens, Robert Lalley and Paula Torke.

By David L. Masters

 

BUSINESS FEATURE

Professional Development: The Expanding Scope of Lawyer Training Programs

These days professional development directors do much more than track CLE credits or hold first-years’ hands through orientation. Officers from Fulbright & Jaworski; O’Melveny & Myers; Proskauer Rose; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; and Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman explain how their firms are taking lawyer training to the next level.

By Courtney Goldstein

Technology

Product Watch

Technology Directory

A new ultra-mobile, ultra-light UMPC notebook.
By Nerino J. Petro, Jr.

 

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Optimizing Your Web Site: The ABCs of SEO

You may get the importance of search engine optimization—but here’s how to achieve it.
By Sharon Nelson and John Simek

 

NEW ABA TECHSHOW TIDBIT

60 Sites in 60 Minutes

Fresh from ABA TECHSHOW® 2008, highlights from the perennially popular 60 Sites in 60 Minutes session.

 

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Of Toasters and Gmail: Converting to a Better Way of Doing Things

A 15-year trip to a smoother running e-mail setup.
Erik J. Heels

 

FEATURE

Work Less, See More Success: Digging into Substantive Automation Systems

Armed with an understanding of the concepts, and practical steps to follow, you can reap major rewards from automating substantive systems.
By Marc Lauritsen and Douglas J. Simpson

 

Business

Profitability

Getting Businesslike About Your Billing Systems

The first of a three-part primer on defining your niche and increasing your visibility.
By David Bilinsky and Laura Calloway

 

Feature

Professional Development: The Expanding Scope of Lawyer Training Programs

Officers from five top firms explain how law firms are taking professional development well beyond CLE credits, to a whole new level.
By Courtney Goldstein

 

Rainmaking

Building Your Reputation: Promoting Services with Articles and Presentations

The first of a three-part primer on defining your niche and increasing your visibility.
By Susan Saltonstall Duncan

 

Managing

Helping Employees Cope with Depression

Advice on recognizing the symptoms and encouraging coworkers to seek help.
By Marcia Pennington Shannon

 

On the Cover

Paula Torke (photo by Kathleen Lavine), Robert Lalley (photo by Michael Schmitt) and Cynthia Bauer (photo by Jordan Silverman Photography) participate in the Law Practice Case Study on page 39.

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