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October/November 2008 Issue | Volume 34 Number 7
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The Evolving Role of Today's Law Firm Leaders

Dramatic and fast-moving changes in the legal profession have created tremendous pressures for law firm leaders—and most aren’t keeping pace. Leaders must change the way they operate if their firms are to remain viable in the long run.

By John Remsen, Jr.


Leading Through the Economic Storm

Essential advice on steps to take to keep your firm strong and steady—and prepared to grab new opportunities— despite the turmoil all around.

By John S. Smock, John W. Sterling and Peter A. Guiliani



How to Work the Unwritten Rules and Lead Change

This preview excerpt from the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s upcoming book on law firm governance points to critical steps you can take to move past a lawyer-focused culture to a
firm-first culture.

By Arthur G. Greene



Leading by Reading the Room

Strategic empathy is one of the key attributes Lauren Stiller Rikleen relies on as a leader in her practice and as a groundbreaking advocate for women lawyers.

By Steven T. Taylor


Uncovering Leadership Opportunities for Women Lawyers

Women lawyers contribute many nonbillable hours to their firms—but not all of their efforts are wisely chosen. Here’s advice on how to spend time more strategically.

By Kathleen B. Patton



Leading With an Open Mind

During her term as the first female chair of Holland & Hart’s Management Committee, Anne Castle learned the value of listening, learning and mediating.

By Steven T. Taylor



Struggling to Lead: Recharting a Course for a Floundering Practice Group

What are the next steps for a practice group leader who is in over his head?
Offering advice are Scott Barker, Stephen Huttler, David Malach, Gerry Riskin,
Merrilyn Astin Tarlton and Roger Warin.



Product Watch

A nifty utility for organizing your messages and working more efficiently
with Microsoft Outlook.

By Nerino J. Petro, Jr.


Hot Buttons

How to Find Relevant Electronic Evidence

A nuts-and-bolts guide for lawyers who want to get smart about search methods.

By Sharon Nelson and John Simek


Tips & Tricks

BlackBerry 101: The Hidden Essentials

Try this plethora of pointers to maximize your use of your favorite device.

By Dan Pinnington




The Leader’s Mind-Set: Cultivating Success

Leaders who encourage learning and growth in others—and themselves—position their firms to succeed in the long run.

By Marcia Pennington Shannon



Melding Leadership and Management for Star Performance

Melding Leadership and Management for Star Performance Star, planet, comet or black hole—which type of firm are you?

By David Bilinsky and Laura Calloway



Building Your Reputation, Part 3: Maximizing Your Involvement in Organizations

The final installment of this series on reputation building focuses on leveraging civic, business and industry organizations.

By Susan Saltonstall Duncan


First Person

Leadership Education: What’s Needed and Why

Where do lawyers turn to learn the leadership skills that are peculiar to our profession?

By Richard Potter



The ABA Law Practice Management Section Web site offers an array of resources—including the latest postings on the ABA TECHSHOW 2009 blog and webzine Law Practice Today .