YourABA April 2012 Masthead

Your ABA April 2012

Avoiding extinction: Are you prepared for the future of law practice?
Rapid technology adoption and the globalization of business are chief among factors influencing profound changes in law practice. According to futurist Mitch Kowalski, tomorrow’s law firms may bear little resemblance to ones here today. Are you prepared for the future?
Steps to thrive in the new world >>

Advice on managing online reputation issues
What can you do to minimize damage when unfavorable information is printed about you? According to experts on an ABA-CLE panel, litigation is usually not the best way to handle these situations.
How Google can help >>

Six tips on reducing the cost of e-discovery
The high cost of e-discovery is an ongoing concern of lawyers, but through a combination of good strategy and use of appropriate tools, Bruce Olson, founder of an e-discovery and computer forensics consulting company, says that lawyers can lessen the overall cost.
Recommended free, low-cost software tools >>

Five reasons for employee turnover and strategies for overcoming them
A recent Manpower survey showed that 84 percent of employees want to change jobs, and only 5 percent want to stay with their current employer. Such statistics seem to indicate that when the economy improves, employers may be dealing with the challenges associated with losing employees—and their clients.
Keep good employees from leaving >>

Lessons from recent merger challenges
Recent government success in merger cases brings many lessons to firms and general counsel alike, namely that those successes have emboldened the Department of Justice, say panelists of a recent ABA CLE, who shared tips for antitrust lawyers.
US v. AT&T, FTC v. CCC Holdings >>

Financing a law practice: lawsuit funding, business incubators, more
Are you thinking about hanging a shingle? If so, financing the practice is likely top of mind. According to practice management advisor David Bilinsky, “Many investors, from small private lenders, all the way up through banks, are eagerly looking for options for big returns on their unemployed cash.”
Pros and cons of lawsuit investments >>

Tips on public speaking in and out of court
Whether in or out of the courtroom, understanding your audience is the first step toward developing a proper speech, said Rick Levin of Levin Riback Law Group. Speaking at a recent free ABA webinar, Levin was among panelists who offered three basic tips to improve communication skills.
Why speaking with an outline is better than using a script >>

Creating effective special needs trusts
When it comes to creating a special needs trust for a disabled loved one of a client, too many practitioners focus only on the preservation of public benefits, says Stephen Dale, a disability advocate and specialist on estate planning. “Maybe 20 years ago that was good enough, but if that’s what you’re doing, you need to broaden your scope.”
Establishing an advisory committee >>

Young lawyers: Tips on getting noticed, making a positive impression
How can a young lawyer separate herself from the pack to get noticed in a positive way? With more than a decade of experience as a paralegal, litigation support analyst and law firm associate, Scott Husbands shares good advice on developing a solid reputation.
Why reflective listening works >>

ABA supports legislation for one standard for prosecutor disclosure of evidence favorable to defendants
ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III commended Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her leadership in introducing the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012. The bill would require attorneys for the government to disclose favorable information to defendants in criminal cases brought by the United States.
Why the ABA supports the act >>

New jobs posted on the ABA Job Board

Armstrong Group
Butler, Penn. – March 20

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Mass. – March 20

Johnston, Allison & Hord, P.A.
Charlotte, N.C. – March 15

Slevin & Hart, P.C.
Washington, D.C. – March 13

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on the ABA Job Board


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Eye on Ethics

Lawyers marketing legal services on group-coupon websites

You work in a small law firm with a practice that focuses on estate planning.

You have been approached by an Internet-based company that proposes to offer coupons that would entitle the buyer to an initial consultation and development of an estate plan with your firm at a discounted rate.

The company would market the coupons and would receive the funds from the purchasers. It would then remit to you a percentage of the funds received once the services have been completed.

Can you participate in such a plan? >>

Technology Translators

Eight tips on creating and maintaining secure passwords

Passwords are the first, and sometimes last, line of defense when it comes to protecting your valuable business and client data.  Learn some simple rules to follow to ensure that your passwords are as strong as possible.

Questions to ask vendors>>


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Member Advantage

New savings! Ricoh Americas joins ABA Member Advantage

Announcing a NEW benefit for ABA members! Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, is now a part of the ABA Member Advantage program.

ABA members can save up to 50 percent on select Ricoh devices such as printers, copiers, fax machines and scanners. Plus, members save up to 20 percent on Ricoh services, including e-discovery, document management services, IT system assessments and disaster recovery.

Learn more >>

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