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YourABA March 2013
Build your business with pro bono
Attorney Nelson P. Miller explains how taking on pro bono work can grow a practice and discusses some of the nuances of the work.
“Pro bono can transform your practice.” >>

Corporate counsel discuss value-based billing at ABA meeting

Among the vast array of possibilities are contingency, retainer, flat or fixed rates, success fees and a blended-fee structure — all of which revolve around the budget being what matters.
A firm’s experience and expertise can mitigate concerns about nonhourly billing >>

Software tools help lawyers generate more business, happier clients
Technology can help the client hear early and often from her lawyer and have her questions answered before she has to ask them.
How technology can help avoid malpractice claims >>

Internal compliance programs and the FCPA: What works, what doesn’t?
An experienced panel of prosecutors, defense lawyers and others advised on how to prepare your business client going into a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation.
Document, document, document, showing that there is transparency in the process >>

Pleading ignorance is not protection against client data loss, say ABA panelists
Two panelists emphasized the importance of protecting client data in the cloud, whether computing or using a smartphone.
Clients may require special security measures, or they may give informed consent to forgo them >>

Midyear panel discusses disability issues in the workplace
The program aimed to guide employers through the complex array of federal and state laws and regulations that protect workers with disabilities.
What is a reasonable accommodation? >>

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Judge: 12 ways to lose trials and how to avoid them
Judge Ruben Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago shared surefire ways to sabotage a case.
Advice on organizing your argument >>

Scroll the smarter way: The latest iPhone and iPad apps to help lawyers work more efficiently
Among the 1 million different apps are some useful tools for lawyers on the go who crave organization, easy access and synchronization between their office and everywhere else.
The overarching theme: a “mobile office” that provides tools away from your desk >>

Avoiding procrastination can help lawyers dodge disciplinary problems with ending attorney-client relationships
A webcast covered the four main reasons that lawyers have disciplinary problems related to the loss of a client: inadequate planning, tardiness in taking action, greed and misunderstanding of the law regarding files and fees.
The problem begins when a lawyer puts his or her own interests ahead of the client’s interests >>

Law firms must prepare for disasters, large and small, experts advise
Don’t be lulled if you live in a region shielded from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes or other big, high-profile calamities.
Practical tips to implement today >>

New jobs posted on the ABA Job Board

First Investors Corporation

New York – Feb. 19

Twin Metals Minnesota Project 

Minneapolis – Feb. 20

H&R Block

Kansas City – Feb. 15

U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor

Washington / Atlanta / Sacramento – Feb. 14

Browse all job postings
on the ABA Job Board



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Eye on Ethics

Think twice before you call yourself an expert

The ethical prohibitions against referring to oneself as an expert come from case law and ethics opinions involving several ABA Model Rules.

Communications to potential consumers of legal services must not be false or misleading >>

Technology Translators

Are you ready
for Windows 8?
Should you be?

Upgrading poses a real risk of disruption, forcing you to reconfigure, relearn and possibly rethink your technology entirely.

Update before you upgrade >>

Professional Development

Monday, March 18

The CLE Premier Speaker Series showcases a faculty of today's most prominent and influential legal practitioners. Each monthly program is available free of charge to ABA members.

“Ethical and Effective Negotiation: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Making a Deal”
featuring Michael S. LeBoff, Callahan & Blaine

Click here for a summary of last month's CLE.


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