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YourABA April 2013
A ‘common sense’ approach to litigation
In his new book, author Kenneth P. Nolan, who specializes in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, compares learning to thrive on the city streets of Brooklyn to succeeding in the courtroom.
“To thrive, you had to learn to compete, and to win you had to deal with all sorts of people” >>

Moving to a new firm involves complex financial, ethical issues

Our article offers advice on fees, unfinished business and more.
Jewel v. Boxer provides guidance on fees >>

Young lawyers: Strategies for success in your first 5 years
These are the years when you will build and manage your reputation and learn the fundamental skills of being an attorney as well as the soft skills that are required for you to be successful in your practice.
“These first five years can make or break you” >>

ABA experts offer strategies on limiting, managing cybersecurity breaches
Cybercrime is a universal problem that touches all industries, including law. And it’s no longer enough to simply install antivirus software.
The risk is the same for both small and large firms >>

Alternative fee arrangements grow in popularity
Every year, more clients and lawyers experiment with AFAs, and some skeptics become converts.
Common alternatives to the billable hour >>

Understanding the key elements of a conflict waiver
Mike Downey, a litigation partner at Armstrong Teasdale in St. Louis, discusses the three most important elements of a conflict waiver.
The first element requires the lawyer to explain the circumstances that give rise to the conflict >>

5 time management tips for achieving balance
Tame your schedule and to-do lists with these ideas to help you find a better balance.
Track where and how you spend your time >>

Virtual lawyer shares advice on managing a law firm
in cyberspace

Executing the management of an effective virtual team of lawyers involves two intertwined concepts: the human element and the technological support.
Be social — in-person collaboration sessions are good >>

Accuracy and timing are key components to become a successful debtor’s attorney, experts say
It is critical to understand the scope of a client’s financial history and verify it for accuracy in order to file in a timely manner to avoid malpractice suits, fines and other legal consequences.
Timing is also important if a client needs to seek an automatic stay on the seizure of property >>

U.S. strengthens regulations on background checks in light of financial crisis
Increased state-level attention to the regulation of background checks is moving U.S. law closer to laws in the European Union, where it is difficult for employers to surreptitiously research employees and job candidates.
“There has been a political push to try and lessen barriers to people finding and keeping their jobs” >>

New jobs posted on the ABA Job Board

Federal Trade Commission

Washington, D.C. – March 12

Elevance Renewable Sciences

Woodridge, Ill. – March 14

Taxpayer Advocate Service

Richmond, Va.– March 18

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Fla. – March 19

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Eye on Ethics

Office equipment
that never forgets

By themselves, laptops, tablets and smartphone are just tools. However, vast amounts of data can be carried around in these small devices, and when they  contain confidential client information, lawyers have an obligation to protect that information from inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure when they are discarded, recycled, lost or stolen.

Do you have to monitor firm personnel’s use of electronic equipment?

What are your obligations to see that obsolete equipment is properly recycled or disposed of? >>

Technology Translators

Simple project management tools
for your practice

There’s certainly room for lawyers to learn from today’s project managers and even to borrow some of their tools.

Firms should be open to evolving their business processes as technology evolves >>

Professional Development

Monday, April 15

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.

“The Insurance Response to Disasters: Considerations for Insurers and Businesses,” featuring Pamela A. Palmer, partner, Morris Polich & Purdy

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


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Learn more >>

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