YourABA April 2014 Masthead

YourABA April 2014

A primer on making partner
Are you serious about making partner? If you want to better understand what law firm partners look for in associates and how to stand out from the competition, the recent American Bar Association book “Making Partner” provides you with a clear pathway past the obstacles to your success, even in the most difficult firm cultures.
Why “soft skills” are key >>

Marketing and sales tips to help build your book of business
When working to build their book of business, lawyers must first implement a compelling marketing campaign and then close the deal by making the sale to potential clients.
How to differentiate yourself >>

Top 5 keys to getting paid
Getting paid is not that hard if you follow the steps shared in this article.
Calculate the right billing rate >>

Are you on the road to your true destination?
If you’ve been practicing for quite a while and feel that you’ve been “sleepwalking” through practice recently, or if you are just starting and want to make sure that you really do get where you want to go, heed this advice.
Make a bucket list >>

Finding your voice as a new lawyer
Before you can fine-tune your persuasive speaking style, you have to know what yours is. An expert offers her perspective.
Know yourself, your audience and your goal >>

Conflicting state and federal marijuana laws create ethical complications for lawyers
The country’s changing views and laws on marijuana are forcing lawyers to confront various ethical problems regarding both their personal use of the drug and their professional role in advising clients on marijuana-related legal issues.
Lawyers need to play a role in this entirely new industry >>

What every business lawyer should know about the final Volcker rule
The new provisions laid out in the Volcker rule — a complex and controversial regulation that purports to keep large banks from gambling with their customers’ money — are anything but obvious.
“The compliance infrastructure is incredibly intricate and complex” >>

Flipping the switch on ‘the cloud’: Cloud computing 101
Legal experts simplified the cloud computing process during a conversation that defined the basics of cloud computing and explored some of the legal challenges and possible strategies to address them.
“The cloud is the future” >>

3 tips for better slide presentations
An expert provides advice on how to improve your slide presentations, both online and off, and how to engage with your audience more effectively.
Keep it simple >>

In wake of ‘U.S. v. Jones,’ 4th Amendment concerns with law enforcement’s high-tech capabilities emerge
In order to protect and defend, police may choose to closely follow certain individuals suspected of breaking the law. But police departments and the lawyers who represent them are advised to also keep track of where the law is headed.
Third-party data issues >>

New jobs posted on the ABA Job Board

Program Attorney
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno – March 14

Hawkins Delafield and Wood LLP
Washington, D.C. – March 12

Senior Counsel
American Bankers Association
Washington, D.C. – March 12

Senior Attorney
Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP
Los Angeles – March 10

Browse all job postings
on the ABA Job Board

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Eye on Ethics

Shades of Rashomon II: Client billing

When preparing bills for clients, see it as a communication opportunity — a chance to give the client a clear picture of what was involved in a matter.

Avoid misunderstandings or confusion >>

Technology Translators

Legal technology tips from Law Technology Today

Law Technology Today, the official blog from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, provides lawyers and other legal professionals with current, practical and innovative content.

Tips on PowerPoint for iPad, Google Hangouts >>

Professional Development

Monday, April 21,
1 – 2:30 p.m. ET
1.5 ethics credits available

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.

You Mean HIPAA Applies to Lawyers? Keeping Data Safe, Clients Happy and Your License Secure
Featuring: Clinton R. Mikel, partner, The Health Law Partners PC, Southfield, Mich.


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