Searching for additional resources to help you take care of YOU? Take a look at the ABA publications and CLE packages below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website.
Being Prepared: A Lawyer’s Guide for Dealing with Disability or Unexpected Events
By Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2008; PC 5150423; $104.95; GPSolo member price $89.95)
This essential workbook and guide will help you protect your law practice against casualty or other unexpected events. It is a “how to” workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan.
Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a Profitable Practice
By Ann M. Guinn (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2010; PC 5150441; $125; GPSolo member price $99.95)
Solo and small firm lawyers often get caught in the crossfire of practicing law and managing a business at the same time. This book helps you learn to master the key elements of running a small firm, from finance to marketing to anticipating clients’ needs.
The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction
By Michael F. Melcher (ABA Book Publishing; 2007; PC 1610160; $39.95; ABA member price $34.95)
This self-help and career-management book for lawyers of all levels of experience, written by one of America’s leading career coaches who is himself an attorney, offers a step-by-step method for imagining and realizing your path to personal and professional satisfaction.
Dealing with Stress
By George W. Kaufman (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2006; PC 5110527CHP51; $19.95)
This PDF chapter from the ABA book Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, Fourth Edition, will help you learn to recognize the elements that constitute balance for you and the stresses that unfold when life feels out of balance. In addition, you’ll also find some tools you can use to keep stress within manageable limits and balance within bounds. A list of additional resources on work/life balance is also included.
Directory of State and Local Lawyer Assistance Programs 2010-2011
(ABA Division for Legal Services; 2010; PC 3190039; $45)
This updated directory from CoLAP lists state and local bar association programs addressing a range of personal problems experienced by lawyers and identifies more than 100 bar association committee chairs and program managers. They are the contacts for programs related to alcohol or drug dependencies, clinical depression, stress, gambling, marital and other domestic problems, and other personal problems. A special listing identifies lawyer assistance hotlines, many of which are toll-free, as well as such resources as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, International Lawyers in AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous.
How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times
By Sharon D. Nelson, Jim Calloway, and Ross Kodner (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2009; PC 5110695; $79.95)
Worried about the economy? Are you a lawyer out of work? Are you afraid you will be laid off? Are you struggling to manage your firm through a down economy? This single volume will provide you with a wealth of tips, resources, and tools to help you survive in bad times, as well as teach you management, finance, marketing, and technology essentials necessary to succeed.
LawyerLife: Finding a Life and a Higher Calling in the Practice of Law
By Carl Horn III (ABA Book Publishing; 2003; PC 1610024; $15; ABA member price $12)
Drawing on his years of experience in a variety of practice settings, Judge Horn offers many suggestions for those seeking fulfillment in their legal careers. Topics covered range from the most practical to the historical and philosophical.
Lawyers, Anger and Anxiety: Dealing with the Stresses of the Legal Profession
By Rebecca Nerison (ABA Book Publishing; 2010; PC 1620441; $59.95; ABA member price $49.95)
Being a lawyer is stressful. This book will help you stay calm, develop healthy coping habits, eschew negative thinking, increase your social support, maintain your physical health, accept what is, and laugh more often.
The Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition
By George W. Kaufman (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2006; PC 5110566; $39.95)
This newly updated and revised edition is written specifically to help lawyers achieve professional and personal satisfaction in their career. The author offers philosophical approaches, practical examples, and valuable exercises to help lawyers reconcile their goals and expectations with the realities and demands of the legal profession.
The Lawyer’s Retirement Planning Guide
By Susan A. Berson (ABA Book Publishing; 2006; PC 1620417; $99.95; ABA member price $84.95)
This practical book provides guidance on investing your money to produce sufficient funds for the lifestyle you want to lead, and then on managing your retirement withdrawals so that your money will last you a lifetime. You’ll discover how you can combat inflation, plan for expenses, and protect against overall portfolio risks.
The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers
By Maureen C. Kessler and F. Gregory Coffey (ABA Book Publishing; 2008; PC 1620072; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)
This 376-page, meditation-a-day book is designed to help lawyers recover from spiritual bankruptcy. Themes include overcoming fear, personal beliefs and values, maintaining integrity, personally defining success, dealing with difficult people, and common workplace challenges.
Time Management for Attorneys: A Lawyer’s Guide to Decreasing Stress, Eliminating Interruptions and Getting Home on Time
(ABA Section of Family Law; 2008; PC 5130157; $79.95)
This easy-to-use guide compiles a host of time-tested techniques, real-life examples, exercises, and client case studies designed to help you take control, gain more freedom, and manage your time well. Also included is a CD containing more than 50 practice-specific forms.
Transforming Practices: Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life, Tenth Anniversary Edition
By Steven Keeva (ABA Book Publishing; 2009; PC 1620422; $29.95; ABA member price $23.95)
Author Steven Keeva skillfully examines how lawyers can find deeper meaning in their work, practice more compassionately, and discover more enjoyment in what they do, all by developing a greater awareness and respect for their inner lives.
GPSolo Division Links
“Bumps in the Road I,” GPSolo magazine, July/August 2001
“Bumps in the Road II,” GPSolo magazine, October/November 2004
“Bumps in the Road III,” GPSolo magazine, October/November 2006
“Bumps in the Road IV,” GPSolo magazine, October/November 2009
“Professionalism and Civility,” GPSolo magazine, October/November 2005
Resource page for starting and running a law firm
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