May 01, 2015

Ready Resources: Ready Resources for Bumps in the Road

Searching for additional resources to help you handle your own bumps in the road? Take a look at the ABA publications 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 at

Be a Better Lawyer: A Short Guide to a Long Career

By Eleanor Southers (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2014; 5150473; $39.95; ABA member price $33.95; GPSolo member price $29.95)

This book will help you assess your legal career, pinpoint what you might want to change, and determine how to make those changes and plan for the uncertainties of the future.

Being Prepared: A Lawyer’s Guide for Dealing with Disability or Unexpected Events

By Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2008; 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.

From Law School to Lawyer: Tools, Procedures, and Steps to Grow Your Practice

By Jonathan D. McDowell (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150476; $49.95; GPSolo member price $44.95)

This book will guide new attorneys (the 4L) through the transition from a law student who has passed the bar to a lawyer actually practicing law.

How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times

By Sharon D. Nelson, James A. Calloway, and Ross L. Kodner (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2009; 5110695; $79.95; GPSolo member price $47.95)

This book provides a wealth of tips, resources, and tools to help you survive in bad times, and also teaches you management, finance, marketing, and technology essentials necessary to succeed.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Financial Planning

By Cynthia Sharp (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2014; 5150471; $69.95; GPSolo member price $55.95)

This book serves as a resource for attorneys committed to building and maintaining a strong and secure financial future.

Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a Profitable Practice

By Ann M. Guinn (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2010; 5150441; $125; GPSolo member price $99.95)

This book helps you master the key elements of running a small firm, from finance, to marketing, to anticipating clients’ needs—all while practicing law at the same time.

Run Your Firm Like a Business: An Operations Guide for the Solo Practitioner and Small Law Firm

By Frank T. Lockwood (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2013; 5150462; $79.95; GPSolo member price $65.95)

Stop avoiding the administrative part of the profession and start planning your business strategy as you would your case strategy. Revolutionary systems, how to design them, implement them, and stick to them are all outlined here.

Technology Solutions for Today’s Lawyer

By Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2013; 5150463; $89.95; GPSolo member price $75.95)

This book provides detailed information in basic terms to help navigate the challenges lawyers face in keeping abreast of technology and using it as a strategic tool within their practice.

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fourth Edition

By William D. Goren (ABA GPSolo Division; 2013; 5150465; $99.95; GPSolo member price $85.95)

This new edition delves deeper into many of the complex topics of disability claims.

The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals

By Jill D. Rhodes and Vincent I. Polley (ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force; 2013; 3550023; $59.95; ABA member price $47.95)

This handbook provides practical cyber-threat information, guidance, and strategies to lawyers and law firms of all sizes.

Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance

By Cami McLaren and Stephanie Finelli (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution; 2014; 5100025; $49.95; ABA member price $44.95)

More than just a book, this volume is a mentor, providing specific tools and step-by-step instructions on how to find that delicate balance between professional life and personal life and be happy on both accounts.

The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction, Second Edition

By Michael F. Melcher (ABA Book Publishing; 2014; 1620548; $69.95; ABA member price $49.95)

Build and maintain a life that is personally and professionally satisfying with this newly revised and updated, practical, fun, and inspirational guide.

Directory of State and Local Lawyer Assistance Programs 2013–2014

(ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs; 2013; 3190042; $45)

This updated directory lists state and local bar association programs addressing a range of personal problems experienced by lawyers, including programs related to alcohol or drug dependencies, clinical depression, stress, gambling, marital and other domestic problems, and other personal problems.

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice

By Artika R. Tyner (ABA Book Publishing; 2014; 1620622; $59.95; ABA member price $54.95)

This book shows how attorneys can use their legal skills to work for social change, contribute to communities that foster social justice, and empower and develop new leaders.

Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work: Taking the Stress out of Success, Second Edition

By George W. Kaufman (ABA Law Practice Division; 2006; 5110566; $39.95)

Inside this essential guide, you’ll find dozens of exercises and tools designed to bring the balance—and passion—back into your life. Maybe you can’t have it all, but you can create a life that reflects your creativity and values.

Never Enough: One Lawyer’s True Story of How He Gambled His Career Away

By Michael J. Burke (ABA Book Publishing; 2008; 1620382; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)

This succinct, powerful book will open your eyes to the reality of gambling and alcohol addiction and what they can do to any professional’s life.

By F. Gregory Coffey and Maureen C. Kessler (ABA Book Publishing; 2008; 1620072; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)

This meditation-a-day book is designed to help lawyers recover from spiritual bankruptcy. Each daily entry includes an introductory quotation, followed by a reflection inspired by that quotation.

Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier

By Carolyn Elefant and Nicole Black (ABA Law Practice Division; 2010; 5110710; $79.95)

This book provides you with a practical, goal-centric approach to using social media in your law practice easily, efficiently, and ethically.

Time and Workplace Management for Lawyers

By Amy L. Jarmon (ABA Book Publishing; 2013; 1620538; $79.95; ABA member price $64.95)

This valuable book will provide you with strategies that will help you gain control over your professional life so that you can still have a fulfilling personal life outside the office.

GPSolo Division Links

“Bumps in the Road” 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:

Resource page for starting and running a law firm:

Solo/Small Firm Forms Library:

Sponsors page:

Work-Life Balance page:

Other Links from the ABA

ABA Center for Professional Responsibility:

ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP):

ABA Law Practice Division:

ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center: