September 01, 2016 Ready Resources

Ready Resources: Ready Resources in Leadership

Searching for additional resources in leadership? 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

Attorney and Law Firm Guide to The Business of Law, Third Edition

By Edward Poll (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2014; 5150466; $149.95; GPSolo member price $135.95)

This updated third edition outlines the fundamentals of running a successful law firm in practical, clear, and concise terms, simplifying the mystical process of operating a law practice so that anyone can be more effective with his or her clients and become more profitable.

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 change, determine how to make those changes, and plan for the uncertainties of the future.

The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm

By Kerry M. Lavelle (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150481; $89.95; ABA member price $76.95; GPSolo member price $71.95)

Chosen as a practice management textbook by both the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis, this book covers, in great detail, the time needed by you, and how best to spend it to grow your law firm.

Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm

By jennifer j. rose (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2009; 5150434; $89.95; GPSolo member price $75.95)

Although staff can help you bring in more profits and clients, ineffective supervision can cost you money. This book provides insight to help guide the many decisions that face a lawyer who is running a firm, whether solo or staffed.

The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within

By Dr. Artika R. Tyner (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150480; $29.95; GPSolo member price $24.95)

This book provides the reader with inspiration on how to lead effectively, build new bridges, and establish a vision for the future—the foundation of leadership growth.

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 Tips for Lawyers and Other Business Professionals

By Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2016; 5150487; $59.95; ABA member price $53.95; GPSolo member price $47.95)

This book provides short tips on a wide range of technology issues. The tips emanate from GPSolo programs and are designed to help the seasoned tech person as well as the novice.

E-Lawyer: A Guide to Legal Practice Leadership in the Internet Age

By Adam Newhouse (ABA Section of International Law; 2016; 5210301; $59.95; ABA member price $54.95)

This book will bring lawyers’ attitudes into sync with the realities of today’s marketplace and help unravel the sometimes daunting and unfamiliar legal landscape in the new “Internet age.”

Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, Fifth Edition

By K. William Gibson (ABA Law Practice Division; 2014; 5110760; $99.95)

Revised and updated to meet the needs of today’s legal professionals, this fifth edition is a comprehensive guide to establishing and maintaining a successful solo law practice.

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

By Dr. 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.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Governing Your Firm

By Arthur G. Greene (ABA Law Practice Division; 2009; 5110684; $129.95)

This guide is a practical and valuable resource for those firms that want to provide better client service, as well as improve the working environment for both lawyers and staff. It provides strategies to change the culture of the law firm, boost morale, and effectively and efficiently manage and govern the firm.

Leaning on the Arc: A Personal History of Criminal Defense

By M. Gerald Schwartzbach (Ankerwycke; 2016; 1620701; $29.95; ABA member price $25.95)

Part memoir, part case history, this book demonstrates why and how true justice can only happen when we refuse to objectify the defendant. It is also a primer for law students and lawyers starting their careers—at either the defense or prosecutor’s table.

Learning from Law Firm Leaders

By Susan G. Manch and Michelle Nash (ABA Book Publishing; 2012; 1620522; $79.95; ABA member price $59.95)

This book uncovers the essential nature of leadership as it is lived by today’s law firm leaders and illuminates how they lead in the face of obstacles presented by a competitive legal marketplace and the nature of a law firm as an organization.

Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law

By Gindi Eckel Vincent and Mary B. Cranston (ABA Commission on Women in the Profession; 2013; 4920048; $24.95; ABA member price $19.95)

This book provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies these principles to women lawyers. It also features interviews with 11 women legal leaders who share their lessons learned and tips for success.

Lessons in Leadership: Essential Skills for Lawyers

By Thomas C. Grella (ABA Law Practice Division; 2013; 5110761; $79.95)

This book is required reading for all attorneys seeking to develop their leadership skills. Through a series of practical lessons, the author draws from his own experiences and applies time-tested leadership principles to lawyers and law firms.

The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders

By Arin N. Reeves (ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity; 2012; 1620484; $29.95; ABA member price $24.95)

This groundbreaking book will introduce you to new ways of thinking about leadership and inclusion in the workplace through an integrated exploration of research studies, stories, learning experiences, and tested solutions.

Remaking Law Firms: Why and How

By George Beaton and Imme Kaschner (ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; 2016; 5190528; $69.95)

This book provides examples of innovative and successful business models from remade law firms. Ultimately, this book is meant to fuel a desire for change in law firms that goes beyond thinking and planning, and leads straight into the messy, frustrating, exciting world of implementing change, and ultimately to better client service.

You Raised Us, Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams

By Lauren Stiller Rikleen (ABA Book Publishing; 2016; 1620615PBK; $15)

This essential book is packed with hard data and interesting anecdotes. It provides actionable solutions and a detailed road map for retaining and developing the next generation of leaders.

GPSolo Division Links

“Law Practice 2020,” GPSolo magazine, May/June 2014:

Resource page for starting and running a law firm:

Solo/Small Firm Forms Library:

Sponsors page:

Other Links from the ABA

ABA Law Practice Division:

ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center: