solo & small firm

Practice Points

What you need to know in a quick-to-read format. Find all of the Solo & Small Firm Committee’s Practice Points in this archive.

2019

Small Claim Savvy: Should You Take the Case?
By Kelsey Heino – October 31, 2019
Be sure you and your client carefully weigh the pros and cons before you take on the matter.

Ditch the Handbook? Personal Interaction over Policies
By Stephanie Richards – August 27, 2019
Instead of a policy that may do nothing, interact directly with your team and make sure they understand the importance of their actions

Office R&R—Retreat and Rebuild
By Stephanie Richards – August 27, 2019
Retreats help your team build relationships, clarify goals and renew a sense of purpose, and align future efforts.

Perfect Pitch: Four Tips to Hit the Right Notes with Your Presentation
By Kelsey Heino – July 22, 2019
What you should remember the next time you’re preparing for and presenting a client pitch. 

Crossing Boundaries: Should You Take that Out-of-State Case?
By Kelsey Heino – July 22, 2019
Taking cases in foreign jurisdictions and serving as local counsel expand your opportunities, but it is important to analyze the pros and cons of each engagement.

The Argument for EI: Why Emotional Intelligence Is as Important as IQ
By Josh White – June 3, 2019
Having social and self-awareness and being skilled in relationship and self-management will help you succeed in the legal industry.

What Do You Want? Twelve Questions to Help You Create Your Future
By Paula Black – June 3, 2019
Creating goals and strategy for your business and personal development helps you to set your course, helps you articulate your commitments, and fosters a sense of accomplishment.

Turning Compassion Into Action
By Dr. Crystal J. Davis – April 18, 2019
Setting aside time to help better the world around you will help you, your team, and your practice thrive.

Four Tips for Concise Communication
By Christie Finnegan – April 18, 2019
Keep in short and simple, and improve communication within your office and, more importantly, with your key clients.

Look Before You Leap: Five Things to Do Before Opening Your Own Firm
By Elizabeth Miller – March 11, 2019
Take these tools and pull the trigger. There is no better time than the present to start living your dream and opening your own law firm!

Five Tips to Make Bill Collection Bearable
By Kelsey Heino – January 31, 2019
While it may seem unavoidable for some of your firm’s accounts to be in delinquency at any given time, there are steps to keep that to a minimum.

Oh, Baby! Accommodating Parental Leave in Your Small Firm
By Kelsey Heino – January 31, 2019
A few suggestions for handling the impact of a missing employee.

2018

Hey Computer: Make My Law Firm Run Smoother
By Kelsey Heino – December 31, 2018
Three trends in legal technology you should consider in 2019.

Get the Most Out of Your Firm’s Google My Business Page
By Kelsey Heino – December 31, 2018
Three tips to get your firm name out there and make sure potential clients get the best possible first impression.

6 Phrases Servant-Leaders Can Use to Encourage Innovation
By Dr. Crystal J. Davis – November 26, 2018
Employees who sense that the boss cares for and supports them are happier, more engaged, more productive, and it shows up on the bottom line.

Here’s Your Smart Legal Marketing Template
By Wendy Witt – November 12, 2018
Get the right people at the right time in front of the person who does your intake.

3 Firm Policy Ideas from Recent #MeToo Legislation
By Kelsey Heino – October 24, 2018
Tips for avoiding sexual harassment and discrimination in your workplace.

“That’d Be Great”: 5 Tips to Successfully Share Office Space
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – October 15, 2018
While the benefits of banding together with other solo attorneys can be plentiful, there are several considerations to be addressed before signing that lease.

Five Tips for Starting 2018 with Success
By Linda G. Yang – January 30, 2018
Ideas to help start 2018 at the top of your game.

2017

Put Some Power Back into Your PowerPoint
By Linda G. Yang – December 20, 2017
5 tips for making your presentations shine.

How to Protect Your Practice from Email Scams
By Linda G. Yang – December 18, 2017
This most common fraud method is skyrocketing on a global scale.

Voices of Recovery Podcast Series
By ABA CoLAP – November 10, 2017
The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs debuted the first of a series of podcasts that will address substance use disorders, mental health issues, addiction, and recovery issues. Episode 1 features attorney Laurie Besden, the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, who shares her battles with alcohol and drug addiction.

How to Survive the Holiday Season with Your Health (and Sanity) Intact
By Emily J. Kirk – November 30, 2017
7 tips for avoiding the season’s miseries.

5 Tips for Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants
By Linda G. Yang – November 27, 2017
The presence of self-represented litigants creates additional obligation on courts and, in many cases, on the other parties in the litigation.

Benefits of Pro Bono Work
By Emily J. Kirk – August 21, 2017
There is a critical role to play for solo and small firm practitioners.

5 Tips for Working Remotely Effectively
By Emily J. Kirk – August 20, 2017
Ensure your work does not suffer when you are outside the office.

"Top Five Reasons for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers to Hire a Summer Associate"
By Emily J. Kirk – May 31, 2017
Having an intern in the office is a good way to experiment with the development of your office and career.

4 Marketing Tips for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers
By Emily J. Kirk – May 31, 2017
Implement these ideas with little cost and stress.

April To-Do List for Solo and Small Firms
By Elizabeth Miller – April 28, 2017
A checklist to keep you at the top of your game.

Tips for Effective Marketing and Networking
By Emily J. Kirk – March 29, 2017
You have to be willing to give more than you will get.

March Tips for Solo and Small Firm Office Management
By Elizabeth M. Miller – March 27, 2017
With spring in swing, freshen up your practice.

5 Tips to Generate Revenues and Boost Morale
By Elizabeth M. Miller – February 24, 2017
February is a shorter month, but that doesn’t mean there’s less to do.

The Importance of Work/Life Balance
By Elizabeth M. Miller – February 24, 2017
Tips for preventing burnout so you can get the best results for your client.

8 Tips to Start Your Firm’s New Year Off Right
By Elizabeth M. Miller – January 24, 2017
A checklist for having a successful year.

It Concerns You: A Quick Comparison of Illinois Trade Secret Act and Defend Trade Secret Act of 2016
By Xiaoyin Cao – January 17, 2017
A look at why these laws matter to you.

2016

5 Tips for a Productive Start to the New Year
By Emily J. Kirk – December 31, 2016
A quick review on how to recover from the post-holiday blues.

Quick Guide to the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
By Kaysey Fung – December 27, 2016
The amendments are effective December 1, 2016.

Six Tips to Help You (And Your Client) Connect with a Jury
By Emily J. Kirk – November 29, 2016
Advice from seasoned litigators.

Making the Most of Your ABA Section of Litigation Membership
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – November 17, 2016
You’re a member of the ABA’s Section of Litigation—now what?

Lessons from Tough Trials
By Carmen Caruso – October 28, 2016
Points to remember when your case is extra difficult.

Six Simple Tips to Effectively Prepare Your Client for Her First Deposition
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – October 10, 2016
The greatest fear is the fear of the unknown.

Tips for Representing a Client with Diminished Capacity
By Candice A. Garcia-Rodrigo – January 29, 2016
Learn about the issues faced by the attorney handling these often difficult situations.

Stop Living in Misery: You Deserve Better
By Emily J. Kirk – January 29, 2016
Why do so many lawyers end up unhappy? Learn some ways to break the pattern.

"5 Signs You're Not Ready to Open a Solo Practice"
By Emily J. Kirk – January 7, 2016
A recap on what to look out for before deciding to go it alone.

2015

The Right and Wrong Reasons to Form a Partnership
By Emily J. Kirk – August 11, 2015

Solo Practitioners Need a Break, Too!
By Emily J. Kirk – June 8, 2015

2014

How to Prepare for Oral Argument
By Emily J. Kirk – November 7, 2014

The Temptation to Depose Every Expert
By Emily J. Kirk – February 21, 2014

Highlights from E-Discover Roundtable
By Emily J. Kirk – January 8, 2014

2013

Coming to a Court Near You—Restricted Discovery
By Eric S. Johnson – December 18, 2013

Juror Use of Social Media: Closing the Evidentiary Back Door
By Emily J. Kirk – November 26, 2013

Users of LinkedIn, Beware!
By Emily J. Kirk – November 7, 2013

The Virtues of Going Virtually Solo
By Virginia Sierra – September 24, 2013

Blog Discusses Five Technologies That Have Changed the Solo Practice
By Alison Clemency – April 16, 2013

2012

Law School Launches Program to House Solo Lawyers
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – November 29, 2012

Social Media and Marketing Tips
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – October 17, 2012

Is It Smart to Lower Overhead to Lower Fees?
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – September 18, 2012

Developing a Business Plan for Your Practice
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – August 14, 2012

Attorney Fees Award Based on Size of Requesting Firm
By Cameron LaDuke – July 25, 2012

The Chilling Effect of Sanctions on Small and Solo Firms
By Norayr Zurabyan – June 5, 2012

State Bar of California Aims to Add Mentorship Regulations
By Virginia Sierra – May 22, 2012

Why and When Should a Solo or Small Law Firm Get Bigger?
By Norayr Zurabyan – April 13, 2012

E-Discovery on a Budget
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – March 28, 2012

ABA Launches Solo, Small-Firm Resource Center
By Norayr Zurabyan – March 16, 2012

Time Management Is Crucial to Business
By Virginia Sierra – February 28, 2012

Can Coworking Help Your Solo Practice?
By Virginia Sierra – February 17, 2012

Tips for Decreasing Health Insurance Coverage Costs
By Norayr Zurabyan – January 26, 2012

2011

Making Your Firm Small, but Mighty
By Virginia Sierra – December 20, 2011

Going Solo: Challenges and Solutions
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – November 29, 2011

Law Firms Begin Implementing Firm Procedure Programs
By Virginia Sierra – November 18, 2011

Checklist for Creating a Unique Website for Solo and Small Firms
By Norayr Zurabyan – October 5, 2011

Easing the Changeover from Solo Practice to Small-Firm Operation
By Bobbie K. Ross – August 31, 2011

Branding for Solo and Small-Firm Practitioners: Consistency is Key
By Virginia Sierra – August 12, 2011

Starting Salaries for Law School Grads Fall as More Take Jobs with Small Firms
By Cindy Albracht-Crogan – August 3, 2011

Solo and Small Firm Economics
By Virginia Sierra – July 15, 2011

Ethical Considerations When Practicing in New Areas of Law
By Allie Clemency – June 27, 2011

Words of Wisdom Before Opening Up Shop
By Lauren M. Koloseike – June 27, 2011

Ask and Answer: Issues to Consider When Starting a Solo Practice
By Cameron LaDuke – May 25, 2011

Practicing Law in a Struggling Market: The Virtual Law Firm
By Julia Guinane – April 20, 2011

Updating Your Small Firm's Technology
By Virginia Sierra – April 20, 2011

Recent Holding Shows Metadata Is "Intrinsic" to Electronic Production
By Kathryn Harris – March 22, 2011

Don't Be a Forgotten Law Firm
By Virginia Sierra – March 22, 2011

E-Discovery Boosts Sanctions
By Cynthia Cohen and Virginia Sierra – February 22, 2011

Keep Up Those Client Referrals
By Virginia Sierra – February 1, 2011

Going Solo: Starting Your Own Practice
By Virginia Sierra – January 18, 2011

Solo Practitioners Granted Attorney Fees for Clerical Work
By Julia Guinane – January 18, 2011