YourABA: December 2012
YourABA December 2012 Masthead

Year in review

January 2012

Special edition: 2011 year in review

February 2012: Midyear Meeting edition

First Focus
State and local bar regulation, law enforcement access to third-party records, and standards for language access adopted as ABA policy

Around the ABA
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia discusses federal courts, past cases
ABA task force finds court underfunding still a crisis, business partnership an opportunity
Pro bono services, help for pro se litigants needed to bridge funding gap, say legal aid providers
Diversion programs save money, enhance public safety, say ABA panelists

March 2012

First Focus
iPad for lawyers: Practice law; tips and tricks; more

Around the ABA
Cloud risks: Technology use tests the attorney-client privilege
Understanding ESI concept, scope imperative to effective client representation, say ABA panelists
Legal aid cuts stoke competition for public interest jobs
Foreclosure prevention tactics spotlighted by experts

Eye on Ethics
Reverse contingent fees

Technology Translators
Implementing a case management system

April 2012

First Focus
Avoiding extinction: Are you prepared for the future of law practice?

Around the ABA
Advice on managing online reputation issues
6 tips on reducing the cost of e-discovery
5 reasons for employee turnover and strategies for overcoming them
Financing a law practice: lawsuit funding, business incubators, more

Eye on Ethics
Lawyers marketing legal services on group-coupon websites

Technology Translators
8 tips on creating and maintaining secure passwords

May 2012

First Focus
LinkedIn for lawyers: Expand, nurture your network; obtain results

Around the ABA
Lawyers must heed dangers in using the technologies they love
Ethics of mobile computing: Obligations, security tips
Tips on how to jump-start a mediation career
How L.A. Superior Court is keeping its doors open during lean times

Eye on Ethics
Making threats

Technology Translators
Staking your claim: Safeguarding your law firm’s Internet interests

June 2012

First Focus
Taking paper out of the law office

Around the ABA
10 ways to keep clients happy so you don’t lose them
Help prevent law-firm data breaches with these security basics
The do’s and don’ts of coaching corporate witnesses
Lawyers with disabilities share strategies for professional success

Eye on Ethics
Screen nonlawyer employees for conflicts of interest

Technology Translators
Evaluating cloud-computing providers

July 2012

First Focus
Jurors seem distracted? Try these attention-getting strategies

Around the ABA
Draft clearer contracts to ensure the results you seek
8 tips to increase your firm’s diversity
Crisis communications: What to say when media come knocking
Expert advice to better manage internal investigations

Eye on Ethics
How to screen a nonlawyer

Technology Translators
(Re)introducing the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Aug. 2012: Annual Meeting Special Issues

First Focus
ABA adopts policy on ethics in the profession, criminal justice reforms and civil standards in immigration detention
House of Delegates hears from ABA leaders

Around the ABA
Lawyers enjoy a morning at the opera with Justice Ginsburg and Solicitor General Verrilli
West Virginia justice made famous by ‘Caperton’ comments on his decision to hear the case
Education and legal action can remedy school bullying, panelists say
Judges, lawyers discuss difficult courtroom questions and the ethical way to respond

Sept. 2012

First Focus
New ABA president will advocate for gender equity, among other issues

Around the ABA
Developing a new impression of lawyers
Eyewitness identification: We have a long way to go
Adding to your practice across the pond: Not just for big firms anymore
The consequences of ‘pro se’ representation

Eye on Ethics
Last rites for law practices

Technology Translators
Measuring up: Highlights from the 2012 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report

Oct. 2012

First Focus
The inside scoop on successful lawyering, in-house and out

Around the ABA
Protecting directors and officers from personal financial, criminal liability
Put a stop to bullying in your law firm
Beware: Blogs can be legal minefields
Top tips for deposing an expert witness

Eye on Ethics
Credit cards: Service charges and chargebacks

Technology Translators
5 steps to a better data backup strategy

Nov. 2012

First Focus
Get the most from your Millennial lawyers

Around the ABA
When clients stop paying: How to cut your losses
Client: ‘You’re fired!’ You: ‘So now what?’
Offering legal services a la carte
The do’s and don’ts of opening and closing remarks

Eye on Ethics
The evolving ethics of selling a law practice

Technology Translators
Your questions about nagging technology nuisances answered

Dec. 2012

First Focus
When lawyers ‘like’ Facebook: Using the site to attract and maintain clients

Around the ABA
Ethical dilemmas in accessing and possessing evidence
The ABCs of best billing practices
6 missed business-building opportunities and how to avoid them
7 strategies to succeed as a managing partner

Eye on Ethics
Disbarred or suspended lawyers and law-related activities

Technology Translators
3 tech tips to save time and money

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