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Here’s a sampling of the many books available to help law firms with their HR policies:

  • The Comprehensive, All-in-One HR Operating Guide by R.J. Landry. American Bar Association, 2006.
  • The Essential Formbook, Volume II, by Gary A. Munneke and Anthony E. Davis (See Part 1: Human Resources). American Bar Association, 2001.
  • The Fast Forward MBA in Hiring by Max Messmer. John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
  • How to Develop an Employee Handbook, 2nd Edition, by Joseph W. R. Lawson II. American Management Association, 2006.
  • Keeping Good Lawyers: Best Practices to Create Career Satisfaction by M. Diane Vogt and Lori-Ann Rickard. American Bar Association, 2000.
  • Law Office Procedures Manual for Solos and Small Firms, 2nd Edition, by Demetrios Dimitriou. American Bar Association, 2005.
  • Law Office Policies and Procedures Manual, 5th Edition, by Howard I. Hatoff and Robert C. Wert. American Bar Association, 2007.

In addition, there are a number of organizations and Internet resources that offer HR education and support, including these:

Adapted from program materials for “Managing Law Firm Personnel in the Information Age,” ABA TECHSHOW 2009, presented by Ellen Freedman and Donna Neff. For more information, visit