July 16, 2014 – Thinking of starting your own law practice? Maybe you just graduated and can’t find a job. Maybe you are tired of your current firm. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, or just want to improve a business aspect or your existing firm. Whatever the case, you need a business plan.
July 16, 2014 – In this video, Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges Joan F. Kessler, Milwaukee, and Gary E. Sherman, Madison, offer appellate brief writing tips lawyers can use to effectively make their case to the court of appeals.
July 2, 2014 –In this video, futurist Jordan Furlong discusses strategies lawyers can implement to change the way they do business and reach the vast untapped legal market. According to Furlong 85 percent of the legal market is untapped, and lawyers need to move quickly before this segment is gobbled up by nonlawyer online legal service providers.
July 2, 2014 – Increasing productivity and efficiency is high on just about everyone’s list. Apps are a great way to organize yourself, increase your productivity, and even read the news. There are many to choose from – some free, some not.
A national study – including roughly 1,600 Wisconsin lawyers – investigated who in the legal profession is happy, or not, and why they feel that way. What makes lawyers happy? It’s not what many people may think.
June 18, 2014 – A huge segment of the legal market, 85 percent, is untapped and lawyers need to move quickly before this segment is gobbled up by nonlawyer online legal service providers. In this video, futurist Jordan Furlong talks about this virtually untapped audience.
Whether you are a new lawyer hanging a shingle or if you are transitioning to your own firm after years of working for others, the Business School for Lawyers program will give you information about creating a practice from the ground up: from where you where you want to locate your office, to what you need in the office, to how to attract clients. Program dates are Aug. 13 and Sept. 16.
June 4, 2014 – Three factors working together – technology, competition, and regulation – plus the impact of the economic downturn, are changing the fundamentals of the legal market in ways that lawyers never experienced. In this video, Jordan Furlong talks about what lies ahead for the legal profession.
June 4, 2014 – Have you registered for the 2014 State Bar Annual Meeting & Conference yet? You can choose from more than 20 programs designed for a variety of office settings, practice areas, and experience levels, earn up to 13 CLE and 5.5 EPR credits, and experience dozens of opportunities to connect with hundreds of Wisconsin lawyers. All this and more in a day and a half on June 26 and 27 at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva.
May 7, 2014 – In this video, Nerino Petro, State Bar practice management advisor, explains why law firms should consider going paperless. Petro tells you how to make the conversion efficiently and effectively.
Many items of tangible personal property and certain services purchased by law firms are taxable. A firm’s failure to evaluate all purchases, especially those from out-of-state vendors, to determine whether a sales or use tax liability is owed could result in substantial interest charges and penalties if the law firm is audited by the Department of Revenue. Read how Wisconsin’s sales and use tax rules apply to many common law firm purchases and what your firm should do if selected for audit.
April 16, 2014 – The practice of law is undergoing historic change. To survive and thrive, law firms must find ways to innovate with the purpose to improve an outcome. The State Bar seeks nominations of innovators who are bringing positive change to Wisconsin’s legal landscape. Watch this video; you may find you are the innovator, or know one. Nominations are due June 30, 2014.
The legal profession and marketplace are experiencing rapid change, with more to come. To survive and thrive, law firms must find ways to innovate to improve outcomes. Read what drives firms to innovate and how some Wisconsin lawyers and judges are doing just that. Then, nominate a Wisconsin Legal Innovator so we can tell their stories, too.