Oct. 1, 2014, – When a lawyer hangs a shingle, it’s more than just a law firm. It’s a business, and if you don’t pay attention to it, your firm won’t grow and it just might even fail. In this video, business coach Chris Carman talks about the business side of your law practice.
Sept. 17, 2014 – The next time you attend a State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE CLE program you won’t have to carry a heavy binder. As of today, all CLE course materials for State Bar programs will be in electronic format.
Sept. 3, 2014 – Have you ever had a client with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or some other personality trait or disorder that made the representation difficult? In this article, a psychologist explains strategies for dealing with such client s, with additional advice from an ethics attorney.
Sept. 3, 2014 – Whether you are starting out or upgrading your current system, there are some things you need to know before you make your purchase. In this video, Jeff Krause talks about choosing the software and hardware that’s right for your firm.
Aug. 6, 2014 – Lawyers, like other service-based professionals, take great stock in the value of their time. But valuing time requires business management skills that law school doesn’t teach. In this article, business coach Tom Palzewicz provides tips on financial management, an upcoming topic at the State Bar’s Business School for Lawyers.
Aug. 6, 2014 – In this video, Chief Judge Richard S. Brown, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Waukesha, talks about the importance of looking at as many cases as possible when presenting a case to the court of appeals. According to Brown, showing the differences between what the courts are doing will help the court decide what the law is.
Aug. 6, 2014 – “Lawyers know the law no better than other people; they only know where to find it.” – King George III. You may know more than Mad George presumed, but even so, you will likely be asked a question you don’t immediately have an answer for. Know where to find it. – the Wisconsin Attorney’s Desk Reference.
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.