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Writing Right

What Broadway’s Hamilton Teaches about Legal Interpretation

By | Oct.11.16 | No Comments

Comma placement matters. Broadway musical Hamilton’s Angelica Schuyler sings in “Take a Break”: In a letter I received from you two weeks ago I noticed a comma in the middle of a phrase It changed the meaning. Did …Continue reading »


Pull It Together: Defining Projects and Next Action Items

By | Oct.10.16 | No Comments

You spend the whole day in court, or in meetings and conferences with clients. And what do you have to show for it? A legal pad filled with scribbles, a few random thoughts on sticky …Continue reading »

The Friday Five

Productivity-Boosting Tech Tips for Your Law Practice

By | Oct.07.16 | No Comments

Lawyers’ utilization rates and productivity measures have been hot topics since Clio announced it will release its first “Legal Trends Report” later this month. Among the most stunning revelations will be the finding that, on …Continue reading »

Play to Win

How Effective Communicators Help Clients Understand

By | Oct.06.16 | No Comments

I read an article recently called “Marketing Yourself as an Expert: What Clients Look For.” According to the research presented, there are five key factors that clients associate with “visible experts”: They come highly recommended by …Continue reading »

On Balance

Ethics Case for Attorney Retreats

By | Oct.05.16 | No Comments

Our own Merrilyn Astin Tarlton recently wrote here about five ways solos can find time for law firm retreats. And on that score, recently I became involved in a lengthy conversation with a large group of …Continue reading »

Timing Your Retirement

Should Your Career Expire When Your Lease Does?

By | Oct.04.16 | No Comments

Clients often ask me, “Roy, what’s the biggest mistake solo practitioners and small firm owners make when considering their retirement/succession strategies?” My answer? Attorneys permit their office situation, specifically a lease obligation, to muck things up. When …Continue reading »

Content Under Pressure

Evergreen Content: Saves Headaches and Sets You Apart

By | Oct.03.16 | 1 Comment

These days, everyone in the legal profession is a legal publisher. You have content on your website, your practice and bio pages, LinkedIn updates and posts, and, if you have one, a blog and client …Continue reading »

The Friday Futures Five

Overheard at the 2016 Futures Conference

By | Sep.30.16 | No Comments

At the Futures Conference, there are always so many interesting new ideas pinging around it is impossible to catch them all. So this year, we enlisted a few people to help us keep track. Today we …Continue reading »

Futures Week

Will Law Firm Data Be Any Safer in 2026?

By | Sep.29.16 | No Comments

As always, the College of Law Practice Management’s 2016 Futures Conference featured wonderful speakers — and the theme this year, “What will Law Look Like in 2026?”, brought out some provocative ideas. Today, Sharon Nelson …Continue reading »

Futures Week

Where Will the Legal Jobs Be in 2026?

By | Sep.28.16 | 1 Comment

The theme of the College of Law Practice Management’s 2016 Futures Conference, “What will Law Look Like in 2026?” brought out some deeply interesting thoughts. We’ve asked four speakers to summarize their presentations for our …Continue reading »