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Model Conflicts of Interest Checklist

What’s old is new again. Conflicts of interest still remains one of the most recurring regulatory infractions reported in the Bencher’s Bulletin’s regulation of the profession section. Integrating this simple, but effective, checklist into your daily practice, will help reduce this risk by implementing preventative procedures rather than reactive efforts….

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The Key to Co-Creation: Courageous Dialogue

“Creative leadership is about being courageous enough to ask powerful questions, to engage in dialogue, and to create an atmosphere of trust and safety in which difficult and open questions can be explored. It’s more like an improvisation than a set piece, more jazz than playing to a score. We all improvise…

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The Business Case for a Learning Management System

Dear law firm trainers!  In my never-ending quest to be a handy helper, I thought I’d post a document that you could simply cut and paste onto your firm’s letterhead so that you can make a business case for purchasing an LMS. (Of course, I add a few special benefits of…

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SUCCESSION - WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?

If you are a member of a law firm with a growing number of aging partners, (so that means all of you); succession planning has become, and continues to be, a growing concern. The changing demographics tell us so. In order to navigate the future of your law firm successfully,…

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Welcome Aboard! What Every Organization Should Do to Engage New Employees

Welcome aboard! That’s the heartfelt greeting that you’ll receive from the captain when you board his/her ship or boat. Think back to a time when you were starting a new job. Did you receive that same heartfelt greeting?  We’ve all been there—excited about what is to come but apprehensive not…

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WebBased Client Portals: The Benefits to Lawyers

In the first post in this series, attorney and MyCase Director Nicole Black introduced the concept of law practice management software platforms with built in client portals.  In part two, she outlines the many benefits that web based client portals offer lawyers. Client portals are incredibly valuable tools for law…

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BCLMA / CBABC Support Staff Compensation & Charge - Out Rates Surveys

Once again CBABC is partnering with BCLMA to produce and distribute these 2 surveys to help firms understand the competitive landscape in these important areas of HR and Financial Strategic Planning. Participate deadline is September 18 but data collection is open now! Distribution October 18 CBABC members receive an additional…

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A Roundtable with Millennial Lawyers – A Different Perspective

INTRODUCTION There has been a recent flurry of articles aimed at and about “millennial” lawyers — but not many of these articles are written by millennials themselves. Millennials are frequently used as a convenient punching bag by law firms, partially to avoid some of the real issues they face today….

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If You Are Not Using Checklists, What Are You Waiting For?

Before leaving for the Amazon, Nicole left an article for me from the Illinois Bar Journal, The Checklist Manifesto for Lawyers. It discusses Atul Gawande‘s incredible book, The Checklist Manifesto.  The IBJ article is not special, but Gawande’s book is a must read.  Many years ago, I bought copies for everyone in Valorem and we became disciples.  When…

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Promoting good mental and physical health in the workplace

For many of us, our working day is spent in an office where we sit at a desk, staring at a computer screen and not moving for long stretches of time. It’s no wonder so many of us suffer from: – Lower back pain – Shoulder and neck pain – Headaches and…

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