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  • Running the Numbers: Practical Advice for your Firm's Financial Health (7/1/2014)
    Podcast
    Recorded live on June 6, 2014
    PPC’s Practice Management Podcast Series: In this installment, expert panelists discuss ways to strategically plan for your practice’s financial wellness and enable you to set your sights on success well into the future.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070161.
  • Selling Your Law Firm: What’s it Worth?(974 KB - 5/19/2014)
    It sounds like a cliché, but a law practice is worth exactly what someone else will pay for it. And even though the transferability of an attorney’s book of business is much harder to predict, it shouldn’t stop you from exploring the value of your practice. Learn the right method with this article.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051952.
  • When I’m 64: Lawyers Want to Stay Needed in Their Retirement Years(1039 KB - 5/19/2014)
    Back in the late 1960s, when baby boomers cheerfully sang the lyrics to “When I’m 64” along with Paul McCartney and the Beatles, age 64 seemed impossibly far away. A call to all ages, this article emphasizes the need for thoughtful planning for lawyers to stay relevant in their retirement years.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051948.
  • Performance Improvement Plans: A Critical Management Tool(851 KB - 4/1/2014)
    One of the most useful tools for dealing with an under-performing employee is the Performance Improvement Plan, or PIP. This perceptive article discusses the benefits of utilizing a PIP and outlines the implementation of this tool to ensure its effectiveness.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040146.
  • Building Your Team: Hiring and Retaining the Right Employees for Your Firm (3/12/2014)
    Podcast
    Recorded live on March 5, 2014
    PPC’s Practice Management Podcast Series: This podcast focuses on strategically building your team. It presents best practices for assessing candidates thoroughly and transitioning a new hire into becoming a valuable addition to your practice.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031203.
  • Law Firm Management: Phases of Staffing(903 KB - 2/10/2014)
    A law firm’s success is largely based on its people. It truly takes a village to create a productive professional and successful firm, and the staff is the key to its success. This article explores and shares ideas on the four stages of staffing: hiring, training, retaining and letting go.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021045.
  • How to Run Your Law Practice from a Tropical Island (1/30/2014)
    Podcast
    Recorded live on January 8, 2014
    PPC’s Practice Management Podcast Series: Whether you run a law firm remotely from a tropical island or any other location, following certain guidelines and maximizing technology can make working from almost anywhere possible.
    AILA Doc. No. 14013045.
  • AILA’s Top 25 Practice Success Tips of 2013 (12/9/2013)
    AILA’s Top 25 Practice Success Tips is a roundup of the best tips of 2013. Find everything from how to turn price conscientious consults into clients to how to get more 'likes' for your law firm on Facebook, from enhancing productivity using Microsoft Word to reducing stress and improving cash flow.
    AILA Doc. No. 13120940.
  • Launching an Immigration Practice (2/20/2013)
    Compressed with the knowledge of four distinguished practice management advisors, this interactive e-guide includes articles and video segments that offer real-world insight, advice and practical information to ensure the success and longevity of any new solo or small firm. AILA Doc. No. 13022053.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022053.
  • The Best of Practice & Professionalism 2012(922 KB - 12/28/2012)
    We heard members loud and clear in 2012 they wanted more free practice management and professionalism resources, and we’ve delivered! Here are the best new resources of 2012 to help you be the best lawyer possible this year and beyond. AILA Doc. No. 12122745.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122745.
  • What a Disaster! Is Your Technology Ready? (12/11/2012)
    Podcast
    Recorded live on December 11, 2012
    PPC’s technology podcast series: In this episode our podcast faculty of experienced lawyers share their real-life insight and practical solutions to help your firm plan for and weather any size disaster.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121159.
  • AILA’s Top 25 Practice Success Tips of 2012 (11/19/2012)
    AILA’s Top 25 Practice Success Tips is a roundup of the best tips of 2012. Find everything from how to choose the right software for your office to how to make the most out of happy hour after a conference; because yes, there are even things to be learned at happy hour! AILA Doc. No. 12111951.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111951.
  • Disaster Recovery Resources for Lawyers (7/31/2012)
    Be prepared to be open for business after the disaster is over. Use these disaster preparedness and recovery resources to help guide you in designing the best plan for your workplace and employees. AILA Doc. No. 12073149.
    AILA Doc. No. 12073149.
  • Preparing to Represent Deferred Action Clients(638 KB - 7/10/2012)
    The word is out- some DREAMers can stay in! If you are considering representing certain immigrant youth in the deferred action process, AILA’s PPC team brings you a dozen tips to competently handle the influx of clients as you prepare for the new policy announcement. AILA Doc. No. 12071047.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071047.
  • Exit Strategies: Legal and Ethical Issues When Leaving a Law Firm(153 KB - 6/19/2012)
    Selected article from 2011 Immigration Practice Pointers. Whether you are contemplating a move for money, a better work-life balance, prestige, or a new challenge, this article will help you strategically consider the decision to leave and navigate a successful transition. AILA Doc. No. 12061941.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061941.
  • Taking a Charge(566 KB - 5/25/2012)
    Take time out to read this insightful article on how lawyers, like NBA players, are often “Taking a Charge” when dealing with clients and the stress associated with the modern practice of law. AILA Doc. No. 12052542.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052542.
  • Retaining Your Clients and Law Practice Without Losing Your Mental Health(173 KB - 5/22/2012)
    Selected article from 2011 AC Immigration Practice Pointers. In this article, Kristina Rost and Reid Trautz identify the various stressors affecting immigration attorneys and provide detailed solutions to lead a healthy and productive immigration practice. AILA Doc. No. 12052243.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052243.
  • Client Satisfaction Survey(40 KB - 5/18/2012)
    This sample form is a great client relations tool. Not only will clients be pleased that you asked for their opinion, it will help you to identify satisfied clients who could be referral sources and also help to surface any negative client experiences. AILA Doc. No. 06100366.
    AILA Doc. No. 06100366.
  • Smart Growth: How and When to Grow(152 KB - 5/8/2012)
    Selected article from 2011 AC Immigration Practice Pointers. Growth is not just about catching the next wave, but holding on, avoiding the fall and riding it well. This article provides insight on how to conscientiously grow the various facets of your immigration practice. AILA Doc. No. 12050849.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050849.
  • Understanding and Dealing with the Stress of Immigration Practice (3/16/2012)
    Join Laura Edgerton, Lynn Calder and George Kaufman in an open dialogue about work/life balance. This podcast looks at the stressors of immigration law and offers advice for a healthy lifestyle. To listen, right-click the link and save it to your hard drive before playing. AILA Doc. No. 12031669.
    AILA Doc. No. 12031669.
  • The Lean Immigration Law Practice (3/1/2012)
    Audio Seminar
    Presented live on March 1, 2012
    Learn the advantages of the "lean" practice of immigration law, as well as smart, creative, and low-cost ways to create and maintain a thriving practice.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030179.
  • Attracting, Retaining, and Promoting Legal Support Staff and Associates(40 KB - 11/4/2010)
    The success of a law firm hinges greatly on locating, hiring, rewarding, and retaining the best employees possible. This article addresses the attorney's role as an employer and director of human resources. Reprinted from Immigration Practice Pointers, 2010-11 Edition. AILA Doc. No. 10110465.
    AILA Doc. No. 10110465.
  • Diversifying Your Practice and Increasing Profitability(171 KB - 8/24/2010)
    In a fluctuating economy, it is beneficial for a law firm to be diversified within the field of immigration law; however, many lawyers are reluctant to diversify because of the business risks. This helpful article discusses how to reduce those risks and improve profitability. AILA Doc. No. 10082461.
    AILA Doc. No. 10082461.
  • The Best You Can Be: Practical Tips to Enhance Your Performance(333 KB - 8/12/2010)
    Each of us wants to find the right balance of professional and personal fulfillment, but that is often elusive in a busy law practice. This article contains practical tips and strategies to improve your practice, reduce your stress, and help you achieve the right balance. AILA Doc. No. 10081265.
    AILA Doc. No. 10081265.
  • When You Go to Heaven, Will Your Practice Go to Hell?(29 KB - 7/22/2010)
    What happens to a solo lawyer’s practice when he or she suddenly dies or is incapacitated? What are the financial and ethical implications? More importantly, what are some solutions? Every lawyer should read this article. AILA Doc. No. 10072260.
    AILA Doc. No. 10072260.
  • Launch! Lessons Learned by Lawyer Entrepreneurs(67 KB - 7/20/2010)
    A collaborative article by four experienced AILA members who share their collective insight about starting, building and managing a successful immigration law practice. Originally published in the 2009-10 INL. AILA Doc. No. 10072065.
    AILA Doc. No. 10072065.
  • Reinventing Your Law Practice(63 KB - 5/18/2009)
    While most immigration attorneys remain committed to practicing law, it is the rare attorney who feels completely satisfied with his/her practice and the balance in life between work and other interests. This article discusses techniques and processes for reinventing one’s law practice. AILA Doc. No. 09051864.
    AILA Doc. No. 09051864.
  • Best Practices for Immigration Law Office Management(82 KB - 9/17/2008)
    The practice of law is a profession, but a law practice is a business. This article covers a wide range of management best practices to run a rewarding, efficient, effective, profitable, and ethical immigration law firm. AILA Doc. No. 08091761.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091761.
  • Choosing Your Future or Having It Choose You: The Importance of Strategic Planning in Any Size Law Firm(13 KB - 9/12/2007)
    Strategic planning can be a powerful tool for any size law firm, even a solo practitioner. The goal of any strategic planning process is to help the client organization be proactive and intentional in determining what it wants its future to be and how it can achieve that vision rather than having events and circumstances determine its fate. AILA Doc. No. 07091260.
    AILA Doc. No. 07091260.
  • Selling or Buying an Immigration Practice(29 KB - 5/9/2007)
    Selling a law practice no longer violates professional ethics in most states, so after investing years of hard work and financial resources in growing a practice, some lawyers can now benefit from selling their law practice. Plus, a smooth transition to a new lawyer can benefit clients as well as lawyers. AILA Doc. No. 07050963.
    AILA Doc. No. 07050963.
  • Twenty-Five Tips to Develop Rewarding Client Relationships(197 KB - 1/22/2007)
    Building a practice full of clients starts with delivering great service to existing clients. This article by Reid Trautz, Director of the AILA Practice & Professionalism Center, is full of practical tips to speed you on your way.AILA Doc. No. 07012210.
    AILA Doc. No. 07012210.
  • Overcoming Procrastination: How to Get Things Done Despite Yourself(23 KB - 10/16/2006)
    A timeless article by lawyer and time management expert, Margaret Spencer Dixon, that is filled with practical ideas for getting things done. Republished with permission. AILA Doc. No. 06101611.
    AILA Doc. No. 06101611.
 
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