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Efficiency ideas for practice group leaders

Posted by Jack Bostelman on Mar 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Introduction to Knowledge Strategy: More Tips and Tools for Improving Efficiency and Value”

March 24, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes) - Free webinar

More practical tips for taking your practice to the next level:

  • Additional ideas for checklists
  • Managing e-mail and contacts
  • Establishing secure remote access to files for solos and small firms
  • Reinvigorating practice group intranet content
  • Improving how practice group meetings are conducted

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Practice group leaders are under pressure

Today's practice group leaders are being asked to persuade their groups to operate as a business unit - develop a strategy, create an action plan for

achieving it, establish and monitor success metrics, operate in a coordinated fashion and become more efficient. But are these leaders receiving practical advice about how to achieve these goals?

A resource for pressured leaders

The free ABA Practice Smarter webinar series can help. The next 30-minute webinar is March 24. It will address practical tips for making a practice group more efficient, including checklists, managing e-mail and contacts, reinvigorating practice group intranet content and improving practice group meetings. Panelists will be David Sprentall - Partner at 400-lawyer Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (Phoenix) and Chair of the Practice Management Group in the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section - and Allison Shields - President, Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. (NY) and Co-Author, How to Do More in Less Time (American Bar Association 2015). I will moderate.

Future webinars in the series will address other concerns of practice group leaders, including how to decide where to start with efficiency improvements and how to get practicing lawyers actually to cooperate with change initiatives.

Many of your practice group leaders will appreciate your forwarding this blog post to them.

The new ABA Practice Smarter free webinar series is produced by lawyers, for lawyers. During 30-minute monthly sessions, the webinars first lay out the business case for efficiency improvements, then provide advice on how to accomplish these improvements. The needs of large law firms are specifically addressed. The advice starts with easy steps an individual lawyer can take. Next it surveys other steps, which may require cooperation of colleagues but can pay off big. The series also addresses the personality and organizational challenges to effecting change, and how to overcome them. Deeper dives into specific efficiency projects will follow. I chair the ABA Knowledge Strategy Group that is producing the series.

Below is a summary of the first 7 months of the webinar series:

  • Business case for improving efficiency - Jan. 28 [recording available]
  • Survey of practical efficiency improvements an individual lawyer can implement - Feb. 25 [recording available]
  • Survey of more advanced efficiency improvements - Mar. 24
  • How to decide where to start with efficiency improvements at your firm - Apr. 28
  • In-depth discussion of checklists for lawyers - May 26
  • In-depth discussion of the key technique for organizing your work product - June 30
  • How to overcome behavioral issues in accomplishing efficiency projects - July 28

Additional monthly webinars will be added.

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About the Author

Jack Bostelman

Jack Bostelman is the president and principal consultant of KM/JD Consulting LLC. Before founding KM/JD Consulting, Jack practiced law in New York for 30 years as a partner of pre-eminent AmLaw 20 firm Sullivan & Cromwell.


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Before founding KM/JD Consulting LLC, Jack practiced law in New York for 30 years as a partner of pre-eminent AmLaw 20 firm Sullivan & Cromwell.

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