I am always amazed at how prolific the authors are in the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section, and this year – so far – has been no different. We had five books come out just before ABA TECHSHOW, all of them on technology-related topics. Give these books a look – they are all great technology resources for lawyers:
LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, by Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields – Lawyers work in a world of networks, connections, referrals, and recommendations. For many lawyers, the success of these networks determines the success of their practice. LinkedIn®, the premier social networking tool for business, can help you create, nurture, and expand your professional network and gain clients in the process. LinkedIn® in One Hour for Lawyers provides an introduction to this powerful tool in terms that any attorney can understand.
Microsoft OneNote in One Hour for Lawyers, by Ben Schorr – Each copy of Microsoft® Office 2010 sold now includes OneNote, and its usage among lawyers is poised to skyrocket. With this guide learn to use OneNote in your law practice to save time and increase productivity.Microsoft® OneNote in One Hour for Lawyers will explain, in plain English, how to get started with the software, develop best practices, and become far more effective in your note-taking and research.
Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers, by Sharon Nelson, David Ries, and John Simek – In November of 2011, the FBI met with major law firms to deal with the rising number of law firm computer intrusions, warning them that hackers see attorneys as a back door to the valuable data of their corporate clients. In an age where lawyers frequently conduct business across wireless networks using smartphones and laptops, how can attorneys safeguard client data and confidential information? Locked Down explains the wide variety of information security risks facing law firms and how lawyers can best protect their data from these threats–with any budget.
Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client, by Stephanie Kimbro – In this rapidly changing economic and legal climate, lawyers are seeking new methods for delivering their services efficiently and effectively while attracting new types of clients. For many firms, limited scope representation–also known as à la carte or unbundled legal services–may be the solution. By providing representation for a clearly defined portion of the client’s legal needs, such as preparing a legal document or making limited court appearances, lawyers can market their practice to an entirely new client base and give their firm a competitive advantage. The only book available on the topic, Limited Scope Legal Services provides lawyers of all types–from solo to big law–with practical, tested solutions for setting up unbundling practices in their firms.
Last but not least, my latest book also debuted at ABA TECHSHOW – iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers is my second iPad book, which is designed as a curated guide to the best iPad apps for lawyers. There are more than 80,000 iPad apps currently available, and this list is designed to be a “best of the best” list of those apps that lawyers would find useful in their practice.
These books demonstrate one thing I have always believed about the Law Practice Management Section: that all lawyers should be members of this worthy group, if only to learn more about the “business” side of a law practice. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Law Practice Management Section page or drop me a line.