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    • 26 Jul 2011

    Five Tips for Legal Networking this Summer

    It's summer-a roofdeck somewhere is calling to you, and you're not giving up a chance to leave work while it's still light out so that you can go sit in some stuffy legal event with a bunch of strangers. Understandable, but networking shouldn't stop just because summer has started. The social aspects of summer and the fact that you may have more time due to a less demanding work schedule or summer break...
    • 16 Apr 2011

    Lessons in Mentoring and Sponsorship

    So you've received all kinds of career advice and support from your mentor, but you're still not reaching the top? According to Catalyst -a nonprofit organization focusing on women in the workplace-the missing link to your career success may be sponsorship . At this week's Women's Leadership Conference hosted by the Conference Board in New York City, Jan Combopiano and Michael Chamberlain of Catalyst addressed...
    • 28 Mar 2011

    5 Don'ts and 3 Do's of Public Speaking

    In my view the value that attorneys bring to their clients is to connect complex rules and laws to the client's situation and goals . This needs to be done in such a way that the client is partnering with the attorney to evaluate their own situation, brainstorm and critically analyze possible solutions, and work together in developing and carrying out a plan of action. This is true for both business situations and...
    • 7 Dec 2010

    Becoming a Trial Lawyer

    I learned very early in my career - while I was in law school clerking for Bill Wheatley at Jaqua & Wheatley - one of the best and critical qualities of a civil litigator is being a confident and skilled trial lawyer. It is not only that a confident and skilled trial lawyer knows how to litigate a case; it is that a confident and skilled trial lawyer is willing and able to actually try a case - and to try a case with...
    • 8 Nov 2010

    National Association of Women Lawyers Joins Alliance Partner Program for martindale.com Connected

    NAWL to Leverage martindale.com Connected as Online Forum to Facilitate Discussion of Gender-Based Issues within Practice of Law November 8, 2010 - NEW YORK, NY - LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com), a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, today announced that the National Association of Women Lawyers (www.nawl.org), an organization devoted to promoting the interests and progress of women lawyers...
    • 9 Jul 2010

    Prototype for Law Firm Innovation

    Back in 2000, when Axiom Law Founder Mark Harris decided that big law's hourly billings were excessive, he may have been the only lawyer who cared. The party for big law had been going on for some time now, each year bringing higher fees that clients could apparently pay, because they did. Medium and small firms and solos followed suit, each year inching up their hourly fees, and lawyers buying big houses, expensive...
    • 7 Jul 2010

    Learning the Three Dimensions of the Business of Law

    With all of the attention on law firm layoffs and the reduced number of jobs for recent law graduates , many new attorneys may be considering setting up a solo practice. After spending 3+ years in law school, new grads still may not feel prepared for the equally important business aspects of running a law practice. Attorney, author, legal business consultant and LexisHub contributor Ed Poll has provided many valuable...
    • 27 May 2010

    How to Learn what Law School Didn’t Teach You

    The further associates advance in their legal careers, the more they typically see what their legal education lacked. Law school does not teach lawyers how to effectively interact with clients; law school does not teach lawyers how to efficiently manage their practices; law school does not teach lawyers how to become good rainmakers. CLE programs generally do not offer or approve programs in these skills. Lawyers must...
    • 24 May 2010

    Preview of "Growing Your Law Practice in Tough Times"

    Growing Your Law Practice in Tough Times is Insightful, focused and addresses the challenges facing law firms in the current economic climate. This book is a must for law firms of all sizes. As firms struggle to stay alive, you might ask who has time to sit down and analyze a firm's goals and develop a strategy. Ed Poll makes that important task easier by asking the right questions and offering the right guidance...
    • 23 Mar 2010

    LexisNexis Communities: Legal Blogs, Podcasts & More

    Over three years ago, LexisNexis launched its first Web 2.0 Community, the LexisNexis Insurance Law Center . More than a blog, the law center was designed as an interactive online community devoted to insurance law available on the open web for attorneys, paralegals, judges, government officials, academics, students, librarians, journalists and consumers. Today, the LexisNexis Communities have grown to 16 Practice...
    • 12 Mar 2010

    Insurance 101 ─ Insights for Young Lawyers - Assessing Coverage Issues under Additional Insured Endorsements

    In his article appearing in the November/December 2009 issue of Coverage , “ Insurance 101 ─ Insights for Young Lawyers : Assessing Coverage Issues under Additional Insured Endorsements,” Seth Friedman observes that while additional insured endorsements can benefit both policyholders and insurers, their application often leads to disputes. The article discusses some of the main issues that arise in such disputes...
    • 19 Feb 2010

    New Attorney's Guide to the Steps in a Lawsuit

    A listing of the basic steps and procedures. 1. Filing a Complaint or Petition Any complaint or petition for relief in a court must be filed within the statutory time limit ( Statute of Limitations ). These statutes vary from state to state. These statutes also vary depending on what your cause of action is. For example, in many states, the statute of limitations regarding a cause of action for breach of...
    • 18 Jan 2010

    Navigating the Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

    The proliferation of social media as a vital tool in business and personal communication presents many ethical traps for lawyers and their clients. At what point do conflicts of interest dictate who makes your friend-list? How much can you discuss your current business without violating confidentiality? Can posts on social media sites violate lawyer advertising rules? Underlying all of these questions is how can a good...
    • 12 Jan 2010

    Your Chance to Understand the Needs of Top In-house Counsel

    Just what do in-house Counsel want? What drives their hiring decisions when choosing a law firm? When do they choose a local law firm versus a global firm? How do they prefer to be marketed to? These are other important questions will be answered by MH Connected during a FREE webinar entitled What in House Counsel Want on February 16 at 1500 GMT, 1000 EST. A roster of in-house counsel from multinational blue-chip...
    • 10 Dec 2009

    Coffee Break Webinar Series

    Coffee Break Webinar Series Supercharge your legal research by attending LexisNexis® Coffee Break Webinars. They're fast, effective and best of all-they're on the house! Choose from a menu of quick 20-minute sessions and discover powerful tools and proven techniques to help make your research more efficient and cost-effective. Want to go back for a refresher on a session you attended? Now you can view...
    • 12 Nov 2009

    Time Management for Associates

    We used to call it multi-tasking. You probably think of it as maxi-tasking. Get ready to juggle six or seven assignments while appearing responsive to clients, senior attorneys, and partners. It comes with the profession! A law firm’s inventory is time—as evidenced by activities that can be billed to clients. Developing good time-management skills as an associate will help you now and as your career progresses...
    • 26 Oct 2009

    Simplify Your Tax Research

    Tax Research the Way You Want It Prefer to research tax issues by IRC section? By topic? Either way, LexisNexis® Tax Center makes it easy for you to access exclusive, authoritative analytical materials from CCH®*, Tax Analysts®, Shepard's ®, Matthew Bender® and Kleinrock-as well as expert insights from an army of leading CPAs, tax attorneys and professors--all in a single search. Find out how...
    • 2 Sep 2009

    E-mail Etiquette Tips for Corresponding with Clients and Opposing Counsels

    In today's world of technology, many of us have fallen into the habit of e-mailing with our clients and opposing counsels. While the swift speed of cyberspace certainly has its advantages, it also has an array of problems that follow it. This article shall briefly summarize some e-mail do's and don'ts that are a recommended checklist in day-to-day use. Write your e-mails like you write your letters. ...
    • 28 Aug 2009

    No Passport Necessary: International Research Made Easy

    Free information to help you understand the basics of International Research, including retrieving treaties and international agreements. This Webinar is FREE, on demand, at your convenience. You will only be asked to register. WEBINAR (20 minutes) - ONDEMAND Get single-point access to the content you need for your international law practice. Retrieve the full text of treaties and international agreements, track commentary...
    • 12 May 2009

    Client Development for Law Firm Associates

    Think and act like a natural rainmaker!! Insights and tips about developing a client base from the start. HB Ligitation Services hosted a professional development teleconference featuring Gabriel Miller, General Counsel for Sokolove Law, LLC; Richard R. Capozza, Hiscock & Barclay LLP; and Paris A. Gunther, Director of Marketing at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP regarding client development for law...
    • 5 May 2009

    Professional Responsibility Reminders

    Developing good practices early in one's career is necessary to avoid malpractice. If you require information regarding an ethical question or are concerned about the conduct of a colleague, contact your state's licensing entity and consult your state's rules of professional conduct. By following your state's rules you will avoid disciplinary action and contribute to the independence of the profession...
    • 4 May 2009

    Emailing Clients at Work May Imperil Privilege

    Lawyers take e-mailing clients for granted. But there may be hidden risks in sending e-mails to clients at work. It is probably fair to say that most lawyers have grown accustomed to the convenience of emailing clients. Less disruptive than phone calls, more efficient, creates documentation of conversations—hard to believe anyone could ever practice law without email. From an ethics perspective, there is generally...
    • 24 Apr 2009

    Understanding the Importance of Marketing and Client Development

    As lawyers in your early years of practice, you have, undoubtedly, already learned about the importance of marketing your and your firm’s practice and developing your and your firm’s base of clients. However, as young attorneys, you probably tend to leave “those issues” to the superiors in your law firm, i.e., the partners. Those of you who are solo practitioners do not have this option, unfortunately...
    • 22 Apr 2009

    Engagement Letters and Fee Agreements in Illinois Following Dowling v. Chicago Options Assocs., Inc.

    A 2007 Illinois Supreme Court decision, Dowling v. Chicago Options Assoc., Inc. , 875 N.E.2d 1012 (Ill. 2007), noted that any written fee arrangement or retainer agreement, regardless of the type of retainer contemplated, should clearly define the kind of retainer being paid. It also recognized the viability of advance payment retainers in Illinois. In an Emerging Issues Analysis, Attorney and Wealth Strategist David...
    • 31 Mar 2009

    Suing a Client over Disciplinary Complaints

    Recently, the Louisiana Supreme Court reprimanded an attorney for suing a client (his sister) because she repeatedly filed complaints against him and appealed when the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel determined that her complaints were baseless. In In Re: Roy A. Raspanti , the disciplinary board had recommended suspending the attorney for three months, with another nine months' suspension deferred, but the Supreme...