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Note from Law Practice Management leadership

Welcome to the January 2011 issue of the Law Practice Management Section newsletter.

As 2010 just closed and we all look forward to a prosperous 2011, this would be a good time to share some of the Law Practice Management Tips of yesteryear to put to use in 2011. Some tips are listed below that are worth a second look. The current and past tips can all be found here.

It's been too long since we have been reminded to track our firm's revenues by referral source, a prior tip from Leanna Hamill. Knowing how your clients are locating you, whether it be word of mouth, former clients, or various marketing media, will make it easier to decide where to focus your marketing efforts. If you are not tracking your referral sources already it is not too late to start.

It is everyone's goal to work more efficiently. Efficiency leads to productivity. There are many tips focused on these objectives. If you practice in the superior courts you have no excuse not to have already signed up for access to the Superior Court docket. Many telephone calls to the Clerk-Magistrate's Office can be avoided by checking the docket at your office first. You can check on upcoming hearing dates, filings, and even get a list of all or your appearances in cases. If you have not signed up the instructions for doing so are here.

Using your software programs to their fullest capacity can be a great time savings. There have been many tips about different software programs and their use. Adobe's Acrobat is a popular and useful program. Adobe Acrobat's typewriter tool may finally render that old IBM Selectric you have been holding onto obsolete. Adobe Acrobat has many other features that may help your practice depending on whether you have the Standard or Professional version. You can use it to redact sensitive information documents, add Bates numbering, stamps, or even highlight and comment documents during review without altering the original. Back in April we told you about a great resource for lawyers using Adobe Acrobat: Adobe's Acrobat for Legal Professionals Blog.

If you are looking for small ideas that may have a big impact on improving your practice check out the Law Practice Management Tips of the past and present. If you have a tip to share with others send it in to the LPM section chair or vice chair for consideration.

Andrea Goldman, chair
Phil Taylor, vice chair
Law Practice Management Section Council

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