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Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009
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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

It’s Time to Listen: Podcasts for your practice

 

Busy attorneys hardly have time to run their own practices, let alone to keep abreast of the latest developments within the law practice management field. When spare time is discovered, it is a challenge to determine just which extracurriculars should be primary. In divvying up that time, it is certainly understandable that an attorney, who must stay up to date in his areas of practice, would choose to access a substantive, or traditional, continuing legal education presentation, rather than a practice management presentation, Powerpoint or blawg. That is why services like this "Tip of the Week" are so important: this is a quick hit entry that is an easily digestible learning moment. But, there are other ways to learn, than on the quick.

Options that allow one to learn while multitasking safely are also certainly useful and practical for busy lawyers. Podcasts are one of the best ways to learn while doing (other things). Podcasts are essentially long-form mp3's, like those populating your iTunes playlists. You can listen to podcasts online, or download for later access, or you can listen on iTunes, whether via your laptop or on your iPod. You can listen in the car, at the gym or while waiting for your kid's sport practice to let out.

Best of all, for lawyers, there are a number of free, educational podcasts available.

Three of the best are:

  1. The Digital Edge series, produced by the American Bar Association, and featuring Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway;
  2. The Lawyer2Lawyer series, produced by Legal Talk Network, and featuring Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams;and
  3. The Kennedy-Mighell Report series, also produced by Legal Talk Network, and featuring Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

But, these featured are just a sliver of the options available. Start with these and discover further.

Now you have no excuse. Find your time to listen. (And, I won't tell anyone if that time is at the driving range.)

This "Tip" was adapted from a blog entry posted on July 21, 2009 by Rodney Dowell, Massachusetts LOMAP director.

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