The library's collection includes many titles that can help attorneys and legal practitioners manage their law practice. Below we highlight some of these library materials. These are available as e-books to library patrons or as print items that can be used at the library in Austin. If you cannot visit the library in person, we offer a fee-based document delivery service for brief excerpts of library materials.
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Available at the library. Reference books cannot be checked out.
» Attorney Well-Being
Being prepared : A lawyer's guide for dealing with disability or unexpected events
By Cohen, Lloyd D. ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division. 1st ed. 2008.
" If you haven't started thinking about, or formulating, an action plan to properly protect your law firm, your clients, and your family in the event of temporary disability, incapacity, or other unexpected event, this book will jump start the process! It is a 'how to' workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan. Use this book to safety-net your financial and professional integrity." - from the publisher
KF 300 C54
The happy lawyer : Making a good life in the law
By Levit, Nancy. Oxford University Press. 2010.
"The Happy Lawyer examines the causes of dissatisfaction among lawyers, and then charts possible paths to happier and more fulfilling careers in law. Eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach, it shows how maximizing our chances for achieving happiness depends on understanding our own personality types, values, strengths, and interests." - from the publisher
KF 300 L485
How good lawyers survive bad times
By Nelson, Sharon D. ABA Law Practice Management Section. c2009.
"Worried about the economy? Are you a lawyer out of work? Are you afraid you will be laid off? Are you struggling to manage your firm through a down economy? In a single volume, How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times will provide you with a wealth to tips, resources, and tools to help you survive in bad times, as well as teach you management, finance, marketing and technology essentials necessary to succeed." - from the publisher
KF 315 N45
Jiu jitsu jurisprudence : A guide to balance your life practice and law practice with Brazilian jiu jitsu
By Danz, Ryan. American Bar Association. First edition. 2013.
Ryan Danz presents a unique perspective on the psychological aspects of practicing law by examining it through the lens of the Brazilian martial art jiu jitsu. Danz contends that the guiding principles of jiu jitsu – focus, discipline, camaraderie, etc. – can be applied to the practice of law to make you a better, more confident attorney. A thought-provoking read for those looking for a fresh approach to their practice.
KF 300 D36
The lawyer's guide to balancing life & work : Taking the stress out of success
By Kaufman, George W. Law Practice Management Section, American Bar Association. 2nd ed. c2006.
"Writing with warmth and seasoned wisdom, George Kaufman examines how the profession has changed over the last five years, then offers philosophical approaches, practical examples, and valuable exercises to help lawyers reconcile their goals and expectations with the realities and demands of the legal profession. Interactive exercises are provided throughout the text and on the accompanying CD to help you reclaim your life." - from the publisher
KF 300 K38
Staying at home, staying in the law : A guide to remaining active in the legal profession while pursuing your dreams
By Tower-Pierce, Julie. American Bar Association. c2008.
"Does leaving the firm mean that you have to leave the profession? Not according to Julie Tower-Pierce who offers advice on everything from devising your transition plan and redefining your success, to staying active and making money from home. Alternative full-time and part-time careers are discussed, including freelance writing, pro-bono opportunities, telework, and compressed workweek options. Includes a helpful list of resources on the subject." - from the publisher
KF 299 W6 T69
Swimming in deep water : Lawyers, judges, and our troubled legal profession
By Domnarski, William. American Bar Association. .
"Based on his thirty years of practice and reading about the profession, William Domnarski in Swimming in deep water: lawyers, judges, and our troubled legal profession delivers bite-sized bits of erudition in fifty 1,400 word essays that with a sharp edge skewer the status quo worlds of lawyers and judges, and argues for a rethinking of the legal profession and what makes the practice of law worthwhile." - from the book jacket
KF 298 D66
Turning points : New paths and second careers for lawyers
By Cain, George H. Senior Lawyers Division, American Bar Association. c1994-.
"Whether you are a retired practitioner looking for fresh challenges, or an experienced attorney who just wants a change, Turning Points will help you discover a rewarding new career that builds on your legal skills and experience. Written specifically for lawyers, Turning Points focuses on your career options within the legal profession. You'll get valuable advice on where to find new law-related career opportunities, suggestions on networking, resumes and interviewing, plus tips from professionals who have made the transition into second careers." - from the publisher
KF 298 C24