Building Your Own Practice
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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» Building Your Practice
Build your practice the logical way : Maximize your client relationships
By Greenwald, Carol S. First Chair Press/American Bar Association. 1st ed. c2012.
"This guide will help you tend to what is already most rewarding, both intellectually and financially, in your practice: the clients who value you most and with whom you most value working. Clients will fuel your firm’s success and growth. The steps outlined are straightforward, strategic, and significantly important for your practice’s long-term health and viability." - from the publisher
KF 311 G74
Building your practice with pro bono for lawyers
By Miller, Nelson. American Bar Association. c2012.
This book discusses strategies lawyers can use to help vulnerable populations such as children, the homeless, veterans, the disabled, and more.
KF 336 M55
The complete guide to designing your law office
By Schultz, Suzette S. ABA Law Practice Management Section. c2005.
"The authors set out the best approaches for designing every area in the law office, including offices and workstations, conference rooms and reception areas, and more. You'll be guided through every step of the process, from determining your optimal square footage, to selecting the right security systems and technology, to hiring and working with movers. In addition, helpful checklists, schedules and other documents are included on an accompanying CD-ROM to make your renovation or relocation as easy as possible." - from the publisher
KF 320 L3 S38
How to build and manage a family law practice
By Chinn, Mark A. ABA Section of Family Law, Law Practice Management Section. c2006.
"A must-read for any family lawyer, this book helps you understand the specialized skills and knowledge necessary to build and manage a successful and rewarding practice. This sixth book in the popular "Practice-Building" Series takes a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts approach in explaining the most critical issues for developing a thriving family law practice. You'll benefit from the author's experience as he shares a wealth of tips, techniques, forms, and checklists that will help shorten the learning curve for lawyers just starting out in family law and enhance the knowledge of those with established legal practices. Through examples and explanations, this book reveals how the practitioner can gain practical experience in the area, understand the specialized business aspects of a family law practice, develop and maintain the ideal client mix, and manage staff, cases, and finances." - from the publisher
KF 300 C455
How to build and manage a personal injury practice
By Gibson, K. William. American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section. 3rd ed. c2012.
"Written by an experienced and successful personal injury lawyer, this newly revised edition is ideal for lawyers starting a personal injury practice, and for current practitioners interested in improving their practice. This book discusses the basic differences between personal injury law and other types of law, and provides guidance for avoiding common pitfalls. You’ll also find information on planning for personal injury practice; deciding whether to go solo or form a partnership; marketing and financing the practice; interviewing clients; keeping clients happy; managing the work load; choosing office space and equipment; and much more. In addition, and accompanying CD-ROM includes worksheets, flow charts, checklists, and fill in the blank forms." - from the publisher
KF 1257 G53
How to build and manage an estates practice
By Evans, Daniel B. Law Practice Management Section [and] Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, American Bar Association. 2nd ed. c2008.
"Specifically tailored to the unique needs of the estates and trusts lawyers, this updated second edition focuses on making your practice better. Written as a 'book of ideas,' you'll find guidance on marketing, effective client communications, fee agreements, and ethics, including the updates to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The author, a veteran attorney, highlights constructive ways to apply ideas that have worked for him to your own practice." - from the publisher
KF 300 E94
How to start and build a law practice
By Foonberg, Jay G. American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Law Student Division. Platinum 5th ed. c2004.
This book offers basic practical advice on how to build your practice. It includes dozens of time saving templates and checklists. Some of the topics discussed are email and the Internet, firm mergers and dissolutions, nonlawyer consultants, equipment needed, marketing and the ideal office location.
Table of contents: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0416/2004008218.html
KF 300 F66
The lawyer's guide to building your practice with referrals
By Shaer, Steven J. American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section. c2012.
"This book provides step-by-step guidelines for building relationships with referral sources, getting and managing new referrals, developing networking skills, and transforming acquaintances into clients." - publisher's description
KF 316.5 S53
The lawyer's guide to creating a business plan : A step-by-step software package
By Pinson, Linda. Law Practice Management Section, American Bar Association. c2005.
"This practical and convenient software application does 75% of the work for lawyers and business managers who need comprehensive and customized business plans to maximize profits. For new law practices or existing law firms, The Lawyer’s Guide to Creating a Business Plan will guide practitioners step-by-step toward actualized growth utilizing tested and proven organizational, marketing, and financial strategies." - from the publisher
KF 315 Z9 P56
The lawyer's guide to governing your firm
By Greene, Arthur G. ABA, Law Practice Management Section. c2009.
"This guide is a practical resource for those firms that want to provide better client service and at the same time, improve the working environment for both lawyers and staff. It provides strategies to change the climate of the law firm, boost morale, and effectively and efficiently manage the firm. Issues discussed range from leadership and partnership issues to the basics of running the office. Includes a companion CD-ROM with more than 25 model forms, agreements, worksheets, questionnaires, policy forms, and more." - from the publisher
KF 318 G737
The lawyer's guide to strategic planning : Defining, setting, and achieving your firm's goals
By Grella, Thomas C. ABA Law Practice Management Section. c2004.
"This practice-building resource can be your guide to planning dynamic strategic plans and implementing them at your firm. You'll learn about the strategic planning process and how to establish goals in key planning areas such as law firm governance, competition, opening a new office, financial management, technology, marketing and competitive intelligence, client development and retention, and more. Also, the accompanying CD-ROM contains a wealth of policies, statements, and questionnaires." - from the publisher
KF 318 G74
Success strategies for new lawyers : 2013
State Bar of Texas. 2013.
Prepared as accompanying material for a 2013 CLE seminar entitled "Success Strategies and Key Lessons for Young Lawyers," this book contains articles intended for new attorneys on subjects like professionalism, wellness, and social media and the internet.
KFT 300 S83
Success strategies for new lawyers : 2014
State Bar of Texas. 2014.
Prepared as accompanying material for a 2014 CLE seminar entitled ‘Success Strategies and Key Lessons for Young Lawyers,’ this book contains articles intended for new attorneys on subjects like legal writing, opening your own practice, pro bono work, and resources available through the State Bar.
KFT 300 S83
Success strategies for new lawyers : 2015
State Bar of Texas. 2015.
Prepared as accompanying material for a 2015 CLE seminar entitled ‘Success Strategies and Key Lessons for Young Lawyers,’ this book contains articles intended for new attorneys on subjects like ethics, building a successful career, and advertising.
Note: This item is also available electronically.
KFT 300 S83