I’ve written before about tools I use in my practice to help me be efficient. I’ve now added one more tool to help with legal writing. PerfectIt by Intelligent Editing has recently released a new style sheet called American Legal Style. It’s a Word add-in to help edit legal documents. The creator knew I used […]
Practice Management–Or, Ways I Save Time
Let’s be clear. I am no practice management guru. I’m a mother with three kids, an elderly father-in-law, and a yellow dog–not to mention my wonderful husband. I’m also running a law practice, but wanting time to knit. Or run. Or sew.
The posts below are simply ways I have found to be more efficient. Because my career is focused on helping attorneys unload some of their burdens, I thought I’d share what has worked for me in my practice.
If you’re looking for full-fledged practice management tips, start by subscribing to Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips. The State Bar of Georgia’s Law Practice Management Program also has good resources.
I’ve made it known that when I have my druthers, I use footnotes in briefs. I began to use footnotes when, through my independent studying of legal writing, I became convinced that it makes for a clearer brief when you use sentences and paragraphs to argue rather than string citations. When you move all the […]
With two librarians in my family, I think my mom would be proud that I am asking, “What would a librarian do?” in studying ways for cost-effective legal research. In Thinking Like a Librarian: Tips for Better Legal Research, Richard Buckingham, the Electronic Services and Legal Reference Librarian at Suffolk University Law School, offers practicing […]
Happy Earth Day! Celebrate by accepting service of state-court pleadings by e-mail. Last year, the Georgia Assembly amended the Civil Practice Act to allow attorneys to serve pleadings by e-mail. O.C.G.A. § 9-11-5(b). No, not complaints. And, yes, you still get those three “mailing” days to respond. O.C.G.A. § 9-11-6(e). But recently, I filed a […]