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.

PerfectIt: new editing tool for lawyers

by Rebecca on November 25, 2015

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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 […]

How zombies make me a better writer

by Rebecca on May 18, 2012

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I recently outran five zombie mobs. My kids ask if I did a zombie run when they get home and whether the zombies got me. At least two of them understand that I’m not really being chased. I’ve been playing Zombies, Run! I take my iPhone on my run, start the app, and I hear […]

Footnotes, efficiency, and Adobe

by Rebecca on September 23, 2010

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]