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Legal writing: Pay attention to the details (access required)

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Once we’ve lost those last 10 pounds, cleaned out the garage and written all of our holiday thank-you notes, what will we do with all of our free time? Let’s add one more resolution: to clarify, once and for all, ...

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Put legal writing at the top of your list (access required)

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Happy New Year! As we welcome a new year and the opportunity for a fresh start, many of us make resolutions for our personal and professional growth and development. Why not do the same for your legal writing? Below is ...

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Marketing should be both planned and strategic (access required)


Marketing your law firm isn’t — or shouldn’t be — a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation; it should be a highly planned activity every year. If you haven’t done so already, you should start planning now for next year. Strategic planning “Marketing happens ...

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The VLW High Five: 5 ways your website dies

One of the most painful things to watch is the slow death of a law firm or company website. Here are just a few mistakes we see that, when rectified, can make a big impact on the effectiveness of a ...

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Successful mediation starts with preparation, client management (access required)

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No longer is mediation the new strategy on the block; however it continues to be discussed and, in some cases debunked by litigants and their counsel. One might ask, “What reasons underlie the negative reactions to mediation?” In my experience, ...

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Seven big mistakes lawyers make (access required)


Before a lawyer can convince a client to take on the burden of preparation, the lawyer has to be convinced. Unfortunately, while law schools may do a good job of teaching legal principles and theory, they often ignore the true ...

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Integrative law movement favors healing approach (access required)

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More than 20,000 legal practitioners worldwide have abandoned their adversarial, win-at-all-costs approach in favor of a more holistic method. The growing integrative law movement draws on everything from mediation to neuroscience to find out-of-court solutions that safeguard clients’ emotional and ...

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Don’t wait for trouble to seek ADR (access required)

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Parties just going into business together may believe everything is going to work out swell. Litigators know it does not always happen that way. Business attorneys would be wise to add an alternative dispute resolution clause to their clients’ contracts, ...

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Can marketing your practice make you happier? (access required)

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There’s been a dramatic shift in how psychologists view happiness. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard and apply ourselves, success will follow. And once we are successful, we’ll be happy. But apparently we’ve had this all wrong. Harvard ...

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