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Law Office Management

Jul 7, 2010

Ten issues to consider when renewing your office lease

Your landlord just left you a message — your lease is up soon. It’s the last thing on your mind. You don’t know what your business is going to look like over the next couple of years and the last thing you want to deal with is an office or facility move. The good news […]

Jul 5, 2010

Dress Codes: The Poll Results

It’s okay to ditch the tie when working in the office, according to lawyers across the commonwealth. Just don’t show up with a three-day beard. Leave the low-cut tops at home, but don’t be afraid to step out in stilettos. Tattoos and nose rings have no place in the law firm, but men can probably […]

Jun 16, 2010

Firms must exercise care in hiring unpaid interns

Summertime means vacations, dinner on the grill and summer interns at the office. Law firms may be looking to unpaid interns who are looking for resume enhancement. Lawyers also may need to advise their business clients who may be skittish about hiring and hope to take up the slack with unpaid interns. But beware. It’s […]

Jun 14, 2010

Dress Codes: What is the prevailing view about associates’ appearance?

Another crop of new lawyers has entered the legal workforce in Virginia. We have seen some slight easing of the job crunch: Here’s hoping that law firms and other organizations decide that it’s time to hire and that the new lawyers can put their new law licenses to work. But what type of workplace culture […]

Jun 8, 2010

Does your law firm have a language gap?

Lawyers have a language all their own, and sometimes its purpose seems to be to obscure meaning rather than to facilitate it; however, other disciplines that work in law firm staff positions also have their professional jargon that may or may not translate well for lawyers. Some time ago I read an article in the […]

May 31, 2010

Protecting yourself, data when recycling

When donating or recycling used computers, it’s important to keep your personal files out of the wrong hands. Simply deleting files from your computer does not clear the information from your hard drive. Armed with the right tools, even an inexperienced crook can recover client data, legal documents, credit card numbers, browser history, passwords and […]

May 31, 2010

Old computers can get new life through recycling

As technology develops at a seemingly exponential rate, many small firms and businesses find themselves burdened with obsolete equipment. Limited resources and overall lack of awareness, coupled with concerns for the environment, have prompted some offices to hang on to old computers rather than throw them away. Those environmental concerns, however, are not without merit. […]

May 31, 2010

Green practices at firms require coordination

Green practices at a law firm can be the result of a coordinated effort by a 900-lawyer institution or a single lawyer following what she describes as her “hippy-dippy” inclinations. Robert J. Couture, executive director of Richmond-based McGuireWoods LLP, said the firm has been recycling its paper since the 1990s but has greatly expanded its […]

May 13, 2010

What to keep in your employee files

The lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, Abraham Lincoln once said. But the solo or small firm lawyer may represent him or herself as IT Director, Chief Marketing Officer or Director of Human Resources for the firm, among other responsibilities. At least the lawyer with a fool for a client has […]

Apr 26, 2010

‘At-risk’ lawyers: How the rest of the firm keeps them in line

When it comes to dealing with “at-risk” lawyers, take action quickly – even if it’s one of the senior partners in your firm. That’s the advice of the experts. Whether it’s a lawyer bullying staff, a senior partner with billing issues or an attorney struggling with substance abuse or mental illness, the problem is not […]

Apr 12, 2010

How to keep personal problems from affecting performance

Each day when we arrive to work we bring our unique skills, motivation and attitude. We also bring our stories, our personality, our family history, our habits and our relationships. These very things make up the fabric of an organization and often become its recipe for success. Unfortunately, these same elements can also detract from […]

Apr 6, 2010

Keeping Your Balance: Review expense statements carefully

Each year, generally around this time of year, commercial tenants with pass-through costs included in their lease agreements will receive the Annual Operating Expense Reconciliation Statement from property owners. The statement reflects the tenant’s obligation to pay its share of annual increases in the total occupancy costs of the building, often one of the highest […]

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