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Why You Should Use Calendaring Software for Court Deadlines

Why should you use calendaring software to meet court deadlines? One word: malpractice.

Here are a couple more: insurance rates. Here's a whole phrase: peace of mind. However you want to say it, it should go without saying.

A calendaring system can save your professional life. Here are more reasons to use calendaring software for court deadlines:

When it comes right down to it, sometimes you don't want every attorney at the firm on your cases. But, at small firms, it may be difficult to exclude the other attorneys, especially when an interesting or lucrative case comes through the door.

However, below, you can read a few tips on how to do so without causing any hurt feelings or reputational slights.

If you've never had to handle over 20 or 50 or 100 cases at the same time, you might be blissfully unaware of some of the best resources available for solo practitioners trying to maintain heavy caseloads.

But those busy and overworked practitioners know, it's impossible to do it all alone, and you shouldn't ever play the "solo card" if you expect to have a good reputation (or win, because it doesn't work). Truth be told, even if you only have a couple cases on your plate, the resources below can be critical to have lined up to handle the varied pace of your practice, or in case of emergency.

When it comes to furnishing your law office, one often overlooked essential piece of furniture is the trusty ole law office couch. If you have the space, it's right up there with a coffee maker in terms of importance.

While it may not be as essential as a desk, chair and computer, the right couch can make a world of difference. After all, just because you're a lawyer, that doesn't mean you, or your associates/staff, always have to sit at a desk.

Below are a few tips on what to look for when selecting your law office couch.

For many lawyers across the country, there are two significant lulls throughout the year: the holiday lull from Thanksgiving to New Years, and the Summer lull.

During the holiday lull, most lawyers know what to do: prepare for the end of the year, consult your accountant for end of year deductions you should be spending toward, backing up your systems, updating your form library, and other digital housekeeping. However, during the Summer lull, there are some things you can do to keep your workload interesting, while also helping to generate downstream revenue to recover from the slow-down.

Study Confirms: Open Office Plans Are Terrible

If you haven't figured out the problem with open office space already, Harvard researchers did it for you.

According to a new study, employees are more distracted and less productive in open office spaces. Not-so-academically-speaking, what they mean is open office space sucks.

For tech types, it seemed like a good idea to have co-workers share space for collaboration. But it turns out they would rather interact with their computers.

As more and more tools continue to be developed to help businesses service clients, lawyers may want to take a step back and take a crack at thinking up new ways of doing things around the office.

You don't need to reinvent the wheel, but if there's a new type of wheel on the market, you might want to take it for a test drive to see if it suits your needs better than your old wheels.

Even if all you can think of are ways to save time in the way the office operates, those efficiencies should translate into savings which should translate into more earnings. And simply by taking a step back and looking at how you actually operate, it's very likely that you'd be able to find at least a few tasks that could be automated, or done better or quicker, with the help of technology.

Signs You Aren't Paying Your Paralegals Enough

Jeff Foxworthy may know nothing about paralegal pay, but he knows more than a fifth grader.

He also knows signs that you might be a redneck. So what does that have to do with paying paralegals?

Only this: there are signs when you are being cheap and you should know better than that. So with apologies to Foxworthy, here are signs you are not paying your paralegals enough:

Is the Older Generation Holding the Legal Profession Back?

Caroyln Elefant, the popular attorney-blogger, says it is time for old-school lawyers to step aside.

Suggesting the legal profession take a cue from the Hebrew exodus, Elefant points out that Moses had to stay behind when his people reached the promised land. Likewise, she argues the older generation of lawyers has to leave it all behind.

Not to be a noodge, but didn't Moses miraculously part the Red Sea for the next generation to pass through to the other side? And who's telling this Passover story anyway?

Firm Disqualified for Conflict, Remarks to Newspaper

Note to self: Don't criticize a client in the press.

Second note to self: Do a better conflict-check next time.

That's the sticky-note version of what happened at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in FMS Investment Corp. v. The United States. For a BigLaw firm, a judge said, the lawyers should have known better.