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Now Available! The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office
Published by The State Bar of California
Available for purchase now in the Sections Bookstore [opens in new window].
Growing a law practice can be a lawyer’s most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. It picks up where The California Guide to Opening a Law Office left off, exploring challenges of growing a law practice in detail.
- Introduction and Road Map to Using the Book
- Managing a Law Office
- The Financial Dimension of Growth: Increasing Revenue and Profits
- The Human Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number of lawers, professionals, and staff
- The Client Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number and type of clients
- The Georgraphic Dimension of Growth: Marshaling physical resources
- The Technology Dimension of Growth
- Planning for the Unexpected
This the companion volume to The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office, described below.
The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office
Published by The State Bar of California
See the Sections Bookstore [opens in new window] for more details.
As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office is your personal executive team:
Please note: The charts referenced in the book are available here: Opening a Law Office Charts.
Legal Specialization Exam - Register Today!
Early Bird Pricing Available till September 10
As a Section Member, you have already demonstrated your commitment to the practice of law. Take your practice to the next level and consider becoming a certified specialist by registering for the Legal Specialization exam held Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
The legal specialist program was created to increase public protection and raise the standard of practice in the profession.
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization administers the legal specialist exam once every two years. The examination will be given this year on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Register by September 10, 2013 to take advantage of the early bird pricing.
If you are already a certified specialist, please share this email with colleagues who are not yet certified specialists so they can be ready to take their practice to the next level. This is an opportunity for an existing specialist to encourage a younger attorney to consider legal specialization.
The California Board of Legal Specialization website at www.californiaspecialist.org has helpful information including free preparation packets and the exam registration form, as well as requirements to become a certified specialist. We know you are busy, but there is still plenty of time to prepare for the exam.
Social Media, Anyone?
The Sections and the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) now have a page on Facebook and a new Twitter account, where we can keep you up-to-date on our latest news and events.
We're also looking forward to interacting with a wider community, and reaching out to people who are not currently members.
We invite you to "Like" us and follow our "Tweets".
And by the way, the CYLA definition of "young" is any California attorney under the age of 36 or in their first five years of practice.
For a full list of upcoming CLE programs, see the CLE Calendar.
Online CLE & Self-Study
The Sections offer ongoing opportuntities for continuing legal education credit:
Online Participatory CLE
State Bar Online CLE for Participatory Credit: It'’s fast, it's easy, it's relevant, and it’s time! View Sections programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Our catalog contains hundreds of hours of individual seminars, including programs offering CLE in the the areas of Ethics, Elimination of Bias and Detection / Prevention of Substance Abuse. Includes 450 seminars done by California attorneys for California attorneys. For a complete catalog of courses, click HERE.
Online articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. For more information, see our online catalog of articles.
For participants with special needs, please contact the State Bar of California Office of Meeting Services at 415-538-2210.
In addition to our regular publications such as journals and other member benefits, the Sections also publish materials available for sale to all lawyers and the general public. The bookstore includes publications by the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, the Business Law, the Intellectual Property Law Section, the Litigation Section, the Real Property Law Section, the Trusts and Estates Section, and more. For more information, see Sections Bookstore.
Important Information About My State Bar Profile
Section Members, have you set up your My State Bar Profile password yet? If not , make it a priority. My State Bar Profile allows you to access the Members Only Areas of those Sections to which you belong, update your State Bar of California address or record, and more. You can create your profile by going to www.calbar.ca.gov/members.
To see the agendas of recent and upcoming Section Executive Committee Meetings, see Sections Agendas.
The State Bar of California and the State Bar Sections are State Bar of California-approved MCLE providers.