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Sponsored Content: Read These 7 Articles to Improve Your Law Firm

If you’re looking for new ideas to better your law firm, we’ve got you covered with one handy list of articles to read.

Whether you’re looking to improve your law firm’s billing practices, rethink your client intake, or buy a new scanner, this list has something for every firm. Read on for inspiration and ideas to improve your law firm this summer.

1. Improve your billing and collections

According to the 2017 Legal Trends Report, 59% of lawyers regularly deal with late payments. Even worse, lawyers are only getting paid for 86% of the hours they bill to clients. Luckily, Amy Mann of LawPay has a few tips to help you collect more, faster. Get her list.

2. Conduct eDiscovery the smart way

How much time does your firm spend on eDiscovery? A streamlined process can help you review documents and find what you need efficiently—with fewer errors and items missed. Casey Sullivan of Logikcull explains how to set up a strong eDiscovery process for any firm.

3. Think through each stage of client intake

There’s more than one step to cover when it comes to client intake. From your initial connection, to your first consultation, to getting your engagement letter signed, every interaction is important for getting hired and onboarding new clients smoothly. Aaron George of Lexicata describes  how to conduct each stage of client onboarding efficiently.

4. Level-up your legal research skills

Legal research can be one of the most time-consuming tasks you face as a lawyer—but there’s no need to spend more time researching than you need to. Jeff Asjes and Brock Foley of Fastcase assemble a list of legal research tips to help you flex your fingertips and get the most out of every search.

5. Experiment with outsourcing

Want to try outsourcing legal services at your law firm, but not sure where to start? Kristin Tyler and Talitha Gray Kozlowski of LAWCLERK share everything you need to know about outsourcing—including examples of tasks to be outsourced and companies to turn to—in one convenient place.

6. Choose a better scanner

It’s a paperless world out there: To embrace the digital revolution, your firm has to have a top-notch scanner that meets its needs. Luckily, the folks at Fujitsu have put together a handy list of considerations for any firm before purchasing a scanner.

7. Cover your marketing bases

When it comes to law firm marketing, the sheer volume of information and tactics to try can be overwhelming. From SEO, to web design, to social media, it can be hard to know where to begin. Adam Callahan of ONE400 helpfully lays out the basics, so you can stop wading through marketing articles and start creating a cohesive law firm marketing plan.

Posts featured here were written by sponsors of the 2018 Clio Cloud Conference. Attend the conference to meet them in person!

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Stories of Recovery: A colleague’s suicide inspires attorney to join the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Editor’s Note: The following “Stories of Recovery” post was originally published in September 2017. We are republishing it in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at 1-800-343-8527 (TLAP) and find more information at tlaphelps.org.

Another trip, another deposition. This run to Phoenix was so ordinary, except that I was traveling in July, and the temperature would be well above 100 degrees for the few days I was there. When my plane landed, I took 10 steps into the airport, and my client called. I first assumed that he was calling me about the plaintiff’s deposition that would occur the next day, but then I noticed the urgency in his voice. My mind immediately went someplace negative, with thoughts of my client, or one of his close family members, being diagnosed with cancer. My client asked me where I was—in the airport, near a Starbucks—and then asked me to step away from the crowds. Continue Reading

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Austin and Dallas area banks join TAJF Prime Partner Bank program

The Texas Brand Bank of Dallas and the Austin Capital Bank have joined the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s, or TAJF, Prime Partner Bank program. The program brings together more banks and credit unions to add to available funding to the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, or IOLTA, which helps aid low-income Texans facing civil legal issues.

Partnering institutions pay higher interest rates for IOLTA, where funds are held until they are available to a client. TAJF also uses money in these accounts to distribute grants to legal aid providers in Texas. Each year, IOLTA funds provide legal assistance to more than 150,000 Texas families. Continue Reading

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Houston attorneys, judges reading at 100 schools for Constitution Day

More than 100 Houston Bar Association volunteers are expected to read to classes in 100 elementary schools in the Houston area today for Constitution Day.

Attorneys and judges are reading and discussing the book Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio to elementary school students at 21 school districts at designated times throughout the day.

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Educators are encouraged to teach students about one of the most important and influential events in American history.

The Houston Bar Association each year provides reading programs and other activities in Harris County schools on Constitution Day.

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Lawyers: Learn about health insurance options at free Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange luncheons

The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange will discuss health insurance options for 2019 and offer free lunch to all attendees at upcoming meetings in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

Texas Member Benefits, Inc. has launched a new exclusive plan on the exchange that allows small and large firms to pool their risk as one large group for lower fees, regardless if your firm has two or more employees.

The 2019 national open enrollment period for individual health insurance coverage is November 1 through December 15 for a coverage start date of January 1, 2019.

Space is limited. The first 120 respondents for each event will receive a confirmation email. Please submit any questions to memberbenefits@texasbar.com.

All luncheons start at noon and will be held on September 18 at the Texas Law Center in Austin, September 19 at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, September 24 at the Houston Bar Association, and September 26 at the Aloft Dallas Downtown.

Please RSVP to each event by city: Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange is a multicarrier exchange launched by the State Bar of Texas as a clearinghouse for health insurance choices and other benefits for bar members, their staffs, and dependents.

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Dallas Bar Association to hold Diversity Summit

The Dallas Bar Association’s Diversity Summit will promote diversity and inclusion in the Dallas community on Friday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas 75201.

The legal community, students, and public are invited to attend to give input and suggestions on how to increase diversity across all professions and how to implement programs in their communities.
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Sponsored Content: Credit Card Mythbusting: 7 Reasons Law Firms Still Resist Online Payments

Credit cards have officially become the preferred way to pay, with people able to make purchases practically wherever they are thanks to smartphones and laptops. While this has been great news for most industries, some lawyers and other professionals are still hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, for a variety reasons. In this post, we’ll dispel seven common misconceptions about accepting credit cards online as payment for legal services.
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TexasBarCLE receives ACLEA award for outstanding achievement in programming

TexasBarCLE staff members accept the ACLEA award.

The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has awarded TexasBarCLE one of only 16 annual awards granted to competitors representing more than 300 organizations.

ACLEA members are professionals in the fields of continuing legal education and legal publishing. The annual ACLEA’s Best Awards are highly competitive, and winning projects represent the highest level of achievement for the staff and volunteers involved.

TexasBarCLE received an Outstanding Achievement award in the Best Programming category for its “CLE Fifteen” and “Best of” online classes on July 31 at the ACLEA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Continue Reading

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Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation awards scholarships to Houston law students

From left: Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Justice David Medina, Judge Caroline Baker, Kay Sim, Raul Peimbert, and Benny Agosto Jr.

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation held its 13th annual scholarship luncheon that benefits Hispanic law students attending one of the three Houston-based law schools on Wednesday, August 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Houston.

The scholarships were awarded to law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice, and equality within the Hispanic community and beyond.

“It is important that we encourage a new generation of lawyers to not only be great lawyers but to also give back to the legal community,” said Benny Agosto Jr., founder and president of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation and partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston. Continue Reading

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