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Your quarterly newsletter for all things Practice Management.
Content Round Up | July 2020


We hope you enjoy the inaugural issue of this quarterly newsletter which is being sent to you as a subscriber to State Bar of Michigan Practice Management Updates. This newsletter features up-to-date law practice management and technology information and resources for your law practice.

Featured Resource of The Month

Practice Management Downloadable Library
750 FREE audio and e-books at your fingertips!

The Lean Law FirmThe State Bar of Michigan’s Practice Management Resource Center offers a free online library for members to download audio and e-books to computers and mobile devices. Two selections may be checked out simultaneously for 14 days.

The library has something for everyone! Available content includes a broad array of publications: Fiction and Nonfiction, Practice Management, Procedural Law, Substantive Law, and Wellness.

Thinking of expanding your practice areas or just want a refresher? Peruse the ever-popular “Nutshell” series by West Academic Publications for a quick read. The library contains 195 Nutshell titles.

For assistance navigating the library call the PMRC helpline at 800-341-9715 for a private library tour.

Want to read a book not found in the library? Request it at:

Remote Lawyering

Barron Henley

A free on-demand webinar for Michigan Lawyers.

In this all-inclusive webinar attorney and legal technologist Barron Henley teaches you the steps to take to develop your remote practice, from setup to running at full throttle. Sample content includes:

  • Set up remote access for billing and accounting, and matter management
  • Get documents remotely signed and notarized
  • Understand cloud concepts including software-as-a-service and hosted servers
  • Secure and protect your client data

Download the materials for a quick preview of this two-hour webinar.

Working Remotely Webpage

Remote Work


Navigate to this webpage for a wealth of resources to help you thrive in your remote workplace. Listen to a podcast, watch a video, or read a guide about e-signatures, collaboration tools, wellness, and much more.


Zoom How-to Guide

Zoom GuidePandemic or not, now that the remote workplace waters have been tested, its likely online communication engagement practices are here to stay. The popular video conferencing platform Zoom is a member favorite. To make you look and navigate like a star, the PMRC has created an all-inclusive guide as a one-stop resource for your video conferencing needs. Peruse the Zoom Resource Guide or navigate to the section topic of your choice through its Table of Contents.

Taking Care of You and Your Clients

State Bar of Michigan On Balance Podcast

On Balance Podcast from the State Bar of MichiganThe State Bar of Michigan hosts a monthly podcast that pairs hosts from its Practice Management Resource Center and Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program to produce podcasts on keeping balance in your life and practice. This month’s podcast, "Wellness in Times of Crisis," focuses on dealing with this time of stress and uncertainty. Take the time to listen to this 26-minute podcast or visit the archives for popular favorites, such as:

 Listen and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play.

Succession Planning

Succession PlanningTrending! The PMRC is receiving increased call volume inquiring about retirement, closing a practice, or closing another’s due to death or disability. Plan ahead with this all-inclusive resource Planning Ahead: A Guide to Protecting Your Clients' Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death which walks you step-by-step through planning for your future or navigating the planned or unplanned closing of a practice.

Tech Corner

Tech CornerPracticing cybersecurity is of paramount importance to protect you and your clients’ information and confidences. During this time of heightened online communication from various remote workplaces, cybercrime has elevated. There are easy steps you can take to protect your data using Adobe Acrobat Pro. Pro users can contact PMRC Practice Management Advisor, JoAnn Hathaway, an Adobe certified expert, to learn how to redact sensitive information, password protect documents, lock down security on PDFs, and more. Call or email her today at 800-341-9715

SBM Preferred Partners

Free Webinar: How to Safeguard Your Law Firm Against Future Disruption

Tech CornerAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in various parts of the country, law firms are no doubt facing uncertainties surrounding how and when to reopen their firms. One way to abate those concerns is to prioritize preparing your firm for whatever may come. In this upcoming webinar on July 30, MyCase Legal Technology Evangelist, Niki Black, will help firms maintain business continuity in the event of future disruption. For more information and to register visit this MyCase webpage.

Save Money with LawPay

LawPaySBM benefit partner LawPay has a special offer available for Michigan lawyers: Open a new LawPay account by July 31 and receive 3 months with no monthly fee—plus a $100 credit toward processing fees. Visit the LawPay webpage to get started.


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