It's Our Practice To Help You Manage Yours

Whether you began practicing law last week, last year, or 20 years ago, you probably discovered the hard way that the basics of running a business and managing a law practice isn't something you learned how to do in law school. Accounting problems, managing employees, high technology costs and learning curves, and building a client base keep you from doing what you really want to do—practicing law. Thanks to PRACTICE ez™, help is now as near as your computer or phone.


Practice Management Helpline (800) 341-9715

For assistance call our practice management advisors or email us at pmrchelpline@michbar.org.


On Balance Podcast

The State Bar of Michigan and Legal Talk Network podcast series, On Balance, features a diversified array of legal thought leaders. Hosted by JoAnn Hathaway of the bar’s Practice Management Resource Center and Tish Vincent of its Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, the series focuses on the need for interplay between practice management and lawyer wellness for a thriving law practice.

 

On Balance Podcast

 

In this time of stress and uncertainty, it is essential that we continue to examine and prioritize our own mental health. In this edition of the State Bar of Michigan’s On Balance podcast, Tish Vincent and JoAnn Hathaway talk with Molly Ranns and Katie Stanley about their tips for cultivating mindfulness and staying healthy in the midst of the pandemic.

Molly Ranns is a clinical case manager for the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program at the State Bar of Michigan.

Katie Stanley is a staff attorney and fair housing education manager for Legal Services of Eastern Michigan.


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The Practice Management Resource Center has partnered with the ABA Law Practice Division to provide members with a monthly issue of Law Practice Today, bringing you the most current information and trends in the legal industry from legal professionals. Law Practice Today focuses on the practical side of being a lawyer; you'll also find articles on business and career development, and managing your practice and technology.

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Practice Management Downloadable Library

The State Bar of Michigan’s Practice Management Resource Center offers a free online library allowing members to download audio and e-books to office computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Two audio or e-books may be checked out simultaneously for 14 days. The library allows for the renewal of a publication if it is not on hold for another member.

When you enter the library, you will be prompted to create a library card or sign in using your existing library card. For both options:

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  • For assistance with logging into the library contact SBM Membership Services: (888) 726-3678
  • For assistance navigating the library contact the SBM Practice Management Helpline: (800) 341-9715

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The Michigan Supreme Court recently adopted comprehensive amendments to Michigan’s civil discovery rules. The New Civil Discovery Rules became effective on January 1, 2020. To prepare practitioners for this change, the State Bar of Michigan is posting educational resources and events. Learn More

Recent Additions

In June:

Podcast: Wellness During Times of Crisis

Law Practice Today—The Multigenerational Issue

In May:

This Zoom Resource Guide provides a wealth of information, from training guides, to set up and appearance tips, security information, and more.

Podcast: President Dennis Barnes—Practicing Law During COVID-19

Law Practice Today—The Women in the Law Issue

In April:

Webinar: Business Continuity for Law Offices in the Face of CoronavirusBarron Henley will teach you the steps you need to take to develop your remote practice, from setup to running at full throttle.

Podcast: How to Make LinkedIn Work for You with Allison Shields

Law Practice Today—The Young Lawyers Issue

In March:

Podcast: New Michigan Supreme Court Orders: What Lawyers Should Expect During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Working Remotely

Podcast: All Things Microsoft!—Tools & Tips for Lawyers with Ben Schorr

Making Better Use of LinkedIn (Part 2)

Risk Management Resources

March 9, 2020 Upcoming NABE Webinar: Pandemic Preparedness—Avoiding Panic & Doing the Right Things

Law Practice Today—The Marketing Issue

In February:

Making Better Use of LinkedIn (Part 1)

Podcast: On BalanceRyann Peyton, the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program director, talks about how their program has positively affected Colorado attorneys at many stages of their careers.

Law Practice Today—The Solo and Small Firm Issue

In January:

Law Practice Today—The Attorney Well-Being Issue

In December:

Podcast: On BalanceBarron Henley offers insights on lawyers’ ethical responsibilities for data security. He outlines various security measures lawyers should employ in their practice and advises them to be upfront about security with their clients.

How to Safely Pass Credit Card Fees to Your Clients

Law Practice Today—The Technology Issue

In November:

Podcast: On BalanceBarron Henley talks about the implications for the new rules of technology competence and explores what core technologies and training firms need to ensure compliance.

Michigan is the 37th State to Adopt Duty of Technology Competency

Affordable Technology for Small-Firm Productivity

Podcast: On BalanceJeff P. Wasserman talks about his work for the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems as the Judicial Outreach and Development Director. Jeff is a former attorney and a recovering gambling addict.

Law Practice Today—The Ethics Issue

In October:

(Don’t Do) Death By PowerPoint

ABA TECHSHOW 2020

Law Practice Today—The Management Issue

In September:

Podcast: On BalanceKatie Hennessey talks about the recently adopted amendments to the civil discovery process, and with these rules becoming effective on January 1, 2020, how Michigan lawyers can prepare.

Law Practice Today—The Diversity & Inclusion Issue

In August:

Podcast: On BalanceOlivia Ash and Jeff Zapor discuss the prevalence of loneliness in the profession and its effect on lawyers.

Vetting Technology: A Herculean Task

Law Practice Today—The Big Brother Issue

In July:

Podcast: On BalanceAnne Brafford talks about positive strategies for supporting well-being in the workplace including focusing on concrete ways firms can address problems and emphasize the positive effects that result from investing in a healthier work environment.

Law Practice Today—The Future of Law is Here Issue

In June:

Be Flexible, Be Successful, Be Essential

Podcast: On BalanceDr. Noelle Nelson offers simple techniques for connecting with clients of all personalities and temperaments and teaches lawyers how to be an ally, even if they disagree with their client.

Law Practice Today—The Client Perspectives Issue