Category Archives: Resources

Lawyer Referral and Information Service Celebrates 70th Anniversary

This month, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) officially turns 70 years old. The dynamic growth and changes to the program over the last seven decades are a reflection…

Need Quality Referrals? Join the SF-Marin Lawyer Referral Service

Emmy Pasternak, LRIS Outreach and Case Development Manager The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Recently renamed to reflect…

IOLTA Basics: What You Need to Know

Dan Duran and Lorrie Pendleton, First Republic Bank If you are thinking about going solo, make sure you have the appropriate bank accounts set up from the beginning. You will…

Legal Writing Tip: Watch Out for Common Usage Errors

Savannah Blackwell Since writing last month’s column on the importance of regularly consulting a usage guide, I’ve become more aware of the prevalence of particular mistakes in word choice. It…

Starting Your Law Firm: Must-Read Resources at the San Francisco Law Library

Andrea Woods The San Francisco Law Library maintains a comprehensive Law Practice Management (LPM) Collection, with publications that detail all aspects of opening a practice—client relations, billing, marketing, finances, risk…

LRIS Business Law Center Launches During National Small Business Week

The month of May marks a national celebration of the 28 million small businesses across the country, employers for over half of American workers. In furtherance of this special focus,…

Legal Writing Tip: Keep a Usage Guide Handy

Savannah Blackwell The art of persuasion is about the effective management of words. Speaking or writing compellingly requires a strong command of language. Lawyers would do well to learn to…

Financial Literacy and the Business of Running a Law Firm

Emmy Pasternak, LRIS Outreach and Case Development Manager In March 2004, the United States Senate passed Resolution 316 proclaiming April “National Financial Literacy Month.” The idea is to bring focus…

The Unintended Consequences of the Internet of Things

Jim Calloway, Oklahoma Bar Association Refrigerators that automatically help you prepare your shopping list. Thermostats that adjust the temperature to your liking when they detect you are heading home on…

Navigating the 2016 Talent Market

Sarah Pisani, Nelson & Associates In today’s talent market, finding and retaining qualified employees can be challenging. In a 2015 survey, nearly 30% of U.S. companies reported experiencing a candidate…