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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts, Technology
Just today, in reviewing materials preparatory to moving my office after 25 years at one location, I reviewed the June 6, 1983 issue of Time magazine. Two articles were of particular significance. One was the cover article about “…stress, seeking cures for modern anxieties…” The other was about education, “…have degree, will travel.” “The class [&hellip… Continue Reading

Follow the Money … Act Based on the Evidence

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, In The News, Management, Uncategorized
Jerry Maguire said “Follow the Money. A former labor union leader said “Follow the bank account, not the budget, to see how much money is really available to offer union members-employees. Why is it, then, that some politicians are attacking the Affordable Care Act, originally a Republican proposal, and many economists are saying there is [&hellip… Continue Reading

Value of Human Assets vs. Value of Capital Assets

Posted in Cash Flow - Finances, In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts, Technology, Uncategorized
John Claassen, in a “guest column” in the February 4, 2015 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal entitled “PROTECT THE VALUE OF HUMAN ASSETS,” quoted Bill Gates’ opposition to increasing the federal minimum wage as follows: “If you raise the minimum wage, you are encouraging labor substitution, and you’re going to go buy machinery [&hellip… Continue Reading

Service is still the name of the game

Posted in In The News, Management, Marketing, Personal Thoughts, Services, Technology
A New York consulting firm recently conducted a survey and found that eight of the top 10 companies that no longer provided extraordinary support for their products and services for technology companies. Companies like Samsung, Apple and others apparently are appealing to a younger audience that is not accustomed to having handholding as an element [&hellip… Continue Reading

Another swing for the politicos

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
A member of the California State Legislature announced that he will ask for “…a financial and operational audit…” of the State Bar. In his press statement, the Assemblyman said he wants the State Auditor “…to investigate, study, analyze, and assess the financial practices and the performance” of the bar. The politician said “… “(m)andatory bar [&hellip… Continue Reading

The Glass Must Be Half Empty

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Those who are worried about there being too many lawyers may have their wish come true.  The reports (LA Times, Dec 8) are that, for the first time in nearly a decade, the pass rate of the bar examination is less than 50%.  And, there are fewer candidates.  And law school enrollment is declining.  This [&hellip… Continue Reading

You know what “… hits the fan”

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
When an organization is arrogant and ignores the best interests of its members or customers, there will be no support for the organization in challenging times. The State Bar of California finds itself, once again, in a time of challenge with little support from its members, the attorneys of the state pay dues to keep [&hellip… Continue Reading

The Law Suffers and Benefits as Do Other Economic Endeavors

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
Jeffrey Toobin, legal writer for the New Yorker Magazine, notes the following in this week’s edition: “… As with law firms, the top law schools are doing fine. Graduates of the most highly regarded institutions may not have the cornucopia of options that their predecessors enjoyed a few years ago, but few, if any, will [&hellip… Continue Reading

In with the new, out with the old

Posted in In The News, Marketing, Personal Thoughts
When I first heard the news, I was surprised that Baker Hostleter accepted the assignment from the Republican Party to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping the boundaries of Executive Power. Why? The first reason that came to mind was that such a high profile assignment would identify them as a Republican oriented law firm. [&hellip… Continue Reading

LawBiz® Registry Offers Easy Way to Buy and Sell Law Practices

Posted in Articles, Books, Buying & Selling a Practice, Cash Flow - Finances, In The News, Press Releases, Technology
Lawyers from around the country continue to call me, asking for information on how to sell their practices. In response,we recently opened our LawBiz® Registry.  Visit the archives  for articles about buying and selling law practices and  other ways to monetize the goodwill that you have spent so many years to build. In addition, you may [&hellip… Continue Reading

The police are never wrong!

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Perhaps, if we want to stay safe, we should listen to the advice of a police officer who said “… just do what I tell you to do.” In a recent  OpEd piece, Erwin Chemerinsky, noted legal scholar and Dean of the University of California, Irvine Law School, suggests that the police are, with rare [&hellip… Continue Reading

Is the Bar Prosecutor Alleging Murder When Only Manslaughter Is Appropriate?

Posted in Articles, In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts, Uncategorized
“The state bar is overcharging its cases.” Thus started the commentary by Carol M Langford, in the newspaper, The Recorder, in San Francisco. Langford is a defense counsel and former chair of the State Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology Section. She quotes the California Supreme Court to the effect that “bar matters are ‘quasi [&hellip… Continue Reading

A global market reacts

Posted in In The News, Management, Personal Thoughts
As we begin to look at how the profession will change in 2015 and beyond, we must look at the Australian market. Here, large accounting firms are  adding major law practice components to their stable of professionals. In at least two instances, more than 100 lawyers were engaged by accounting firms. Multi-disciplinary connections are back [&hellip… Continue Reading

Change of Plea Out the Window!

Posted in In The News, Personal Thoughts
Most prosecutors will negotiate with accused offenders. Obviously, this is done to move the trial court calendar along, eliminate the need to tie up resources that could be used elsewhere, truly not needed when the defendant is willing to change a plea. Even in civil matters, parties negotiate settlements in order to achieve reasonable business [&hellip… Continue Reading

Civility?

Posted in Coaching, In The News, Management
The conduct of lawyers, not just litigators, continues to go “south.” Why is this? Have the teachings of our mothers and fathers gone unheeded? Or, in this more litigious world, and the greater incidence of divorce (most of which is with great conflict), do manners, good taste and just plain “niceness” go out the window? [&hellip… Continue Reading

Funded Jobs

Posted in Articles, In The News, Management
In today’s newspaper, Don J. DeBenedictis, staff writer for the Journal, discusses law schools’ new approach to help law school graduates find jobs. This idea is one of several being discussed to match the supply and demand of legal services. It is clear that there is a greater demand for legal services than is now [&hellip… Continue Reading

ADA applies to bar applications also

Posted in In The News
The Department of Justice has accused more than one bar association of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.Louisiana and Vermont licensure systems inquired as to the mental health of applicants. Apparently, some of the same questions of which the complaint by DOJ is registered are asked in a standard national Conference of Bar Examiners questionnaire. [&hellip… Continue Reading

Licensing of tax preparers

Posted in In The News
The IRS lost its appeal to institute competency exams for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers. The federal court said the IRS lacked the authority to impose the new rules without congressional authorization. While this argument would not likely hold water as concerns additional licensing requirements for lawyers, the arguments used rang a bell. [&hellip… Continue Reading

Comment: Conflict of interest

Posted in In The News
In today’s WSJ, there is an article about investment industry fiduciaries. Apparently, the Department of Labor is moving forward in requiring brokers and investment advisers to avoid conflicts of interests. And, the SEC, under the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law of 2010 can develop different standards for brokers and advisers. The latter group must avoid conflicts, [&hellip… Continue Reading