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Selecting Your Backup Attorney

A solo attorney recently reached out wanting to know how to select a backup attorney. Having now addressed his concerns, I thought it would be worthwhile to share my answer for the benefit of others who may have similar questions. Here’s what I had to say. I see the process of selecting a backup attorney [...]

5 Qualities Every New Attorney Should Look For in a Mentor

I have been fortunate enough to have great mentors over the years across a variety of legal-related fields, including a legislator, a lobbyist, judges, and other attorneys. They have guided me through decisions and hard times; they have trained me to be the attorney I am today. So while I’m at a point in my [...]

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When It Comes to Civility, JFK Got It Right!

An invitation to speak on the topic of lawyer civility came my way recently and two things about the request caught me a bit off guard. One was that the initial time slot was three hours and the other was a desire for the focus to be on sharing practical tips on how lawyers could [...]

Gender and Other Biases in the Legal Profession

The following is a guest post by Missoula, MT attorney Janel F. Chin.  As an attorney in my late thirties, I can assuredly say that I have personally experienced all of the four main patterns in gender bias identified in the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s report: Bias Interrupters Project – You Can’t Change [...]

The False Sense of Security that Comes with Redundant Calendaring Systems

In my experience, almost all lawyers have redundant calendars in place. Often there’s a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, which could be anything from a digital backup to a secretary’s paper calendar. Some attorneys go even further. For example, in addition to a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, there [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 24: Train the Brain: Why Lawyer Mindfulness is Good Business

Jeff Bunn, lawyer, wellness expert and owner of the Mindful Law Coaching and Consulting Group, presents the business case for investing in attorney wellness. As he sits down with ALPS Executive Vice President, Chris Newbold, Jeff lays out why making mindfulness a priority in the legal profession makes sense not just from the health standpoint, [...]

So What is Prior Acts Coverage?

Under a claims made and reported policy, an insured would have coverage for any covered malpractice misstep that occurs and is reported during a policy period. The problem, however, is malpractice claims often don’t arise in the same year the actual misstep occurred. Prior acts coverage is what solves the problem.. In order to help [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 22: Project Rural Practice, Progress and Projections

ALPS Executive Vice President, Chris Newbold, caught up with former State Bar of South Dakota President and business transaction and estate planning attorney, Pat Goetzinger, at the 2018 South Dakota Annual Meeting in Sioux Falls. Pat reflects on an initiative that began under his tenure as Bar President six years ago called Project Rural Practice. (see [...]

How to Build a Great Team

The way to build a great team - or to contribute to one if you're junior - is to track progress regularly and find ways to improve how you work together. Everyone plays a role in working effectively and efficiently together. Naturally, you’ll notice the wins and losses. You’ve got to know when you’re on [...]