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Practice Success Tips

Four Time Management Tips to Hack Productivity

7/13/2017
It is important to enjoy what you do for a living. As an immigration attorney, you have one of the most challenging but rewarding jobs. Sometimes it may seem difficult to find joy in what you’re doing but reframing the way you approach your work can really help boost productivity and satisfaction.
AILA Doc. No. 17071362

How to Deliver Great Client Service

7/20/2017
Lawyers aspire to deliver good client service. We do our best to meet agreed deadlines, communicate regularly, return phone calls within 24 hours, and encourage our staff to be courteous to clients. Good client service is certainly acceptable and great things happen when we deliver great service.
AILA Doc. No. 17072030

Let’s Talk Money First

7/6/2017
This week’s tip shares several practical ideas to make sure both you and your prospective new client are seeing eye-to-eye about money now through the end of the representation.
AILA Doc. No. 17070634

Managing Client Communications

6/29/2017
Clients are often anxious about their immigration status. They look to their attorney to keep them informed on the particulars of their legal case. In order to maintain healthy contact and establish boundaries with your clients, it is important to set expectations from the first consultation.
AILA Doc. No. 17062933

Turn Price-Conscious Consults into Clients

6/22/2017
It is no secret that many people are watching where they spend money, and more importantly, how much. These potential clients may be in need of your services but cannot afford your fees. This tip helps you craft a strategy to turn those price-conscious consults into paying clients!
AILA Doc. No. 17062233

Add These to Your New Orleans Bucket List!

6/16/2017
It’s almost time for AILA’s Annual Conference 2017 in the Big Easy. For many of you, plans are already set and ready to go. But for those of you who are extending your trip by a few days or have some room to add a few extra activities, we’ve got three unique suggestions to add to your itinerary!
AILA Doc. No. 17061604

Creating a Stress-Reducing Work Environment Through Intentional Design

6/8/2017
How many of you consider the actual design and layout of your workspace? Many immigration lawyers may be constrained by financial limitations, but you want to ensure that your workspace reflects you. Creating an inspiring space on a budget is possible. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
AILA Doc. No. 17060801

AILA’s Top 10 Tips for a Successful Annual Conference 2017!

5/31/2017
Your bags are packed and your tickets are booked. You are energized and ready to share this experience with fellow AILA members. Take our top 10 tips for a successful conference on the plane with you as light reading material and let us know how they worked for you!
AILA Doc. No. 17053130

AILA’s Practice & Professionalism Center Member Resources

5/11/2017
There are numerous benefits to becoming an AILA member. The Practice & Professionalism Center offers a variety of resources ranging from practice management to ethics. So, whether you are new to AILA or you have been with us for a while, check out the resources the PPC department has to offer!
AILA Doc. No. 17052541

Four Tips to Win at Digitally Marketing Your Practice

5/11/2017
There is a wealth of information on digital marketing available that could turn any novice into a marketing guru. Ensuring that your marketing strategies are communicating the right messages about your firm will position you to continue getting the work from clients that you want.
AILA Doc. No. 17051138

Attracting and Compensating Great Employees for Your Firm

4/27/2017
From the perspective of the owner of a small immigration law firm, hiring a new attorney or other staff members to support the growth of your business can seem daunting. But bringing on new talent can be a smooth process as long as employers have the tools they need to achieve their desired results!
AILA Doc. No. 17050433

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Your Practice

4/27/2017
AI platforms are helping solve long-standing challenges around traditional legal business models and time management in order to maximize a lawyer’s capacity to serve his or her other clients. Software powered by AI allows lawyers to focus on high-level analytics and reduce the cost of operations.
AILA Doc. No. 17042733

How Important is a Headshot? Five Tips for Getting the Perfect Professional Headshot

4/20/2017
In marketing your business, a great headshot is worth more than a thousand words. You want a picture that will convey the exact message about who you are and what you are capable of! Do you want to exude confidence while remaining approachable? Here are a few tips to help you achieve that balance.
AILA Doc. No. 14072448

Do You Know the Difference?

4/13/2017
Do you routinely need help answering questions about AILA's online resources? Our new page on AILA.org makes it easy to understand – and explain—the differences between AILA.org, Fastcase, and AILALink/Fastcase Premium. Check it out and get in the know!
AILA Doc. No. 17041337

How to Use Facebook to Market Your Removal Defense Practice

4/6/2017
Members may be wondering, “how can I keep my clients informed, how can I attract these potential clients to my practice, and what’s a good, low-cost method to engage with immigrants who need my expertise?” We have a suggestion: Try Facebook Live! Check out our new podcast on Agora to learn more.

The Hiring Process Made Easy

3/30/2017
Are you looking to hire additional staff but feel stressed out by the thought of the hiring process? Could you use a little help to guide you in finding the best employee to fit your needs? Check out the “2016 Ultimate Hiring Toolbox for Small and Medium Sized Businesses” from LinkedIn!
AILA Doc. No. 17033033

Determining the Right Clients for Your Business

3/23/2017
Choosing to take on a new client is a big responsibility and an important choice to make for your business. There are some important questions you need to ask yourself before establishing a client-attorney relationship. Let us help you make that choice by checking out this week's PST.
AILA Doc. No. 17032339

Five Strategies To Help Manage Your Inbox

3/16/2017
Instead of emailing, what would you do with an extra 13 hours a week? You could spend time with your family, fit in a few extra consultations or get a head start on an upcoming project. In this PST, we share five ways to help manage your email to prevent it from managing you.
AILA Doc. No. 15100107

How Long Will My Website Last?

3/9/2017
It’s a given that any modern business needs a website. It helps to establish credibility and visibility in the online space and also gives current and prospective clients access to details about the services you offer and who you are as an attorney. Learn how to take your website to the next level!
AILA Doc. No. 17030918

How to Write Documents So Others Will Understand

3/2/2017
Are you writing with your intended audience in mind? Whether you are writing a letter to a client or a cover letter to USCIS, it’s essential for the reader to understand the content of your documents. In this PST, learn techniques to help increase the readability of your writing.
AILA Doc. No. 17030231

When Is Advising a Client an Ethical Violation?

2/23/2017
Immigration lawyers are being asked to advise undocumented immigrants fearful of becoming the target of the new enforcement machine. Many are wondering how they can remain in this country. This week we explore the ethical obligations of attorneys when advising an undocumented client.
AILA Doc. No. 17022308

Keeping Your Client Information Safe During CBP Screenings

2/16/2017
Are you curious about how to keep client information safe during a CBP screening? Check out some of these preventive measures that will help make your next international trip easy and stress-free, while ensuring the protection of confidential client information.
AILA Doc. No. 17021638

Tips to Reducing Stress While Practicing Law

2/8/2017
Are you experiencing more stress than usual? We have compiled a list of four tips to help you through these interesting times! Remember that stress is a part of life, but the way you manage it is key. The secret to tackling stress is finding your own formula for managing it in advance.
AILA Doc. No. 17020932

Connecting with Clients During Dramatic Shifts in Immigration Policy

1/26/2017
As lawyers, it is vital that we communicate with clients. With the dramatic shifts in immigration policy, our clients have deep concerns and many questions about their current cases and legal status. Here are a few tips to help manage communication within the coming days and months.
AILA Doc. No. 17012603

Associate Compensation Packages

1/19/2017
Employers should aim to create an environment where junior staff have opportunities to establish stable and long-term tenure at their firms. Tune into this podcast as we explore practical tips on creating and sustaining compensation packages designed to improve retention and satisfaction.
AILA Doc. No. 17011968

Converting Media Coverage of Immigration into Increased Visibility of Your Practice

1/12/2017
The topic of immigration is regular front page news these day and is a hot topic throughout the United States. In this PST, learn techniques to market your practice by following the current buzz about immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 17011232