This week's Practice Success Tip brought to you by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center (PPC) re-introduces AILA Insight, a bi-monthly publication co-published by AILA's New Member Division and the PPC. Find out more about how you can participate and contribute your insight to AILA Insight!
AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center has traditionally brought you the Top 25 Practice Success Tips of each year and this year is no different! After Thanksgiving, look out for AILA's Top 25 Practice Success Tips of 2017, featuring a range of topics to help improve your practice.
This week's Practice Success Tip, brought to you by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center, focuses on steps lawyers should take if a malpractice claim might be filed against them. Creating and using risk-management procedures takes time but it is essential for the longevity of your practice.
This week's Practice Success Tip, brought to you by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center, focuses on practical steps lawyers can take should they fall victim to a Ransomware attack. Remember, prevention is the best course of action, but when that fails, be prepared, as outlined in this tip.
This week's Practice Success Tip, brought to you by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center, focuses on the top two cyber security threats to law firms and steps lawyers can put in place to both prevent security breaches and recover valuable data should such an attack happen.
This week’s Practice Success Tip, brought to you by AILA’s Practice & Professionalism Center, focuses on the benefits of mentorship and how you can grow professionally by participating in AILA’s Mentor Directory and Immigration Justice Campaign.
As the number of RFEs increase, lawyers are beginning to consider this surge from a financial perspective. This week's PST, brought to you by AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center, provides guidance and strategies on whether to charge for RFEs and how to do so.
AILA members have done incredible work helping eligible DACA recipients across the country to file renewal applications in advance of the October 5, 2017 deadline. In today’s tip, we remind members to remember to protect their clients and themselves by staying in line with DHS practice rules.
This week's PST, brought to you by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center, introduced members to two new additions to our self-care center. These meditations are designed to improve your focus, reduce stress, and impact your overall health. Today, take a few minutes for yourself.
This week's PST, created by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center, focuses on disaster preparedness and recovery efforts. We created a concise list of resources specifically for lawyers and small business owners that we hope will be helpful to our members in these trying times.
AILA members have less than 30 days to prepare thousands of DACA renewals for their clients. So whether you have five renewals or five hundred renewals, here are best practices compiled from members brought to you by AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center.
This week's PST, brought to you by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center, focuses on the utility of the tablet and provides suggested questions to think through when considering purchasing a tablet for your practice.
In today’s digital world, email and other device distractions often prevent us from concentrating time and energy on larger projects such as trial preparation or brief writing. This week’s tip from AILA’s Practice and Professionalism Center offers you a list of resources to keep you productive.
Technological competence is part of the Rules of Professional Conduct in over 27 states. Attorneys must protect their clients, confidential data, and their own data assets. This week's PST by AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center provides guidance on protecting client data.
Better communication leads to better understanding, minimizing the chance of misunderstandings and leads to better working relationships. Having positive working relationships with clients, co-workers, and co-counsel is the hallmark of excellent lawyering.
Whether we are driving, have our hands full, or are just plain busy with work, it’s a distraction and a hassle to look at our phone to see who is calling. Happens way too often, right? Your phone can give you a hand with that. Check out the this week's tip to see how!
Are you looking for more simple solutions to manage communication in your law firm? Luckily, there are multiple apps that have revolutionized delegating tasks, as well as tracking and organizing work, effectively and efficiently. In this tip, we discuss how apps like these can benefit your law firm.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
There has been a dramatic increase in the use of social media and online marketing. Ensuring that your digital marketing strategies are communicating the right message about what your firm has to offer will position you and your firm to continue to grow and achieve long-term success.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.