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Practice Success Tips

What is Business “Casual”?

7/2/2015
It’s yet another hot and humid summer on the East Coast. Fortunately, many workplaces in D.C. and around the U.S. have embraced a business casual dress code. But how casual should casual be? Here are a few suggestions to help you draft an official or unofficial dress code policy.
AILA Doc. No. 15070202

Setting Your Value

6/25/2015
Whether you are just getting started in immigration practice or have been in practice for some years now, determining how much to charge is key to a successful practice. In this PST we have highlighted materials to help you develop a strong foundation for financial success and longevity.
AILA Doc. No. 15062561

Share Who You Really Are

6/18/2015
Lawyers are not a universally celebrated group. We’ve heard every joke at our expense. Whether it’s in your LinkedIn profile, the “About me” section on Facebook or the bio on your website, go beyond the traditional stats. Be proud of your passion as well as your work. Tell the story of you.
AILA Doc. No. 15061833

Update Your LinkedIn Profile before Coming to Annual Conference

6/11/2015
Whether you meet with just one person or befriend a roomful of new faces, you should have a strong LinkedIn profile that can vouch for your credentials and expertise. So before getting on a plane to National Harbor use these helpful pointers to get your professional e-self updated and looking good.
AILA Doc. No. 15061130

Are You Ready for AILA’s Annual Conference?

6/4/2015
The value gained from attending Annual Conference isn’t just about the information you take in, it’s also about the experiences and opportunities…maximize your return on this year’s Annual Conference with these Top 10 Practice Success Tips.
AILA Doc. No. 15060400

Top 10 Practice Success Tips for a Great 2015 Annual Conference

5/29/2015
Ten handy ideas to help you have a great experience at the AILA Annual Conference and to make sure that your practice still thrives while you are gone.
AILA Doc. No. 15052930

How to Rescue an Accidentally Closed Browser Tab

5/28/2015
What happens when you accidentally close a tab and now need to rescue that vital information? Learn this handy keyboard shortcut in this Practice Success Tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15052809

It’s Time to Mobile-Optimize Your Law Firm Website

5/21/2015
A rose by any other name is still a rose, but a website, it seems, is not a website if it isn’t mobile-friendly. If potential clients are looking for lawyers from their mobile devices, then isn’t it time to transfigure your website to one that’s mobile-friendly to reach this pool of clients?
AILA Doc. No. 15052160

Isn’t it Time to Encrypt Client E-mails?

5/14/2015
With recent revelations about government-sponsored Internet hacking, concerned lawyers with global clientele are moving to encrypt their e-mail communications with those clients. Protect clients and prepare for the higher security protections that are fast approaching with this practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15051400

Enrich Your Practice by Attending this Year's Annual Conference

5/7/2015
The value from attending Annual Conference isn’t just about the law and the legal information you take in, it’s also about raising the bar for your practice and professionalism. In this PST find some of our favorite practice management and ethics sessions taking place at the 2015 Annual Conference.
AILA Doc. No. 15050703

Three Fundamental Guiding Principles

4/30/2015
How do you define your practice? Understanding and knowing what your guiding principles are can help you shape where you are going, how you will get there, and the day-to-day guidelines. Carve out a clear path to your goals with this practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15043002

Should Judge Hanen’s Order Worry Private Attorneys?

4/23/2015
In his recent order Judge Hanen invoked Rule 3.3 against government lawyers, the same fate could befall private lawyers. Find out whether you should be concerned in this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15042331

Six Tips on Common Courtesy: Instead of This … Try This …

4/16/2015
At times we get so caught up in the nitty gritty that we forget common courtesies and politeness that should be extended to others. Here are six ways a polite rephrasing or rewording can demonstrate respect and good workplace etiquette.
AILA Doc. No. 15041607

Learning to Delegate to Increase Your Contentment and Productivity

4/9/2015
A busy practice is a good thing until it gets so busy that frenzy and anxiety replace confidence and composure. If this sounds all too familiar, stop a minute to consider whether you are using your time wisely. Ask yourself these questions in this Practice Success Tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15040967

E-mail Alert: Think Before You Click!

4/2/2015
Despite anti-virus e-mail protection (you do have it, right?), malware distributors and phishers are now creeping their way into our business e-mails. Use this simple trick in this week’s PST to decide whether or not you should click that hyperlink in your e-mail.
AILA Doc. No. 15040206

Every Time You Interact With Someone Is a Marketing Event

3/26/2015
Did you know that the number one source of referrals is other lawyers? The second highest source is current or former clients. Keep this in mind the next time you “touch” someone.
AILA Doc. No. 15032666

Issues Confronted By Women in the Workplace

3/19/2015
March is Women’s History Month. In this week’s practice success tip, learn the issues confronted by women in the workplace and how we can continue to advance the progress of women in immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 15031961

Social Media is to Marketing as E-mail is to Business Communication

3/12/2015
If you want faster, more convenient communication, an e-mail, as opposed to a hand written letter, is obviously the preferred method, right? And, if you want to reach a wider, more diverse network in a timely and efficient way, shouldn’t social media be the preferred marketing vehicle?
AILA Doc. No. 15031260

A Trio of No-Nonsense Client Intake Tips

3/5/2015
There is a plethora of golden practice success tips going back several years that are still innovative and may be new to you, including this smart way to improve your client intake process.
AILA Doc. No. 06111362

Is the 24-Hour Rule Dead?

2/26/2015
Good client communication is one of the keys to a successful attorney-client relationship, and one of the most important aspects of that has changed.
AILA Doc. No. 15022665

Five Smart Shortcuts for Your Smart Device

2/19/2015
No matter where you go your smart phone is within arm’s reach—to keep you connected and ready to respond at a moment’s notice. That’s why we’ve put together this list for you. We know you are in a hurry, and these five smart shortcuts can make all the difference in your busy life.
AILA Doc. No. 15021966

Showcasing Your Professionalism

2/12/2015
Communicate with your clients and members of your community. By sharing the right information, we will protect the immigrant population in our communities and display the breadth of knowledge and expertise in this complex area. Learn how you can help with this PST.
AILA Doc. No. 15021241

Five Ways to Reboot Yourself

2/5/2015
It’s easy to stick to the same routine year after year. Instead of committing to big changes, this year reach your goals for success by adopting these practical yet underutilized personal habits.
AILA Doc. No. 15020561

Just Get to the Point

1/29/2015
Most people have the tendency to talk around the point instead of getting to the bottom line. We use more words than necessary to either fluff the story or enhance the meaning of the subject.. Learn why this way of communicating can affect clients and how to be more productive in your next meeting.
AILA Doc. No. 15012941

Three Questions to Consider When Advising and Representing Clients Who May Benefit from Executive Action

1/22/2015
What responsibilities do you have when communicating information? What should be considered when setting a fee? What ethical considerations can stem from employing non-lawyer staff? Learn your ethical obligations in this week’s PST.
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