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Practice Success Tips

ICYMI: Five Ways to Make the Most Out of Year-End Reviews

This practice success tip was originally published in December 2014. This year, we are reprising this useful practice tip a bit earlier, in the hope that it to get you thinking and planning for a successful year-end review process.
AILA Doc. No. 14120441

Reducing No-Shows

When a client fails to appear for a scheduled appointment and doesn’t provide you with notice, they are a no-show—and it impacts your practice. Over time, the number of no shows can pose a serious practice management concern for your firm. In this PST, learn five ways to overcome this issue.
AILA Doc. No. 15102931

Every Small Firm Should Have a MIGS

What is a MIGS? It’s a Marketing Idea Generation Session. It is a productive and inexpensive way to develop marketing ideas while building team awareness. Learn to implement this strategy in this week’s practice success tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15102268

What Should You Do When a Client Wants a Refund of Unearned Fees?

The October 2015 Visa Bulletin has lawyers facing certain ethical considerations, including what they should do when a client wants a refund of unearned fees. This Practice Success Tip addresses this issue and can be applied to all lawyers who have worked on partially performed cases.
AILA Doc. No. 15101531

Has Your Email Been Compromised?

In just this past year, over 150 million accounts have been hacked—was your email among them? Find out whether your email password has been leaked and if it’s time to get a new password.
AILA Doc. No. 15100801

Five Strategies To Help Manage Your Inbox

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

Looking to Your Future First Requires a Look Back

Many of us are overwhelmed with the daily grind of work that the idea of looking ahead to our unpredictable future doesn’t last more than a minute. So instead of looking forward, why not take a look back? In this PST, see why it is worth your while to take this approach.
AILA Doc. No. 15092404

Top Ten Management Feedback Questions to Ask Your Employees

We often neglect to ask simple questions that can help to create positive change. In this week’s practice tip, take time to walk through your workplace and ask questions such as “What could we do to improve things next time?”, “Which client was the least satisfied?”, and “What would save us money?”.
AILA Doc. No. 15091709

How Vulnerable are You?

As we adopt technology to help in our practices, we also have to make sure that we protect our clients and our reputation. How do you know if you are adequately protecting those interests? Answer these questions in this practice success tip to see where you stand.
AILA Doc. No. 15091031

Get Legal Research Anywhere You Need It!

Did you know AILA members have free access to Fastcase? And, did you know you can get this award winning online legal research provider on your electronic device? Mobilize your Fastcase research with this Practice Success Tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15090307

Four Ways to Master Your Mobile Phone

The computing power and constant connectivity is there, but often a lawyer’s own limitations with technology negatively impacts the successful use of their mobile device. Improve your success with these four simple tasks in this PST.
AILA Doc. No. 15082736

Four Smart Strategies for Hiring the Right Person

Hiring the right person is a big decision. It is a financial decision. It is a human resource decision. So getting it right in the first round is imperative. This PST highlights four strategies that should be harnessed in your next employee search.
AILA Doc. No. 15082010

Convenience as a Marketing Message

Many lawyers are finding new ways to be convenient to their clients, but are you touting that convenience in your marketing efforts? Learn why sharing your accessibility can grab the attention of potential clients.
AILA Doc. No. 15081302

ICYMI: Your Manager of First and Lasting Impressions

Who is in charge of making first and lasting client impressions in your law firm? In a busy office with busy lawyers and paralegals, that person is a trained receptionist, making it one “luxury” still worth the expense.
AILA Doc. No. 15080660

Getting Your Law Firm on the Map

Learn how you can control the way your firm appears when being searched for online by others in this simple Practice Success Tip.
AILA Doc. No. 15073060

Make Your Voice Heard: Write an Op-Ed

What would you say to an offer of free space in your local newspaper to get your message out to the community and set yourself up as an expert? It’s there for the taking—by writing and publishing an op-ed.
AILA Doc. No. 15072300

Going on Vacation? Get In the Right State of Mind

Whether you are going to be out for a few days, volunteering in Dilley for a week, or going on a family vacation, start planning the time away from your office well in advance. And, once you’ve left the office, focus your energy on being in the moment and in a relaxed and peaceful state of mind.
AILA Doc. No. 15071604

Pick Up Where You Left Off

Knee deep in editing a lengthy Word document when you suddenly get distracted? Use this handy Word shortcut to take you back to the exact place you last worked on.
AILA Doc. No. 15070901

What is Business “Casual”?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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 …

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.
AILA Doc. No. 15100590