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Bar News - June 6, 2008

Member Services: Learning a Little or Learning a Lot

Sue West speaks at "Organization and Creating Balance," part of a series of free "Brown Bag Lunch" workshops at the Bar Center. Sue is director of Space4U and is a certified professional organizer. Also in the photo are attorneys Al Shamash, Ray Foss and Dorothy Walch.

More than 75 members attended the Law Practice Management Solo and Small Firm Brown Bag Lunch Workshops during the past year. Those who attended found them useful and took away some new piece of information from each.

"A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle." Ė Kahlil Gibran

For those who were not able to attend the workshops, you missed out. You missed the opportunity to get something for nothing (the workshops were free); to hear knowledgeable speakers; to learn from your colleagues about the solutions they find useful; to build relationships and network (you never know where that next referral is going to come from). And all this on your lunch hour!

This yearís workshops covered liability insurance, the NH Bar Foundation/IOLTA Program; marketing ideas and opportunities; and information on organizing your day and creating balance in your life.

The old adage, "Youíre never too young or too old to learn something new" holds true. Some who attended have been in practice for less than three years; others for more than 15, yet all were looking for guidance in law practice management.

A few words of advice gleaned from our workshops: 1) make tasks easier by breaking them down into smaller increments; 2) make the work environment a more enjoyable place to be (pictures, plants, etc.); 3) reward yourself when youíve accomplished a particularly large or hard task; 4) when trying to develop a new habit, put it in your calendar until it becomes a natural thing to do; and when planning your week, schedule not only the routine, but the fun things as well.

The workshop series was instituted in response to member survey feedback indicating that time and practice management and work-life balance issues were a challenge for many. Please submit ideas for topics in the next series to start in the fall by e-mailing Rose Anocibar.

Donít miss out on the "Small Firm Flight Plan for the 21st Century" program covering many solo/small firm management topics on Friday, June 20, being held in conjunction with this yearís 2008 Annual Meeting.

In conjunction with the classes, we have vendors who are coming to show you case management, time, billing and accounting software, as well as to give you a demonstration on how to build a web presence. This is another "donít-miss" opportunity! Visit the Bar's website to sign up today.

A special thank you to Sue Morand, David Snyder, Mary White and Dan Wise, NHBA staff members who helped out at our workshops.

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