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Commentary: 10 terrific law practice management blogs

Sometimes when I need ideas for this column, I hit the blogosphere.

In this article, I’m going to discuss some of the best blogs for law practice management.

They’re listed in no particular order, and they cater to solos and small-firm lawyers, with an eye toward saving money.

In my next article, I’m going to talk about some free or cheap ideas I came across in my research that you might want to check out.

Up-and-coming

What I like about the newbies is that money is definitely an issue for them as they build their practices and pay off their student loans. Just about everything they focus on is free or low-cost.

Here are two to check out:

Legal Andrew is published by Andrew Flusche, an attorney in Fredricksburg, Va. and a 2007 law grad.

Lawyerist is the brainchild of Minneapolis sole practitioner Sam Glover.

Glover, a 2003 law school grad, has been blogging for a few years now and recently turned Lawyerist into a professional publishing endeavor, with contributors and daily postings.

These blogs are both advertiser-sponsored, which is not a bad thing in and of itself – so is Wisconsin Law Journal. To their credit, Flusche and Glover let you know when a posting is advertiser-sponsored, or a product that’s reviewed was provided by its manufacturer.

Some big names

Like Lawyerist, ABA Site-tation is also a collaboration blog set up by the ABA’s legal Technology Resource Center. One of its best features is a “Friday PMA (practice management adviser) Blog Roundup,” highlighting some of the best blog posts that week. If you only have time for one blog, this might be it.

My Shingle, is published by Washington D.C. lawyer Carolyn Elefant. Since 2002, she’s been blogging to inspire lawyers to take the leap into solo and small-firm practice and giving them useful tips once they’re there.

The technology-focused Futurelawyer is published by St. Petersburg, Fla, attorney and poet Rick Georges. There are lots of ads here, but fortunately, it’s coupled with a lot of interesting content. The posts are also available as high-quality audio files, so you can listen to them on your iPod, MP3 player or mobile phone.

Michael Morse’s Blog is published by a Southfield, Mich. practitioner who has “a deep passion for creating a paperless world,” and teaches law practice management at University of Detroit School of Law.

Speaking of law practice management types, check out Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog. Calloway is the director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program.

I’m guessing that both Morse and Calloway weren’t feeling very creative when they named their blogs. But their content is very good, so we’ll forgive them.

Home-grown talent

The State Bar of Wisconsin was very wise to add an LPM program and director, Nerino Petro, into its member benefits a few years back. Independent of the bar, Petro blogs as the Compujurist.

University of Wisconsin law librarian Bonnie Shucha covers general legal news at WisBlawg, but not surprisingly devotes many of her posts to legal research and technology.

Last but not least, go to Ross Kodner’s blog, Ross Ipsa Loquitur, which made the ABA Journal’s “Blawg 100” last year.

Here’s a few other suggestions:

Check out http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/blawg_100_2008/ to see 99 other noteworthy blogs, some of which I’ve already mentioned.

Another great place to find blogs on everything legal is Justia Blawg Search. Justia also offers a list of other blog directories.

Finally, while blogs can be excellent practice management resources when you’re in the office, sometimes you need to get out for fresh ideas conveyed by real, live human beings.

Yes, it’s that time of year once again: When lawyers statewide pack their animal-print clothing for the Solo and Small Firms Conference taking place Oct. 29-31 at the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells.

Stop by Wisconsin Law Journal’s booth in the exhibition area to say hello and share all your money-saving tips – so I won’t have to rely on blogs as fodder for my next few articles.

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