Build and Support Your Practice
The SDCBA offers a variety of resources to help build and support your practice. Need assistance with law practice management or how to market your law practice? Are you just starting out or transitioning into solo practice? We produce live and webcast programs, convene informal roundtables, and bring in a host of experts so you can learn, discuss and address the business side of your practice.
Below are various resources you can review on your own time to specifically build, start or retool your practice:
Resources When Just Starting Out
- Client Relations & Communication
- How to Deliver Bad News to Your Client ABA GP Solo
- How to Dump That Dog of a Case ABA GP Solo
- The Art Of Client Communication: Avoid Legal Jargon; Give Sufficient Detail, But Don’t Drown Them In It Above the Law
- Narrowing the Scope of Your Representation San Diego Lawyer, Marc Adelman
- The Referral Rules: A Few Guidelines for Professionally Handing Referrals San Diego Lawyer, James Crosby
- Interviewing a Prospective Client: Know What to Ask CEB Blog
- Practice/Business Management
- Building a Successful Small Law Firm Thomson Reuters
- 5 Steps to Easy(ier) Legal Accounting CLIO
- War Chest for a New Solo Practice Attorney at Work, John Snyder
- How to Start Your Own Law Firm in the Virtual Office Era Thomson Reuters
- American Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Resource Center
- How to Start & Build a Law Practice Jay Foonberg
- Build It! The Law Firm Associate’s Guide to Business Development Attorney at Work
- Solo Practitioners & Small Firms: Inside the DIY Law Practice San Diego Lawyer
- What is Your Risk for Getting Stiffed? My Shingle
- This Week In Legal Tech: Exclusive Results Of A New Small-Firm Survey Above the Law, Robert Ambrogi
- More Exclusive Survey Results: How Small Law Firms Measure Success Law Sites Blog, Robert Ambrogi
- Four Things Resilient Lawyers Do Differently ABA Law Practice Today
- Should You Go Solo or Form a Partnership? Lawyerist
- My Risk of Getting Stiffed
- State Bar Resources
- State Bar of California Law Corporations Program
- Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and Eligible Financial Institutions
- Client Trust Accounting Handbook
- The California Rules of Professional Conduct
- California Attorney Mandatory Reporting Requirements
- The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office
Law Firm and Small Business Resources
- The Internal Revenue Service (links of info for business startups)
- Business Permits (easy link to your city)
- Getting Help with Business Income Taxes
- US Small Business Administration
- Financing Tips for Smaller Firms: Preparing to Meet your Banker ABA Law Practice Magazine
- ABA Legal Technology Buyer’s Guide
- Apps to Simplify Client Intake ABA Law Technology Today
- 3 Alternative Ways to Automate Client Intake with CLIO (from CLIO)
- Top 5 Apps for Litigators by Lauren Doucette
Ethics and Fees
- Good Lawyers Talk Money with Their Clients Attorney at Work, Sally Schmidt
- "Costing" Your Fees ABA Law Practice Magazine, Mark Robertson
- Five Ways to Receive Credit Card Payments Attorney at Work, Ruth Carter
- Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct ABA and the Bureau of National Affairs Ethics and Technology
- California Attorney Mandatory Reporting Requirements
Marketing and Social Media
- Breakout Law Firms Law Leaders Lab
- 16 LinkedIn Tips for Lawyers ABA TechShow 2015, Dennis Kennedy & Allison Shields
- Five Questions to Ask Your SEO (info on selecting a search engine optimization consultant) ASPE-ROI.com
- Online Profiles: Presenting the Best Version of Yourself Attorney at Work, Sally Schmidt
- Keys to a Successful Law Firm Website MyCase
- Do-It-Yourself Marketing: Tips for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers ABA Law Practice Magazine
- The Legal Side of Blogging for Lawyers Ruth Carter
- Cultivating the Art of Effective Client Communications ABA Law Practice Magazine
- 50 Simple Ways You can Market Your Practice ABA Journal
- ABA Practice/Case Management Software Chart
- Change is Coming for Lawyer Advertising Ethics in Brief, Michael Crowley
- Some Ethical Dos & Don'ts for Social Media San Diego Lawyer, Edward McIntyre
- Social Media Marketing for the Solo and Small Firm San Diego Lawyer, Renee Galente
- The X Factor: How to Differentiate Your Company in a Crowded Market Legaltech News
- Marketing Workbook My Shingle
- The Psychology of Small Law Firm Marketing ABA Law Practice Today
- Building Your Personal Brand San Diego Lawyer, Erik Nelson
- 5 Tactics to Build Trust on Your Website Attorney at Work
- Majority of Americans Likely To Hire a Lawyer Who's Active On Social Media Above the Law
- Building Your Book of Business (Content Curated by Doug Lytle) Special thanks to Will Marshall of UBM Law Group LLP for providing these resources
- What Can You Do to Respond to a Negative Online Review (Content Curated by David Majchrzak, Esq. & John Rodriguez, Esq.)
Bar Center at 401 - Your Office Away from Your Office
Utilize the many amenities available at the Bar Center at 401, including:
- Free mail service
- Free member use of small meeting rooms for up to 2 hours each day
- Lounge area with hosted sodas, water and light snacks.
- Access to the shared member workspace, which includes:
- Free Wi-Fi access
- Use of copiers, printers, common office supplies and more
Learn more here.
Increase Your Network
Lawyer Referral & Information Service Gain client referrals by joining the LRIS - all panel requirments have recently been revised!
SDCBA Events & Programs Mingle with legal professionals at a variety of events.
Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer in the community and do pro bono work.
SDCBA Leadership Opportunities Become an SDCBA leader and increase your exposure.
Attend CLE and Educational Programs Discover and discuss topics that may affect your practice. Can't make it downtown? Many programs are webcast and can be viewed on any internet connected phone, tablet or computer.
SDCBA Listserves Share information with colleagues or ask them questions.
Legal Ethics The Legal Ethics Committee has prepared many opinions and articles accessible through this page or by using the search box in the upper right part of the any page. For an answer to a specific question you call the Ethics Hotline after reading the disclosure statement by clicking here.
Career Development Circles
The SDCBA and The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association are proud to announce the launch of the Career Development Program, an innovative course for new and experienced lawyers to engage with each other and the Bar in a way that will enrich the careers of all involved. Click here for more information on the SDCBA Career Development Program.
To access the SDCBA Career Development Program participant materials, click here.