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ABA updates guide on creating a policies and procedures manual for law firms

A new book from the American Bar Association, “Law Office Policies, Procedures, and Operations Manual, Seventh Edition,” includes everything needed to create a complete, customized manual that can serve as a reference guide for a firm and as a training tool for new employees, associates and temporary workers. This seventh edition has been updated to account for changes in the law and the growth of virtual/hybrid law firms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part I offers of a template for a policies and procedures manual that can be adapted to the needs of any firm. Suggested ones are included for every facet of law firm operations, and author’s notes provide guidance on what nuances to consider as you choose which ones to adopt and how to implement them.

Part II provides more in-depth advice on best practices in select areas of law firm operations.

An editable download of Part I is available at a link listed in the preface. Creating a policies and procedures manual for your firm has never been easier — just save a copy of the template, delete the author’s notes and choose the options that fit your firm’s needs.

Co-author Marcia Watson Wasserman is founder and president of Comprehensive Management Solutions Inc., which provides C.O.O. to Go law practice management consulting services to boutique and midsize law firms. 

Co-author Cynthia Thomas is owner of PLMC & Associates, a law firm management consulting company that provides best practices in human resource and financial management to small and midsize firms. 

“Law Office Policies, Procedures, and Operations Manual, Seventh Edition” is available as a paperback and eBook for $179.95.  To order, visit www.shopaba.org.


‘First Amendment Issues in Criminal Trials and Appeals’ focus of webinar

The State Appellate Defender Office will present a webinar on “Litigating First Amendment Issues in Criminal Trials and Appeals” Wednesday, June 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. via Zoom.

In the nation’s system, few rights enjoy as much of a privilege as freedom of expression. This session will explore the First Amendment in a criminal trial or appeal when freedom of expression is at issue. Presenting the program will be Matt Monahan, SADO assistant defender.

To register for the webinar, visit www. sado.org/go/first. Anyone with questions should contact Marilena David at mdavid@sado.org or 313-670-0309.

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