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Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice

Above the Law's Academy for Private PracticeEarlier this month, we ventured out to Times Square, in New York City to see Above the Law’s inaugural Academy for Private Practice (or APP for short). The concept was initially put together in the ATL back offices by Hsiaolei Miller, V.P. of business development and Brian Dalton, director of research, but it quickly grew to enlist the help of the ATL gang. David Lat, Jon Lerner, Elie Mystal, Joe Patrice, Staci Zaretsky, Kathryn Rubino, Laura Kittredge, and Lauren Elkin were all recruited to pull it off.

So what is APP and why is Above the Law putting it on? As for the what, the simplest description is a collection of resources for lawyers wanting to practice in a small firm or solo. It is both terrestrial and virtual with real people, places, and information. There are future plans to feature eBook texts, podcasts, blog posts, and social channels to deliver useful content to lawyers everywhere. With an advisory board of Jeff Bennion, Nicole Bradick, Susan Cartier Liebel, Jeena Cho, and Niki Black, APP’s bench of expertise is deep. As for the why, Brian Dalton told us that ATL wanted to make an offering that would benefit the area where most lawyers practice — small firms and solos.

The following series of Special Reports hosted by Joe Patrice, Elie Mystal, and Jared Correia discuss APP and the lessons taught during its inaugural terrestrial event. Tune in for great advice and ideas from experts like Ed Walters, John Balestriere, Nicole Bradick, Rochelle Washington, Gaston Kroub, Monica Bay, Nicole Black, Carolyn Elefant, Jennifer Ellis, Lisa Solomon, Heather John, and Joshua Lenon. You can also access these audio interviews from our channel in iTunes.

 

Special Reports from the Event

 

ATL APP: Thinking Like a Lawyer and Thinking Like a Person:

In this episode, Thinking Like a Lawyer hosts Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal interview Ed Walters, founder of fastcase. Together, they discuss the importance for lawyers to see the perspective of others in their work and how attorneys don’t always understand what their clients want. Listen here: ATL APP: Thinking Like a Lawyer and Thinking Like a Person  

ATL APP: First Things First…

John Balestriere, Nicole Bradick, Rochelle Washington, and Gaston Kroub join Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice to discuss affordable and scalable ways to outsource administrative services in small firms and solos. Tune in to hear about options for receptionists, secretaries, payroll, and office space. Listen here: ATL APP: First Things First…  

ATL APP: Luncheon Remarks by Monica Bay

Former rock n’ roll journalist and current fellow at CodeX, Monica Bay hosts a luncheon discussion to talk about her 30+ years observing law and technology, the shrinking prominence of equity partners, and the importance of loving what you do. Listen here: ATL APP: Luncheon Remarks by Monica Bay  

ATL APP: Managing Solo Practice Workflow with Technology

This two part interview by Joe Patrice features thought leaders Jared Correia, Nicole Black, Carolyn Elefant, and Jennifer Ellis. Together they discuss leveraging technology for billing, cloud computing, and management. Listen here: ATL APP: Managing Solo Practice Workflow with Technology  

ATL APP: Blogging, Social Media, and Security

Jeff Bennion, Jeena Cho, and Lisa Solomon sit down with Above The Law’s Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice. Together, they talk about the use of blogging and social media in your law practice. Tune in to hear about personal information and whether or not you should share it. Listen here: ATL APP: Blogging, Social Media, and Security  

ATL APP: Are Branded Networks the Future for Solo Lawyers?

During a very lively time at APP, hosts Jared Correia and Elie Mystal interview Heather John, Susan Cartier Liebel, and Joshua Lenon. Together, they discuss the use of branded networks and the questions lawyers should be asking before getting involved with them. Listen here: Episode 6: ATL APP: Are Branded Networks the Future for Solo Lawyers?  

ATL APP: What is Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice?

In this colorful dialog between the back office and the front office, hosts Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice talk with Hsiaolei Miller, V.P. of business development and Brian Dalton, director of research about APP and why Above the Law created it. Tune in to hear about future offerings and events custom designed for small firms and solos. Listen here: ATL APP: What is Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice?

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After receiving his J.D. and MBA, Laurence Colletti went into solo practice with emphasis in general business and commercial real estate. He has always carried a strong passion for web-based media with a particular interest in podcasting and video. Laurence leverages his legal background against that passion to help bring sophisticated, relevant content to Legal Talk Network podcasts. You can follow Laurence on Twitter at @LaurenceEsq.