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Un-Billable Hour

Managing your law practice can be challenging. It’s important to bone-up on best practices regarding not only your cases but marketing, time management, attracting clients, and all the things–outside of your client responsibilities–that you need to do. The Un-Billable Hour is a law practice advisory podcast.

Jun 12, 2012

The LinkedIn Lawyer

Are you on LinkedIn? Un-Billable Hour host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program chats with Dennis Kennedy, lawyer and co-host of The Kennedy-Mighell Report and Allison Shields, author of Legal Ease Blog, about their recently published book, LinkedIn in One Hour...

May 24, 2012

Using Document Assembly Tools to Improve Your Firm

Find out how document assembly tools can increase efficiency and profits at your firm on The Un-Billable Hour.  Host and Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program and Diane Ebersole, practice management advisor for the State Bar of Michigan explain how document...

Apr 13, 2012

Solo Sanity: How to Control the Anxiety

The largest proportion of attorneys work as sole practitioners, or within small firms and chronic stress is rampant among these attorneys, who face stress from all sides. On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program joins returning guest, ...

Mar 20, 2012

Hiring Your First Employee

Hiring your first employee can feel like jumping off a cliff, but in some circumstances it can lead to more efficiency and profits.  On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program joins Lee Rosen,  founder of the Rosen...

Feb 15, 2012

How Law Firms Can Track Time

How does your firm track time?  On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program joins Danny Wen, Co-founder of Harvest and Sri Vemuri, Marketing Manager at Harvest, to discuss how law firms can track time and invoice clients...

Jan 26, 2012

Securing Electronic Law Firm Data for Big and Small Firms

Law firms are increasingly being targeted by hackers seeking to access confidential business and personal information. On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program welcomes Digital Detectives co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and...

Dec 20, 2011

For Law Firm Success and Profit: Stress Management

Feeling Stressed? On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program welcomes Attorney Eric MacLeish, principal of MacLeish & Woolverton, to talk about how firms can help their attorneys and staff handle the perils of stress. Special thanks to...

Nov 22, 2011

Outside Looking In: Selling Legal Services

One of the biggest challenges facing attorneys is how to acquire and maintain clients. A fundamental method of developing a client base is to create a referral network.  On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program welcomes Linda...

Oct 26, 2011

Law Firm Administrators’ Top Issues in Today’s Legal Environment

Law firm administrators are the backbone of every law practice and they are often times met with challenges on a daily basis.  On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Executive Director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Director of LCL’s Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program welcomes Joanne Schnare, Executive Director for a Boston...

Sep 23, 2011

Finance 101: Tracking the IOLTA Trust Account

A vast majority of attorneys in the United States and Canada must keep and maintain IOLTA trust accounts pursuant to very specific guidelines established by the governing body in each state.  Despite the clearly defined rules, which in most jurisdictions, have been in place for years, some attorneys continue to put their license at risk. ...

Aug 26, 2011

Listening to Learn – Legal Podcasts as Educational Tools

Podcasts have become increasingly available and cover topics of all flavors. On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program and interim executive director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, welcomes St. Louis based legal technology writer and information technology lawyer and co-host of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis...

Jul 13, 2011

Solving Communication Avoidance in the Legal Profession

Why are the world’s best communicators often unable to have difficult conversations with clients, employees, partners, or even family members?  Find out on The Un-Billable Hour, with host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program and interim executive director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers,  along with Szifra Birke, coach, consultant...

Jun 16, 2011

Android Phones: Getting Things Done in the Law Office

Today’s attorney can practice from anywhere at any time with the dramatic improvement in technology, most importantly, the rapid growth of smart phones.  Smartphones made by Blackberry have been the big law phone, the iPhone, the hot tech geek phone, but for an affordable alternative we see the Android phones rapidly taking a substantial percentage...

May 11, 2011

Legal Professionals, Managing Time and Getting Things Done

How can legal professionals get better at getting things done in their practice?  On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Dr. David D. Nowell, a Clinical Neuropsychologist,  to discuss his work with legal professionals and how he helps them reach their practice management goals....

Apr 19, 2011

Document Management Systems (DMS) for Attorneys

Can you make your law office more efficient and profitable by using a DMS? On The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Danny Johnson, from NetDocuments, to discuss the use of Document Management Systems (DMS) by attorneys.  Rodney and Danny talk about how DMS systems...

Mar 17, 2011

The Best Practice Tips Taken from ABA TECHSHOW over the Years

A sneak peek at ABA TECHSHOW 2011 with The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, and former chairs of the ABA TECHSHOW, Laura Calloway and Jim Calloway. They share what the highlights may be this year, plus hear some of their top law practice management tips...

Feb 16, 2011

Best Practices for Keeping your Law Office Technology Running Smoothly

Hear about important law office management issues on The Un-Billable Hour as host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Attorney Alan J. Klevan, founder of Law Practice Strategies.  Alan talks about how to analyze and update existing hardware and software and shares useful websites and tips on how...

Jan 14, 2011

Identifying Roadblocks and Implementing Better Business Practices for Lawyers

On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Barbara Bowe, LICSW, who works with attorneys at Lawyer Concerned for Lawyers, Inc. Rodney and Barbara take a look at the five most common business practices that attorneys fail to implement, how attorneys can...

Dec 7, 2010

Creating a Better Law Office by Becoming Paperless

On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Attorney Ernie Svenson from the Svenson Law Firm in New Orleans, to discuss the best practices for moving toward a safe, paperless office.  Rodney and Ernie take a look at the operating system, certain...

Nov 5, 2010

Macs in the Law Office

More attorneys are turning to a MAC instead of a PC for their office needs and want to know more about the critical tools for their practice.  On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, chats with Ben Stevens, from The Stevens Firm,...

Oct 28, 2010

A Look at Google for Lawyers

On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, chats with Carole Levitt, President and Founder of Internet for Lawyers and Mark Rosch, Vice President of Internet for Lawyers, to talk about their new book, Google For Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools....

Sep 24, 2010

Legal Marketing with Video

With the inception of YouTube, the video has skyrocketed in popularity from how-to videos to promotional videos, to marketing for businesses and law firms. On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Lu Ann Reeb, Co-founder and President of Legal Talk Network,...

Aug 25, 2010

The ILTA Conference & the InsideLegal/ILTA Member Technology Purchasing Survey

On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes JoAnna Forshee, CEO of InsideLegal and Jobst Elster, Head of Content for InsideLegal.com, to take an inside look at the 2010 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Conference and findings from the 2010 InsideLegal/ILTA Member...

Jul 14, 2010

Women Rainmakers & Legal Marketing

On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Teddy Snyder, Esq., author and a Certified Structured Settlement Consultant at Ringler Associates, to discuss her fourth book, Women Rainmakers Best Marketing Tips-3d Edition. Teddy talks about her new book, the history behind the...

Jun 29, 2010

Outsourcing Legal Work to India – Even Solos Do It

On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Attorney Channing Migner, to talk about outsourcing work to India.  Channing discusses how he got involved in outsourcing, how to find a trustworthy outsourcing company and how outsourcing can benefit your law firm.

May 13, 2010

The Importance of Computer Skills in the Legal World

On this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Adriana Linares, President of LawTech Partners to discuss Adriana’s blog series on the “10 Critical Computer Skills Every Attorney Should Know”.  Rodney and Adriana check out the basic skills that are vital to attorneys,...

Apr 30, 2010

Finding Clients for your New Practice

A new attorney right out of law school or a lawyer going solo is often met with the challenge of finding new clients.  In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Erik Mazzone, Director of the Center for Practice Management at North...

Mar 23, 2010

Time Management to Avoid Lawyer Meltdown

Time management is a key element in running your law practice.  In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes attorney, consultant and coach, Allison C. Shields, Esq. President of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. to share tips on how to find the time...

Mar 2, 2010

New Rules for Starting a Law Office

Attorneys are continuously seeking answers on their quest to start a successful law practice.  In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, welcomes Erik Mazzone, Director of the Center for Practice Management at North Carolina Bar Association, to talk about the new rules...

Jan 20, 2010

Favorite Law Practice Management Tips for A Successful 2010

In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program,  welcomes Reid Trautz,  Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Practice and Professionalism Center and Dan Pinnington, Director of practicePro at the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company,  to provide essential tips for lawyers to run a...

Dec 16, 2009

Value Billing & the Use of Transparent Pricing

In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, talks about value billing and using transparent pricing to become more competitive.    Rodney welcomes Attorney Jay Shepherd from the Shepherd Law Group, P.C , to discuss his thoughts on value billing and his passion for...

Nov 18, 2009

How to Operate a Successful Solo Practice

In this edition of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, will talk about the keys to operating a successful solo practice.   Rodney welcomes Attorney Carolyn Elefant, a solo and small firm attorney, blogger and author of the book, “Solo by Choice, ” to discuss the...

Oct 14, 2009

Legal Marketing for Success

In this debut podcast of The Un-Billable Hour, host Attorney Rodney Dowell, Director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, will look at how attorneys can successfully market themselves and their practice to maximize their success.  Rodney welcomes Attorney Lee S. Rosen, from the North Carolina family law firm, Rosen Law Firm, to discuss...

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Christopher T. Anderson

Christopher T. Anderson has authored numerous articles and speaks on a wide range of topics, including law firm management,...

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