Staying the Course

December 1st. The first day of the last month in the year, 2010. Some lawyers are wondering if they should continue trying to launch their new law firm. It is important to realize that it is hard work running your own law firm.

Conventional wisdom is it takes three years to successfully launch a new business. Three years can be a scary long time when the clients aren’t coming to you fast enough. How can you stay the course?

Consider doing some contract lawyering or contract paralegal work in addition to working on your own client matters. The PLF has some helpful materials under “Contract Lawyering” in their Practice Aids and Forms category online at and there is a helpful CLE titled “Practical Contract Lawyering” that gives you a total of 4.0 MCLE credits – .75 general, 2.5 general or practical skills, and .75 ethics. Helpful, free… what could be better than this? Call the PLF and ask to speak to one of us practice management advisors! 503-639-6911 or toll free in Oregon at 1-800-452-1639 and ask for me, Dee, Beverly. We’re here to help you stay the course.

About smblackford

Sheila Blackford received her B.A. from Mills College and her J.D. with Tax Law Concentration from McGeorge School of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000, she is active with the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section, where she is Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice magazine and Chair of the Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board 2011-present, a member of the Section Council (2010-present), State and Local Bar Outreach Committee (2008-present), and Ethics Committee (2011-present). She also served as a member of the track advisory board for ABA TECHSHOW (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012). Ms. Blackford has been a Practice Management Advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund since 2005. She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at University of Oregon School of Law, teaching Law Practice Management. A former sole practitioner, she provides confidential practice management assistance to Oregon attorneys to reduce their risk of malpractice claims and ethics complaints. In addition to her legal experience, she has over 10 years of teaching and marketing experience. She is a frequent speaker about practice management for law-related organizations, including the Professional Liability Fund, the Oregon State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Upper Law Society of Canada. She is a contributing author to the Fee Agreement Compendium published by the OSB and to the PLF law practice management handbooks. Her articles frequently appear in legal publications, including the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, In Brief, Law Practice Magazine and Law Practice TODAY, and LTN Law Technology News. In between articles, she writes the Just Oregon Lawyers blog and tweets technology and practice management tips on Twitter, @sheilablackford.
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