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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 Division, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice magazine and Chair of the Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board 2011-2013. She also served as a member of the track advisory board for ABA TECHSHOW (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012). Currently she is a member of the Law Practice Division Council (2010-present), and has been appointed to the Publications Board. In 2014, she was nominated a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Sheila has been a Practice Management Advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund since 2005. She was a member of the Adjunct Faculty at University of Oregon School of Law, teaching Law Practice Management through 2013 reluctantly stopping in 2014 to finish her treatment for cancer as a feisty, grateful survivor 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.

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 chapter author for the Fee Agreement Compendium published by the Oregon State Bar and Flying Solo, 5th Edition published by the American Bar Law Practice DivisionHer latest book, Trust Accounting in One Hour for Lawyers is about to be published by the ABA Law Practice Division. She is co-author of Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers along with Donna S.M. Neff  published by the ABA Law Practice Division. 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 for the Just Oregon Lawyers blog and tweets technology and practice management tips on Twitter. She was named one of the “50 Lawyers You Should Be Following on Twitter” on the Legal Technology Blog in 2015.

 © 2007 Copyright renewed 2016 by Sheila M. Blackford, all right reserved.




  1. […] To become a successful lawyer, you must become excellent at effective time management. Start with these tips: 1. Keep a time log of your day, and note interruptions and energy level. 2. Prioritize your to-do List. 3. Schedule administrative tasks for your low energy time, and block out peak energy time (see number 1) for important activities. 4. Focus on one task at a time. —Sheila M. Blackford, Practice Management Advisor, Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund […]


  2. […] family business to just one of the kids. Identify and address those clusters of needs.” — Sheila Blackford, Practice Management Advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, and […]


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