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How I Created my Award-Winning Website

In February of 2017 I got a tweet in the middle of the night congratulating me on my firm’s website making the Lawyerist 10 Best Law Firm Websites of 2017. I was completely surprised and delighted.

Unlike a lot of law firm websites, I didn’t spend thousands and thousands of dollars, and I didn’t hire a company to do the whole thing from start to finish. That’s because I didn’t want a website like most other law firms’ sites. We all know what they look like – minimal graphics, one headshot for the attorney, and a whole lotta beige. I wanted a website that actually conveyed my personality and spoke directly to my ideal clients. So, that’s what I made.

Do you want to do the same? Read on to find out how I created my website.

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Starting your own law firm? Consider a paperless practice.

A fellow attorney in Minneapolis wrote to me at the beginning of 2018 to ask about making her work paperless. And, if any of you know me, it’s no surprise why she reached out – Birken Law has been paperless since its beginning, and I sometimes can’t stop myself from talking about the whole process. What can I say? – codes and apps and new tech options excite me! : )

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Why you should think twice about board service — Part 3: What to do before you join (or course corrections to take now)

Up to this point I have covered in detail most of the key areas you need to consider before joining a board as an attorney, so are you ready to commit? Or maybe you’ve been serving for a while. Either way you are ready to take the next step — but what is the next step? Well, there are a few things you need to understand moving forward.

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Why you should think twice about board service — Part 2: How to avoid breaking the ethics rules

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed some key areas to consider as an attorney before joining an organization’s board including knowing your client, competence, and confidentiality of information.

If you missed Part 1 of “Why you should think twice about board service,” read it here.

In addition to those factors, it’s also critical to become more aware of the potential conflicts of interest that might not be obvious at first glance. It’s also essential to understand how easily an attorney-client relationship is formed once you join a board. Understanding how the law will view your service on a board and how it may conflict with other clients of yours will help you decide whether it is worth the work, and the possible risks.

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Why you should think twice about board service — Part 1: The risk of wearing two hats

Attorneys are frequently approached by nonprofit organizations looking for board members. Most assume all attorneys are well-off and ready to make large donations, but also free legal advice is sure to follow! Should you feel flattered or frightened?

It is possible to serve as legal counsel for a nonprofit and also serve as a member of the board. So what’s the problem? Well, your duties as corporate counsel can sometimes be in conflict with your duties as a board member.

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