PBA Law Practice Management
Welcome to the Law Practice Management (LPM) area of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Web site. We hope you will consider this your first stop whenever you have questions, encounter issues or need resources to assist you in managing the business side of your practice.
This area includes information to assist you from cradle to grave: from starting up a practice to closing and/or selling a practice and all the challenges in between, including those involving human resources, financial management, technology, marketing, records management and a myriad of others.
Start your search by clicking on one of the topic areas below. If you would like additional assistance on any business management challenge, please contact PBA Law Practice Management Coordinator Ellen Freedman, CLM. You may reach her at 800-932-0311, Ext. 2228, or by clicking on the Ask Ellen link listed below.
PBA Member Benefits
Your wide range of PBA member benefits includes Casemaker® free online legal research, award-winning publications, excellent malpractice and health insurance plans, financial services, discount express shipping, office equipment and retail discounts, website development and more.
Click here to review your entire list of benefits.
PBA Staff to Assist You
As with any large organization, there are a number of individuals on the PBA staff who are available to meet your needs in a multitude of areas.
Click here for a list of the PBA staff members who stand ready to assist you. The list includes staff telephone numbers and live links to their email addresses.
PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section
The PBA has a dynamic Solo and Small Firm Practice Section designed for lawyers whose practices cover a broad range of issues as solo or small firm practitioners. Members can benefit from the flow of information through the section's quarterly newsletter about such key matters as law office management and the latest developments in law office automation and technology. Also, the section typically has a program for its members at the PBA Annual Meeting and sponsors a spring section retreat featuring CLE and time for more casual networking. Any member of the PBA is eligible to join the section for a small annual dues payment.
Click here to find out about the benefits of membership in the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, including participation in the highly-valued online section listserv that facilitates quick and easy communication with your peers across the state.
Click here for a section overview.
To join the section, click here and scroll down to the listing for the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section.
Join a PBA Listserv
What is a listserv? Simply put, it is an Internet-based discussion group of individual subscribers. Discussions are accomplished through the use of email. By sending ("posting") an email comment or question to the listserv, you are actually sending it to the in box of everyone who subscribes to the listserv, without having to know or use their individual email addresses.
Click here to discover what listservs are maintained by the PBA. Note: Not all PBA committees and sections have listservs and membership in a committee or section is required before joining that committee’s or section’s listserv. If you are already a member of a committee or section and wish to join the listserv for that committee or section, this is the place to do it.
Ask Ellen a LPM Question
Have a law practice management question? Ask Ellen!
Click here to submit a question to Law Practice Management Coordinator Ellen Freedman, CLM. Questions usually receive a response within 48 hours, and often faster.
Click here to access a searchable database of formal and informal opinions from the PBA Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
In this section you will find a variety of helpful resources including articles, checklists, podcasts and listings of additional resources organized into categories to help you find what you're looking for quickly and efficiently.
Start your search by clicking on the resource category that most closely matches your need. Remember, if you can't find what you're looking for, you can always contact PBA Law Practice Management Coordinator Ellen Freedman, CLM, at 800-932-0311, Ext. 2228, or by email for additional assistance.