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CLE# 2012-009: Project Management and Multitasking

Credits: 6.0 Ethics

Date: Friday, August 17, 2012


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Presented by: Irwin D. Karp, J.D. - learn more about Mr. Karp at www.productivetime.com

Morning Program: Project Management, Teamwork and Practical Time Management for Lawyers

Attorneys are notorious for completing work at the last minute. A crisis
management mode can be the result of busy schedules, heavy workload,
competing priorities or poor planning. Learn to apply project management
techniques to take control of your legal work and juggle multiple priorities
effectively. We will address the skills of effective delegation and
communications with colleagues and staff. Learn to balance multiple
projects through planning, weekly review, daily review and
scheduling of tasks.

Areas covered include:
• Practical organizational and time management skills for lawyers
• How to stay in control of your workload
• Application of the project management process to legal work
• Workflow management: prioritizing, planning and scheduling
• Finding time to focus on priorities
• Communication and delegation skills

Afternoon Program: Multitasking Gone Mad: How to Practice Law Effectively in a Wired, Demanding, Distracting World

Attorneys must cope with a wired, demanding, distracting world in order to
practice law effectively and ethically. Technology has made it easier to stay
connected to work. At the same time, it has created new pressures to work
faster and to always be “on” in and out of the office. This program will address the emotional and physiological consequences of always being connected, as well as the potential negative impact on legal work. The concept of “continuous partial attention” makes us wonder what is happening to our attention spans and our ability to think critically rather than superficially. Multitasking could have ethical consequences in the areas of competence, diligence and client
communications. We will explore the impact of multitasking, ways to overcome it, and how to stay focused on priority tasks.

Areas covered include:
• The potential ethical impacts of multitasking on effective law practice
• The practical, emotional and physiological consequences of always being connected
• Coping mechanisms in a wired, demanding, distracting world
• How to manage multitasking and stay focused on priority work
• Impact of multitasking on lawyers’ tendency to procrastinate and how to overcome procrastination
• How to overcome email overload, manage your inbox and manage your smartphone

 


Also listed in: Ethics / Professional Responsibility / Law Practice Management

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