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Photograph: Kelly Lynn Anders. Photo by: Jason Dailey; courtesy Topeka Magazine.Kelly Lynn Anders is also the author of Advocacy to Zealousness: Learning Lawyering Skills from Classic Films (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). See a full list Kelly's publications and presentations.

Contact Kelly at organizedlawyer@gmail.com.

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  • "Organization and Professionalism in Your Legal Practice," ALI-ABA (webcast), April 24, 2012.
  • "Organization and Professionalism in Your Legal Practice," ALI-ABA (webcast), July 14, 2011.
  • "The Ethical Use of Social Media for Lawyers and Museum Professionals" (Ethics CLE), Legal Issues in Museum Administration, 39th Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study (co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution with the cooperation of the American Association of Museums), Washington, D.C., March 23, 2011.
  • "Organization & Professionalism in the Law" (Ethics CLE), Iowa Association of Administrative Law Judges' Fall Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, September 13, 2010.
  • "Ethical Use of Social Media," Ethics CLE, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri, June 30, 2010.
  • Panelist, "Life as a Professional: Professionalism, Effectiveness, and Personal Balance," Associate Deans' Conference— Nudge: Leading, Motivating, and Team Building, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Bar Association, June 25, 2010.
  • Panelist, "Why Does a Diverse Judiciary Matter? How Can We Achieve It?," Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary, League of Women Voters of Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, October 17, 2009.
  • "Developing a Professional Wardrobe: Basics for Men and Women," Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, February 10, 2010.
  • "Organization & Professionalism in the Law (Ethics CLE)," Fifth Annual Legal Diversity Summit, Nebraska Bar Association, Omaha, Nebraska, October 9, 2009.
  • "The Organized Lawyer & Professionalism in the Law," Lawyers & Leaders Programs, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, March 26, 2009.
  • "Developing a Professional Wardrobe: Basics for Men and Women," Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas, January 27, 2009.

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Photograph of Kelly Lynn Anders by Jason Dailey, courtesy Topeka Magazine and Sunflower Publishing.

What does it mean to be organized?
Why does it matter?
How are lawyers different?

On a regular basis, attorneys are sanctioned for many misdeeds that can be traced back to disorganization. Often, the sanctions are for actions that are inexcusable, but not malicious. Rather they are examples of how bad things can get when one is disorganized. Examples include:

Just the thought of all of the responsibilities we need to handle can be overwhelming.

How does one do so and remain organized?

What's Your Organizational Style?

There's more than one way to be organized, but you wouldn't know it from most books and television shows. There's so much more to creating and maintaining an organized space than purchasing a bunch of plastic bins and attractive containers from the local office supply store. Add stress and time constraints and multiple types of items to control and it's a recipe for failure — or a belief that organization is impossible. That's where this book comes in.

A New Approach

The Organized Lawyer is designed to address the needs of all types of lawyers - corporate, nonprofit, government, law firm, academic, and solo practitioners. Whether you're in a cubicle, corner office, or working out of your home, this book will help you develop and maintain a more organized space.

What sets this book apart from other organizational guides is its approach. Many books offer valuable tips and tools, but they fail to address how different people have different ways of looking at their things. I believe we all have a particular organization style that impacts how we view our things, live with them, and keep them organized — or disorganized. What works for some does not work for others.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Your Organizational Type
  3. Office Layouts
  4. Desk Arrangements
  5. Paper and Electronic Files
  6. Financial Recordkeeping
  7. Planners and Electronic Organizers
  8. Organizing Your Home Office
  9. Alternative Work Areas
  10. Home and Office Libraries
  11. Personal Services
  12. Marketing and Entertaining
  13. Your Professional Wardrobe
  14. Keeping on Track

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