Practice Resource Institute - Program Description
Questions on Law Office Management?
Recognizing that many practicing lawyers lack fundamental training in business and practice management principles, the Practice Resource Institute (PRI), through an experienced staff of practice management advisors, provides advice, assistance and support to members of The Florida Bar through a variety of services. Focused on management principles such as trust accounting rules, docket control, prevention of client conflicts, and the integration of new technology into the law practice, PRI strives to help attorneys avoid malpractice claims and grievances through the application of sound business processes, best practices, and exists to provide Florida attorneys with this type of assistance.
PRI promotes effective management techniques for both lawyer and support staff in a manner flexible enough to respond to the immediate demands of today's ever-changing law office environment. Information is shared through telephone help line and email conversations, low-cost or free on-line CLE seminars focusing on law office management, requested items from our collection of Law Office Management reference materials, and publication of news articles. PRI has an active role in helping attorneys experiencing law office management problems. Telephone and email queries are free. Longer teleconference consultations are fee-based and provide a detailed analysis of firm management policy, procedures and issues.
Established in 1979, PRI is the longest continuously-running state-bar sponsored program in the United States, and has served as the model for similar law office management assistance programs throughout North America. Stemming from a special committee appointed to design an innovative program to provide law office management education to Florida lawyers, The Florida Bar’s PRI program has grown to assist thousands of attorneys and legal staff members each year. Fielding thousands or emails and telephone calls annually, its services have expanded to include technology assistance, marketing, video CLE production, and a variety of other projects, each designed to serve Bar members and their support staff.
PRI has several goals supporting the principal objective of educating attorneys and improving their law office management function:
•To investigate, accumulate, and evaluate law office management information and technologies.
•To publish and distribute, information and techniques relating to law office management.
•To increase awareness of professional liability and risk management procedures.
•To anticipate trends and problems in law office management and to advise The Florida Bar regarding them.
QUESTIONS ON LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT?
The Florida Bar's Practice Resource Institute can offer assistance to attorneys in many subject areas. The following list is intended only to illustrate general categories of information we work with and supply help on. Each request for information from a Bar member is researched and responded to individually.
Calendaring and Docket Control
Conflicts of Interest
Drugs in the Workplace
Fees & Fee Agreements
Forms, Administrative and Office
General Office Management
Performance Evaluation Systems
Record Keeping and Retention
Records Information Management (RIM)
Virtual law Offices