ALPMA Blog Policy & Guidelines
ALPMA’s Blog: A Survival Guide for Legal Practice Managers
aims to practical advice and useful information for leaders and managers at law firms and legal departments that will help them:
- Develop their core management skills
- Build their knowledge across multiple professional domains (including legal practice management, HR, marketing, business development, IT, finance and knowledge management)
- Lead their firm’s development
- Support their career progression
- Promote the legal practice management profession.
Topics span ALPMA's Legal Practice Management Learning and Development Framework
The ALPMA blog is written for law firm and legal department leaders and managers. These include:
- Practice Managers, General Managers and senior C-level executives at law firms or legal departments
- Office Managers & Administration Managers at law firms or legal departments
- Domain-specialists at law firms: HR Managers, Marketing Managers, Business Development Managers, IT Managers, Knowledge Managers
- Lawyers with management responsibilities at law firms or legal departments.
The ALPMA Blog features original blog posts from ALPMA and Guest Bloggers including:
- ALPMA Members and other legal practice management professionals
- People and companies with legal industry or relevant domain-specialist experience and expertise
- ALPMA partners
- Guest Bloggers will be identified by name, title and company.
Becoming a Guest Blogger
The ALPMA Blog is edited by Nicki Hauser, ALPMA's Marketing & BD Manager.
Posts are made weekly, every Tuesday morning, and are scheduled at least a month in advance. Please email Nicki if you are interested in becoming a guest blogger, outlining your proposed topic and credentials and to agree publication and timing for your post.
Please provide the following at least one week prior to your agreed publication date:
- Your post in Word format.
- Supporting material (in pdf format) that provides further information that you have produced on your topic (eg an article, case study or survey ) for placement in ALPMA’s on-line Knowledge Bank. We will then upload this and link to this in your post.
- Electronic .jpg images to support your post (you must own these images)
- A head and shoulders photo in jpeg format
- Your twitter handle, so we can reference this in our Tweets about your content.
- A brief biography with hyperlinks to your company
- Please submit your post to Nicki Hauser, our Marketing & BD Manager.
ALPMA Guest Blogger Rules
- Provide content that is original for the ALPMA blog (not the same blog post that has already been used somewhere else).
- Provide honest, accurate and concise information that is relevant to readers
- Be respectful
- Do not provide any confidential, proprietary or commercially-sensitive information.
- Do not provide information directly promoting external products or services.
- Acknowledge and correct any mistakes as soon as they have been identified.
- Acknowledge all reference material and provide direct links to online references.
- Clearly express any opinions as your own.
- Disclose any conflicts of interest.
- You may re-use the blog content you have produced for the ALPMA blog, provided you acknowledge that it was originally written for the ALPMA Blog: A Survival Guide for Legal Practice Managers, and include a hyperlink to the original blog post.
Guest Blogger Post Guidelines
Suggested post length is 500 - 1,000 words.
Use lists, bullet points and sub-headings to break up your text and keep readers interest.
Keep the tone of your post in informal and conversational (eg: use personal pronouns like “you”, “we”, “I”, “us”) but always professional.
Do not try to convey too much information in one post – think of one or two key things that you want reader to take-away after reading your post.
Provide content that challenges the way things are done, or suggests how to do things better, faster or cheaper.
Provide “best-practice” guidelines or information based on relevant, recent research.
Be a little controversial! Challenge the status quo and suggest ways of doing things differently.
Share your (or your firm’s) recent experiences (good and bad) , challenges or issues
Point readers to where they can find additional information on the subject if they are interested.
Invite comment on your post by asking questions about the reader’s own experience or opinions
Respond promptly to any comments.
- ALPMA reserves the right to edit blog post submissions prior to posting - we will seek your approval to revisions prior to posting.
- ALPMA reserves the right to remove comments that it deems inappropriate.
- ALPMA may also promote your content as it sees fit.
- ALPMA does not accept responsibility for, or endorse the views of its Guest Bloggers.