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    Mission Statement & Goals

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    You are about to start work for a solo practitioner in a metropolitan area of about one million people. The office will be located just outside of the downtown area. The solo practitioner for whom you work engages in a general practice of law, but emphasizes civil practice and family law. She engages in almost no criminal defense work except where it is requested either by an existing client or as part of a civil matter. She has been in practice for about five years. Prior to that, upon graduation from law school, she clerked for two years for an associate judge of the state supreme court. She spent six months with a medium-sized firm, then decided to open her practice. Her current office is in the downtown area, where she and a secretary/receptionist conduct her practice. You will be her first legal assistant. Her practice continues to grow, in part, because she is a very competent attorney and, in part, because her manner and approach encourage clients to seek her services. She has no time to organize her office and has no operating manuals or procedures. She uses time-management software, but lists her former clients on three-by-five cards that she uses to check for conflicts of interest. One of the sites that she is considering is shared office space with five other solo practitioners. She is also considering a suite of offices adjacent to the mid-sized firm for which she used to work. Image and philosophy are very important to her, and she has told you that she expects you to assist her in developing statements about both for her practice.

    Develop a mission statement for the firm as well as 5-8 Goals from the fact pattern described.

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    As a visionary leader who has experience within the judicial system having clerked for a state supreme court judge, my office's mission is to adhere to the ethics of justice and provide clients with quality, competent, and reliable counsel in civil and family law. To achieve this mission I and my employees will conduct ourselves with the utmost professional integrity while employing the legal tools and education to win cases for our ...

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    The solution discusses the mission statement and goals.