LI15: A Law Firm’s Competitive Edge: Writing Effective Business Continuity Plans

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Recorded On: 05/03/2018

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We all know that a comprehensively written business continuity plan is an essential part of your firm's business continuity program. Is your current plan gathering dust on a shelf? Are you struggling to put together a written plan that not only prepares your firm in the event of a disaster but also meets client compliance and audit requirements? What about request for proposal (RFP) guidelines? If so, then this session is for you. This hands-on session is for managers in any-sized firm. We'll work through a checklist of key components that should be a part of every written business continuity plan. You'll also receive a template that you can bring back to your office and customize for your firm. 


  • Explain the importance of having a written business continuity plan.
  • Discuss why compliance issues, multiple client audits and RFP requests have changed the playing field for business continuity in the legal field. 
  • Identify the key/essential elements of a comprehensive business continuity plan. 
  • Apply the techniques discussed by completing a template that can be used by your office to write or enhance your firm's business continuity plan. 

Audience: Intermediate 

Other Information: 

60 Minutes

CLM App Management Category: Writing Skills 

CLM App Management Category -FS: Legal Industry/Business Management 

CPE Field of Study: Business Management & Organization

Kathryn Scourby

Kathryn Scourby is the Principal of KNS Consulting, LLC. She works with professional service firms to achieve their goals in the areas of business continuity, disaster preparedness, risk management and compliance. Scourby trains management professionals and all levels of staff at private service firms and facilitates table-top exercises in these focus areas. Additionally, she served on ALA's Board of Directors (2004–2008), was a trustee for the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators (2010–2013), and currently serves on ALA's International Relations Committee.


Conference Recording
Recorded 05/03/2018
Recorded 05/03/2018
1.00 hour CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 hour CE credit  |  Certificate available