This month here in the State Bar offices, we are surrounded by packing boxes as we ready ourselves for a shift to another portion of the Bar’s building. Nothing like a move to get you to throw out stuff you shouldn’t be holding on to!

Our department is slated to be out of our current space by the close of business Monday. It appears that we’re going to make the deadline. So far, so good.

Our move got me thinking back to similar moves I’ve made when I worked in law firms. Mobilizing documents, technology and people can be a Herculean undertaking. And doing it without having productivity dip too severely is quite an accomplishment.

So that got me to wondering:

  • How many of you have lived through an office move?
  • What would you say is the single best decision you or your firm made to ensure a good move?
  • What was the single worst mistake that your firm made?

I’ll keep it all anonymous, of course, but I’d really like to know.

In my office, almost done

In the meantime, here are a few articles on the topic of law office moves. As the first—from Practice Blawg, of the Minnesota State Bar Association—opens:

“Anyone who has recently moved an office or home (or both at the same time) is familiar with the scatterbrainedness that accompanies the general sense of displacement. Having recently experienced the chaos fun of moving myself, I’m sharing my moving checklist here to hopefully simplify the process for someone else.”

Read the whole post here.

And over at Lawbiz, they have some helpful tips on moving your law firm into new space.

Wish us luck this week. We’ll be in our new space by next Monday.