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    Site of the Week: Emmet Marvin

    24 Apr 2014, 2:24 pm | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Emmet Marvin is one of oldest firms in continuous existence in the U.S., serving some institutional clients for 150+ years. Their new website portrays the Wall Street boutique, with 50+ professionals, as a banking industry leader. Case studies on the homepage prove that you don’t need a Wall Street Goliath to get a deal done. Emmet Marvin […] …

    What’s next for law firm leaders?

    24 Apr 2014, 1:07 pm | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    MimesisLaw: “Senior Privilege: How Some Law Firms Stifle Rainmaker Development” I met with Lee Pacchia on Mimesis Law‘s “Business of Law” web TV program to discuss, among other topics, my recent post in which I described how some law firms are stifling the growth of future rainmakers.  I made a few bold comments, many of […]

    The incidental lawyer

    24 Apr 2014, 11:50 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled this week that LegalZoom’s services do not constitute the unauthorized practice of law. As reported by Greg Lambert at 3 Geeks, LegalZoom’s press release celebrates the news, while also taking pains to note that the company’s documents have been reviewed by the state Supreme Court and that it frequently …

    Conflicts rules leave room for (careful) collegiality

    24 Apr 2014, 8:55 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Consulting with more experienced colleagues to confirm that you’re on the right track in resolving a problem is natural and commendable in any profession. Working in isolation is inefficient, and leads to preventable errors. Without access to information about others’ experience, we’re forced to make our own mistakes. For this reason, sole practitioners …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Steven Patel and Allerton Steel

    24 Apr 2014, 8:24 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A New Hampshire firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Steven Patel of Allerton Steel looking to retain him with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped […]

    Unsend Email? Two Harvard Law Students Have a Way

    24 Apr 2014, 7:50 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It has happened to all of us, I’m sure. You hit “send,” only to realize autofill has provided the wrong address. Or, you “reply all” when you meant your response to be private. How many times have you said to yourself, “If only I could unsend that email”? Now you can. Two Harvard Law School […] The post Unsend Email? Two Harvard Law …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Value Billing

    24 Apr 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed discusses how increase your value by understanding what is most important to your clients… Continue Reading

    Shrink to Grow Your Law Practice

    24 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    To grow your law practice, you have to get more clients, right? But is that really the best growth strategy? Not necessarily. For many law firms, the right strategy is to get better, not bigger. Pursuing growth — more clients, more billable hours, more staff — for growth's sake is often counter-productive. Good growth — sustainable, manageable …

    Breach of license agreement scam using the names Allen Chen and Bioway Corporation

    23 Apr 2014, 10:32 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers in Ontario and South Carolina reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Allen Chen of Bioway Corporationwith regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of a copyright agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this […]

    App of the Week: Microsoft Office Mobile

    23 Apr 2014, 10:15 am | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Need to make last minute changes to a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document while on-the-go? You’re in luck with Microsoft’s new Office Mobile app. The software is convenient, user-friendly and, best of all, doesn’t require a keyboard. The app interface is the same as it is on the computer, making it less foreign to users, but […] The post App …

    Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Secure Your Mobile Devices to Protect the Data on Them

    23 Apr 2014, 10:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds …

    Back Up Your Cloud with ‘Backupify’

    23 Apr 2014, 8:14 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Have you ever thought about whether you should back up your law firm’s cloud? If your cloud service goes down or loses files, where will that leave you? A recent report from Forrester Research cautions that businesses should back up their critical cloud data before it’s too late. Now, a Massachusetts-based company, Backupify, is offering […] …

    The Local Search Game

    23 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Let's say you're an average Joe who needs to find a local lawyer. Finding the right one can certainly be a difficult quest. Where do you start? Many might think a person's automatic first step would be to ask a few friends if they've used a lawyer they can recommend. But according to a new FindLaw survey, consumers are more likely to head straight …

    When Divination Becomes Scientific: Google Analytics and the Roman Era

    22 Apr 2014, 2:16 pm | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    We pay attention to history in order to gain perspective. And we pay attention to Google Analytics as if the consumer behavior reflected in that mathematics was directly related to purchasing; that is, directly related to the success of our site—its design, structure and messaging. But do we know that for sure? At the beginning […] The post When …

    Coping with the Heartbleed security flaw (and future Heartbleeds)

    Surely you have heard of the Internet security threat Heartbleed by now. But the explanations seem a bit complicated and advice to change all of your passwords yet again seems so “been there, done that.” This is a serious matter....

    LAWPRO Magazine practice tip: Steer clear of real estate claims by asking these five questions on every deal

    22 Apr 2014, 1:11 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    The real estate lawyer’s job is more than just conveying title, and not every matter will be straightforward. Communication errors and inadequate investigation are the biggest causes of real estate claims at LAWPRO, respectively 41 per cent and 26 per cent of claims reported between 2001 and 2011. Busy, high-volume practices often lead to situations …

    First Look: Sony Digital Paper for Taking Notes, Reading and Annotating Docs

    22 Apr 2014, 10:23 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Just after ABA Techshow, I published a post listing my picks for the top 10 product announcements at the show. My #2 pick was Sony’s Digital Paper, a remarkably thin (.26 inches) and light (12.6 oz.) tablet-like device with a 13.3 inch, high-contrast E Ink display. You can use it to take handwritten notes or to read […] The post First Look: Sony …

    Separation agreement scam using the name Mariam Jacob

    22 Apr 2014, 8:33 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Mariam Jacob looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be […]

    The Money-Making Proposition

    22 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It’s simple math, actually. You can fiddle around with yearly billables expectations, “pieces of the pie” and annual hourly rate adjustments — and even stop stocking free coffee in the break room. But your ability to build a legal business that thrives — one that makes money — is going to require a more systemic approach. You’ll need …

    Funded Jobs

    21 Apr 2014, 11:16 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    In today’s newspaper, Don J. DeBenedictis, staff writer for the Journal, discusses law schools’ new approach to help law school graduates find jobs. This idea is one of several being discussed to match the supply and demand of legal services. It is clear that there is a greater demand for legal services than is now … Continue Reading

    Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Be Safer When Using Remote Access and Public Computers

    21 Apr 2014, 9:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds …

    Separation agreement scam using the name Angela Azuma

    21 Apr 2014, 8:52 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Angela Azuma looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be […]

    Cure Bad Speech Habits: “It’s, Like, Y’know, Amazing!”

    21 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If I hear an awards show red-carpet doyenne say “Your gown is amazing” one more time, I think I will puke on my tray-table. How about “terrific” or “magnificent” or “stunning”? How about getting a thesaurus? Your vocabulary is probably better than the average reality-show star, but if, you know, you are addicted to “amazing,” or …

    State of the US Legal Market Summed Up in 3 Tweets

    20 Apr 2014, 5:18 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Each Friday I select three of the best and most interesting Tweets from the prior week as my “Tweets of the Week”.  Last week, I was struck by how my picks tell the current story of the legal market… With demand flat, Big Law faces price and profit pressure.  So firms try to grow in other ways, mostly by merging. And protect profit by cutting …

    Site of the Week: Artfully Walls

    18 Apr 2014, 9:38 am | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Have you ever purchased a piece of artwork, only to find out that it just doesn’t go with the pieces you already have? Or maybe you’ve got blank walls and are overwhelmed by the thought of having to coordinate multiple pieces into one coherent look? Fear no more because now you have the help of Artfully […] The post Site of the Week: Artfully …

    Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Scrub Confidential Client Information on Discarded Equipment

    18 Apr 2014, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Selling Your Practice in the Internet Age, Part 2

    17 Apr 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed continues his discussion of the issues involved in selling a law practice… Continue Reading

    Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Lock Down and Protect Your Data Wherever it Is

    16 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds …

    We Test WordRake’s Beta Version 2.0 on ‘McCutcheon’

    16 Apr 2014, 7:36 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    When WordRake , the editing program for lawyers, was first released in 2012, I put it to the test against two of the most eloquent writers on the Supreme Court, Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan. If WordRake could improve on Scalia and Kagan, I reasoned, imagine what it could do for the rest of us. […] The post We Test WordRake’s Beta Version …

    Me again

    15 Apr 2014, 11:22 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    So I thought you might be interested in reading about what I’ve been up to lately outside of Law21 (seeing as how I sure haven’t been up to much here). I have a couple of new posts percolating for this month and next, and by mid-summer, I hope to announce what I think will be... Read more » The post Me again appeared first on Law21.

    How to Handle Heartbleed

    15 Apr 2014, 10:50 am | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    I was out of the office last week when the Heartbleed bug burst into the news so, while I’m a little slow getting information posted about it, things seemed to have resolved themselves and I now feel comfortable providing our members with some information and recommendations about how to deal with it. What is Heartbleed? […]

    Learning to Lead from Your Inner Executive

    15 Apr 2014, 9:53 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ Ah, there’s an elephant standing in the room Ah, though we’re all alone It’s not just me and you…♫ Lyrics and music by E.A. Morillo, H. Romero, J. Nunez, J. Wilkinson, B.M. Burton, recorded by Alexandra Burke.   This is another guest post from Beth Flynn at the Ohio State University Leadership Center. All [...]

    Avvo Gets Another $37.5 Million in Financing

    15 Apr 2014, 7:15 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It’s a good time to be a legal startup, it seems. Just three weeks ago, we reported here that Clio, the cloud-based practice management platform, had raised $20 million in financing. Now comes news that the lawyer directory site Avvo has closed $37.5 million in financing. This latest round of financing was led by Coatue […] The post Avvo Gets Another …

    Where is the Excitement about the Future of the Legal Market?

    14 Apr 2014, 9:59 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Every day I read about big and exciting changes in industry.  On Monday, the New York Times reported on the huge impact graphene could have in electronics and other industries, Forbes on the first artificial red blood cells that may go into production. Change happens even in old line industries. For example, also in the Times Monday: Leaner …

    Which Legal Sites Did Heartbleed Affect?

    14 Apr 2014, 9:08 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    You’ve no doubt heard about Heartbleed, the security flaw that exposed personal information at many leading websites. The flaw was in OpenSSL, an open-source version of the SSL protocol that is used to encrypt transmissions between you and a website. The flaw created a vulnerability that could have exposed sensitive information. The vulnerability …

    Breaking: ‘Estate Map’ is Shutting Down

    12 Apr 2014, 11:16 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Just 10 months after it launched, Estate Map is closing down. As I described in my review of it last August, Estate Map is a cloud-based tool for estate planning lawyers and their clients. For lawyers, it simplifies client intake and communications. For clients, it provides a portal where they provide information about themselves and […] The post …

    Must See: Helen Lawrence at The Stanley

    11 Apr 2014, 8:36 pm | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ These days go by And they’re gone before you know it So come on, open your window Let the light shine in This is life don’t miss it…♫ Lyrics, Music and recorded by Francesca Battistelli.   It is not too often that I get to write about technology and theatre.  However, to every rule there [...]

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Selling Your Practice in the Internet Age

    11 Apr 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed discusses the issues in selling a law practice… Continue Reading