At Its Annual Conference, Clio Unveils New Design, New Direction

    25 Sep 2017, 9:09 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Nine years after it launched as the first commercial, cloud-based practice management platform, Clio has been teasing the legal community with promises of major news, symbolized by the hashtag #newclio. Earlier this month, I was given a preview of the news during a media day visit to Clio’s headquarters in Vancouver, B.C. But, as I […] The post …

    Risky Business: Managing Law Firm Risks

    Lawyers help their clients manage many legal and business risks. But law firms have many risks of their own to manage today. From ransomware and other cyber attacks to losing a key client or key lawyer, the way to manage...

    Checklist for Making the Most of Media Mentions

    25 Sep 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    You know being quoted in the press can be great for your law practice. It provides third-party validation that you’re amazing, right? If you’ve been following Attorney at Work, you’ve already learned plenty about how to use news releases, tap into HARO and gain media mentions. Now, here are ways to make the most of those media mentions once you …

    Checklist for Making the Most of Media Mentions

    25 Sep 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    You know being quoted in the press can be great for your law practice. It provides third-party validation that you’re amazing, right? If you’ve been following Attorney at Work, you’ve already learned plenty about how to use news releases, tap into HARO and gain media mentions. Now, here are ways to make the most of those media mentions once you …

    Top Five Keyboard Shortcuts

    22 Sep 2017, 4:02 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Chances are, you use a pointing device with your computer today. It could be a touchscreen. It could be a built-in trackpad. It might be a trackball. It could even be that original of the species, the humble mouse. Your keyboard? That’s only for creating text, of course. Who needs it to execute commands? You do — if you value faster computing. …

    Top Five Keyboard Shortcuts

    22 Sep 2017, 4:02 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Chances are, you use a pointing device with your computer today. It could be a touchscreen. It could be a built-in trackpad. It might be a trackball. It could even be that original of the species, the humble mouse. Your keyboard? That’s only for creating text, of course. Who needs it to execute commands? You do — if you value faster computing. …

    New York Times feature “The Lawyer, The Addict”

    21 Sep 2017, 2:24 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    The New York Times has published an excellent article called “The Lawyer, The Addict” about a lawyer who succumbed to a secret drug addiction and his ex-wife’s attempts to piece together how he could maintain a successful legal career while hiding his problems right to the very end. The article explores the toll drugs and... Read More »

    New Hate Crime App Helps Victims Find Help and Resources

    21 Sep 2017, 11:55 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Last March, I participated in a day-long design sprint held with the goal of developing a web application to assist hate-crime victims. Now, that app has been released. The design event was held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and was sponsored by Suffolk and the ABA Center for Innovation, along with CuroLegal and Stanford […] The post …

    Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Launches Podcast

    21 Sep 2017, 6:54 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Here’s another show to add to your podcast-listening list — a new podcast by Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who President Trump fired last March, called Stay Tuned With Preet. In the weekly podcast, Bharara plans to speak with prominent judges, justice department officials, reporters and politicians …

    Law Firm Senior Management Underrepresented at CLOC Conference

    21 Sep 2017, 6:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    At its second annual conference in Las Vegas in May 2017, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) offered professional development sessions on a range of topics to more than 1000 attendees – twice the turnout of its first conference, which was held a year ago. CLOC describes itself as a “non-profit organization consisting of legal …

    How to Calm an Angry Client in 90 Seconds or Less

    21 Sep 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    At one time or another in your career, you will confront an angry client. Unfortunately, law school does not prepare us for dealing with clients. We are dependent on our own life skills and common sense to handle these situations. Presumably, as we gain experience in practice, we get better at it. However, you don't have to be a senior lawyer with …

    More Details on the Partnership Between Evolve Law and Above the Law

    20 Sep 2017, 10:27 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Two years ago this week, I reported on the launch of Evolve Law, a for-profit membership organization aimed at driving technology innovation and adoption in the legal industry. Cofounders Jules Miller and Mary Juetten told me at the time that they hoped to attract innovative, early-stage companies as members and encourage collaboration among them to …

    Blockchain for Law Practice Management – A First?

    20 Sep 2017, 7:08 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Blockchain remains a hot topic, including in legal, but I have long wondered when we would see the first instance of blockchain for law practice management. (I contrast that with the impact blockchain is having on law practice, namely a growing number of lawyers who advise on it. See for example my August 2016 post, Blockchain – Will It Affect Your …

    Women’s Success Strategies for Advancement

    20 Sep 2017, 7:00 am | From Rainmaking Oasis, LLC | Fellows Blog

    Despite the progress women have achieved in general and in law firms, many women continue to express frustration about how to compete and be successful as they climb the career ladder.   Enlightened firms have tried to tackle unconscious bias through mandatory training and intentionally putting more women in management positions. Some clients have …

    LawToolBox in Running for Office App People’s Choice Award

    20 Sep 2017, 6:44 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The deadline calculator application LawToolBox is in the running for a 2017 Office App People’s Choice Award — notable because, of the nine apps in contention, it is the only one designed for legal professionals. The People’s Choice Award is given to the Microsoft Office 365 add-in or app that receives the most votes. Deadline […] The post …

    Think Big, Act Small: The Cure for What Ails a Struggling Associate

    20 Sep 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    When I was practicing law at a large firm, the associate annual review period was always an interesting time around the office. This may not be true at all firms, and perhaps there’s more frequent communication happening these days, but in my experience, things were always so busy that it was rare that candid, comprehensive feedback was provided …

    Recognizing the red flags of real estate scams involving corporate identity theft

    19 Sep 2017, 9:02 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Frauds targeting real estate lawyers are getting ever more sophisticated. LAWPRO has seen several attempted frauds involving corporate identity theft. The properties involved may be commercial or residential, but are always owned by a corporation. How these frauds work These frauds start with the fraudsters changing or stealing the identity of corporate …

    Magic Business Development Pill for Lawyers

    19 Sep 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    A number of years ago, a good friend shared what he considers the "magic business development pill." It's simple. There are only two ingredients: 1) Make your conversation all about the client or potential client) and keep it about them; and 2) Show up with great frequency. According to my friend, keep repeating these steps and everything will work …

    Proud To Announce I Will Receive The Yankee Quill Award For Journalism

    18 Sep 2017, 11:49 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I am extremely honored to report that I have been selected to receive the Yankee Quill Award, presented by the Academy of New England Journalists “to honor extraordinary newspaper men and women for their lifetime of achievement and distinction in New England journalism.” The award will be presented at a dinner on Oct. 12, 2017, […] The post Proud …

    Rocket Matter CEO Helps Launch Legal-Focused Payment Processing Company for Credit Cards

    18 Sep 2017, 6:45 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    [Clarification: Although this post described LexCharge as having “spun off” from Rocket Matter, I did not mean to suggest that the company was formed within Rocket Matter and then sold off in some way. Rocket Matter’s CEO Larry Port and LexCharge’s CEO Jeff Shavitz together conceived of the company and it has been a fully […] The post Rocket …

    Good Practice Habits: Taking Instructions & Giving Recommendations

    14 Sep 2017, 9:09 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Lawyer/client communication-related claims are the number one source of malpractice claims in all areas of practice. These claims can arise when there is a mis-communication or no communication at all. The lawyer and client can be confused over who is doing what. Were instructions received but ignored? Was the lawyer supposed to do something which... …

    Is the Pressure Building on Big Law?

    14 Sep 2017, 7:48 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I’ve complained that too many commentators predict Big Law disruption. With Big Law surviving the 2008-10 economic crisis largely intact and profits continuing to grow, it’s hard to see the disruption. What’s hard to miss though is the pressure Big Law faces from several directions. I am struck by four news items this week and last that reflect …

    Help for Stressed-Out Lawyers

    14 Sep 2017, 6:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    Are you anxious? depressed? chronically stressed? Jeena Cho, who with Karen Gifford has co-authored a book for the American Bar Association entitled The Anxious Lawyer, has some reassuring news that may not come as much of a surprise: your mental state is common among lawyers. In an article on their anxiouslawyer website, Jeena Cho argues that these …

    Revealed: Justin Kan’s Secretive Legal Startup Debuts Today As A Different Kind of Law Firm

    14 Sep 2017, 5:58 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Last April, reports surfaced that Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Justin Kan was looking to raise — and then in June did raise — $10 million for an initial round of funding for a startup that would “revolutionize legal services.” The name of the startup was known, Atrium LTS, but little else, except that it would […] The post Revealed: …

    New LegalSifter ‘Sifts’ Legal Documents And Provides Negotiation Advice

    13 Sep 2017, 9:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A new document review tool, LegalSifter, reviews incoming drafts of legal contracts and then, within a minute or two, offers advice on negotiating the contract’s terms and conditions. While the tool will be marketed directly to corporations and businesses that negotiate their own contracts, the company is also heavily targeting law firms that want …

    The revenue-neutral associate

    13 Sep 2017, 6:43 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    Last month, while writing an article about professional development in the law, I impulsively posted the following question on LinkedIn: Quick survey for those of you who began your careers as law firm associates: How many months and/or years did it take before you felt like a reasonably competent and confident lawyer? The answers came […] The post …

    After Visit To Its Headquarters, Some Thoughts on Clio and Its Future Course

    13 Sep 2017, 6:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Clio cofounders Rian Gauvreau and Jack Newton at their Vancouver office Friday. Last Friday, I spent the day at the headquarters of the practice-management company Clio, just outside Vancouver, B.C. The purpose of my visit was for an advance briefing of news the company will announce at its Clio Cloud Conference later this month. While I cannot […] …

    The Small Law Firm Juggling Act: 3 Things That Can Help

    12 Sep 2017, 7:56 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    3 quick tips to help you focus on what matters in your work – and life. The post The Small Law Firm Juggling Act: 3 Things That Can Help appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

    Litigation claims on the rise

    11 Sep 2017, 7:58 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In recent years, the growth in civil litigation claims has outstripped the overall growth in claims. For example, from 2006 through 2010 LAWPRO received an average of 708 civil litigation claims each year, and during 2011 through 2015, the average increased to 948 each year. This growth of 34 per cent vastly exceeds the 7... Read More »

    Client Portals: Now More Important than Ever

    My "Big Idea" for the Big Ideas issue of Law Practice Magazine was a column titled The Law Firm Portal: A Must-Have Client Service Tool. I hope you can take the time to read it. In all honesty perhaps the...

    ICYMI One Year Ago - Cyber Security for Small Firms and Solo Practices on Digital Detective podcast

    One year ago I was the guest on Digital Detectives podcast on the topic of Cyber Security for Small Firms and Solo Practice. This is an important subject and I decided this podcast deserved a repeat promotion. I had occasion...

    Early Observations from the GC Thought Leader Experiment (Live)

    7 Sep 2017, 11:03 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post of a webinar hosted by Advance Law. In July, An Open Letter From 25 General Counsel published in Corporate Counsel announced a ” real-time exercise to test industry assumptions and understand how to improve the legal market and relationships between law firms and clients. Led by general counsel from Panasonic, Mastercard, Avaya …

    21 Additions to My List of Legal Startups

    7 Sep 2017, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Here are 21 additions to my list of legal startups. This brings the list to 668 entries. Send additions and updates to ambrogi-at-gmail.com. To read more about this list and why I created it, see this post. Company Description Country Status Apperio Apperio makes law firm spend transparent for general counsel, empowering them to make decisions […] …

    Microsoft’s Lawyers Told to Swap Billable Hours for Alternative Fee Strategies

    7 Sep 2017, 6:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    According to an article on Quartz, Microsoft will require all of the law firms with which it works to move to a retainer or other billing approach for most legal matters, rather than billing by the hour, within two years. As the article points out, the billable hour may be traditional and standard procedure for...… Continue Reading

    practicePRO.ca: Time for a new look

    6 Sep 2017, 10:29 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    It’s been nearly 20 years since the launch of the original practicePRO.ca website. While the site was basic by today’s standards, it offered the high quality risk management articles, checklists and precedents lawyers would come to expect from the program. In its first few years, practicePRO.ca averaged 30,000 visitors and 7,000 downloads per year …

    Industry Group Strategy Part 2: How to Execute IGs Effectively

    6 Sep 2017, 6:58 am | From Rainmaking Oasis, LLC | Fellows Blog

    In our prior post, Industry Group Strategy Part 1 – What are They and Why Have IGs? we clarified the difference between sectors and industries and discussed the benefits and goals of having them.  In law firms, Industry Groups, like client teams, straddle multiple practice groups and lawyers may be members of several practice groups Read More

    Another State Adopts Duty of Technology Competence, Bringing Total to 28

    6 Sep 2017, 6:27 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In my continuing effort to keep a tally of the states that have adopted the duty of technology competence, I’ve discovered another, Nebraska, which brings the total to 28 states. The Nebraska Supreme Court adopted the amendment on June 28, 2017.  It amends comment 6 to Nebraska Rule of Professional Conduct § 3-501.1 — the corollary […] The …

    Free Speech, Hate Speech and Censorship: Conversation with Eugene Volokh and Rob Bertsche

    5 Sep 2017, 1:06 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In our latest episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the contours of free speech, hate speech, censorship and the First Amendment. Can and should hate speech be shut down? Can and should the president block followers on Twitter? Who gets to decide what speech is allowed? We have a fascinating discussion with […] The post Free …

    Should you go to law school?

    5 Sep 2017, 9:15 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    “Letters! I get letters!” Well, actually, I get emails, and sometimes direct messages on LinkedIn, but the main thing is, people frequently write me with questions about what they should do in the new legal market. I respond as best I can, but I’ll give particular priority to anyone asking, as one person recently did, […] The post Should you …

    Rocket Matter Adds New Features and Tools, Including Slack-Like Messaging and All-New App

    5 Sep 2017, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The practice management platform Rocket Matter is releasing a variety of new features and tools today in an update that founder and CEO Larry Port calls the product’s second-biggest in its nine-year history, after only its 2016 top-to-bottom overhaul of its user interface. Perhaps the most significant addition is a feature called Communicator, a …