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    How to Direct Non-Actors in a Video Shoot

    4 Mar 2015, 3:30 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Let’s get right to it. No messing around: First of all, directors are leaders.  Have a clear vision and communicate it clearly. “This is what we’re going for.” Establish your authority immediately. That said, your next job is to make your talent feel comfortable and safe. There are lots of videos on YouTube on directing […] The post How …

    What lawyers need to know about data stored on mobile devices

    4 Mar 2015, 12:46 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Rob Lekowski, writing in the ABA’s Law Technology Today blog, explains to lawyers >what kind of data can be obtained from their mobile devices. LAWPRO has written on the security of mobile devices from the point of view of cybersecurity, but Mr. Lekowski points out that devices are also being collected for litigation more and […]

    Moll Law Broadcasts Its New Brand with a Video-Only Website

    4 Mar 2015, 12:41 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Smaller firm brands can loom large, too. People generally associate Greenfield/Belser with large firms, and that’s fair, but we often work with smaller firms. After a successful legal career resulting in landmark decisions and precedent-setting rulings, Ken Moll looked to grab attention for his new firm with a video-only site. Yes, you read correctly …

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Dereck Oerlemans and Damen Group

    4 Mar 2015, 11:49 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A Florida firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Dereck Oerlemans of Damen Group looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Masayuki Sekita and Japan Art Collection Inc

    4 Mar 2015, 10:27 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Masayuki Sekita and Japan Art Collection Inc looking to retain them 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 […]

    Law Firm Leaders on Twitter: Pros and Cons

    4 Mar 2015, 3:16 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Leading a law firm is often compared to being the chief herder at a cat ranch. On the communications front, the managing partners at a law firm are challenged not only with what to say to their colleagues and clients but when and how to say it. Social media, and Twitter in particular, offers those in the top spots at law firms an outlet to reach and …

    Uniformity vs. Creativity

    Are uniformity and creativity two competing concepts? Does striving for uniformity kill creativity? My column in the February 2015 Oklahoma Bar Journal is titled Uniformity vs. Creativity and I argue that law firms, especially small- to mid-sized firms, need to...

    The Law Society’s Historic Discipline Data Project

    3 Mar 2015, 2:14 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    In 2011 the Heritage Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada began a project to document the disciplinary records in the LSUC archives (which go back to 1797). The aim is to make these records available to future researchers, and record such information (where available) as the nature of the complaints, the name of […]

    Fraud report for February 2015

    3 Mar 2015, 1:19 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    The pace of fraud emails and posts slowed somewhat in February compared to the previous month. We received 166 emails from lawyers (down from 187) and posted on 9 new fraud attempts (half the posts of January). The could partly be the result of a shortened month. 54% of the emails this month came from […]

    Who Cares About Martindale-Hubbell?

    3 Mar 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    There was a time when a sizable listing and an AV Peer Review rating in the Martindale-Hubbell directory was a lawyer's key to an endless flow of high-class clients. And today plenty of cash is still spent on premium listings in legal directories. So, what do the experts from the Legal Marketing Association think? Are there better ways to spend your …

    Diversity Week @ Osgoode: Cultural Competence

    2 Mar 2015, 8:59 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    This past week I participated on a panel to discuss diversity in our profession as part of celebrating Diversity Week at Osgoode Hall.  The students were concerned about life as a lawyer where there is a disproportionate representation of racialized people on the bench and in the bar. Will we be judged on merit? Will […]

    Separation agreement scam using the name Xuge Harper

    2 Mar 2015, 8:51 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Xuge Harper 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 […]

    Separation agreement scam using the name Lisa Chun

    2 Mar 2015, 8:47 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lisa Chun 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 […]

    Separation agreement scam using the name Gloria Daley

    2 Mar 2015, 8:43 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Gloria Daley 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 […]

    Three Notable Updates on Non-Lawyers Providing Legal Assistance

    2 Mar 2015, 6:52 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In the January 2015 issue of the ABA Journal, I had an article about Washington state’s limited license legal technician (LLLT) program, which will formally license non-lawyers to deliver legal services in limited circumstances independently, without a lawyer’s supervision. The article also discussed New York’s program of court navigators and …

    Four Steps to Surviving the New Normal

    2 Mar 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It gets to be a bit much, all the chatter about the legal profession changing at the speed of light. Even if it is transforming into something quite great — I know, maybe it is and maybe it isn't — it seems nearly impossible to figure out what to do about it in your own law practice. Particularly if you can hardly keep your head above water with …

    Stem Client Roundup for February 2015

    February is short, yet somehow our clients manage to pack as much into it as any other month! Here’s a look at what Stem clients were up to this past month: BC legal support services provider Dye & Durham held …

    7 Quick Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

    LinkedIn has long been the preferred choice for lawyers as a social business tool. There’s lots of studies to support that, and it likely doesn’t come as a surprise to many. Given this importance that many lawyers claim to have …

    Cache Rules Everything: A Warning About Internet Filters

    27 Feb 2015, 12:34 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    It’s no surprise that social media and search query sites such as Google and Facebook look at the links you’ve clicked, statuses you’ve favorited, and keywords you’ve used, to filter your search results and control what comes up on your news feed. This is all part of how the internet tailors information for you. And […] The post Cache Rules …

    Do Lawyers Have An Ethical Duty To Be Competent in E-Discovery?

    27 Feb 2015, 8:26 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It was big news in 2012 when the American Bar Association amended the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent in technology. Specifically, the ABA amended the comment to Model Rule 1.1, governing lawyer competence, to say that, in addition to keeping abreast of changes in the […] The post Do Lawyers …

    Five Checklists to Make Your Law Practice More Efficient

    27 Feb 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Processes are the means by which we get things done, and checklists can keep us on top of what needs to get done. That’s why pilots, surgeons and astronauts use checklists extensively. They help eliminate the fear of forgetting something important. When you set up a new client file, end a client matter or do any number of common law practice tasks …

    Internet Brands Widens Footprint in Legal with Purchase of Total Attorneys

    26 Feb 2015, 7:05 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Internet Brands, one of the world’s largest operators of websites that serve targeted vertical markets, this week widened its footprint in the legal industry with the purchase of the law practice management and marketing site Total Attorneys. Internet Brands already operates the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer directory; the Nolo legal self-help site …

    20 Legal Marketing Maxims

    26 Feb 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Every lawyer wrestles with getting and keeping clients. Actually, it is quite normal to constantly wonder: "Where do I start?" "Are we spending enough on marketing ... or spending too much on the wrong things?" "What are the right things?" Stop! Don't get all tangled up! Take a break and get back to the basics with advice from marketing guru Bob Denney …

    And what about law schools?

    You know when Newsweek is publishing a story on needed reforms for law schools that the conversation has extended past the legal community. Unfortunately rapid change has not been a trait of academia or of the legal community. But serious...

    Coughlin Duffy Builds a Versatile Market Position

    25 Feb 2015, 9:31 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    A mid-sized East Coast law firm with a strong national presence in the insurance industry, Coughlin Duffy’s core promise is flexibility. The firm can just as easily handle large, big-ticket matters as it can everyday challenges. Key supporting messages are companion words agility and versatility. Not a bad trio taken as a whole. Perhaps they […] …

    New ‘Redact Assistant’ Easily Redacts Word and Excel Files

    25 Feb 2015, 6:37 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers often have to redact documents in order to obscure confidential, privileged or sensitive information. Redaction is most typically required for documents filed with a court or exchanged during discovery. For PDF documents, redaction is a fairly simple process, because most of the leading PDF programs used by lawyers include redaction as a built …

    Can You Be a Better Boss?

    25 Feb 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Question: From a firm administrator’s perspective, what could a lawyer do to be a better boss? Supervising staff can be a challenge, but any lawyer can be a good boss with a little conscious effort. In this edition of "Ask the Experts from the Association of Legal Administrators," Sharon Abrahams and Paul Morton offer key advice to improve your …

    10 Strategies for Bringing More Love into the Law

    24 Feb 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Last week, Christy Cassisa introduced us to the concept of "companionate love" in the workplace. It's a type of emotional culture in which relationships are based on warmth, caring and connection — and, as Christy detailed in Part One, research shows it's good for employers, employees and even clients. Today, she gets practical with a list of how …

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    23 Feb 2015, 9:10 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Just today, in reviewing materials preparatory to moving my office after 25 years at one location, I reviewed the June 6, 1983 issue of Time magazine. Two articles were of particular significance. One was the cover article about “…stress, seeking cures for modern anxieties…” The other was about education, “…have degree, will travel.” “ …

    Must Read: GPSOLO's Dispute Resolution issue

    Mediation and arbitration are receiving a lot more attention these days. Even online dispute resolution has gone from a concept to a reality. The January/February 2015 issue of GPSOLO magazine with its theme of Dispute Resolution is an excellent resource...

    An Update on Microsoft’s Practice Management Product for Lawyers

    23 Feb 2015, 8:29 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In a recent post here, Microsoft Readies Launch of Practice Management Product for Lawyers, I wrote about Microsoft’s forthcoming launch of a practice management product for lawyers. I speculated that the launch would be of Matter Center for Office 365, which Microsoft previewed at last year’s International Legal Technology Association conference …

    Recognition for “Timekeeping Company argues lawyers using AFAs still need to keep time”

    I am honored that my recent post, Timekeeping Company argues lawyers using AFAs still need to keep time, has been selected by the editorial team of SmallLaw, as its SmallLaw Pick of the Week.  SmallLaw is a popular email newsletter for solos and those who manage and work in small law firms. This recognition was... Continue Reading The post Recognition …

    A Roman Walks Into a Bar

    23 Feb 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    A Roman walks into a bar and tells the bartender, “I’d like a martinus.” The bartender says, “You mean a martini.” “No,” says the Roman, “I only want one.” English is a funny language — in both senses of the word. English incorporates words from other languages, and sometimes that means the usual rules don’t work. Usually, we …

    Strategies for Change Management in Large Law Firms

    22 Feb 2015, 3:06 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers and law firms have a reputation for resisting new things. Yet both have changed quite a bit in recent decades. Understanding these changes, and how to encourage future ones, was the topic of a presentation – Strategies for Change Management – that my colleague Jim Tuvell and I gave at the Pittsburgh Area ILTA Community event on February …

    Use Facebook to Drive Targeted Traffic to Your Website

    20 Feb 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For lawyers, using Facebook for marketing is a tough nut to crack. And Facebook has been making it harder to reach your fans on its platform with some recent steps. Many brands are saying that their reach is getting smaller and smaller due to changes in the news feed algorithm. What can you do to still make use of the platform as a law firm? Here are …

    Follow the Money … Act Based on the Evidence

    19 Feb 2015, 2:59 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Jerry Maguire said “Follow the Money. A former labor union leader said “Follow the bank account, not the budget, to see how much money is really available to offer union members-employees. Why is it, then, that some politicians are attacking the Affordable Care Act, originally a Republican proposal, and many economists are saying there is … Continuee …

    LegalTech Round-Up: ‘BigHand Now’ Tackles Law Firm Workflow

    19 Feb 2015, 7:18 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This is one in a series of brief posts rounding up what I saw and heard at LegalTech New York. Last year I reviewed the digital dictation system BigHand. As I noted then, the company describes its product as “voice productivity and workflow” software. It provides not only cloud and enterprise dictation systems, but also a dictation […] The …

    Managing Risk: What If Your Assumptions Are Wrong?

    19 Feb 2015, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Everyone makes assumptions. You might be surprised, though, at how many malpractice claims result merely from a lawyer working under a false assumption. Take the attorney who allows her workload to grow beyond a reasonable level — she might not worry because she assumes that somehow she'll find the time to get it all done. Or, she might assume a …

    LegalTech Round-Up: ‘Legal Decoder’ Helps GC Analyze Law Firm Invoices

    18 Feb 2015, 7:28 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This is one in a series of brief posts rounding up what I saw and heard at LegalTech New York. Corporate counsel are the target audience for Legal Decoder, a product launched last October that promises to identify inefficiencies in law firm billing by using data analytics to “decode” law firm invoices. The platform analyzes each line […] The …