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    The Role of Law Schools

    23 Sep 2014, 11:22 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ I want to be part of the solution
 Can you use me to lead a revolution?
 I want to be part of the solution… ♫             Music, Lyrics and recorded by: Jonah33. The issues facing the profession have been set out by many: from Richard Susskind as documented in his many books, to Madam [...]

    Reliance on cultural norms leads lawyer to act without full instructions

    23 Sep 2014, 9:22 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A man retained a lawyer to commence a medical malpractice lawsuit. The …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Anthony Kawasaki

    23 Sep 2014, 8:55 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Firms in Ontario and California have notified us that they received an email from the purported Anthony Kawasaki 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 duped into […]

    Metadata 101 for Lawyers

    23 Sep 2014, 4:19 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Most lawyers have probably heard the word "metadata" and, at minimum, know that it has something to do with their documents. But it's vital that every law office, staff included, is aware of the risks posed by metadata, and what steps can reduce the dangers. A popular, if slightly ambiguous definition of metadata is “data about data.” In fact, …

    Serious Challenges for the New CalBar President

    22 Sep 2014, 11:20 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Congratulations to Craig E. Holden, the new president of the State Bar of California. Among other attributes, Mr. Holden is a partner in the major law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, a person of color, a former member of the executive committee of the CalBar Law Practice Management & Technology Section, and … Continue Reading

    New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Internet Branding for Lawyers

    22 Sep 2014, 9:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An effective law firm brand and a compelling website are two of the most critical aspects of law firm marketing, as they can have a tremendous impact on new client development and revenue. How can lawyers create an effective brand and website that will deliver new clients? What works well, and what aspects of the […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Li Chung and Xiawulee Chemicals

    22 Sep 2014, 8:46 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Firms in Texas and Florida notified us that they received an email from the purported Li Chung of Xiawulee Chemicals 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 […]

    Lots of News from Clio, Including Integration with Fastcase

    22 Sep 2014, 8:42 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

      The Clio Cloud Conference kicked off this morning in Chicago with a keynote by company cofounder Jack Newton in which he made a number of major announcements. Notably, Newton announced a new integration partnership between Clio and the Fastcase legal research platform, making Clio the only practice-management application to integrate with Fastcase …

    Clio Debuts Extreme Makeover, Fastcase Partnership — and Android App

    22 Sep 2014, 8:39 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    At the Clio Cloud Conference, starting today in Chicago, Clio announced the latest iteration of its cloud-based law practice management platform — Clio Next. And there's more: Clio announced an exclusive integration between Clio and Fastcase, the popular legal research app, along with the official debut of its much-anticipated, just-released Android …

    Looking for Business with the Right Outside Organization

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

    Recently, one of my clients attended a public utilities association meeting. It's an industry in which he has both a client and an interest. When I asked how things went, he marveled that there were no other lawyers in attendance (although there was a law firm sponsor that had no representatives at the meeting — a topic for a future post). Everyone …

    Corporate Culture and its Impact on Your Brand

    Browse any human resources publication and you’ll see the term “corporate culture” bandied about as an important tool for recruiting and retaining employees. How often is corporate culture mentioned in terms of brand and marketing? While one may seem to have little to do with the other, you might be surprised at the impact of […] The post Corporate …

    Past 40 years marked by a changing mix of lawyers

    19 Sep 2014, 8:39 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ontario’s legal profession has experienced significant changes over the last 40 years. In the mid-1970s a critical mass of women began joining the profession in record numbers. Then, in the 1980s, lawyers from Aboriginal, Francophone and equality-seeking communities began entering the profession. Today, the province’s legal profession continues …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Fumio Okazaki and Leejing Chemicals

    19 Sep 2014, 8:14 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A New York firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Fumio Okazaki of Leejing Chemicals 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 duped […]

    Five Ways to Make Speaking Engagements Pay Off

    19 Sep 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Let’s say you’ve been invited to speak at the annual meeting of a group of not-for-profits next month. Specifically, they want to know what, if anything, they should be worrying about relative to your specialty — say trademarks and brands. Easy-peasy. You do the research to get up to date on current developments, get a little help pulling together …

    LawBiz® Registry Offers Easy Way to Buy and Sell Law Practices

    18 Sep 2014, 7:21 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers from around the country continue to call me, asking for information on how to sell their practices. In response,we recently opened our LawBiz® Registry.  Visit the archives  for articles about buying and selling law practices and  other ways to monetize the goodwill that you have spent so many years to build. In addition, you may … Continue …

    Upcoming Workshops on Process Improvement and Project Management in Chicago and Washington, DC

    18 Sep 2014, 3:23 pm | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    While many visitors enjoy reading my insights into the changing face of the legal profession, others want more in-depth advice, instruction, and counseling.  Luckily, there’s an app for that! In my day job as a management consultant, I work on-site with law firms, law departments, and legal service providers to embed and operationalize new ideas …

    BigLaw levels up

    18 Sep 2014, 1:14 pm | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    My older brother used to give my teenaged self (with some justification) a hard time about playing Dungeons & Dragons. I eventually grew tired of the cracks about wasting time in a fantasy world, though, and I assembled what I considered a strong defence of the game. “D&D helps you build a lot of skills,” I said. “You... Read more » The …

    App of the Week: Cloze

    Social media can be a great tool for any business. Whether you are a law firm, accounting firm or any type of professional services firm looking to expand their brand and gain name recognition, keeping in touch with clients, promoting your brand, gaining new business and staying on top of platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are a must …

    When waiving a search comes back to haunt you

    18 Sep 2014, 9:27 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    How a client perceives a lawyer’s role in a transaction often depends on the client’s experience. At one end of the spectrum, a new homebuyer may believe that the lawyer will not only navigate the process, but will also personally shield the client from all risks. At the other extreme, a sophisticated businessperson may urge […]

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Trust Accounts

    18 Sep 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    What responsibility does a lawyer have when a financial institution fails and a client’s trust money is held by the financial firm? Ed Poll answers this question as he talks about Trust Accounts this week… Continue Reading

    Lawyers and Pricing – Part 3

    18 Sep 2014, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ Well, rave on it’s a crazy feeling And I know it’s got me reeling I’m so glad that you’re revealing your love for me…♫ Lyrics and music by: Shaun Ryder, Paul Richard Davis, Mark Philip Day, Paul Anthony Ryder, Gary Kenneth Whelan, recorded by Buddy Holly.   In the prior two posts on lawyers and [...]

    An Interesting Thought About Resumes

    The following is a quote from Mark Horstman, one of the principals of Manager Tools, in his most recent Things I Think I Think. (I am a huge fan of Manager Tools’ podcasts, which I strongly recommend.) We take grief frequently for recommending one page resumes.  People say they “hear” that longer is what is... Continue Reading

    Lawyers, Depression and Substance Abuse: A Candid Q&A

    18 Sep 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    The suicide of actor Robin Williams made many, including me, reflect on how problems related to depression and substance abuse can lead to desperate, irrational actions. Lawyers in general tend to be more susceptible to problems like these. Studies show that lawyers are three times more likely to suffer from depression than other professionals and …

    Two Leading Accounting Firms Launch Brand New, Responsive Websites

    New York-based Friedman and Midwest-based Plante Moran have more than CPA and advisory skills sets in common. Both have launched wonderfully differentiated websites that respond to marketing challenges as deftly as they do to different devices. Friedman’s website overhaul began with a brand strategy and positioning exercise. One of the many strong …

    Rocket Matter’s New iPad Version ‘Not Just an App’

    17 Sep 2014, 6:52 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    “This is not just a companion app to our Web version,” Rocket Matter CEO Larry Port said about the iPad app the company released today. “It is a full-featured practice management platform.” In fact, the user interface of this new app will now drive development of the UI for Rocket Matter’s web version and its […] The post Rocket Matter’ …

    Product Beat Fall 2014: Law Practice Management Alley

    17 Sep 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For legal technology, it's been a year focused on start-ups, disrupt-style events, legal hackathons and competitions aimed at improving delivery of legal services. Meantime, developers of law practice management software want to help improve the business side of your practice, too — steadily adding features and apps that help track time …

    See You at the Clio Cloud Conference?

    16 Sep 2014, 1:03 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It is not too late to register for the Clio Cloud Conference next Monday and Tuesday in Chicago. I attended and spoke at the first Clio conference last year and can attest to the fact that it was well worth attending. This year’s conference looks even better than last year’s, with keynote speakers Richard Susskind, […] The post See You at the …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Hitoshi Tanimura and Japan Aerospace Corporation

    16 Sep 2014, 10:37 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A New York firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Hitoshi Tanimura and Japan Aerospace Corporation looking to 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 […]

    ScanSnap’s Newest Scanner Works Anywhere with Any Device

    16 Sep 2014, 6:37 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Fujitsu today is releasing its newest scanner, the ScanSnap iX100, and it is a mobile lawyer’s dream. Lightweight and battery operated, it scans wirelessly to any computer, iOS or Android device, producing high-quality scans at a fast speed. Wireless scanning is nothing new, of course, but what distinguishes the iX100 is that it doesn’t even […] …

    Linking Business Development to Partner Compensation

    15 Sep 2014, 10:36 am | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    In recent years, as client fee pressure has increased and client loyalty has decreased, law firms are investing significant time and money in business development programs. Some partners receive training to dust off selling skills that were largely unnecessary during a time of plenty. Other partners receive training, then individualized coaching, then …

    CALBar annual conference in San Diego

    15 Sep 2014, 9:12 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    I attended the CALBar annual conference this past weekend in San Diego.  Great learning and networking all in one place.  I was there for a meeting of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section of the CalBar, and since this was my last meeting with them, I was honored with kudos for my many years … Continue Reading

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Tatsuo Higuchi and Otsuka Holdings

    15 Sep 2014, 8:30 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Tatsuo Higuchi and Otsuka Holdings looking to 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 […]

    New in the practicePRO Library: Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers

    15 Sep 2014, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Last year LAWPRO launched its own Facebook page, and some lawyers may be wondering how they can create a similar Facebook presence for themselves. To help with that we now have Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers in our lending library. This book is written for both novice and advanced Facebook users, and covers every […]

    What is Your Job Description?

    The Law Practice Magazine Sept/Oct 2014 issue is out and the theme is law firm Finance. As always. there is lots of good content, including Starting a Financial Relationship With Your Client- Packaging your fee agreement with an eye toward...

    Site of the Week: Horack Talley

    Horack Talley is one of the oldest firms in the Charlotte region, but there is nothing old about their approach to the law. With some of the “sharpest minds” in the South, Horack Talley’s approach to solving their clients’ business issues is best-in-class. They value their clients as real people—not statistics. They are principled in […] …

    Viruses are More Common at Law Firms than Encryption, ABA Survey Shows

    12 Sep 2014, 8:23 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Nearly half of law firms were infected with viruses, spyware or malware last year, according to the latest ABA Legal Technology Survey Report. At the same time, only a quarter of law firms had any kind of email encryption available for their lawyers to use, the survey found. Also, 14% of law firms experienced a […] The post Viruses are More Common …

    No Worries! Casemaker Is Still There!

    11 Sep 2014, 4:04 pm | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    Many of you have noticed by now that we launched the new Alabama State Bar website on Monday morning.  We’ve gotten a lot of calls and some good feedback, but  a few people have had trouble finding Casemaker.  So here’s what you need to know to get logged in and start doing research. There is […]

    The Future of Wearable Technology for Lawyers

    With the recent Apple announcement about the Apple Watch coming in 2015, it is a good time to contemplate whether wearable technology will be good for lawyers, not so good or somewhere in between. Our new podcast is The Future...

    Our ‘Lawyer2Lawyer’ Podcast Begins its 10th Year

    11 Sep 2014, 8:03 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This week marks the beginning of the 10th year of Lawyer2Lawyer, the legal-affairs podcast cohosted by J. Craig Williams and me and produced by the Legal Talk Network. We are the longest-running legal podcast and one of the longest-running podcasts of any kind. By my rough count, we’ve done over 400 shows. Our first show […] The post Our ‘Lawyer2Lawyer …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Charging for the Initial Consultation

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

    This weeks topic is how to charge a client for the initial consultation… Continue Reading