Pricing Legal Work is a Two-Way Street

    16 Aug 2017, 8:16 pm | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    In any market, effectively pricing any goods or services requires an understanding of the buyer’s perceived value. When the buyer has no idea of the value of a given task, and no idea how to measure the quality of service delivery, then the buyer and seller end up in an unproductive dance in which low […]

    Patents for Legal Services Technology Rose 484% in 2016

    16 Aug 2017, 3:00 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Patents filed under ‘Legal services and handling legal documents’ I’ve written any number of times about the rapid growth in recent years in the number of legal technology startups. A new report out today from Thomson Reuters documents a related aspect of that — the rapid rise in the global number of patents relating to […] The post Patents …

    AI in Law: From Theory to Practice

    16 Aug 2017, 1:16 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I am attending the session AI in Law: From Theory to Practice, live at ILTACon 2017. The International Legal Technology Association annual conference is the preeminent global legal tech conference. The moderator is Andrew Arruda (CEO, ROSS Intelligence). Panelsts are Jonathan Talbot (Director, IT Enterprise Systems DLA Piper), Julian Tsisin ( …

    Conference on “Unbundled Legal Services”

    16 Aug 2017, 11:18 am | From eLawyering Blog | Fellows Blog

    “Unbundled Legal Services” is one way for solos and small law firms to tap into a latent market for legal services and to monetize unbilled hours. One of the barriers to implementation for law firms is knowing how to integrate this business model into their traditional practice.  To increase awareness of this concept and to...

    Industry Group Strategy Part 1 – What are They and Why Have IGs?

    16 Aug 2017, 7:02 am | From Rainmaking Oasis, LLC | Fellows Blog

    Many law firms have formed industry groups, but are they defining and managing them correctly and effectively? In many cases, no.  In some instances, firms are not even using the correct nomenclature. In others, they list so many industry groups on their web sites that it is clear this is more of a marketing tactic Read More

    Connecting the Dots to Boost Your Online Marketing Strategy

    16 Aug 2017, 4:31 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Effective marketing is an ongoing journey, especially because the whole landscape of online marketing is always in flux. Your law practice changes over time, and changes at Google, Facebook and other big sites affect your strategy, too. Even online user behavior is changing at a rate that’s difficult to keep up with. Carving out success in this kind …

    Connecting the Dots to Boost Your Online Marketing Strategy

    16 Aug 2017, 4:31 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Effective marketing is an ongoing journey, especially because the whole landscape of online marketing is always in flux. Your law practice changes over time, and changes at Google, Facebook and other big sites affect your strategy, too. Even online user behavior is changing at a rate that’s difficult to keep up with. Carving out success in this kind …

    The ‘Day 1’ Law Firm: Adopt This Jeff Bezos Mantra to Grow Your Practice

    15 Aug 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Jeff Bezos has many powerful mantras for his business, but this is one of my favorites: It's always "Day 1" at Amazon. What he means is that Amazon will never stop being a startup. It’s a message that he drilled down on in a recent letter to shareholders (written from a building he works in named “Day 1”), in which he wrote: "Day 2 is stasis. …

    The ‘Day 1’ Law Firm: Adopt This Jeff Bezos Mantra to Grow Your Practice

    15 Aug 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Jeff Bezos has many powerful mantras for his business, but this is one of my favorites: It's always "Day 1" at Amazon. What he means is that Amazon will never stop being a startup. It’s a message that he drilled down on in a recent letter to shareholders (written from a building he works in named “Day 1”), in which he wrote: "Day 2 is stasis. …

    Breaking: $100 Million Investment Combines Litéra, Microsystems, XRef, and The Sackett Group #ILTACON

    14 Aug 2017, 3:15 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Just announced at ILTACON in Las Vegas is the combination of four leading legal document technologies – Litéra, Microsystems, XRef and The Sackett Group – into a single business they believe will better serve their more than 1,000 legal and corporate customers across the full document lifecycle. The new platform is majority backed by K1, […] …

    Myths, Realities and Future of AI + Automation in the Law (Live #ILTACON)

    14 Aug 2017, 12:49 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I am attending the session Myths, Realities and Future of AI + Automation in the Law, live at ILTACon 2017. The International Legal Technology Association annual conference is the preeminent global legal tech conference. The moderator is Andrew Arruda (CEO, ROSS Intelligence) and the panelists are Samuel Whitman (KM Leader, Mayer Brown) and   …

    Connections that Matter.

    14 Aug 2017, 8:20 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    We rely on technology integrations for more efficiency in our home lives every day.  Why are we slower to implement integrated technology into our law firms and our business workflows? The post Connections that Matter. appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

    ABA and Jones Day Launch Website to Connect Veterans to Legal Services

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

    At its annual meeting in New York Saturday, the American Bar Association announced the launch of VetLex.org, a website, developed in partnership with the law firm Jones Day, that matches veterans in need of pro bono legal services with attorneys willing to provide such services. For now, the new site is only accepting registrations from […] The post …

    Regaining Command of Email

    14 Aug 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Email is the global de facto communication standard. Business use of email continues to grow. Email is also a hybrid form of communication — a written form used conversationally. This hybrid nature, coupled with habits developed early in its use, results in email being both the boon and the bane of the modern work world. It is the boon because we …

    Add These Five Super Marketing Steps to Your Plans

    11 Aug 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    The Super Marketing Conference in Boston, a collaboration between MassLOMAP, the ABA Law Practice Division and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, assembled expert speakers from around the country to provide practical, hands-on advice to solo and small law firms. Five themes emerged. As you move forward with your marketing plans, consider …

    OBA Program on Delivering Limited Scope Services (aka Unbundled Services) Effectively and Safely

    Our citizens all deserve equal access to justice. Those with financial means can afford the best representation. There are many who can afford to pay something for a lawyer’s help but cannot afford full representation. Next Friday, August 18, OBA...

    The Growing Importance of Tech-Enabled Law Practice

    10 Aug 2017, 11:24 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    We can now make a very strong case for the growing importance of tech-enabled law practice. Of course, all law firms and law departments have technology. But mere infrastructure no longer suffices. Rather, lawyers must move to tech-enabled law practice to improve efficiency. Two developments prompted me to write this now. First, ILTACon 2017 starts …

    Valorem recognized by in-house counsel as a Leading Collaboration Firm

    Valorem Law Group is honored to be one of the law firms “who leading legal decision makers say are the tops in collaboration.”  According to BTI Consulting, which reported the findings of its interviews with corporate law departments. Clients say collaborative law firms show deep understanding of client needs across the team, are up to... Continue …

    Valorem recognized by in-house counsel as a Leading Collaboration Firm

    Valorem Law Group is honored to be one of the law firms “who leading legal decision makers say are the tops in collaboration.”  According to BTI Consulting, which reported the findings of its interviews with corporate law departments. Clients say collaborative law firms show deep understanding of client needs across the team, are up to... Continue …

    Allegory Adds Suite of Transcript Tools to its Litigation Management Platform

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

    The litigation management platform Allegory today announced a new suite of features designed to enable litigation teams to better manage transcripts and leverage deposition testimony. Allegory users can now navigate synced deposition video, customize and export designations, review testimony inline, and automatically link transcripts and exhibits across …

    Could Regular Interviews Help Law Firms Retain Valuable Staff?

    10 Aug 2017, 6:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    A brief article in Canadian Business suggests a way that businesses and professional companies like law firms can help to identify areas of concern among valuable legal and support staff before they lead to major problems. The article is based on a book co-authored by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. In Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent …

    Working With Multiple Monitors in Your Law Office

    10 Aug 2017, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Using multiple programs while executing a given task is nothing new. That's why I, along with legions of computer users, use multiple monitors when we work. Consider these advantages of doing so. … Read The Rest The post Working With Multiple Monitors in Your Law Office appeared first on Attorney at Work.

    Free Law Project Finds PACER Vulnerability that Could Have Allowed Others to Use Your Account

    9 Aug 2017, 10:58 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Free Law Project has discovered a major vulnerability in the federal courts’ PACER system that could allow third parties to use a registered PACER account to purchase and download content such as docket reports and case filings. The vulnerability possibly could also be used by a malicious website to make unauthorized uploads to the ECF […] The …

    Bloomberg Law Adds Practice Center Devoted to E-Discovery

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

    Bloomberg Law today is officially announcing the addition to its research platform of the E-Discovery Practice Center, a curated collection of a range of court opinions, tools, sample forms, news and expert guidance related to both federal and state e-discovery practice. The practice center is available to all Bloomberg Law subscribers at no additional …

    Just Days Before Its Annual Conference, ILTA Reshuffles Its Management

    9 Aug 2017, 6:51 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The timing couldn’t be worse. With its annual conference set to start Sunday, the International Legal Technology Association has reshuffled its top management, including replacing long-time executive Peggy Wechsler, who as director of programs and strategic relationships was the primary organizer of the annual conference and other ILTA events since …

    Legal Services Provider Axiom Unveils AI Offering and Discusses AI Roadmap

    8 Aug 2017, 12:11 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Axiom, an alternative provider of legal services to large corporations, has seen steady growth since its launch 17 years ago, to where it now has 1,500 lawyers serving half the Fortune 100. Known for innovation in its delivery model, it describes itself as a provider of “tech-enabled” legal services. Now, Axiom is bringing artificial intelligence …

    Aderant Acquires Handshake Software, Expanding into Knowledge Management.

    8 Aug 2017, 6:50 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Aderant, a provider of business management software for law firms, has acquired Handshake Software, a company that sells SharePoint-based software to law firms for portals, knowledge management, enterprise search and mobility. Law firms use Handshake’s products to create intranet and extranet portals built using Microsoft SharePoint. It offers pre …

    With New Website, SCOTUS Readies to Make All Filings Available Online

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

    The Supreme Court launched a new website last week, providing various usability enhancements and, more significantly, laying the groundwork for an electronic filing system that will begin operation on Nov. 13. Once the new e-filing system is in place, virtually all new filings will be accessible through the site without cost to the public and […] …

    On Lawyer2Lawyer: Trump’s Ban and the Legal Rights of Transgenders in the Military

    5 Aug 2017, 7:02 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In a series of tweets on July 26, President Trump announced that “after consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Transgender service members have officially been allowed to openly serve …

    The importance of learning what does NOT need to be done, and other things.

    I just read an article in Law360 discussing Microsoft’s commitment to shift 90% of its work to alternative fee arrangements.  Michael Rynowecer of BTI Consulting is quoted as saying the move is “one of the most aggressive” adoptions of AFAs he knew of. “Ninety percent is on the leading edge. It’s an enormous step; it’s... Continue Reading …

    The importance of learning what does NOT need to be done, and other things.

    I just read an article in Law360 discussing Microsoft’s commitment to shift 90% of its work to alternative fee arrangements.  Michael Rynowecer of BTI Consulting is quoted as saying the move is “one of the most aggressive” adoptions of AFAs he knew of. “Ninety percent is on the leading edge. It’s an enormous step; it’s... Continue Reading …

    Elsevier Acquires bepress, Open-Access Repository of Law Reviews, Other Scholarly Articles

    3 Aug 2017, 8:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Just two days ago, I wrote here about the launch of LawArXiv, a website devoted to preserving open access to legal scholarship. The launch was prompted by concern among academics and librarians over the acquisition last year by academic journal publisher Elsevier, a sibling company of LexisNexis, of the Social Science Research Network, or SSRN, […] …

    The 10 Technologies That Most Drive Law Firm Effectiveness, According to New Survey

    3 Aug 2017, 6:54 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A survey released yesterday on the business of law and legal technology finds that competition for legal services remains high, demand remains relatively flat, and law firms are feeling pressure to lower prices and enhance operational efficiency. But what caught my eye in the survey was the question, “Which technologies provide law firms with the …

    Cybersecurity Essential to Law Firms

    3 Aug 2017, 6:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    In an article on law-firm cybersecurity that appeared in LawTech News  in June 2017, Ian Lopez said: “According to a recent report from IT security provider LogicForce, hacking attempts were made on over 200 U.S. law firms between 2016 and 2017, 40 percent of which didn’t even know that they had been breached.” Lopez also repeated a warning …

    Nicole Auerbach honored as one of Chicago’s most influential women lawyers

    Kudos to our very own Nicole Auerbach, who was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s Most Influential Women Lawyers.  Here is how Crain’s summarized Nicole: After concluding that the billable hour model for pricing legal services needed to change, Nicole Nehama Auerbach helped form Valorem Law Group in 2008 to give clients …

    Nicole Auerbach honored as one of Chicago’s most influential women lawyers

    Kudos to our very own Nicole Auerbach, who was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s Most Influential Women Lawyers.  Here is how Crain’s summarized Nicole: After concluding that the billable hour model for pricing legal services needed to change, Nicole Nehama Auerbach helped form Valorem Law Group in 2008 to give clients …

    LawArXiv Aims to Ensure Open Access to Legal Scholarship

    1 Aug 2017, 8:37 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Chances are you’ve downloaded a preprint of a law review article or some other scholarly article from SSRN, the Social Science Research Network. It has become the leading U.S. repository for scholarly research papers across a broad range of disciplines, including law. But when SSRN was acquired last year by academic journal publisher Elsevier, a […] …

    The importance of understanding context.

    Jeff Carr sent me a link to a post by Richard Smith of Sydney, Australia.  I don’t know Mr. Smith.  He is a “business development expert with over 20 years’ experience.” He works to develop and implement “successful business strategies for leading professional services firms; including working closely with stakeholders to maximise revenue …

    The importance of understanding context.

    Jeff Carr sent me a link to a post by Richard Smith of Sydney, Australia.  I don’t know Mr. Smith.  He is a “business development expert with over 20 years’ experience.” He works to develop and implement “successful business strategies for leading professional services firms; including working closely with stakeholders to maximise revenue …

    A Few Good Practice Habits: Examination for Discovery

    31 Jul 2017, 7:45 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    An examination for discovery often marks the point in which you really sink your teeth into a case. The parties and opposing counsel come to a face-to-face meeting, and key evidence comes out, warts and all. Much of the exploration in an examination for discovery will uniquely depend on the specific witness and the answers... Read More »