Legal Support Staff Need Training to Adapt to New Roles

    23 Feb 2017, 5:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    On a panel entitled “Governing Globalization” at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Microsoft’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith reminded his audience that thirty years ago, legal secretaries typically worked for two lawyers; today, each supports the work of about ten. A range of new technology has dramatically reduced …

    The Client Relationship Meeting

    23 Feb 2017, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers have a lot of communication with their clients. But the vast majority of interaction tends to be related to specific matters — requesting some information, reporting on the status of a file, scheduling something, checking on a payment. There may be the occasional dinner or hockey game, but typically there isn’t much discussion about the …

    The Client Relationship Meeting

    23 Feb 2017, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers have a lot of communication with their clients. But the vast majority of interaction tends to be related to specific matters — requesting some information, reporting on the status of a file, scheduling something, checking on a payment. There may be the occasional dinner or hockey game, but typically there isn’t much discussion about the …

    “Putting your best brain forward”: Lay a solid foundation for routine decisions

    22 Feb 2017, 2:49 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    This is the one of seven strategies that you can follow to help you apply the emerging lessons of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to the day-to-day work of your practice, as explained in the article Putting your best brain forward: How neuroscience awareness and evolutionary psychology can help lawyers avoid claims and offer better client... …

    “Putting your best brain forward”: Think slowly, and let clients do the same

    22 Feb 2017, 1:58 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    This is the one of seven strategies that you can follow to help you apply the emerging lessons of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to the day-to-day work of your practice, as explained in the article Putting your best brain forward: How neuroscience awareness and evolutionary psychology can help lawyers avoid claims and offer better client... …

    Ontario Lawyers target of fake Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Complaint

    22 Feb 2017, 12:32 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario lawyer has reported to us that he received a “business complaint” that is purportedly from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. While the email address displayed as the sender says “Ministry of Government and Consumer Service”, the email is actually from comp.au.dept@outlook.com. This is clearly not an Ontario government …

    New AI-Powered Patent Tool Helps Prepare Responses to Office Actions

    22 Feb 2017, 9:59 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A new tool being released today for patent lawyers and paralegals uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help prepare responses to office actions and then uses analytics to help predict how the case is likely to develop. The new tool, called SmartShell, has been developed by TurboPatent, a Seattle, Wash., company that specializes …

    News From Adobe: First Open, Cloud-Based Digital Signature, Plus New Functionality for Adobe Sign

    22 Feb 2017, 6:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    asian woman hand holding tablet and using tablet in coffee shop with vintage toned. Last June, this blog reported on plans by Adobe and other industry groups, working through a group called the Cloud Signature Consortium, to build an open standard for cloud-based digital signatures across mobile and the web, enabling anyone to digitally sign […] …

    Eight Ways Shy Lawyers Can Find Mentors

    22 Feb 2017, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I have always considered myself an introvert. I always admire those individuals who show no restraint as their laughter booms across the room, or who talk excitedly to someone they have just met. But, alas, that has never been me. As such, I struggled, particularly early on in my legal career, to connect with the colleagues and mentors all lawyers …

    An example of where elite businesses go, but law firms fear to tread

    The title is simple enough: success = experimentation.  Here is Peter Diamandis’ thesis: Today’s most successful companies, the ones that are “crushing it,” started as a series of crazy ideas, followed by experiments to test just how viable those ideas might be. Experimentation is a crucial mechanism for driving breakthroughs in any organization …

    An example of where elite businesses go, but law firms fear to tread

    The title is simple enough: success = experimentation.  Here is Peter Diamandis’ thesis: Today’s most successful companies, the ones that are “crushing it,” started as a series of crazy ideas, followed by experiments to test just how viable those ideas might be. Experimentation is a crucial mechanism for driving breakthroughs in any organization …

    Econ 101: If you increase expenses more than you increase revenue, profits will be lower

    You just can’t make this stuff up.  A recent ABA Journal article, Some law firm leaders question associate pay hikes amid tepid year, caught my eye. The Peer Monitor report stated: Firms were squeezed by a perfect storm of slumping demand and rising headcount. The ABA Journal article reports: The economic forces have led some... Continue Reading …

    Econ 101: If you increase expenses more than you increase revenue, profits will be lower

    You just can’t make this stuff up.  A recent ABA Journal article, Some law firm leaders question associate pay hikes amid tepid year, caught my eye. The Peer Monitor report stated: Firms were squeezed by a perfect storm of slumping demand and rising headcount. The ABA Journal article reports: The economic forces have led some... Continue Reading …

    Many U.S. Legal Newspapers Among Group Acquired By Japanese Company SoftBank

    21 Feb 2017, 6:39 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Thirteen regional U.S. legal newspapers are among a group of newspapers that have been acquired by SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese multi-national that also owns Sprint and that is known for its investments in the technology industry. SoftBank has purchased GateHouse Media, a company that owns over 500 weekly and daily newspapers, the Boston Business …

    Converting Post-Speech Inquiries: The Follow-Up Email and Phone Call

    21 Feb 2017, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    How do you manage a post-speech chat with someone who chooses to tell you how the problem you spoke about affects their company, and convert it into a solid opportunity? Last month, I showed you how to greet and interact with the group of people who approach you after a speech. Your goal being to have a few words with each of them, but graciously keep …

    On the Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast: The Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

    20 Feb 2017, 10:57 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    On the latest episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we consider President Trump’s nomination of 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Helping us consider the nomination are two experts: Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. Severino has testified before Congress on assorted …

    Stanford Law Journal Publishes Special Issue on Lawyer Activism Under Trump

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

    Stanford Law School’s Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties has published a special issue, A Lawyer’s Guide to Activism, Resistance, and Change Under Trump. “The focus of this edition is the role that law students and lawyers can play in protecting rights, liberties, and a healthy environment under a new president whose statements as […] …

    Important Reminders About Business Development

    20 Feb 2017, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you are like most lawyers, you spend more time worrying about where your next client will come from than you’d like. It’s natural. Even the busiest, most successful lawyers work hard at marketing and business development — they just make it look easy. But, back to “worrying” about it ... here are a few key ideas about business development …

    Understand how changing your practice status affects your insurance needs

    17 Feb 2017, 11:05 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    A few of our most common questions about changes to practice status: I may be taking a leave of absence from my practice. Do I have to continue to purchase insurance coverage? If you are planning a temporary leave from practice, you may become exempt from the requirement to buy insurance. If you meet the... Read More »

    Five Ways to Get Your Resolve Back

    17 Feb 2017, 3:05 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It’s only been about six weeks since you made your New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you are doing great. Perhaps your motivation is waning. Or maybe you're just not as far along as you'd planned. Wherever you stand in relation to your resolutions, here are five ways to get back on track toward achieving your goals in 2017. … Read The Rest The …

    New Site ‘Legably’ Matches Lawyers With Lawyers For Short-Term Projects

    16 Feb 2017, 9:43 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A new website called Legably aims to enable solo and small-firm lawyers to handle higher workloads by hiring other attorneys on an on-demand basis. The site matches attorneys who are looking for extra work with attorneys who have projects with which they need help. Notably, Legably has entered into a partnership with Clio to be […] The post New Site …

    The future of law: Why the real estate lawyer is the quarterback of the real estate deal

    16 Feb 2017, 8:36 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    On June 22, 2016, surrounded by family and colleagues, Kathleen Waters was honoured with the 2016 Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Real Estate. Her remarks included comments on the lawyer as quarterback and advice on moving successfully into the digital future. “I’m a passionate believer in the role of the lawyer as defender... …

    ROSS Intelligence Update: How IBM Watson App Helps U.S. Lawyers with Legal Research

    16 Feb 2017, 5:00 am | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    A recent article from Medium’s Cognitive Business section explains how ROSS Intelligence, an IBM Watson app, conducts searches to help U.S. lawyers answer legal questions. The article explains that a question in plain English from a lawyer is what triggers the search by ROSS. The application then goes to work to “[read] through the entire body …

    Reduce communication-related claims by understanding cognitive bias

    15 Feb 2017, 1:47 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Understanding cognitive biases can help reduce communication-related claims, which are the biggest source of malpractice claims. While many cognitive biases are dealt with by following some common sense principles, others are not as obvious. From anchoring effect to decision fatigue, knowing how your client makes decisions can help you build rapport …

    Links to my Art of Value podcast with Kirk Bowman

    Kirk Bowman has become one of the leading voices on value billing. Kirk produces the “Art of Value” podcast. He has interviewed an range of people who have offered so many great ideas on value, pricing and billing, including Ed Kless, Michele Golden, Peter Carayannis, the great Ron Baker, John Chisholm, and so many others... Continue Reading The …

    Links to my Art of Value podcast with Kirk Bowman

    Kirk Bowman has become one of the leading voices on value billing. Kirk produces the “Art of Value” podcast. He has interviewed an range of people who have offered so many great ideas on value, pricing and billing, including Ed Kless, Michele Golden, Peter Carayannis, the great Ron Baker, John Chisholm, and so many others... Continue Reading The …

    Sales and Service: The Loyal Client Life Cycle

    15 Feb 2017, 7:06 am | From Rainmaking Oasis, LLC | Fellows Blog

    Law firms continue to compete aggressively for new clients and new work from existing clients.  We know from recent surveys by Citi and Altman Weil that client demand for outside lawyers remained flat in 2016 and is expected to do so again in 2017.  With the same or less work to go around, this means Read More

    Lawyerist Launches Directory of Law Practice Management Platforms

    15 Feb 2017, 6:38 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The good news about law practice management software is that recent years have brought a variety of systems to the market. The bad news is that choosing one can be daunting. Their features and pricing rarely line up in a way that enables apples-to-apples comparisons. I frequently receive emails from frustrated readers saying, in effect, […] The post …

    In Blow to Open Law, Court Upholds Private Copyright in Public Safety Laws

    14 Feb 2017, 1:41 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A federal court has issued a permanent injunction barring Public.Resource.Org from publishing technical and scientific standards that are written by private standards developing organizations (SDOs) but that are incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. The CFR incorporates some 9,500 of these private standards. They help to regulate …

    Wellness & Balance: Are you a “maximizer” or a “satisficer”?

    14 Feb 2017, 1:25 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    The last time you bought a house or searched for a rental apartment, how did you choose, and how did you feel about your choice afterward? Psychologists studying the relationship between how we make choices and our life satisfaction have found that those who put the greatest effort into making choices are rewarded with less... Read More »

    In A First For Practice Management Apps, CosmoLex Adds Bank Data Feeds

    14 Feb 2017, 6:20 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The bank feed is matched against transactions recorded in CosmoLex. In lieu of flowers or candy, CosmoLex is giving its customers something different for Valentine’s Day — automatic, direct bank data feeds. CosmoLex says it is the first law practice management product to provide this capability. As far as I can determine, it is correct […] The …

    Digital Edge podcast: The Importance of Legal Writing

    Does quality writing really make you a better lawyer? On this episode of The Digital Edge, The Importance of Legal Writing, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss legal writing with Gary Kinder, founder of the editing program WordRake. Together,...

    5 year rolling administrative dismissal date for Rule 48 after January 1, 2017

    13 Feb 2017, 12:44 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    LawPRO reminds lawyers that on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2017, matters commenced on or after January 1, 2012 will be automatically dismissed five years after they were commenced. Remember, the courts will dismiss actions without sending notices of any type to parties or their lawyers. Update internal firm systems to tickle all relevant... …

    A personal reminder about the value of experience

    On Saturday, I was sitting in my home office and I heard an episodic beeping sound that sounded like a smoke detector with a battery that needed replacing.  I checked all the smoke detectors and none were chirping, so I continued my investigation.  I eventually discovered that the float trigger on our sump pump had... Continue Reading The post A …

    A personal reminder about the value of experience

    On Saturday, I was sitting in my home office and I heard an episodic beeping sound that sounded like a smoke detector with a battery that needed replacing.  I checked all the smoke detectors and none were chirping, so I continued my investigation.  I eventually discovered that the float trigger on our sump pump had... Continue Reading The post A …

    Microsoft Launches Preview Version of Machine-Learning Data Governance Tool for Office 365

    13 Feb 2017, 7:10 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    With increasing numbers of organizations adopting its Office 365 cloud platform, Microsoft has been hard at work on enhancing security and compliance features. Last September, it announced that it would be developing an advanced data governance tool for Office 365, and on Friday, it released that tool in a limited public preview, with general availability …

    Does my LAWPRO insurance cover assumed risk?

    10 Feb 2017, 9:59 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    There are different types of risks that can lead to claims against lawyers: those that develop from errors or omissions, those that arise through intentional wrongdoing, and those that lawyers willingly accept for themselves. A lawyer’s professional indemnity (E&O) policy is intended to respond to claims arising from a lawyer’s error, omission …

    19 Additions To My List of Legal Startups

    10 Feb 2017, 9:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Here are 19 additions to my list of legal startups. This brings the list to 632 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 Crusoe Crusoe is a note-taking Evernote app for researchers, writers, students, professionals, and thoughtful readers …

    Justice Toolbox Lets People Pick Lawyers Based On Win Rates

    10 Feb 2017, 6:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A recently launched company helps consumers find lawyers based on their win rates for particular types of cases. Called Justice Toolbox, the startup uses data mined from official state court records to compute and display how many cases a lawyer has won and lost and the lawyer’s approximate win rate. Founder Bryant Lee Continue reading […] The …