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    Stem Client Roundup for July 2015

    Hello summer! Now that sunny days are really and truly here, we hope you’re enjoying all your favourite activities and taking a break from the hustle and bustle. Here’s a look at what our clients have been up to so …

    7 Cartoon Clients to Avoid

    31 Jul 2015, 8:46 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    The best cartoon characters exaggerate the real-life quirks and failings we all have. But would you want any of them for a client? Jay Reeves, in the Lawyers Mutual blog, looks at some of the traits of popular cartoon characters and imagines what they would be like coming to you for legal advice. In a […]

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Reegan Newton and CGC Dredging

    31 Jul 2015, 8:26 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Reegan Newton of CGC Dredging looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be […]

    Overwhelmed? Time Management Tips

    31 Jul 2015, 4:30 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    What steps can you take to better manage your time so you're truly more productive and less overwhelmed? For this month's Friday 5+ Tech Tips, we asked the practice management experts for their best time management tip: a teensy tweak or trick that has made a difference — or their best advice for overhauling an entire process, if that’ …

    Overwhelmed? Time Management Tips

    31 Jul 2015, 4:30 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    What steps can you take to better manage your time so you're truly more productive and less overwhelmed? For this month's Friday 5+ Tech Tips, we asked the practice management experts for their best time management tip: a teensy tweak or trick that has made a difference — or their best advice for overhauling an entire process, if that’ …

    Respecting clients’ schedules and language needs

    30 Jul 2015, 9:02 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Mary Lokensgard has previously written (for Attorney at Work) about accommodating clients with special needs. In a new post she has expanded that idea to include client’s scheduling problems and language barriers as needs to be addressed as well. She has a number of easy to implement suggestions to make your office more accommodating to […]

    Nexsen Pruet Refreshed

    30 Jul 2015, 8:46 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    We live in an age of DIY website maintenance where any old image is allowed on the homepage after the initial site design is launched. Unfortunately, that launch is often a bobsled ride to the bottom with uninspired stock images quickly taking over the site. Make no mistake—we like stock photography. We use it all […] The post Nexsen Pruet Refreshed …

    3 Steps to More Referrals

    30 Jul 2015, 5:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    What lawyer doesn’t like getting good referrals? The potential client’s matter fits your practice, and he’s heard good things about you from the person who sent him over. You can build a steady stream of referral business — maybe not enough to abandon ads or stop worrying about your website, but enough to sustain and grow your practice. You …

    3 Steps to More Referrals

    30 Jul 2015, 5:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    What lawyer doesn’t like getting good referrals? The potential client’s matter fits your practice, and he’s heard good things about you from the person who sent him over. You can build a steady stream of referral business — maybe not enough to abandon ads or stop worrying about your website, but enough to sustain and grow your practice. You …

    Commercial purchase equipment scam using the names Ivan Smejkal and IBS Engineering

    29 Jul 2015, 12:51 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    A Colorado firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ivan Smejkal of IBS Engineering looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be […]

    Beware the 4 Most Dangerous Outlook Features

    29 Jul 2015, 5:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Of all the Microsoft Office applications in law offices, Outlook is hands-down the most frequently used. After all, who doesn’t need to handle email every day? But lurking in the shadows of your email routine are dangerous Outlook features that could jeopardize your law practice. Here are four that trip up even seasoned Outlook users. You'll want …

    Beware the 4 Most Dangerous Outlook Features

    29 Jul 2015, 5:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Of all the Microsoft Office applications in law offices, Outlook is hands-down the most frequently used. After all, who doesn’t need to handle email every day? But lurking in the shadows of your email routine are dangerous Outlook features that could jeopardize your law practice. Here are four that trip up even seasoned Outlook users. You'll want …

    Leaders in Legal Business

    28 Jul 2015, 8:12 pm | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    The legal profession is changing. Perhaps you’ve noticed? What was once a profession is now most assuredly a business. Of course, it’s always been a business, but when things are going so well that both buyers and sellers are content, we can convince ourselves that we’re above the challenges faced by lesser mortals. Things like […]

    An Ideal and Understandable Content Marketing Strategy

    28 Jul 2015, 1:27 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Faithful readers of Marketing Sherpa probably bow out of the queue now and then, overwhelmed by the volume of data they present. There are 41 unread weekly posts in my inbox. But I thought this was an excellent case study you should read in order to understand the full scope and benefits of content marketing. That most professional […] The post …

    4 Ways to Make Proposals and Pitches More Persuasive

    28 Jul 2015, 5:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers often need to use persuasive skills in their work — convincing a judge or jury with an argument, persuading another party in a contract negotiation, convincing a client to pursue a realistic path. Yet when it comes to marketing, many resort to indistinguishable promises or generalizations. They say they are “accessible,” “responsive …

    In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Fulfilled Lawyer

    27 Jul 2015, 2:15 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Many, if not most, lawyers today share a nagging sense of dissatisfaction in their day-to-day jobs, in their choice of career, in the balance between work and personal life. Yet few have any idea how to work toward greater fulfillment. Lawyer Kathleen Paukert describes her personal journey to finding career fulfillment, and shares her best […]

    Digital Edge Podcast: How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time

    Our Digital Edge podcast this month is titled "How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time" and features Allison Shields. Allison is co-author, with Daniel J Siegel, of the book from the ABA How to Do More in Less Time:...

    The 1 Ultimate Answer to Tough Questions

    27 Jul 2015, 5:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I still remember my first day in torts class. Old man river, my respectable professor, called on me to analyze an opinion from some archaic case. “Ms. (unfortunately easy-to-pronounce maiden name), is this paragraph law or dicta?” My response went something like: "Uuuuuhhhhh ... that paragraph is ... ummmmmmm ... dicta? "No wait, law. Errrr … …

    Why Do GCs Pay Lawyer Rates for Document Review in eDiscovery?

    26 Jul 2015, 1:55 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    On Thursday, the Second Circuit called into question whether the document review work of contract lawyers in eDiscovery is “legal work”. Read about it in the Wall Street Journal or Bloomberg Business of Law. The WSJ quotes a Big Law partner commenting on the case ‘a trend toward classifying [document review] as non-legal’ could result …

    Some thoughts on the Top 5 Bad Excuses for Resisting Legal Project Management

    Pam Woldow and Doug Richardson penned a terrific post, Top 5 Bad Excuses for Resisting Legal Project Management.  I wanted to compliment them and share some thoughts on the 5 excuses. 1. My clients don’t want or need LPM.  I had to laugh when I read this.  Most lawyers who talk about what their clients... Continue Reading The post Some thoughts …

    Jeremy Scott: Movement in Motion

    24 Jul 2015, 9:22 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    This week Greenfield/Belser has decided to feature the website of clothing designer Jeremy Scott as its Site of the Week. While the clothing shown on Jeremy Scott’s site may not be your particular taste or fall into your price range, the site features an interesting design element that warrants a second look. The element I […] The post Jeremy Scott …

    A New Appellate Court Opinion on "Pocket Dialing"

    Yes, I know we all call it something else other than "pocket dialing," but congratulations to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for using a more polite term. Huff vs Spaw (Download in PDF) was issued this week. I...

    User Experience and Design Brilliantly Defined with Three Words and a Picture

    23 Jul 2015, 8:08 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    As we rely more on our devices to get more done in our busy days, UX is and has been a hot topic in digital design. For good reason. There is nothing more frustrating than unexpected roadblocks on the path to crossing things off our to do list. Sometimes, design can get in the way of […] The post User Experience and Design Brilliantly Defined with …

    Is it safe to serve on a client’s board of directors?

    23 Jul 2015, 7:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    It can be very rewarding, both personally and financially, to be asked to serve on a client’s board of directors. It’s also easy to understand why a client might make the request: the lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to establish the company, and will likely have a solid understanding of the […]

    50 ways to market your practice

    21 Jul 2015, 10:26 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Li Ka-Shing and Qingzhou Yongsheng Dredging Machinery Co

    21 Jul 2015, 9:58 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Li Ka-Shing of Qingzhou Yongsheng Dredging Machinery Co 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 […]

    Collaboration – It’s not just for breakfast anymore

    20 Jul 2015, 7:17 pm | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    One of the most iconic and memorable advertising slogans was developed by the Florida Orange Growers Association to expand interest in orange juice from a breakfast drink to an all-day drink. “Orange Juice – It’s not just for breakfast anymore.” This slogan came to mind recently after I conducted a project management and process improvement …

    What are Client-Centric Legal Services?

    18 Jul 2015, 9:20 am | From eLawyering Blog | Fellows Blog

    The American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, with the ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) is convening a national conference in Denver, Colorado on August 14-15, 2015  titled: Client-Centric Legal Services: Getting From Here to There.   …

    Stop Saying That! 6 Phrases To Drop From Your Written Work

    Mark Twain once wrote (no, really, he did): “One isn’t a printer ten years without setting up acres of good and bad literature, and learning — unconsciously at first, consciously later — to discriminate between the two, within …

    An eDiscovery Conversation with The Hon. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin (Live Post)

    15 Jul 2015, 3:03 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from the Bloomberg Big Law Summit. Please excuse any typos or errors in how I capture proceedings. Session Description Closing Keynote:  A Conversation with The Hon. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Interviewed by: Jason R. Baron, Of Counsel, Information Governance and …

    Driving Efficiencies in the Law Practice (Live Post)

    15 Jul 2015, 12:20 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from the Bloomberg Big Law Summit. Please excuse any typos or errors in how I capture proceedings. Session Description 1:30 pm  Panel Session:   Driving Efficiencies in the Law Practice Advances in process management and technology – and a changing mindset around outsourcing – have given law firms and inside counsel a larger …

    Legal Operations Professionals – The New Change Agents (Live Post)

    15 Jul 2015, 11:47 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from the Bloomberg Big Law Summit. Please excuse any typos or errors in how I capture proceedings. Session Description 1:00 pm  Panel Session:   The New Change Agents A decade ago or so, almost nobody would have looked at legal operations as a hot career path, yet today there are an increasing number of corporations that have …

    Innovation – New Models for Differentiation in Legal (Live Post)

    15 Jul 2015, 10:12 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from the Bloomberg Big Law Summit. Please excuse any typos or errors in how I capture proceedings. Session Description 11:15 am Panel Session:   Innovation – New Models for Differentiation Pricing pressure and competition are forcing law firms to question every aspect of their business, as well as compelling innovation. From …

    The New Law Firm Competitors: In-House Counsel (Live Post)

    15 Jul 2015, 9:07 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from the Bloomberg Big Law Summit. Please excuse any typos or errors in how I capture proceedings. Session Description 9:45 am  Panel Session:  The New Law Firm Competitor:  In-House Counsel GCs from Fortune 100 companies share a candid discussion on how in-house legal departments have grown dramatically as they rein in costs …

    Critical Issues in Relationship between Lawyers and Clients – Live from Bloomberg Big Law Summit

    15 Jul 2015, 7:42 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live post from the Bloomberg Big Law Summit. Please excuse any typos or errors in how I capture proceedings. Session Description 9:10 am  Keynote Address:  Ann R. Klee, VP Global Operations – Environment, Health & Safety, General Electric Company   A maven of the corporate law business, Brackett Denniston III, Senior Vice President …

    Latest ‘Fastcase 50′ Awards Honor Legal Innovators

    15 Jul 2015, 6:39 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Fastcase today announced the recipients of its 2015 Fastcase 50 awards. The awards recognize “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” This is the fifth year of these awards. Previous winners can be seen for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. (Proud to say I was in the inaugural class.) […] The …

    Speaking on Crowdsourced Legal Research at AALL Next Week

    14 Jul 2015, 11:49 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The American Association of Law Libraries is holding its 108th annual meeting and conference July 18-21 in Philadelphia. On Monday, July 20, I will be giving the presentation, Plays Well with Others: How Collaboration and Crowdsourcing are Changing Legal Research. The one-hour program is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in Room 113BC at the Pennsylvania Convention …

    The Predictability and Perils of Over-Monetization

    14 Jul 2015, 4:00 am | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    “There is no such thing as over-monetization!” Until the client catches on. And then you’re screwed. I don’t know when I first learned that money could become a verb and monetize and monetization were a thing. But as a young corporate guy moving up the ladder, these words were ideal additions to my vocabulary. If there was […]