The Fellows Blogs


    The World’s Worst Website Ever

    30 Mar 2015, 1:09 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Sometimes, it’s worth it just to pause, sit back and gain some distance on what we do day after day, week after week. The World’s Worst Website Ever is a collection of (nearly) everything clients and designers (because we work together) do wrong in creating a website. Of course, the horrible typography, garish colors, absurd […] The post The …

    In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Success

    30 Mar 2015, 10:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    This convenient pocketbook is loaded with over 700 practical, common-sense nuggets to help busy lawyers be more productive, profitable and happier. The authors offer tips on practice management topics, including client service, marketing, time management, technology, HR issues, ethics, professionalism, strategy and planning. Written in an easy-to-read …

    Say Hello to Watson

    30 Mar 2015, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ Here’s to me, I finally passed the Bar…♫ Music and Lyrics by M. Peterson, M. Puryear, B. Brock and recorded by: Michael Peterson. Joe Public had a problem. He was off to court in a week and he needed to learn what arguments he should advance to persuade the judge in his favour. He contemplated [...]

    Nuts and Bolts of Getting and Giving Referrals

    30 Mar 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    You’ve invested time and energy in creating a referral network, but building the network wasn’t an end in itself. The goal is getting and giving the referrals you need to sustain and grow your practice. So, when the calls start coming in, what do you do? And how can you make good referrals for your own clients? ... READ THE REST

    A Series of Podcasts Recorded at Above the Law’s Converge Conference

    28 Mar 2015, 9:46 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

      At the March 18 Converge conference sponsored by Above the Law, the Legal Talk Network recorded a series of podcasts featuring interviews with the speakers and with the ATL editors. I hosted several of the interviews and four of the ones I hosted are now posted. They are (follow the links to listen): Online […] The post A Series of Podcasts Recorded …

    Four social media lessons for lawyers

    27 Mar 2015, 3:10 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Gabriel Chong at the Attorney At Work blog has four useful lessons for lawyers trying to incorporate social media into their practices. Lawyers are…well, lawyers, and not necessarily social media experts so these are some important things to keep in mind (here is the full blog entry) 1. Do only what you’re comfortable doing 2. […]

    Mass. Becomes 14th State to Adopt Duty of Technology Competence

    27 Mar 2015, 2:11 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I write recently that 13 states had adopted the ethical duty of technology competence reflected in 2012 amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Well, make it 14. Today, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ordered the adoption of Comment 8 to Rule 1.1, which will now read as follows in Mass.: To […] The post Mass. Becomes …

    Toasting Tax Season and Smart Marketing Partnerships

    27 Mar 2015, 7:59 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Who knew accounting software marketing could be so, well, intoxicating? Check out this very smart CPA IPA campaign. It pairs an up and coming Southern New England regional brewery (Revival Brewing) with an accountant’s software of choice—Intuit QuickBooks. The unlikely marketing partnership targets an exceptionally hard working and thirsty audience …

    practicePRO Resource: Fee agreement checklist

    27 Mar 2015, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A well-written fee agreement encompasses more than your hourly, flat or contingent fee; it should define the parameters of the work to be completed, and address your obligations to the client, and the client’s obligations to you. It should also address your rights (e.g., to seek withdrawal) and your client’s rights (e.g., to terminate representation …

    Tech Tips: Best Note-Taking Apps and Tactics

    27 Mar 2015, 4:13 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For our new Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we've invited a dream team of law practice technology experts to tell us their best advice for tackling the everyday tech quandaries that plague us all, to help your practice run just a bit more smoothly. The first question: "What's your favorite tech tip for taking notes in meetings — and using them once you've …

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Scott Williams

    26 Mar 2015, 1:49 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Scott Williams 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 wiring real funds […]

    Mobilegeddon: The Countdown Is On

    “Make it mobile-friendly” has been the mantra in web development for the last many years, but now Google is making it official. The search engine has announced that as of April 21 (a.k.a. Mobilegeddon), they’ll use mobile-friendliness as a ranking …

    Time to say goodbye to an employee?

    26 Mar 2015, 10:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    This article is by Nora Rock, corporate writer/policy analyst at LAWPRO. You’ve tried clarification, reminders, warnings, patience and tolerance, maybe even retraining. But it isn’t working, and you both know it. Firing employees is not likely a task you took into consideration when you thought about becoming a lawyer; but here you are, an employer …

    Best Legal Products — And Best Non-Existent Products

    26 Mar 2015, 7:47 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    At her Dewey B. Strategic blog, Jean O’Grady took an unscientific but nonetheless fascinating poll of her readers to ask them about the best new products they became aware of in 2014. She also asked them about the products or services they would like to have but that do not currently exist. Jean is director […] The post Best Legal Products — …

    When You Find Yourself in a Hole

    26 Mar 2015, 7:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    “I don't know what to do!” he cried. “Now we're forming committees to make decisions.” I had listened to his travails for the last year as his firm slowly moldered. Morale was bad, profits had slipped down over time, senior partners had become unhappy with their compensation, and the firm's reputation had taken a couple of hits. “Worst of …

    World Backup Day

    26 Mar 2015, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ Get back, get back. Get back to where you once belonged…♫ Lyrics and music by Lennon–McCartney, recorded by The Beatles. Tuesday March 31, 2015 is World Backup Day. I think it is important to focus on this often neglected task as it is often lost in the hustle and bustle of getting the work out. But with [...]

    Cosmolex to Unveil Integrated Accounting Capability at Techshow

    25 Mar 2015, 7:41 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Since its debut at ABA Techshow last year, Cosmolex has been on a development roll. It started as a cloud-based time, billing and trust accounting program for solos and small firms. (I reviewed it here.) Then, in December, it added a suite of practice-management tools that included document storage and management, pre-defined workflows and case […] …

    LAWPRO Magazine archive: Title insurance – separating fact from fiction

    25 Mar 2015, 7:01 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    In just over a decade, title insurance has gone from a little-known development to a mainstay of real estate practice. In Ontario alone, title insurance is a $100 million a year industry: Between 1999 and 2009, the revenue of the major title insurers of Ontario grew 534 per cent. Not surprisingly it is estimated that […]

    Getting Real: Four Social Media Lessons

    25 Mar 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Gabriel Cheong started his own law firm straight out of law school. One year later he purchased the law firm where he once interned. Now Gabriel runs Infinity Law Group while blogging, tweeting and marketing his firm. He'll be one of four speakers participating in this year's "Lightening Round: Avvo Success Stories" May 13 at Lawyernomics 2015. We …

    Giving Back with Creativity

    24 Mar 2015, 12:53 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    This past weekend, AFCEA Bethesda held their annual Children’s Gala at the Woodley Marriott in Washington, DC. Over the last 16 years, they have raised over $6 million for charities benefiting the health, welfare, and education of children. Sponsorship starts at $2,000 and individual tickets are $500—so, it’s a significant event that really makes …

    How to Direct Non-Actors in a Video Shoot

    24 Mar 2015, 12:52 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 …

    Evaluating Online Lawyer Referral Services

    24 Mar 2015, 9:20 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Occasionally LAWPRO gets asked to give an opinion on the effectiveness or legitimacy of the various lawyer referral services that try to get people to sign up. All we can really say is we aren’t aware of any problems relating to them, and it’s up to individual lawyers to decide whether its a good use […]

    LAWPRO Magazine archive: Representing the snowbird client

    24 Mar 2015, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    You receive a voicemail message at your law office from a longtime client who is calling from his temporary home in Florida. He is one of many retired or semi-retired Canadians who prefer to spend extended periods of time in warmer climates over the winter months. This species of Canadians who migrate south for the […]

    LexisNexis Firm Manager Adds Batch Invoicing Feature

    24 Mar 2015, 6:40 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Firm Manager, the cloud-based practice management platform from LexisNexis, today is announcing the addition of batch invoicing. The new feature uses a “wizard” to guide attorneys through the process of creating a batch of invoices, according to the announcement. This enables a law firm to establish a regular billing cycle to prepare all their …

    Five Tips for Running a Lean Law Practice

    24 Mar 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    We’ve all seen how technology can help level the playing field, allowing smaller firms and solos to compete with larger rivals, and scale quickly to meet clients' needs. That’s good news for small firms and clients alike. But just because a firm is small doesn’t make it lean — or mighty. Too many lawyers stick with the old ways of doing …

    Want to Serve on the ABA Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board?

    23 Mar 2015, 8:05 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association is currently accepting applications from those interested in serving on the division’s various boards and committees. The members of these boards help produce ABA Techshow, Law Practice magazine, the Law Practice Today webzine, books, education programs, and other initiatives. But the time …

    Always Be Closing: Interview Skills

    23 Mar 2015, 6:07 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    This one is for students and young lawyers. Ivan Merrow’s recent article in Canadian Lawyer discusses how he failed at multiple interviews before finally landing a job. I experienced the same agony in law school after the first round of on-campus interviews. I ran down to the University of Toronto bookstore and bought every interview […]

    Dictionary Betrayal

    23 Mar 2015, 5:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Of course you use a dictionary when you don’t know the meaning of a word. But you might have to pay attention to context to figure out which definition applies and whether it’s the right word to use. That’s why the dictionary is the traitor among your legal writing tools. Turn instead to a loyal style and usage guide when you have questions about …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Tamotsu Sato and Daiso Co Ltd

    23 Mar 2015, 4:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Tamotsu Sato of Daiso Co Ltd 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 […]

    Designing the Law Firm of the Future

    22 Mar 2015, 11:37 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Good design sells. Design Gains Importance as Devices Get More Personal (NYT, 19 March 2015) focused on tech wearables. Principles for wearables, however, apply everywhere. Success requires ensuring such easy use that consumers become loyal users: “In the case of apps and services that make design a top priority, like AirBNB or Uber, the entire …

    Podcast: Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer

    Our Digital Edge podcast on Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer was so good that I have already listened to it again. But that is not bragging because what Sharon Nelson and I did was to sign up...

    Calif. Bar Task Force Calls for Legal Technician Pilot Program

    20 Mar 2015, 12:28 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I have been closely following the emerging issue of licensing non-lawyers to deliver legal services in limited circumstances. In the January 2015 ABA Journal, I had an article about Washington state’s limited license legal technician (LLLT) program, and last weekend I had an opinion piece in The Washington Post about the same topic. Gradually, other …

    “Selling” is an essential for all professionals

    20 Mar 2015, 11:49 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    “Marketing” is no longer only for the rarefied equity partner. Quinn Emanuel, a major law firm, announced it will require Associates and Of Counsel attorneys to actively participate in at least one marketing effort during the year. There is skepticism among marketing personnel, and even lawyers, how effective such a requirement will be. It would …

    Increasing price of legal services and technology as the antidote

    20 Mar 2015, 11:36 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    The number of new lawyers admitted to the bar was lower in 2014 than in 2013; in addition, law school admissions were considerably lower than in previous years. That suggests there will be fewer lawyers ready and able to fill the ranks of the Baby Boomers as they increasingly leave the practice. Prices to consumers… Continue Reading

    Five Ways Your Smartphone Can Keep You Healthy

    20 Mar 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    That iPhone or Android in your pocket already does nearly everything but wash the car. So why not apply your smartphone's smarts to getting and keeping a healthy glow? Today, lawyer and certified health coach Jamie Spannhake launches our "Fit Five" series, counting the ways (and apps) your smartphone can keep you running smoothly. One consistent item …

    What Is Your Brand?

    19 Mar 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Recently, a lot of attention has been given to branding — branding a law firm, branding a practice area or branding an individual lawyer. Yet some lawyers still think a brand is a logo, the firm name or a tagline. Others don’t see how branding applies to the legal profession at all. Even those who embrace the notion struggle mightily to get it …

    Steve Jobs and Collaboration: what lawyers can learn

    I make no secret of the fact that I have looked to Steve Jobs for ideas and inspiration.  I found this Fast Company article on the Evolution of Steve Jobs to be fascinating.  The discussion of his evolution as a collaborator was terrific. As he steered Pixar through the many difficult periods that preceded the... Continue Reading The post Steve Jobs …

    A small step that makes clients’ lives easier

    Have you ever read an email and wondered to yourself, “what’s the point?” Then you get to the end and realize there is no point. Or the point is something totally different than what you thought. When this happens, it’s annoying. Did you ever wonder if you annoyed anyone with your emails? You should. And... Continue Reading The post A small …

    Get More Good Referrals for Your Law Practice

    18 Mar 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

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

    Carpe Diem Launches the Next Generation of Its Timekeeping Product

    17 Mar 2015, 7:10 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    After I returned from LegalTech in February, I reported here that Tikit — which had just last October announced a major relaunch of the venerable timekeeping program Carpe Diem as Carpe Diem Classic — was about six weeks away from launching an all new version of its program, to be called Carpe Diem Next Generation. Well, […] The post Carpe Diem …