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    Creature Design

    Sorry to fool you with the title, but this isn’t a Halloween post. However, there are some spooky, cool features on our Site of the Week featuring the Seattle/London design firm, Creature. The firm specializes in strategy, advertising, branding and videography, and their creativity shines through the unique design of their site. When you visit welcometocreature …

    30 Oct 2014, 10:56 am | From In Search of Perfect Client Service | Fellows Blog

      I have the great privilege of presenting with Nancy Jessen, Managing Director of Huron Consulting, in a webinar on November 10, 2014.  The program is Disrupt Law: Keys to Employ ‘Disruptive’ Legal Service Strategies that Lock In Clients, and  Increase Partner Profits, and the topics to be covered include: How some firms are using... Continue …

    An Upgrade for Merriam-Webster’s Law Dictionary iOS App

    30 Oct 2014, 9:59 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law has been available as an iOS and Android app for more than two years now, but the iOS version just came out in an upgrade that adds new functionality by taking advantage of the new extensions feature of iOS 8, which allows apps to talk to each other. I reviewed […] The post An Upgrade for Merriam-Webster’ …

    Things that go bump in the night: Disclosure of ghosts in Ontario

    30 Oct 2014, 9:55 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Are the sellers of homes with a “stigma” required to disclose that to potential buyers in Ontario? In his blog post Things that go bump in the night: Disclosure of Ghosts in Ontario, Matthew J. Wilson of Lerners explores that question. The short answer? Buyer beware!

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Selling Your Practice

    30 Oct 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Will you be one of the 400,000 lawyers retiring in the next 10 years?  Today, Ed discusses what can be done when it’s time to move on… Continue Reading

    Want a challenge-proof will? Think like a (wannabe) beneficiary

    30 Oct 2014, 7:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    As a lawyer, you have likely been trained to maintain a laser focus on your client’s interests and how to express and defend them. Being a fierce advocate is usually a good thing. But when preparing a will for a client, it can be a useful exercise, once you have a good first draft, to […]

    Take Time to Stand Out on LinkedIn

    30 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    You are probably too busy practicing law to spend a whole lot of time perfecting your presence on social media. But research shows that clients will hire you based on what they find — or don’t find — about you online, especially on LinkedIn. What can you do if your social media presence is lacking? At the recent Legal Marketing Association – …

    Open letter to Fred Smith, Chmn & CEO of FedEx

    29 Oct 2014, 2:18 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    A customer challenge and how to create customer ill will: I sent two framed pieces of art, one of them  a print by Salvador Dali, to my son in New York. I’m in Los Angeles. The representative at the counter of the Marina del Rey FedEx store assured me that FedEx packaging the prints would … Continue Reading

    What keeps family lawyers up at night? Managing your stress

    29 Oct 2014, 11:13 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is […]

    Tools for Tomorrow's Lawyers CLE and Webcast

    What if you were asked to design a complete continuing legal education program about a very important topic where you thought you knew a fair amount about the topic? Well, here's mine - Tools for Tomorrow's Lawyers -- and you...

    Teaching, not selling. And then some.

    For those of you who have put on webinars, or any speech, you know the effort is a labor of love. You want to put on a good show and make your audience’s time worthwhile. And so began the preparation for our upcoming webinar on “Responsible, Responsive Websites,” scheduled for November 12 at 1 p.m. […] The post Teaching, not selling. And then …

    Embarrassed About Your Elevator Speech?

    29 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Question: I need help with my “elevator speech.” When I begin to tell people about my practice, I tend to get flustered and embarrassed. Do you have any advice that would help me feel more comfortable telling people about my business? In this month's Ask the Experts from the Legal Marketing Association, business development pros Lynne Franklin, …

    What keeps family lawyers up at night? Providing effective service while managing expectations

    28 Oct 2014, 9:19 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is […]

    Breach of copyright agreement scam using the names Rab John and Ikeda Publishing

    28 Oct 2014, 9:08 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A North Carolina firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Rab John of Ikeda Publishing Co with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this […]

    Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professionals

    28 Oct 2014, 7:19 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    (Last Friday, I spoke at the fall meeting of the Law Librarians of New England and the Association of Boston Law Librarians. I was part of a panel with Stephanie Godley Murphy, manager of research services at Ropes & Gray, on “Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professionals.” The panel was moderated by …

    Douglas Sorocco, Enterprising Lawyer

    28 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Who are these “enterprising lawyers”? Actually, they are easy to spot. Look for the more engaged and happier lawyers in the crowd. Deeply invested in the power of the work they do for their clients, they have ample interests beyond the practice of law as well. And they seem to have more energy for getting things done than anyone in the crowd. You …

    Still Thinking: More Things I think I think.

    Random thoughts from over the past weekend. People like recently-fired PGA President Ted Bishop, who was fired for referring to professional golfer Ian Poulter as “a little girl, “make me long for a return to the days of  Mark Twain (“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved... Continue Reading

    New from Avvo: On-Demand, Fixed-Fee Legal Advice

    27 Oct 2014, 11:59 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Avvo, Inc. — never a company shy about about pushing the envelope — has just pushed it a bit further, with the launch of Avvo Advisor, a service that provides on-demand legal advice by phone for a fixed fee of $39 for 15 minutes. The service is available to consumers online or through a free […] The post New from Avvo: On-Demand, Fixed-Fee Legal …

    The Role of Publishing In The Marketing-Sales Continuum

    In most parts of the business world not owned and operated by lawyers, “Marketing” and “Sales” are inextricably linked. Companies carry out marketing solely for the purpose of increasing their sales, either for specific transactions (e.g., advertising campaigns …

    Site of the Week: Mapbox

    The world is still flattening and developers are to blame. My selection for this week’s Site of the Week is Mapbox—a map customization tool that allows its users to design and publish custom maps using open software and data. Mapbox is a “beyond convenient” solution to mapping locations and associated data for any purpose (my favorite, A […] …

    Phoning It In: Why I Won’t Have a Smartphone

    27 Oct 2014, 4:27 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Since I require a public confessional, I’ll just have out with it: I have developed a slight obsession with "Mad Men," which is right in the medias res of its final season on AMC. I did not have even a remote interest in watching this show, however, until I came across a theory about how it ends. Since I have a long-standing interest in American …

    Slack Off As Much As You Want!

    The means we often go through to communicate with coworkers can be extreme. Between email, Google Hangouts, sharing Google docs, etc. it can feel like all of the information you need to complete a project is scattered in a million different places. Wouldn’t it be nice if everything you needed was in one place? Slack, […] The post Slack Off As Much …

    Homewood Human Solutions e-Courses can now be claimed for the LAWPRO Risk Management credit

    24 Oct 2014, 10:04 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    As maintaining good mental health and coping well with stress helps lawyers avoid claims, LAWPRO financially supports the Law Society’s Member Assistance Program (MAP), which is administered by Homewood Human Solutions (HHS). As of September 16, 2014, e-Courses offered on the HHS site will now be approved for the LAWPRO Risk Management credit. The …

    Five for the Future

    24 Oct 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    The College of Law Practice Management’s 2014 Futures Conference gathered more than 100 of the world’s leading authorities on the evolving practice of law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and set them to work. Here are my five key takeaways from the year’s most impressive legal market conference. 1. The Trailblazer. Leading off the …

    2014 InnovAction Award Winners Announced

    23 Oct 2014, 6:02 pm | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    InnovAction Awards were presented to law firm Higgs & Sons and the Legal OnRamp Fellowship at last week's 2014 Futures Conference in Boston. The College of Law Practice Management presents InnovAction Awards to recognize lawyers, law firms and other deliverers of legal services for unprecedented business activity. The program — now in its 10th year …

    What keeps family law lawyers up at night? High-conflict cases

    23 Oct 2014, 9:03 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Hu Shunliang and Ma-Shan Iron and Steel

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

    A Hawaii firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Nagamoto Hu Shunliang of Ma-Shan Iron and Steel 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 […]

    Legal Market and Large Law Firm Trends from TRI COO – CFO Conference

    23 Oct 2014, 8:29 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live blog post from the Law Firm COO & CFO Forum by Thomson Reuters. The opening session is The Market Setting – Trends Driving New Approaches to Legal Practice, which covers large law firm trends and the legal market.. The presenters are James Jones, Senior Fellow at Georgetown Law, and Dan DiPietro, Managing Director and Chairman, Citi …

    My Interview with MyShingle Founder Carolyn Elefant at #ClioCloud9

    23 Oct 2014, 8:03 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This is another in a series of interviews I am posting, all recorded for the Legal Talk Network at the Clio Cloud Conference in September. The full series, which also includes interviews conducted by Adriana Linares, can be viewed here. In this interview, Carolyn Elefant, founder of MyShingle.com, discusses how solo lawyers can make their […] The …

    My Interview with Clio Co-Founder Jack Newton at #ClioCloud9

    23 Oct 2014, 8:02 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This is another in a series of interviews I am posting, all recorded for the Legal Talk Network at the Clio Cloud Conference in September. The full series, which also includes interviews conducted by Adriana Linares, can be viewed here. In this interview, Clio c0-founder and CEO Jack Newton discusses his company, the conference, and […] The post …

    My Interview with Avvo Founder Mark Britton at #ClioCloud9

    23 Oct 2014, 8:01 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This is another in a series of interviews I am posting, all recorded for the Legal Talk Network at the Clio Cloud Conference in September. The full series, which also includes interviews conducted by Adriana Linares, can be viewed here. In this interview, Avvo founder Mark Britton discusses what lawyers need to know about customer […] The post My …

    My Interview with EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn at #ClioCloud9

    23 Oct 2014, 8:01 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This is another in a series of interviews I am posting, all recorded for the Legal Talk Network at the Clio Cloud Conference in September. The full series, which also includes interviews conducted by Adriana Linares, can be viewed here. In this interview, I speak with Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Director Cindy Cohn about government […] The …

    My Interview with Above the Law’s David Lat at #ClioCloud9

    23 Oct 2014, 7:58 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    This is the first of a series of interviews I am posting, all recorded for the Legal Talk Network at the Clio Cloud Conference in September. The full series, which also includes interviews conducted by Adriana Linares, can be viewed here. In this interview, David Lat, editor of Above the Law, discusses lawyers and social […] The post My Interview …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Controlling Clients’ Legal Costs

    23 Oct 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed discusses how to estimate future costs by listing your assumptions. Most clients don’t complain about hourly rates; they complain about the totality of their legal costs.  In order to control legal costs, one help is budgets. How to estimate future costs: List your assumptions and make sure the client understands these and also provide … Continue …

    So You Think You Know Search – Best Practices in Law Firm Search and the Future (Live Ark KM Post)

    22 Oct 2014, 2:28 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    The final Day One session of the 10th Annual Ark KM conference addresses enterprise search in “So You Think You Know Search…?”, which addresses “the disconnect between what law firms think they know about Search—and what’s actually happening.” (Live blog post – please forgive typos or errors. The end of this post has the text of a Michael …

    Client Facing KM at Baker Donelson – Live Ark KM Post

    22 Oct 2014, 10:07 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    What is the future of client-facing legal knowledge management? That is the topic of this Ark KM 10th Annual Conference.  The session description and speaker information is appended below. (Live post: please forgive typos and errors.) Panelists: Meredith L. Williams, JD, Chief Knowledge Management Officer, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz …

    New Blog Serves as Training Hub for Minnesota Judges, Trial Lawyers

    22 Oct 2014, 8:09 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Since 2010, Alan F. Pendleton, a district judge for Anoka County, Minn., has published the email newsletter “Minnesota Judicial Training Updates,” in which he provides short, easy-to-read articles about concepts every judge and attorney should understand. The emails were sent to some 85 percent of the state’s judges, as well as to many attorneys …