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    Renew your LAWPRO professional liability insurance for 2015 starting today

    1 Oct 2014, 12:58 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    You can now e-file your 2015 LAWPRO insurance application. E-file on or before November 4, 2014, and you’ll save $25 on the 2015 insurance premium. It takes only minutes to review your pre-populated electronic application: To access online filing, you need your Law Society number and your confidential password. Applications e-filed after November …

    Caig Ball: "Dem Phones, Dem Phones, Dem iPhones"

    Electronic data discovery (EDD) and computer forensics are not areas where I claim expertise. But Craig Ball is an expert and his new column Dem Phones, Dem Phones, Dem iPhones is worth a read for anyone involved with the litigation...

    Don’t think like a lawyer

    1 Oct 2014, 9:46 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    This article was just published in the “I Wish I’d Known” column in the October 2014 issue of Student Lawyer, a terrific publication of the ABA’s Law Student Division. My thanks to Marilyn Cavicchia and Darhiana Mateo Téllez of the ABA for the invitation and opportunity. “You’re going to learn to think like a lawyer,” said one of... …

    Electricity in the Cloud at Clio Conference

    1 Oct 2014, 7:22 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

      Listen. That roar you hear is thunderous acclaim for the Clio Cloud Conference held last week in Chicago. And where there is thunder, there is lightning, and the electricity at this conference produced an atmosphere that was highly charged. This was Clio’s second annual conference, and to this grizzled veteran of way too many […] The post Electricity …

    How to Handle Disagreements in the Law Office

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

    Working together in a law office isn't always rainbows and puppies. There can be some serious dustups, and we all know what that means — somebody's work isn't getting done. We asked a couple of experts from the Association of Legal Administrators to give us their best tips for handling and resolving differences of opinion between people in the office …

    Greenfield/Belser’s Recent Award Wins

    Greenfield/Belser clients have recently been recognized for outstanding marketing communications—and our own research has been recognized, as well. Recently, Hanna Brophy and Nexsen Pruet both won Legal Standard of Excellence Awards in the 2014 WebAwards competition! Adding to our excitement—eight American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic …

    Stem Client Roundup for September 2014

    The air’s a little cooler, the leaves are turning, and the kids are back in school – fall is definitely here! September was full of hustle and bustle here at Stem and for our clients. Here’s a look at what …

    Estate Map Returns, in a Consumer-Facing Beta

    30 Sep 2014, 8:01 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Remember Estate Map? It launched just over a year ago as a cloud-based tool for estate planning lawyers and their clients. Then, last April, its founder, Minneapolis lawyer Joseph Henderson, announced he was closing it down. In its place, he said then, he planned to launch a new site, to be marketed directly to consumers, […] The post Estate Map …

    Turn Clients into Client-Advocates: The Brand Experience

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

    Research suggests that life experiences, not material things, are the key to happiness. Nonetheless, by and large people still choose to spend more of their money on material items because they believe they’re of greater value. After all, it’s pretty easy to peg a value to a new flat-screen TV that costs $4,000. But it’s hard to estimate the …

    Rule 1: Clients get to decide

    Some things make my blood boil.  Consider these quotes from Part 4 of Pam Woldow’s recent 4-part series, Cutting Corners (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4).  The series discusses whether use of Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement encourages lawyers to cut corners.  Part 4 includes reader feedback and Pam’s response to... Continue …

    Conferences to Consider for October: COLPM Futures and Ark KM

    29 Sep 2014, 2:10 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Each October for several years I have attended two excellent conferences. Ark KM is the leading, privately organized conference for law firm knowledge management professionals.  The College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference is the leading conference for considering the future of the legal market writ large. I am speaking at Ark KM and …

    How To Talk To Lawyers About Online Content Marketing

    A friend of mine recently asked for my thoughts on how to speak to lawyers about search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). Steve Matthews is Stem’s resident guru on these topics, and I make it a point …

    In with the new, out with the old

    29 Sep 2014, 9:39 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    When I first heard the news, I was surprised that Baker Hostleter accepted the assignment from the Republican Party to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping the boundaries of Executive Power. Why? The first reason that came to mind was that such a high profile assignment would identify them as a Republican oriented law firm. … Continue Reading …

    The need to respect a client’s cultural traditions

    29 Sep 2014, 9:29 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A lawyer appeared on behalf of a client on a criminal matter. During …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Li Yang

    29 Sep 2014, 8:56 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Li Yang 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 into wiring real funds […]

    Business loan collection scam using the name Michelle Williams

    29 Sep 2014, 8:18 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Firms in Ontario and Nevada notified us that they received an email from the purported Michelle Williams looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be […]

    Resigned to Being in the Rut?

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

    Lawyers can easily find themselves, very early in their careers, in a predicament of epic proportions. It happens when you don’t know what to do next, and end up in a rut — a long, deep track made by the repeated passage of the lawyers (um, vehicles) who went before. For our purposes a rut has a number of relevant characteristics: • It begins …

    Cautionary tale of a lawyer targetted for fraud by a paralegal of the same cultural background

    26 Sep 2014, 1:05 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A lawyer was both a member of a racialized community and first licensed …

    Thumbs Up. Responsive and Mobile Design for Bigger Phone Screens

    With all the hubbub around Apple’s new iPhone launch, (think larger screens if you’ve been living under a rock) some of the implications for design of responsive and mobile adapted websites are emerging. We read with interest this post from a designer that applies left-brain logic to the new reality, and we thought our brand […] The post Thumbs …

    Legal KM Rapid Tour: The ILTA 2014 Encore Webinar

    26 Sep 2014, 10:53 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    These are my real time notes from an ILTA webinar on 26 September 2014 that recaps – in one hour – the six hour-long knowledge management session at the 2014 annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association, held in August in Nashville.  This is real time post, so forgive any typos or inaccurate quotes.  I have appended below …

    Business loan collection scam using the name Lachi Green

    26 Sep 2014, 9:28 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lachi Green looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. 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 into […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the name Sawada Kitazawa and Xhinpoon Chemicals

    26 Sep 2014, 9:23 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    A Minnesota firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Sawada Kitazawa of Xhinpoon Chemicals 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 into […]

    Never-Ending Business Development

    26 Sep 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, business development is a perpetual, ongoing commitment. It can be especially onerous if you are in a small or solo firm, where you’re not just a lawyer — you’re often the entire sales force and sole customer service rep. But, thanks to the many resources found online, you’re not completely alone in learning …

    You are not paranoid when they are watching you

    Rarely would I do a blog post just to point out two other writer's blog posts. But there is such a nice connection between today's blog posts from my friends and colleagues, Sharon Nelson of Sensei Enterprises and Bob Ambrogi,...

    2014 Solo and Small Firm Practice

    25 Sep 2014, 12:41 pm | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ I only need to tell myself See what the future holds… ♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by S.P.Y. Just a note that the 2014 Solo and Small Firm Conference early bird rate ends tomorrow…!! This is a CLE-BC conference and we have worked quite hard on the content and the speakers. This is for [...]

    What Is Your Law Firm's Social Media Strategy?

    How law firm can effectively use social media is a topic open for debate. I have seen some very persuasive individuals tell audiences that a social media strategy is absolutely critical for law firms. I have heard from lawyers who...

    App of the Week: Apple iOS 8

    Smartphones, and particularly iPhones, have changed the way professional service firms operate. Now, being away from your desk, traveling or even stepping out on your lunch break cannot be seen as an excuse for being out of touch with your coworkers or clients. Between texting, receiving email and good old-fashioned phone calls being in the […] The …

    Bingham’s demise should make everyone wonder about their own situation

    25 Sep 2014, 10:11 am | From In Search of Perfect Client Service | Fellows Blog

    Bingham McCutchen is following the Dewey/Howery decline to oblivion.  It seems people are surprised.  They shouldn’t be.  Some number of major firms are the “low end” that create the mediocre industry average numbers that are reported.  But surprised they are, and that always surprises me.  So you can see why this brought a smile to... Continue …

    Failure to properly balance cultural practices and Canadian commercial standards casts suspicion of fraud over lawyer

    25 Sep 2014, 9:18 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: The lawyer belonged to a tight-knit community where loan transactions …

    Amendments to Rule 48 bring major changes to administrative dismissals

    25 Sep 2014, 9:11 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Significant changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to administrative dismissals appear in Ontario Regulation 170/14, published in the September 6, 2014 Ontario Gazette. Specifically, the existing Rules 48.14 (Action not on trial list) and 48.15 (Action abandoned) were revoked, and a new Rule 48.14 (Dismissal of an action for delay) was substituted …

    Everywhere You Go, Google is Watching — and Mapping Your Location

    25 Sep 2014, 7:26 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I was in Chicago this week for the Clio Cloud Conference, where I sat in horrified disbelief as keynote speaker Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, described the extent of government snooping on our digital lives. As we all know, of course, it is not just the government that is tracking us. […] The post Everywhere You …

    Networking

    25 Sep 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Developing your practice and business will always be a priority.  This week, Ed shares tips about how networking can help you do this… Continue Reading

    For Better or Worse: Customizing Styles in Microsoft Word

    25 Sep 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    In last month’s column, "Stylin’ It in Microsoft Word," I showed how using Word's default Styles to format documents can make your life much easier — and urged you to "leave ’em as Microsoft set ’em." Still, I had a few requests from readers who really would prefer to change the default Styles settings and wanted to know the best way to go …

    Site of the Week: Witness Gotham

    All too often, we see websites with no “oomph.” It could be beautiful to look at, but it just doesn’t go that extra mile. More often than not, that extra mile lies in the unique functionality of the site. A beautiful site with gorgeous pictures can only get you so far. Think about interactivity, motion—think about the whole package. […] …

    Overworked? The First Step to Delegating

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

    “I found myself in a rut of doing work … then more work … and feeling stuck in the day-to-day of never seeing past tomorrow,” says Josh Brown, a solo attorney who deals primarily in franchise law. Like most small firm attorneys, Brown’s to-do list kept growing, and no one was around to take something off his plate. If you work in a small …

    The Role of Law Schools

    23 Sep 2014, 11:22 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ I want to be part of the solution
 Can you use me to lead a revolution?
 I want to be part of the solution… ♫             Music, Lyrics and recorded by: Jonah33. The issues facing the profession have been set out by many: from Richard Susskind as documented in his many books, to Madam [...]

    Serious Challenges for the New CalBar President

    22 Sep 2014, 11:20 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Congratulations to Craig E. Holden, the new president of the State Bar of California. Among other attributes, Mr. Holden is a partner in the major law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, a person of color, a former member of the executive committee of the CalBar Law Practice Management & Technology Section, and … Continue Reading

    Lots of News from Clio, Including Integration with Fastcase

    22 Sep 2014, 8:42 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

      The Clio Cloud Conference kicked off this morning in Chicago with a keynote by company cofounder Jack Newton in which he made a number of major announcements. Notably, Newton announced a new integration partnership between Clio and the Fastcase legal research platform, making Clio the only practice-management application to integrate with Fastcase …