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    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Selling Your Practice in the Internet Age, Part 2

    17 Apr 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed continues his discussion of the issues involved in selling a law practice… Continue Reading

    Marketing to the Bar

    17 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I have spent a good deal of my career trying to get lawyers to spend less time with other lawyers and more time with clients and prospects. In many cases, a lawyer’s business development and networking efforts are more effective when spent in industry or business-related organizations than bar association groups. However, there are certainly times …

    Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Lock Down and Protect Your Data Wherever it Is

    16 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds …

    Breach of franchise agreement scam using the name Junya Suzuki

    16 Apr 2014, 10:35 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario lawyer notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Junya Suzuki with regards to retaining their services to collect on breach of a franchise agreement. This is a bad cheque scam (similar to those alleging a breach of an IP or copyright agreement) that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance […]

    We Test WordRake’s Beta Version 2.0 on ‘McCutcheon’

    16 Apr 2014, 7:36 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    When WordRake , the editing program for lawyers, was first released in 2012, I put it to the test against two of the most eloquent writers on the Supreme Court, Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan. If WordRake could improve on Scalia and Kagan, I reasoned, imagine what it could do for the rest of us. […] The post We Test WordRake’s Beta Version …

    Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit?

    16 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Every lawyer knows mismanaging a trust account (IOLTA) can have terrible consequences. However, most lawyers receive little or no training in how to manage a trust account before opening one of their own. Law schools don’t address this in enough detail — at least based on the blank looks received when I mention trust accounting to new grads. And …

    LAWPRO Magazine archives: Social media pitfalls to avoid

    15 Apr 2014, 1:17 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Although social media sites offer lawyers many interesting new ways to interact with people in both personal and work spheres, there are some risks associated with using them. Some of these risks are obvious, some are not. Before they venture into social networking, lawyers should consider Section 5.5 of the Law Society’s Practice Management Guideline …

    Me again

    15 Apr 2014, 11:22 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    So I thought you might be interested in reading about what I’ve been up to lately outside of Law21 (seeing as how I sure haven’t been up to much here). I have a couple of new posts percolating for this month and next, and by mid-summer, I hope to announce what I think will be... Read more »The post Me again appeared first on Law21.

    How to Handle Heartbleed

    15 Apr 2014, 10:50 am | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    I was out of the office last week when the Heartbleed bug burst into the news so, while I’m a little slow getting information posted about it, things seemed to have resolved themselves and I now feel comfortable providing our members with some information and recommendations about how to deal with it. What is Heartbleed? […]

    Learning to Lead from Your Inner Executive

    15 Apr 2014, 9:53 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ Ah, there’s an elephant standing in the room Ah, though we’re all alone It’s not just me and you…♫ Lyrics and music by E.A. Morillo, H. Romero, J. Nunez, J. Wilkinson, B.M. Burton, recorded by Alexandra Burke.   This is another guest post from Beth Flynn at the Ohio State University Leadership Center. All [...]

    App of the Week: Type:Rider

    15 Apr 2014, 9:51 am | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    As a design firm, we love anything that has to do with different fonts—especially games. Type:Rider, our App of the Week, is an exciting puzzle game that also educates you about the history of type along the way. The game has you traveling back through time as two dots and exploring typographic styles and techniques […]

    Why More Women Means Better Business

    15 Apr 2014, 9:25 am | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    How do we encourage smart hiring decisions that are gender-blind? By continuing to educate the workforce with the most up-to-date statistics analyzed by past and current events. One article that sheds light into this type of research can be found on The Daily Muse. It highlights recent observations found in a study called The Case […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Richard Tena and Smart Service Electric

    15 Apr 2014, 8:32 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Richard Tena of Smart Service Electric 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 […]

    Business loan collection scam using the name Albert Dan

    15 Apr 2014, 8:17 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Albert Dan 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 […]

    Avvo Gets Another $37.5 Million in Financing

    15 Apr 2014, 7:15 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It’s a good time to be a legal startup, it seems. Just three weeks ago, we reported here that Clio, the cloud-based practice management platform, had raised $20 million in financing. Now comes news that the lawyer directory site Avvo has closed $37.5 million in financing. This latest round of financing was led by Coatue […] The post Avvo Gets Another …

    I Landed the Sales Opportunity, So Now What?

    15 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Question: “After several networking lunches and casual meetings with a potential client, she invited me to come meet with her and her staff to “tell us what you can do for us.” What should I do? How can I make sure I stand out and get the work?” In this edition of “Ask the Experts” we hear from Legal Marketing Association members Stacy …

    Where is the Excitement about the Future of the Legal Market?

    14 Apr 2014, 9:59 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Every day I read about big and exciting changes in industry.  On Monday, the New York Times reported on the huge impact graphene could have in electronics and other industries, Forbes on the first artificial red blood cells that may go into production. Change happens even in old line industries. For example, also in the Times Monday: Leaner …

    In the Lending Library: Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers

    14 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    In the paper world keeping client data confidential was easy and cheap. In the digital world, its difficult and expensive, and the job is never truly done. The authors of Locked Down (Sharon D. Nelson, David G. Reis and John W. Simek) believe that law firms are not doing enough to protect electronic client data. […]

    Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Stump Hackers by Changing Key Default Settings

    14 Apr 2014, 10:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Mark Kondziola and Kondo Machine Tool LLC

    14 Apr 2014, 9:59 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Mark Kondziola of Kondo Machine Tool LLC 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 […]

    Which Legal Sites Did Heartbleed Affect?

    14 Apr 2014, 9:08 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    You’ve no doubt heard about Heartbleed, the security flaw that exposed personal information at many leading websites. The flaw was in OpenSSL, an open-source version of the SSL protocol that is used to encrypt transmissions between you and a website. The flaw created a vulnerability that could have exposed sensitive information. The vulnerability …

    Instilling Client Confidence in Your Practice

    14 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    In this series, Oklahoma attorney Noble McIntyre has been offering tips on rolling out the welcome mat for clients and prospective clients. His first two posts provided pointers on phone etiquette and office appearance — but it's the people in your firm who set the tone. In this installment, Noble looks at how their behavior can help instill client …

    Breaking: ‘Estate Map’ is Shutting Down

    12 Apr 2014, 11:16 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Just 10 months after it launched, Estate Map is closing down. As I described in my review of it last August, Estate Map is a cloud-based tool for estate planning lawyers and their clients. For lawyers, it simplifies client intake and communications. For clients, it provides a portal where they provide information about themselves and […] The post …

    Must See: Helen Lawrence at The Stanley

    11 Apr 2014, 8:36 pm | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ These days go by And they’re gone before you know it So come on, open your window Let the light shine in This is life don’t miss it…♫ Lyrics, Music and recorded by Francesca Battistelli.   It is not too often that I get to write about technology and theatre.  However, to every rule there [...]

    Back to Brand Basics

    11 Apr 2014, 12:58 pm | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    As previously mentioned, the theme for our 2013 Annual Review was “back to brand basics.” Growing brands has always been a top priority and this year we saw a shift towards integrated marketing rather than focusing directly on sales.  We always aim to get clients the most bang for their buck and we’re excited to […]

    Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Keep the Bad Guys Out With a Firewall On Your Internet Connection

    11 Apr 2014, 10:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds …

    Site of the Week: Vox

    11 Apr 2014, 9:08 am | From Brand Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Separation agreement scam using the name Farah Dae-du

    11 Apr 2014, 8:44 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers in Ontario, Washington state and Illinois notified us that they received an email from the purported Farah Dae-du looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this […]

    LawBiz® Legal Pad: Selling Your Practice in the Internet Age

    11 Apr 2014, 7:00 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Ed discusses the issues in selling a law practice… Continue Reading

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about BigLaw, Delivered to Your Desktop

    11 Apr 2014, 6:26 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Do you work in BigLaw? Wish you did? Or just happen to be a junkie for news about large law firms? If so, here’s your fix. The folks at TechnoLawyer have reworked and relaunched BigLaw, their free weekly email newsletter that endeavors to cover all things BigLaw. The newsletter now covers what TechnoLawyer calls the […] The post Everything You …

    What’s the Buzz with Legal Marketing?

    11 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    The Legal Marketing Association (LMA) held its annual conference last week in Orlando, Florida, attended by more than 1,200 professional marketers. The buzz focused on a range of topics, from adapting to the “new normal” and sophisticated pricing strategies to using technology to market legal services and considering generational differences in …

    Middle Office Support for Law Firms – Captives v Outsourcing

    10 Apr 2014, 9:32 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Many large US law firms own and operate low cost service centers. These “captives” provide a range of “middle office” support such as IT, finance, word processing, and business research. Since 2012, five US firms announced or opened captives: Pillsbury (Nashville), Bingham (Lexington), Kaye Scholer (Tallahassee), K&L Gates (Pittsburgh), and …

    Exclusive: Pricing Revealed for Neudesic’s ‘The Firm Directory’

    10 Apr 2014, 6:40 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In a post here in February, I reviewed The Firm Directory from Neudesic Pulse, a product I described as like a law firm’s private LinkedIn. The product allows firms to create a searchable, internal directory that captures and manages information about its lawyers skills and proficiencies. It is targeted at larger firms of 200 or […] The post Exclusive …

    Lawyers: Get (In) Credible with Video

    10 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    The best way for potential clients to gauge chemistry and competence — short of meeting you in person — is by watching you in an online video. With a mere tap on their tablet or smartphone, they can get up close and personal for a sample of your style. While the technology gets easier, secrets remain about how to come across well on video. Drew …

    Ceding the Stage – Lessons in Leadership

    9 Apr 2014, 12:23 pm | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    I’ve been engaged in a lively discussion with other legal marketers in which two topics I love, basketball and leadership, have come together nicely.  You don’t have to be a basketball fan, or even a sports fan, to benefit from the leadership lessons that are often played out, literally, on the courts and fields for […]

    Podcast: Should Revenge Porn Be A Crime?

    9 Apr 2014, 6:47 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In our last episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we spoke to two activists urging federal and state laws to make revenge porn a crime. This week, we follow-up with two guests who believe such laws would be a serious mistake, because of both their chilling effect on free speech and their needless criminalization of […] The post Podcast …

    Casemaker Now Has Legal Forms

    9 Apr 2014, 4:00 am | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    Casemaker, the Alabama State Bar’s free legal research service, is once again offering discounted forms, via U.S. Legal Forms, from within the Casemaker website. To take advantage of the forms and the 10% discount available if you purchase through Casemaker, just log into Casemaker through the bar’s website, and then select the Legal Forms link …

    A Story from ABA TECHSHOW

    8 Apr 2014, 9:46 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    .♫ And then one day you find Ten years have got behind you No one told you when to run You missed the starting gun….♫ Lyrics and Music by David Gilmour, Nicholas Mason, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, recorded by Pink Floyd.   One of the most interesting things I did just prior to Techshow was to attend [...]

    CanLII Connects Breaks New Ground

    I’m pleased to announce the launch of a great new project we’ve been working on here at Stem. It’s called CanLII Connects and it opened to the public a few hours ago. Simply put, CanLII Connects was developed to improve …

    5 Steps to Easy(ier) Legal Accounting

    4 Apr 2014, 1:07 pm | From The Last Word | Fellows Blog

    The Legal Technology Resource Center, a part of the ABA Law Practice Division, is now facilitating free webinars to help lawyers with practice management issues, and the next one, 5 Steps to Easy(ier) Legal Accounting is Tuesday, April 8th, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. (CDT). Sponsored by Clio, the cloud-based practice management system which is […]