Build It! The New Associate’s Guide to Business Development

    12 Feb 2016, 1:12 pm | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Big firm or small, trials or deals, there's a single question the partners ask about young associates: "Is she a keeper?" And, while legal skills certainly count, we all know what ultimately swings the pendulum on that question, don't we? "Can she bring in clients?" Fortunately, help has arrived — in the form of a new 30-page downloadable ezine brimming …

    Build It! The New Associate’s Guide to Business Development

    12 Feb 2016, 1:12 pm | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Big firm or small, trials or deals, there's a single question the partners ask about young associates: "Is she a keeper?" And, while legal skills certainly count, we all know what ultimately swings the pendulum on that question, don't we? "Can she bring in clients?" Fortunately, help has arrived — in the form of a new 30-page downloadable ezine brimming …

    Casemaker Says It Won’t Fight Fastcase Lawsuit Over Georgia Law

    12 Feb 2016, 11:41 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Legal publisher Casemaker will not fight the lawsuit filed against it by Fastcase over copyright in Georgia law, its CEO David Harriman told me today. The company agrees that state law should not be subject to copyright and will not file an answer to Fastcase’s complaint, he said. That means that the court could enter a […] The post Casemaker …

    The Unintended Consequences of the Internet of Things

    Refrigerators that automatically help you prepare your shopping list. Thermostats that adjust the temperature to your liking when they detect you are heading home on your commute. A device on the front door that sends a picture to you of...

    Real estate bad cheque scam using the name Jun Akira

    12 Feb 2016, 9:37 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario lawyers notified us that he received an email from the purported Jun Akira looking to retain them with regards to representing them on a real estate transaction. In this type of scam the fraudster pretends interest in a property and sends a certified cheque or bank draft as a deposit or full payment […]

    Real estate bad cheque deposit scam using the name Zhang Junshe

    12 Feb 2016, 9:24 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    A New York state lawyer notified us that he received an email (cc’d to a real estate agent) from the purported Zhang Junshe looking to retain them with regards to representing them on a real estate transaction. In this type of scam the fraudster pretends interest in a property and sends a certified cheque or […]

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Chou Asami and Fujitsu Medical

    12 Feb 2016, 9:09 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Firms in New York and Texas have notified us that they received an email from the purported Chou Asami of Fujitsu Medical looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam […]

    Second Lawsuit Also Involves Claimed Copyright in Georgia State Law

    12 Feb 2016, 7:59 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I wrote last week about the lawsuit filed by Fastcase against Casemaker challenging Casemaker’s claim that it has exclusive rights to publish and license the Georgia Administrative Rules and Regulations. Casemaker’s parent company, Lawriter, has an agreement with the Georgia Secretary of State designating it as the exclusive publisher of the …

    How to Show Your Client You Don’t Really Care

    12 Feb 2016, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Sure, it is no more important to show gratitude for a client on Valentine's Day than any other day of the year. But, confronted with mountains of heart-shaped boxes and an avalanche of sweetheart sales, it's only natural for some to ponder, "Who loves ya, baby?" I'm not talking about romantic love — with secret notes, pounding hearts and fluttering …

    How to Show Your Client You Don’t Really Care

    12 Feb 2016, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Sure, it is no more important to show gratitude for a client on Valentine's Day than any other day of the year. But, confronted with mountains of heart-shaped boxes and an avalanche of sweetheart sales, it's only natural for some to ponder, "Who loves ya, baby?" I'm not talking about romantic love — with secret notes, pounding hearts and fluttering …

    U.S. Launches ‘Next Generation’ Site for Researching Federal Law

    11 Feb 2016, 11:17 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has launched the beta version of a website it is calling the “next generation” of access to information from the three branches of the federal government. Called govinfo.gov, the site is a more modern alternative to FDsys, the seven-year-old federal digital research site it will fully replace in 2017. […] …

    You Don’t Need a Holiday to Show Some Love

    11 Feb 2016, 3:04 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and stores are filled with overpriced flowers and red and pink candy shaped like hearts. In honor of this Hallmark holiday, my editors asked me, “How do you show love to clients?” (I assume by “love” they mean “appreciation.”) My first thought was, “If you need a holiday to remind you to tell people …

    Managing risk: Who pays for crime?

    10 Feb 2016, 8:35 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Vendors Propose Cloud Security Standards for Legal Products

    10 Feb 2016, 7:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    It is now generally accepted that lawyers may use cloud-computing platforms without violating legal ethics rules. Even so, however, many states say that lawyers who use the cloud have a duty to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the cloud services are provided in a manner that is compatible with the professional obligations of the […] The post …

    First Time Meeting with a Prospective Client

    10 Feb 2016, 3:17 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    A prospective client has identified three lawyers whom she believes possess the expertise and standing to solve her problem. The good news is that you’re one of them, and 10 minutes from now she’ll be sitting in your office to interview you. The less-good news? You don’t know much about her beyond whatever dry information a Google search and …

    A special note of thanks to our clients

    I wrote my first blog post on April 10, 2005, and I have published 968 posts since then.  To be candid, not all of the posts related to client service issues, the blog’s name notwithstanding.  But a good many of the posts have addressed client service.  It has been a passion of mine since long... Continue Reading The post A special note of thanks …

    Don’t take the bait on a spear phishing scam

    9 Feb 2016, 12:16 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    By now, most lawyers are familiar with phishing attacks. For those who are not, phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email. They take the form of a message, allegedly from your bank or an online retailer you […]

    Business loan collection scam using the name Van Den Broek

    9 Feb 2016, 9:24 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Three Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Van Den Broek 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 […]

    “We just raise them every year.”

    Great article by Sara Randazzo in today’s Wall Street Journal, Legal Fees Cross New Mark: $1,500 an Hour.  Set aside the wisdom of such rates when firms provide discounts on demand and realization rates average near 80%.  What stands out for me is the utter hubris of this statement by John Altorelli, previously of Dewey... Continue Reading The …

    Avvo Officially Launches its Fixed-Fee Legal Services in 18 States

    9 Feb 2016, 7:05 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Last month, this blog was the first to report the news that Avvo was beginning to roll out a service, called Avvo Legal Services, offering fixed-fee, limited-scope legal services through a network of attorneys. At that point, the service was being tested in five cities. Today, Avvo is officially launching the service across 18 states […] The post …

    New Lex Machina Feature Corrects Erroneous Lawyer Listings in PACER

    9 Feb 2016, 6:05 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Legal analytics company Lex Machina — which LexisNexis acquired in November — is introducing a new feature today that is designed to correct and improve upon the information PACER provides about attorneys of record in federal district court lawsuits. Called the Attorney Data Engine, it leverages various data sources extracted from PACER to correct …

    Beware the Dangers of WiFi

    9 Feb 2016, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Many of us have to travel for our work, and that often means connecting to wireless networks. If you use unsecured public WiFi networks when working on client matters that could mean trouble. Most hotels, airports, cafés don’t encrypt their public networks. That means it is up to you to ensure your data remains inviolate. If a hacker gains access …

    In the practicePRO Lending Library: Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers

    8 Feb 2016, 6:00 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    More lawyers than ever before are using Twitter to network with colleagues, attract clients, market their law firms, and even read the news. But to the uninitiated, Twitter’s short messages, or tweets, can seem like they are written in a foreign language. Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers will demystify one of the most important […]

    Knowledge Management Priorities in Large Law Firms – 2016 Survey

    7 Feb 2016, 3:02 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    Each year, Mary Abraham, Oz Benamram and I organize a meeting of global legal KM professionals to discuss trends, issues, and opportunities. In prep for it, we conduct a survey of invitees in November, December, and January. We use the survey to build our agenda, share some results publicly, and provide respondents with detailed results. I report …

    Fastcase Sues Casemaker Over Publishing of State Laws

    6 Feb 2016, 12:33 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Two of the nation’s leading legal research services will be facing off in federal court, as Fastcase has sued Casemaker seeking a declaratory judgment that could have broad-reaching implications for legal publishing in the United States. Fastcase went on the offensive and filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on Feb. 3 after […] The …

    Maximize your video advertising using Wirewax

    5 Feb 2016, 1:03 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Wirewax is a UK start-up that has created an interactive video tool that allows users to upload videos through their online, cloud-based platform. From there­­ the user adds hotspots to their video, which can be attached to people, animals or objects in the video. Making the video clickable, and thus interactive. It’s up to you […] The post Maximize …

    Avoid problems on motions for removal as lawyer of record

    5 Feb 2016, 10:14 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    LAWPRO defence counsel have reported to us they have seen an increase in motions to be removed as lawyers of record and that these motions are not always going as expected or desired. In some cases motion materials do not have the required evidence, providing either too little information, or too much information (i.e., confidential […]

    Sign up for ABA TECHSHOW - Discounts for State Bar Members

    Every year I try to persuade lawyers to attend ABA TECHSHOW. I know lawyers are busy, but there is really no better chance to hear from so many experts in one location and to make great law office technology purchasing...

    New on Lawblogs.ca: Clawbies Winners & More

    4 Feb 2016, 3:38 pm | From Law Firm Web Strategy | Fellows Blog

    We’re due for another “what’s new at lawblogs.ca” post! Since our last update, we’ve added lots of blogs to our directory of Canadian law blogs. This batch includes Clawbies winners, finalists and nominees along with other new (and …

    Thousands of pre-2012 matters will be automatically dismissed January 1, 2017

    4 Feb 2016, 1:49 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    This is an alert LAWPRO sent to litigation lawyers on February 3, 2016. The clock is ticking. Under the new Rule 48.14 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, matters commenced before January 1, 2012 that are not set down for trial will be automatically dismissed – without notice to you – on January 1, 2017. […]

    Data Analytics in Law Firms (Zev Eigen Presentation)

    4 Feb 2016, 10:04 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live blog post from a private large law firm meeting. The presenter is Zev Eigen, Global Director of Data Analytics, at of Littler. Zev has practiced in law firms and a law department. He then studied for a Ph.D in data analytics. He joined Littler in 2015. [This is a live post, published as a session ends. Please forgive typos or inaccurate …

    Make – and Implement – a Plan

    4 Feb 2016, 6:00 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ But the plan won’t accomplish anything If it’s not implemented…♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by Built to Spill. (image used pursuant to Creative Commons CC0 licence) There are many questions to ask yourself and to think about before you reach your decision as to whether or not you would like to open a law practice. In talking […]

    iManage Launches New Cloud Service and Information Governance Initiative

    2 Feb 2016, 11:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Last July brought a shake-up for the document and work-product management company iManage. It had been acquired by HP in 2011 as part of HP’s purchase of Autonomy. The Autonomy acquisition turned into a fiasco for HP, resulting in both litigation and a write-down of nearly $10 billion. But in the midst of all this, […] The post iManage Launches …

    Rocket Matter Adds QuickBooks Integration and Payment Processing

    2 Feb 2016, 8:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    At Legaltech today, the cloud-based practice-management application Rocket Matter announced two new features: integration with QuickBooks Online and a fully integrated payment-processing system called Rocket Matter Payments. Both announcements were described as representing the start of a year-long initiative to dramatically boost its users’ profitability …

    Announcing My New Podcast with Monica Bay, Law Technology Now, and New Interviews with Fastcase’s Ed Walters and Lex Machina’s Josh Becker

    2 Feb 2016, 6:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I am very pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, Law Technology Now, co-hosted with Monica Bay, longtime editor of Law Technology News now a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and produced by the Legal Talk Network. In each episode, Monica and I will explore the latest in legal […] The post Announcing My New Podcast …

    Is the time coming when an innovative Law Department will custom design its law firm?

    Most complain that their law firms are not meeting their needs. Some law departments bring work in-house.  Some change law firms.  But the problems persist. Outside the law department, companies solve this kind of problem by creating a solution. Often, the company’s engineers work with a willing vendor to find the right solution. Is the... Continue …

    Stem Client Roundup for January 2016

    1 Feb 2016, 2:55 pm | From Law Firm Web Strategy | Fellows Blog

    Happy New Year! Looking over what our clients have been up to this month, it’s clear that 2016 is off to a great start. Here’s our regular roundup of clients news and accomplishments: Ontario divorce law firm Russell Alexander Family …

    At Legaltech, the Word Is … eDiscovery

    1 Feb 2016, 12:00 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

      Legaltech New York kicks off tomorrow, and if you want to know what everyone there will be talking up, it pretty much boils down to one word: eDiscovery. As she’s been doing every year now since 2011, JoAnna Forshee at InsideLegal has created a word cloud from the Legaltech agenda, visually displaying the sessions’ themes. […] The post At …

    The top downloads from practicePRO.ca in 2015

    1 Feb 2016, 10:11 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    At the end of each year we at practicePRO take a look at what articles, checklists, tips, and other resources had the most downloads. As always, the list contains many resources that remain popular year after year (e.g. our retainer precedents, ILA checklist and e-Discovery reading list). There were also 15 new additions (the most […]

    Pre-Legaltech Catch-Up: News from LexisNexis, CuroLegal and NetDocuments

    1 Feb 2016, 9:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Before I head off to Legaltech New York, here are a couple items from last week’s legal technology news: New from LexisNexis. LexisNexis released a few announcements in advance of Legaltech. In addition to its recent acquisition of Lex Machina, which it will be highlighting at Legaltech, it also announced: An update for Lexis Advance featuring […] …