Corporate Security Practices: Can Verizon Handle Yahoo?

    25 Sep 2016, 4:38 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This post describes a specific situation I encountered with Verizon but has some general implications for how individuals should remember to protect their own personal digital security. And how companies should protect customer data. I start with what prompted me to think about security. I have a an iPhone 7, which like all others, is brand new …

    Are You A ‘Solution Provider’? If So, There’s Now A Coalition For You

    23 Sep 2016, 11:38 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    During her 17-year tenure as editor-in-chief of Law Technology News (now rebranded as Legaltech News), there was one word Monica Bay would not tolerate in articles or press releases: “solution.” “We’re determined to build bridges, not walls — and to explain and demystify technology,” she once wrote. “That means no jargon, no acronyms, …

    So you want to start an A2J initiative? Here’s what you need to know about insurance

    23 Sep 2016, 8:29 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers and others in Ontario continue to conceive and champion initiatives aimed at bringing justice into the public’s reach. LawPRO is committed to supporting that innovation, and is eager to participate in the A2J conversation. This article outlines our perspective. Why an insurance perspective? Crucial for many A2J initiatives is finding lawyers …

    Clouds and Dirt: Tips from Clio Cloud Conference 2016

    23 Sep 2016, 8:22 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I deal in "clouds and dirt." That's how Gary Vaynerchuk (entrepreneur, angel investor, four-time New York Times best seller, and digital marketing agency CEO) began the closing keynote to the capacity crowd at this week's Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago. And the metaphor of "clouds and dirt" is a pretty good way to describe the Silicon Valley inspired …

    Clouds and Dirt: Tips from Clio Cloud Conference 2016

    23 Sep 2016, 8:22 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I deal in "clouds and dirt." That's how Gary Vaynerchuk (entrepreneur, angel investor, four-time New York Times best seller, and digital marketing agency CEO) began the closing keynote to the capacity crowd at this week's Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago. And the metaphor of "clouds and dirt" is a pretty good way to describe the Silicon Valley inspired …

    Why Didn’t Clio Notify Users of Data Aggregation? Turns Out It Did

    23 Sep 2016, 8:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I wrote yesterday about the announcement by Clio at its conference earlier this week of its new Legal Trends initiative. Clio will aggregate and anonymize data moving through its system to produce an annual Legal Trends Report and to provide its customers with insights into billing and financial benchmarks. The announcement generated a bit of […] …

    10 Tiny Tools To Simplify A Lawyer’s Life

    23 Sep 2016, 6:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    My column this week at Above the Law rounds up 10 Tiny Tools to Simplify A Lawyer’s Life. I cover: ActiveWords. Evernote Scannable. Continue reading → The post 10 Tiny Tools To Simplify A Lawyer’s Life appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

    How client succession is driving law firm consolidation

    22 Sep 2016, 11:54 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    Maybe, as the President of the United States believes, the world needs more Canada. What we do know is that the world evidently needs fewer Canadian law firms. It’s been a busy month in the Canadian legal marketplace. On Sept. 12, Norton Rose Fulbright completed its six-year-long Canadian expansion by acquiring Vancouver’s 95-lawyer Bull, Housser …

    Another State Adopts Duty Of Tech Competence — This Time With A Twist

    22 Sep 2016, 11:40 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Oklahoma this week became the latest state to adopt the duty of technology competence for lawyers. According to my ongoing tally, that brings the number of states that have adopted the duty to 24. The Supreme Court of Oklahoma adopted the change on Monday, to be effective immediately, in an order amending several of the […] The post Another State …

    Discussing the Future of Legal News with Kevin O’Keefe

    22 Sep 2016, 10:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Earlier this week at the Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago, Kevin O’Keefe of LexBlog conducted a Facebook Live interview of me about the future of legal news. Here’s the recording: The post Discussing the Future of Legal News with Kevin O’Keefe appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

    Clio Cloud Recap and News of Clio’s Data Report on Legal Trends

    22 Sep 2016, 7:08 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I’m sitting here at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, on my way home from the fourth-annual Clio Cloud Conference, racking my brain for something critical to say about it. I’d been to all three of the prior Clio conferences, and, frankly, I’d gushed about them, calling the 2014 conference one of the best legal technology conferences I’d […] The …

    How to Introduce Yourself

    22 Sep 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Following a recent post about networking, a reader asked, “What’s the best way to introduce yourself at a networking event?” What follows is for business contexts. For social etiquette, I’ll defer to Emily Post (or my late mother, who, while my siblings and I were growing up, we considered one and the same). How you introduce yourself is determined …

    Artificial intelligence and the “self-driving” lawyer

    21 Sep 2016, 8:22 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    We all look forward to the day when we can jump in a vehicle that will drive itself to our desired destination. And while self-driving vehicles have been in our imaginations for many decades, vehicles from Tesla and others with driving-assistance technology suggest fully autonomous self-driving cars will be a reality in the not too... Read More »

    [Sponsored] Overcoming the Skills Shortage in Small Law Firms

    21 Sep 2016, 7:47 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Finding the right staff for your law firm is no easy task. Today, technology can provide innovative and entrepreneurial practice management solutions that will allow your firm to grow and flourish for years to come. Many firms are struggling to employ great people. Are any of these staffing issues facing your firm? Lack of quality […] The post [Sponsored …

    Blogging Advice from the Experts

    21 Sep 2016, 4:08 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    I'm just back from Content Marketing World — a weeklong conference featuring hundreds of leading experts in social media marketing. I was there to speak on social media law and to learn how to be more effective with my own marketing efforts. (I was pleased to see at least one of the 3,500 attendees was from a law firm marketing department.) By the …

    Announcing the Coalition of Professional Services Providers

    20 Sep 2016, 9:33 am | From Corcoran's Business of Law Blog | Fellows Blog

    We inhabit a competitive world. Dogs vs. Cats. Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Buyers vs. Sellers. Too often, however, this competitive nature prevents effective collaboration. The newly launched Coalition of Professional Services Providers is a step in the direction of establishing a mutually beneficial relationship between those who offer services and products …

    Lawyers: (Safely) make your own dent in the affordability barrier

    20 Sep 2016, 9:18 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    Removing the barriers that stand between ordinary Ontarians and legal remedies will be a complex, long-term exercise. However, setting aside a few hours to do pro bono work is one way for lawyers to make a meaningful individual contribution to the bigger picture. LawPRO eases the decision to offer uncompensated services by offering lawyers special... …

    Lex Machina Unveils New Comparator Apps to Simplify Use of Analytics

    20 Sep 2016, 9:14 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Lex Machina today unveiled two “comparator apps” designed to make it simpler to access specific types of analytics insights. One, the Courts & Judges Comparator, allows up to four federal judges and courts to be compared for caseloads, case timelines, and other analytics. The other, the Law Firms Comparator, allows the same sorts of comparisons …

    Clipboard Managers: A Timesaving Tool for Every Lawyer

    20 Sep 2016, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you spend time typing, you’ve very likely found "copy and paste" to be two of your best friends, on any computer system. But if having one copied item available is good, wouldn’t more be better? I've discovered that clipboard managers can be a great time-saving tool. … Read The Rest The post Clipboard Managers: A Timesaving Tool for Every …

    Rule 48 dismissal FAQs

    19 Sep 2016, 10:07 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In the last year we have received inquiries regarding the new Rule 48. Here are the questions we most frequently hear: 1. The main action is administratively dismissed under Rule 48. What happens to related counterclaims, cross claims and third party claims? Counterclaims, crossclaims, and third party claims are dealt with under Rule 48.14(9), which …

    Clio Releases New Mobile App; We’ve Got Details and Pictures

    19 Sep 2016, 9:09 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In his keynote speech kicking off the Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago this morning, Clio co-founder and CEO Jack Newton unveiled the practice management platform’s new mobile app for iOS and Android devices — a completely redesigned and re-engineered replacement for Clio’s prior app. “What we’re releasing today is a completely re-imagined …

    Kimberley Chongyon Motley, Enterprising Lawyer

    19 Sep 2016, 4:10 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Enterprising Lawyer Q&A: Kimberley Motley, a practicing attorney since 2003, has worked in Afghanistan since 2008. She is the first foreigner to litigate cases in Afghanistan's criminal and commercial courts. Kimberley currently represents clients on every continent except Antarctica — including individuals from international corporations and NGOs …

    OBA MAP Reading Room for August 2016

    Apparently, August was a big month for law practice management and technology articles. I ended up with twenty-six articles we have placed in the OBA Management Assistance Program Reading Room for the month. The linked articles range from Microsoft Office...

    CosmoLex Update Fine Tunes Controls Over User Access to Financial Details

    16 Sep 2016, 12:17 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    A new update to CosmoLex — the cloud-based law practice management platform — enables system administrators to more granularly control user access to a law firm’s financial information. CosmoLex already allowed administrators to set different permission levels for different types of users, from full administrative access to all system functions …

    Delivering what clients want + getting paid for it (Live from #COLPM Futures)

    16 Sep 2016, 9:28 am | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This is a live blog post from the College of Law Practice Management 2016 Futures Conference (link to PDF of agenda). As a live post, please forgive any typos or misunderstandings of meaning. This session is How will we better deliver what clients want, and get paid for it? The session will address four question: Will the billable hour finally …

    Legal Proofreading Companies Microsystems and XRef Announce Merger

    15 Sep 2016, 7:14 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Two companies with technology for helping lawyers proofread, format and finalize documents today announced their merger. The companies, Microsystems and XRef, both have Microsoft Word proofreading add-ins designed for lawyers and say their merger will enable them to bring even better technologies to the market. Microsystems, which has offices in the …

    What’s my coverage when working pro bono?

    14 Sep 2016, 1:46 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In Ontario there is a pressing need for legal services that can be accessed by low-income and disadvantaged persons. Many lawyers are stepping up and trying to address this gap through free services, discounted fees, or providing legal education to members of the public. Whenever legal services are being provided to the public, however, it... Read …

    Startup Aims To Bring Efficiency to Antiquated Bail Bond System

    14 Sep 2016, 10:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    If there is a corner of the legal world where technology has yet to reach, it is the bail bond system. The process of obtaining a bail bond remains very much a brick-and-mortar one. Bail bondsmen typically set up shop close to a courthouse or jail, where family or friends can come in and purchase […] The post Startup Aims To Bring Efficiency to Antiquated …

    Avvo Wins First Amendment Fight, As Judge Compares It To Sports Illustrated

    14 Sep 2016, 6:30 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The listing that gave rise to the lawsuit. A federal court has dismissed a putative class action against Avvo under the Illinois Right of Publicity Act, ruling that Avvo’s lawyer listings are comparable to the editorial content in Sports Illustrated and deserving of the same First Amendment protection. This is the second time in six […] The post …

    Alternative fee arrangements in litigation

    13 Sep 2016, 12:38 pm | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    In recent years more focus has turned to alternative fee arrangements as a way to offer clients more predictable costs and affordable legal services. Hughes Amys LLP, based out of Hamilton and Toronto, offers alternative fee arrangements which have proven successful for them. Here is a look at how they’ve done it. “We’ve been doing... Read More …

    How Solos Differ From Other Lawyers: Survey Offers Insights

    13 Sep 2016, 6:35 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I’ve been writing here about the new survey of small-solo law firm management conducted by Thomson Reuters Solo and Small Law Firm group, to which I was given exclusive first-look access. As I’ve read through the survey results, I was struck by a consistent fact. In almost every category covered, solos stood alone. Their responses consistently …

    On Law Firm Profitability and Being a Jetson

    Law firms are businesses. Businesses should have the goal of being profitable. The September/October 2016 issue of Law Practice Magazine is the annual finance issue. The cover story is Increasing Law Firm Profitability by Instilling Values by Katy Goshtasbi. This...

    Internet Fax Service eFax Acquires MaxEmail

    12 Sep 2016, 8:58 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    You may ask yourself, “Is faxing still a thing?” While the fax may seem like a vestige of a bygone technology era, the actuality for many lawyers is that the ability to send and receive faxes remains a necessity. For many of us, the once ubiquitous fax machine has been replaced by internet faxing services. […] The post Internet Fax Service eFax …

    Litigation Finance – How It Works at Bentham

    11 Sep 2016, 2:48 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I recently spoke with Dave Kerstein, an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel at Bentham IMF to learn more about litigation finance. Before sharing what I learned, some background… Background: My Long Interest in Applying Financial Concepts to Law Combining finance and litigation has long interested me. If financial types got involved, I thought …

    On Lawyer2Lawyer: Law Enforcement and the Use of Robots

    9 Sep 2016, 11:47 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    In July, a sniper opened fire during a march against police shootings in Dallas, killing five police officers and wounding many others. After a 45-minute gun battle and hours of negotiation with the sniper, Dallas Police Chief David Brown gave an order to his SWAT team to come up with a plan to end the […] The post On Lawyer2Lawyer: Law Enforcement …

    How Not to Get Sued Over the HST – Updated for 2016

    9 Sep 2016, 9:20 am | From AvoidAClaim | Fellows Blog

    This article by David Sherman was published in the Summer 2007 edition of LAWPRO Magazine under the title “How Not to Get Sued Over the GST“. He updated it in September 2016. Are you at risk of being sued over an HST mistake? If you practise real estate law, commercial litigation or corporate/commercial law, the... Read More »

    Worldox Teams With Workshare To Provide Document Sharing And Collaboration

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

    Right click on a Worldox file name to send to Workshare. The document-management system Worldox and the document-collaboration system Workshare last week announced a jointly developed product that will allow Worldox customers to securely synchronize, share and collaborate on documents outside the Worldox system while still maintaining control of the …

    A Self-Service AI Robot For Law Firms? That’s What This New Product Promises

    8 Sep 2016, 7:00 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Not surprisingly, artificial intelligence was all the rage at last week’s ILTACON – the topic of several educational sessions and the promised ingredient of many new products. But one company introduced a unique take: A self-service AI portal to enable law firms to train an AI robot to perform custom tasks. The new product, called […] The post …

    September issue of Edge International Communiqué now online

    7 Sep 2016, 10:02 pm | From Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices | Fellows Blog

    The September, 2016 issue of Edge International Communiqué (EIC) was posted recently on the Edge International website. The issue begins with our group’s tribute to our late partner Ed Wesemann, which I republished in the previous instalment of this blog. In addition, in the September EIC Sam Coupland presents issues relating to the introduction …

    Authentic8’s Silo Lets Law Firms Securely Surf The Web

    7 Sep 2016, 8:31 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The web browser is the Achilles’ Heel of law firm security. The National Vulnerability Database operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology lists more than 800 results for the search term “browser.” The problem with browsers is that they open a very wide door for malicious code to be executed on your computer […] The post …