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    Reebok’s Be More Human Microsite Focuses on User Experience

    17 Apr 2015, 2:00 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    A well-designed website should be engaging, exciting and make the user want to take the time to explore all of its features. Reebok’s Be More Human Microsite is built on the human experience that keeps users coming back. There are many features that allow the user to interact with the site, such as the #breakyourselfie […] The post Reebok’s Be …

    Brand Pride

    17 Apr 2015, 1:58 pm | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Congratulations to three great clients on their Legal Marketing Association Your Honor Awards Wins. There were 170 entries in this year’s program. Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP earned first place in promotional and collateral materials, Vedder Price placed second in the same category and Gesmer Updegrove took first in the promotional category at the …

    Slideshow: Clio’s New iPad App

    17 Apr 2015, 11:40 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    At ABA Techshow this week, the cloud practice management application Clio launched a dedicated iPad app. Above is a slideshow of screencaps from the new app. The app allows users to: Get full access to their case files. View a case file’s timeline of events. Track and add time and expenses. Access their matters and […] The post Slideshow: Clio’ …

    A Digital Sales Force℠: Build It and They Will Come

    17 Apr 2015, 9:57 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Professional services firm CMOs, CBDOs, CSOs and their teams are under increasing pressure to deliver measurable, impactful results. Scan the headlines and you’ll see abundant evidence of the trend we know you are feeling in your own firm. “The expectation of CMOs has moved from providing great marketing to demonstrably accelerating profitable …

    Friday Round-Up: Catching Up On A Busy Week of Tech News

    17 Apr 2015, 7:26 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Lots of news over the past week, thanks to the confluence of three major conferences: ABA Techshow in Chicago, the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division in Honolulu, and the Legal Marketing Association annual conference in San Diego. I’ve already reported on some of it, but here are some other announcements from the week: […] The …

    The Latest in Legal Marketing

    17 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    It's clear that legal marketers continue to be an ever-growing force for change at law firms of any size. With more than 1,300 attendees from around the globe, this week’s Legal Marketing Association (LMA) annual conference in San Diego was the group’s largest to date. For such a specialized gathering, the conference covered a wide and impressive …

    Clio Users Can Now Get Cash Before Their Clients Pay Invoices

    16 Apr 2015, 11:12 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    For some time now, the practice management Clio has been expanding the capabilities it offers its customers partly through integrations with third-party applications. An interesting integration announced today is between Clio and Fundbox, a service that advances payments to small businesses against their outstanding invoices. The integration will enable …

    Who’s on Facebook, LinkedIn and… Well, All the Rest of Them?

    16 Apr 2015, 10:23 am | From Bleeding-Edge Thinking | Fellows Blog

    Good fodder for your team and executive committee. Pass it on so they can feel “in the know.” It won’t take them much to review ComScore’s “Demographic Composition of Leading Social Networks” and they can tell their kids, “Oh, you know, I see Tumblr is picking up speed among the Millennials.” I made that up. I […] The post Who’ …

    A New Practice Management Platform, Zola, Launching Today at ABA Techshow

    16 Apr 2015, 9:51 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    When I learned that yet another cloud practice management platform would be launching at ABA Techshow, I was skeptical. After all, there are already a number of worthy products in this space. But after seeing a preview of the new platform, which is called Zola, I was impressed. Earlier this week, Fred Cohen, a cofounder […] The post A New Practice …

    Are You Being a Lawyer or Building a Practice?

    16 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    There’s a tricky balance that lawyers need to strike: staying focused on the "task at hand" while keeping an eye on the future. The task at hand involves acquiring technical skills — drafting, negotiation, deposition-taking — at a relatively early point in your career. There’s nothing you can do to get around this prerequisite to becoming a …

    The Death of the Liberal Arts Lawyer?

    15 Apr 2015, 11:53 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ To boldly go where no one has gone before…♫ Narration to the music by Alexander Courage.   In Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW I heard a presentation to my fellow Practice Management Advisors from Daniel Martin Katz on the future of law and legal eduction.  Daniel’s thesis, as I understood it,  is that law schools should [...]

    How I Broke the Cycle of Pain and Addiction

    15 Apr 2015, 9:58 am | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ I’m gonna kick tomorrow I’m gonna kick tomorrow…♫ Lyrics and Music by Eric Avery, Perry Farrell, recorded by Jane’s Addiction.   This is a guest post from an anonymous author that was published in the March 2015 Newsletter In Sight by the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program.  It is reprinted here with the kind permission of OAAP and …

    Legal Advice Via Video Chat: ‘Legaler’ To Preview at Techshow

    15 Apr 2015, 7:07 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

      An Australian company called Legaler will be at ABA Techshow this week previewing its cloud platform that will enable lawyers to provide legal advice and consultations via video chat through a feature called LiveAdvice. The platform will also serve as a client portal for lawyer-client messaging, document sharing and scheduling. Slated to launch …

    Care and Feeding of Your Referral Network

    15 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Your referral network is a living thing. If you don’t feed it and water it, it will die, and if you don’t prune it back occasionally, it will collapse under its own weight. If you’ve developed a network by identifying good sources and asking them for referrals, and you’re getting and giving referrals, then you’re already doing basic maintenance …

    Launching Today: A Cloud Platform for Bankruptcy Attorneys

    14 Apr 2015, 7:05 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Launching today is NextChapter, a cloud platform for bankruptcy attorneys designed to help them prepare, manage and electronically file bankruptcy cases. Its founder says it is like TurboTax for bankruptcy cases, in that it uses guided forms to help attorneys move through the preparation of bankruptcy documents. It is the first true cloud-based bankruptcy …

    Choosing to Choose Well

    14 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Have you ever left a phone charger behind in a hotel room even though you carefully looked before checking out? Returned from grocery shopping only to remember you forgot the milk? Operated on someone, sewed them up, and then realized you left a sponge inside? (Oops, wrong profession.) Given a closing argument without having introduced a key piece …

    Beyond Lawyers: The Future Of Law Firm Branding

    If you’re among those who enjoy the spectacle of “Battles of the Brands” among law firms, the Acritas Brand Indices provide unsurpassed grist for your mill.  The 2015 Brand Index For [large] Canadian Law Firms was released last month, showing …

    New From Rocket Matter: Client Intake Forms for Law Firm Websites

    13 Apr 2015, 10:08 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The cloud practice management platform Rocket Matter rolled out a new product today: client intake forms for law firm websites that integrate with the Rocket Matter platform. All of the information a client or potential client enters is directly added to the firm’s contacts on Rocket Matter and can then be used to automate the […] The post New …

    Next Version of Lexis for Microsoft Office: New Integrations and Features

    13 Apr 2015, 7:31 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Tomorrow, LexisNexis Legal & Professional will announce a new, enhanced version of Lexis for Microsoft Office, an application that provides direct access to Lexis research and citation tools and Web search tools from directly within Microsoft Word and Outlook. The most significant of several new features in this release is integration with Lexis Search …

    Have You Reddit?

    13 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    If you are proficient in social media basics and looking for a new online community, I recommend checking out Reddit. Reddit is a social media community made up of thousands of bulletin boards — called “subreddits” — on almost any topic you can imagine. Millions of people all over the world are active on Reddit. On each subreddit, users who …

    Litigation Funding for the Masses

    12 Apr 2015, 2:06 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    This post reports on a recent conversation with Dylan Beynon, a co-founder of Legal Funding Central, a recent legal tech start-up. LFC provides an online marketplace for litigation funding for plaintiffs with a focus on personal injury. I start with background on my interest in litigation finance and close with some concluding thoughts. Introduction …

    10 Legal Tech Innovations and What They Mean

    10 Apr 2015, 10:49 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Wisconsin Lawyer has just published my article, The Cloud Has Landed: 10 Legal Tech Innovations and What They Mean. Here is the introduction: Innovations and advances in technology over the last five years have brought dramatic and irreversible changes to the practice of law. From cloud computing to mobile lawyering, from social media to big data …

    Techshow Preview: TitanFile to Show New Browser-Based Encryption

    10 Apr 2015, 7:11 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    At ABA Techshow next week, the file-sharing platform TitanFile will be demonstrating its new integration with Credeon, a highly secure, browser-based encryption technology developed by Hitachi Solutions America Ltd. The first such product targeted at the legal market, the integration allows secure sharing of files and other communications, with the …

    Spring 2015 Legal Technology Scouting Report

    10 Apr 2015, 4:20 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    With ABA TECHSHOW 2015 taking place April 16-18 in Chicago, we're scoping out some of the most intriguing product updates and launches so far this year — including highlights from the announcements crossing our screens as the legal tech companies rev up for the big week ahead. ABA TECHSHOW draws scores of practice management technology experts and …

    Ethical vs Effective Marketing?

    9 Apr 2015, 2:56 pm | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫  What’s left to lose? I painted all these pictures but you couldn’t choose, All of your company. But is this distance, calling my name? I think persistence is this price that we pay in the end…♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by State Champs. This is an image taken from a YouTube marketing video created by a  Pittsburgh [...]

    Join Us for Drinks in Boston on April 24

    9 Apr 2015, 1:55 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    When we heard legal blogger and technology writer Nicole Black was coming to Boston, we said, “How about meeting for a drink?” Next thing we knew, not only are we meeting for a drink, but we are inviting any Boston legal bloggers and legal professionals who’d like to join us. And the drinks are on […] The post Join Us for Drinks in Boston on …

    Four Important Questions to Ask a Marketing Expert

    9 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    For many law firms, working with a marketing expert is a helpful and simple way to leverage resources. After spending years talking with lawyers about their expectations and quality of experiences with marketing experts and agencies, as well as the specifics of each law firm’s online strategy, I’ve uncovered four important questions anyone responsible …

    Adobe Officially Launches its All-New Version of Acrobat

    8 Apr 2015, 1:11 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    I wrote last week about Adobe’s impending release of an all new version of its Acrobat PDF software, Acrobat DC, and of the broader Adobe Document Cloud with which Acrobat DC will be tightly integrated. Yesterday, the new products officially launched. Here’s the announcement: Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of its newest cloud …

    ‘Hopper’ App Tells You The Best Time to Buy Air Tickets

    8 Apr 2015, 9:59 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    If you’re planning a trip, whether for business or travel, run — or maybe I should say hop — to the iTunes store and get Hopper. Consider Hopper a Big Data tool for finding small airfares. It constantly monitors and analyzes flight prices to predict how prices will change. It uses those predictions to tell […] The post ‘Hopper’ App Tells …

    Enterprising Lawyers: Avenue4′s Janine Goodman and Marc Lindsey

    8 Apr 2015, 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, 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 probably know one …

    A New Title in the Biglaw C-Suite: Chief Discovery Officer

    7 Apr 2015, 8:57 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The C-suite at the law firm Milberg LLP just got a little cozier. Recently, the firm announced that it had appointed Paul H. McVoy the newly established position of “chief discovery officer.” He will be responsible for guiding the firm’s lawyers, clients and co-counsel with regard to the technical aspects of discovery, the announcement said. […] …

    The Big Three Internet Marketing Activities for Lawyers

    7 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    “The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet,” said Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler on February 26, 2015. Regardless of your area of practice, these three Internet-based actions should be the foundation of your law practice's marketing plan. Website. Face it, you barely exist as a professional without …

    Allen & Overy Legal Tech Initiative – R&D at Last but a Question

    6 Apr 2015, 7:21 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I have long suggested that law firms invest in research and development to deliver more value to clients. Now one has. The Lawyer (UK, April 7) writes in Allen & Overy invests seed corn funding into “experimental” technology group i2 that the firm is funding and “launching an experimental ‘ideas and investment’ group aimed at developing …

    Free E-Book Gives Basic Overview of Law Practice Technology

    6 Apr 2015, 7:54 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    David Whelan, the former director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, has published a free e-book that provides an overview of the basic technology needed for a law practice. Called Law Practice Technology: An Introduction for Law Students, the book is, as the name says, intended for law students about to embark …

    How to Handle a Bully at Work

    6 Apr 2015, 4:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Unfortunately, bullying seems never to go out of style. If you find you are being bullied in the workplace, you'll find help at hand in this "how to" from the Attorney at Work Archives. Yes, a law firm can be a pretty difficult place to work. You’ve gathered together and granted power to people with expensive educations in … well, winning. And …

    Former Head of Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis to Lead New .Law Top-Level Domain

    3 Apr 2015, 1:05 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Lou Andreozzi, the former chairman of Bloomberg Law and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, has been appointed as CEO to lead the new .law generic top-level domain (gTLD). Andreozzi will head a new division within the Santa Monica, Calif., company Minds + Machines, which has been granted an exclusive license to operate the […] The post …

    Washington OKs Fee Sharing and Joint Ownership Between Lawyers and LLLTs

    3 Apr 2015, 7:20 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    The Supreme Court of Washington has approved revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct governing lawyers in that state that allow lawyers and limited license legal technicians to form partnerships and share fees. To my knowledge, this makes Washington the first state to allow fee sharing and joint ownership of a law practice between a […] The …

    Adobe Acrobat’s Next Version Puts Paper in the Cloud

    2 Apr 2015, 8:18 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Sometime in the next 30 days, Adobe will launch the latest version of its popular Acrobat PDF software, and it will be notably different from prior versions. The new Acrobat DC, as it will be called, will be part of a broader offering, Adobe Document Cloud, all aimed at reducing the waste and inefficiency of […] The post Adobe Acrobat’s Next Version …

    California Bar Licensing Is About to Change

    1 Apr 2015, 8:46 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two changes are about to occur in the lives of “want to be lawyers.” First, to appease their conscience, the Board of Trustees of the California State Bar considers requiring law students to take on one more obligation before graduating, 50 hours of free or low-cost legal services for the “needy” within a year of… Continue Reading

    ‘Invisible Girlfriend’ Founder To Launch Legal Spin-Off ‘Intangible Lawyer’

    1 Apr 2015, 6:53 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Building on the viral success of his start-ups Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend – services that make it look like you are in a relationship even when you are not – founder Matthew Homann will now launch Intangible Lawyer, a service that will make it look like you have a lawyer even if you cannot […] The post ‘Invisible Girlfriend …