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    Looking to Take a Peak at Our App of the Week?

    Two days ago, I sat down to research how online technologies can negatively influence business growth and development. I ultimately ended up spending 45 minutes checking Facebook, Reddit and Yahoo news. How I ended up so far off topic, I couldn’t tell you, but I do believe that the experience hints at an underlining problem […] The post Looking …

    Does Free Really Mean Free?

    Growing up, we were told that nothing in life is free. Even things that appear to come “free” are met with some sort of disclaimer—30-day free trial (fine print: after which your credit card will be charged $29.99 a month unless you remember to cancel your membership). Free (with a purchase of something of equal […] The post Does Free Really …

    Podcast: Ebola, Quarantines and the Law

    21 Nov 2014, 11:12 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    With Ebola quarantines making headlines, what is the law? What powers do local, state and federal governments have to quarantine people who have or are suspected of having the disease? And what are the rights and protections of the quarantined individuals? We examine these questions and more on this week’s Lawyer2Lawyer legal-affairs podcast. Joining …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Ashford Riku and Biohit Healthcare

    21 Nov 2014, 9:07 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ashford Riku of Biohit Healthcare 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 […]

    Recruiting & retaining top talent: Part 3: Money and other things

    21 Nov 2014, 8:47 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Attracting the best possible lateral associates is critical to a law firm’s ability to maintain its competitive edge, financial leverage, internal succession and future success. The January 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine included an article by Cleo Kirkland, a senior recruitment consultant at The Counsel Network in Toronto, which discussed what firms …

    Friday Round-Up: Catching Up on the Week’s News

    21 Nov 2014, 7:11 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Catching up on some of the week’s news in legal technology and information: Banking law resource. On Wednesday, Bloomberg BNA announced the launch of Bloomberg Law: Banking, an all-in-one resource on legal and regulatory issues that integrates banking news, analysis, primary and secondary sources and practical tools.  The collection includes Bloomberg …

    Five Things We’re Celebrating at Attorney at Work

    21 Nov 2014, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    How long have you been a subscriber to Attorney at Work? Those of you who have been with us from the very beginning have been receiving “one really good idea every day” since December 2010. By our count, today marks 1,000 really good ideas in your email inbox! While we’re not the kind who stop to celebrate just anything, 1,000 posts seems a worthy …

    Task Management Re-Visited (with Todoist)

    20 Nov 2014, 3:50 pm | From Prism Legal | Fellows Blog

    I struggled a long time to find task management software I like. That struggle has ended: Todoist has been meeting my needs for 2 months now. Let me start with some context. At Fireman & Company we have tried several web-based, collaborative task managers. We were excited about Asana for a time and then realized it was overkill for our needs. For …

    'Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014 Digital Edge podcast

    It's the holiday season and time for our annual Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014 Digital Edge podcast. Sharon Nelson and I have researched far and wide to find the most fun new gadgets and electronic devices that a lawyer...

    Do You Remember When Printing Was Still a New Technology?

    I’m sure most of us remember having our first computer—gathering around to watch it dial-up to the internet at a glacial pace, to which we waited patiently, in awe instead of with impatient frustration. We even remember when we got our first, brick-like cellular devices (I was the super-cool kid with the walkie-talkie model. Thanks […] The post …

    Recruiting & retaining top talent: Part 2 – How to be a choice law firm

    20 Nov 2014, 8:37 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Attracting the best possible lateral associates is critical to a law firm’s ability to maintain its competitive edge, financial leverage, internal succession and future success. The January 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine included an article by Cleo Kirkland, a senior recruitment consultant at The Counsel Network in Toronto, which discussed what firms …

    Commercial debt collection scam using the names Toshihiko Nunokawa and Toko Electrical Construction

    20 Nov 2014, 7:51 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Toshihiko Nunokawa of Toko Electrical Construction 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 […]

    Recruiting & retaining top talent: Part 1 – Recruiting smarter

    20 Nov 2014, 7:39 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Attracting the best possible lateral associates is critical to a law firm’s ability to maintain its competitive edge, financial leverage, internal succession and future success. The January 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine included an article by Cleo Kirkland, a senior recruitment consultant at The Counsel Network in Toronto, which discussed what firms …

    Gender Bias: Time to Leave Your Law Firm?

    20 Nov 2014, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Question: “I’m a young female lawyer working in a midsize law firm. It’s fairly obvious that women are treated as second-class citizens around here. Are there ways that you have seen to effectively battle this bias — or do I just need to start looking for another job?” In this edition of "Ask the Experts from the Association of Legal Administrators …

    More on Law Genius: ‘Legal Footnotes on Crack’

    19 Nov 2014, 12:42 pm | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    After my post Monday about Law Genius, a crowdsourcing site for posting and annotating legal documents, someone pointed me to this Betabeat piece from 2012 that provides further details on the site’s origins as Rap Genius, its funding from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and its transition from a site for annotating rap lyrics to one …

    Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Ryan Robert

    19 Nov 2014, 10:26 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Ryan Robert looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 […]

    Today is This Blog’s 12th Anniversary

    19 Nov 2014, 8:37 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Seems kind of crazy that I’ve been doing this blog for 12 years. But here’s the evidence, my first post, on Nov. 19, 2002: Welcome to my blog. Why do I keep doing it after a dozen years? It’s fun. It keeps me on my toes. It’s helped me make some very good friends and meet […] The post Today is This Blog’s 12th Anniversary appeared first …

    Create a Shared Vision for Your Law Firm

    19 Nov 2014, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Businesses of all shapes and sizes set aside time at year's end to review their mission statement, strategic plan and operational plan. Unfortunately, few solo and small law firms see the value in using these particular business-planning tools. No matter your law firm’s size, there is value in knowing who you are as a business and where you are headed …

    You know what “… hits the fan”

    18 Nov 2014, 9:00 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    When an organization is arrogant and ignores the best interests of its members or customers, there will be no support for the organization in challenging times. The State Bar of California finds itself, once again, in a time of challenge with little support from its members, the attorneys of the state pay dues to keep … Continue Reading

    Big Idea – How Often Should Websites Be Redesigned, Vol. II

    Two years ago, we wrote an article titled How Often Should Websites Be Redesigned? While we got a lot right, we left out an important piece of the puzzle. How often ARE websites redesigned? Actually, we imagined the questions were one and the same; that is, we imagined research would tell us why sites were redesigned and, on average, how often …

    AbacusLaw 2015 is An All-New Version of a Practice Management Stalwart

    18 Nov 2014, 7:21 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Among many competing practice management systems, AbacusLaw is a stalwart, on the market for over three decades. And while the software has been updated and enhanced over the years, its user interface was dated. Now, AbacusLaw has undergone an overhaul. The new version released yesterday, dubbed AbacusLaw 2015, promises to provide all the same features …

    20 Law Practice Empowerment Tips

    18 Nov 2014, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    At the American Bar Association's annual GPSolo National Solo and Small Firm Conference in October, practice management experts Peggy Gruenke and Alan Klevan presented "60 Practice Empowerment Tips in 60 Minutes" — focused on the nuts-and-bolts of running a successful law practice. We asked the pair to zero in on their favorite practice-boosting …

    In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Lawyer’s Guide to Practice Management Systems Software

    17 Nov 2014, 12:00 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    What can practice management systems software do for your law practice? With the right system in place, you and your staff will have the ability to automatically route items, tasks, documents, and events to certain people based on their role in the case or matter, as well as manage deadlines, improve responsiveness to clients, reduce […]

    Still thinking: More things I think I think

    The wheels in my brain are still slowly moving, so here’s more of what’s on my mind. I hate it when lawyers or firms “publish” “articles” that refer to “reports” without identifying them or linking to them.  These “articles” are then referenced in places like LinkedIn, and those stories are picked up by JD Supra... Continue Reading …

    New Crowdsourced Law Site is Part of Larger Project to ‘Annotate the World’

    17 Nov 2014, 7:47 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    There is something very fitting in the fact that a site that started out deciphering rap lyrics is now turning its attention to making sense of the law. The site, Law Genius, is the newest member of the larger Genius network of crowdsourced community sites, all of which grew out of the original site, Rap […] The post New Crowdsourced Law Site is …

    Make Your Marketing More Persuasive

    17 Nov 2014, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Lawyers often need to use persuasive skills in their work — convincing a judge or jury with an argument, persuading another party in a contract negotiation, convincing a client to pursue a realistic path. Yet when it comes to marketing, many resort to indistinguishable promises or generalizations. They say they are “accessible,” “responsive …

    Separation agreement scam using the name Annuska Eito-Eiichi

    14 Nov 2014, 2:12 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    We were bcc’d on an email from the purported Annuska Eito-Eiichi looking to retain a lawyer with regard to 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 scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their …

    The Future of Law (Part 5 of 5): Facing the challenges and opportunities

    14 Nov 2014, 6:00 am | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    On the 15th anniversary of the practicePRO program, LAWPRO asked Dan Pinnington, vice president, claims prevention and stakeholder relations, to give us his personal views on the future of legal practice. This is a topic Dan monitors constantly: One of his main tasks for many years has been to predict where the Ontario bar is […]

    Run a Lean and Agile Law Practice

    14 Nov 2014, 3:00 am | From Attorney at Work | Fellows Blog

    Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but we live in a time of great uncertainty. Across the board, industries are being turned upside down, and it’s happening to law as well. Technology is altering the landscape, and our environment is changing at an unprecedented rate. If you are not aware of how your own environment has changed within the past …

    Separation agreement scam using the name Naomi Kukrou or Kurou

    13 Nov 2014, 1:13 pm | From "AvoidAClaim" Blog | Fellows Blog

    An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Naomi Kukrou/ Kurou looking to retain them with regard 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 scam lawyers will […]

    The Law Suffers and Benefits as Do Other Economic Endeavors

    12 Nov 2014, 8:53 pm | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    Jeffrey Toobin, legal writer for the New Yorker Magazine, notes in this week’s edition the following: “… As with law firms, the top law schools are doing fine. Graduates of the most highly regarded institutions may not have the cornucopia of options that their predecessors enjoyed a few years ago, but few, if any, will … Continue Reading

    Draft and Format Legal Pleadings and Briefs with DraftLaw

    12 Nov 2014, 10:36 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    As if drafting a legal pleading or brief wasn’t work enough, then you have to format it. That means getting the caption just right, assembling the table of contents, building the table of authorities, making sure footnotes are in the right format, etc., etc. And how you do all these things will vary depending on […] The post Draft and Format Legal …

    Thinking About Tomorrow

    I've spend a lot of time thinking about tomorrow-the legal profession's tomorrow. This week at the Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting, I get to spend several hour teaching and learning at a CLE program I organized called Tools for Tomorrow's...

    Lest We Forget

    10 Nov 2014, 4:11 pm | From Thoughtful Legal Management | Fellows Blog

    ♫ It seems a long, long time ago A young man far away from home Friends made and lost along the way Some memories will stay Those who died – those who live, you will not forget If this year’s your last year – we will not forget…♫ Lyrics and music by Michael Reynolds, recorded [...]

    "Hire Slow, Fire Fast" or "Hire Smarter, Fire Less"?

    “Hire Slow, Fire Fast” is an often-used phrase when it comes to hiring new staff. Like many clichés there is a lot of truth in this phrase. In my Practice Management Advice column for the new Law Practice Magazine, I...

    Book Commemorates 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

    10 Nov 2014, 7:27 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Eight-hundred-year-old documents are not the usual bailiwick of this blog. On Friday, however, I had the great privilege of attending an event at the Supreme Court for the release of the book, Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor. What I learned is that the story of Magna Carta’s origins and impact is far more complex than my […] The post Book Commemorates …

    Law firm ownership and lawyer independence

    7 Nov 2014, 8:47 am | From Law21 | Fellows Blog

    Malcolm Mercer, who’s been a driving force in the debate around legal service regulation changes in Canada, wrote a terrific post at Slaw titled “A Different Take on ABS – Proponents and Opponents Both Miss the Point.” Malcolm’s post galvanized a lively exchange in the comments section, to which I was drawn and compelled to add... Read  …

    LawBiz® Legal Pad On the Road!: Practice Development

    6 Nov 2014, 9:14 am | From LawBiz® Blog | Fellows Blog

    How do you set yourself apart from your competition? Here’s a hint – don’t lower your fees!… Continue Reading

    ‘Delivery Trust’ Lets You Encrypt and Control Your Email

    6 Nov 2014, 8:51 am | From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites | Fellows Blog

    Email encryption is one of those things lawyers talk about far more than they do. As I reported here recently, the 2014 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report found that only a quarter of law firms had any kind of email encryption available for their lawyers to use. Instead, a large majority of lawyers rely on confidentiality statements […] The post …