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Videos, Podcasts, and Pictures from ABA TECHSHOW 2017

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By Kelsey Johnson

This past week we packed up recording equipment, five employees, and our enthusiasm for legal technology and headed to ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago for three days of panels, social media coverage, podcasting, and our second annual year of streaming TECHSHOW Today LIVE. The conference atmosphere has taken a turn from a focus on software and convenience to topics like access to justice, diversity, and immigration. In the current political climate, many lawyers (well, most people) are turning their attention to social issues, and ABA TECHSHOW 2017 was no different. But don’t worry, there were still plenty of tips and tricks to using tech and advice for law firm management and marketing. And we attempted to capture it all. While we may have fallen short of that impossible task, we did record 18 episodes of On The Road with Legal Talk Network and six TECHSHOW Today videos, all available for your consumption pleasure. Check it out!

ABA TECHSHOW Today LIVE:

All ABA TECHSHOW Today videos available on our blog and on YouTube.

On The Road Interviews from ABA TECHSHOW 2017:

You can find all of the episodes we recorded below. Subscribe to On The Road in iTunes to receive alerts when new reports and interviews from upcoming conferences are available.

Twitter @LegalTalkNet:

Photos:

The lesser known Legal Talk Network employees at Denver International Airport.
The lesser known Legal Talk Network employees at Denver International Airport. On our way!

Amani Smathers, Gina Bongiovi, and Christopher Anderson.
Amani Smathers and Gina Bongiovi on the top and Christopher Anderson stopped by to interview.

ABA Law Student Podcast host Sandy Gallant-Jones with a puppy.
ABA Law Student Podcast host Sandy Gallant-Jones falls in love with a puppy. Her husband said she’s not allowed to bring it home.

View of snowy Chicago and Lake Michigan.
Beautiful snowy Chicago.

Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighell, and Laurence Colletti in the background.
Producer Laurence Colletti photobombs a great picture of Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell from The Kennedy-Mighell Report.

Laurence Colletti with a puppy.
Laurence Colletti breaks down and holds a puppy. He’s really a softy at heart.

ABA TECHSHOW Today panel with Tom Mighell, Dennis Kennedy, Debbie Foster, and Steve Best.
ABA TECHSHOW Today panel with Tom Mighell, Dennis Kennedy, Debbie Foster, and Steve Best.

Kimberly Faber and Adam Lockwood.
Behind the scenes with Producer Kimberly Faber and Audio Engineer Adam Lockwood.

Kelsey Johnson and Laurence Colletti taking a goofy selfie.
Kelsey Johnson and Laurence Colletti take a goofy selfie.

Sharon Nelson and Linda Klein laughing.
Sharon Nelson and Linda Klein are clearly old friends.

The whole Legal Talk Network team.
Before we flew back to our respective states, we got together for one last photo.

On The Road Reports from ABA TECHSHOW 2017

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It’s ABA TECHSHOW time again and Legal Talk Network was in the expo hall recording interviews with presenters from varying topics from the conference. Tune in to catch up on some information you may have missed!

You can listen to the episodes below. Subscribe to On The Road in iTunes to receive alerts when new reports and interviews from upcoming conferences are available.

Devil is in the Details

Amani Smathers and Gina Bongiovi talk about process mapping and how it can improve your legal business management.

Essential Digital Tools for Growing Your Practice

Tim Baran of Good2bSocial talks about blogging, websites, and essential DIY tools to market your legal practice online.

Use Performance Data to Improve Your Law Practice

George Psiharis and Billie Tarascio talk about how you can use big performance data to improve your law practice.

Behind the Scenes with Practice Management Software

Bob Ambrogi discusses the advantages of practice management software with Niki Black, legal technology evangelist at MyCase.

Secure Your Legal Data!

Sherri Davidoff and John Simek talk about cheap (or free) ways to keep your legal data secure.

Evolution of the Legal Industry with Mark Britton

Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo, talks about how law firms are becoming more customer-centric and using technology to do so.

How to Pitch to the Media and get Exposure for Your Firm

What’s the best ways for lawyers to pitch to the media in order to get exposure for your legal practice or firm.

Don’t Be Afraid of Unbundled Legal Services

Shantelle Argyle talks about how lawyers can unbundle their services and actually turn a profit.

Why Invest in Managed Service Providers (MSP)?

Tom Lambotte and Stanley Louissaint about managed service providers (MSP) and the role they play in a successful law firm.

Why Busy Lawyers Lack Focus

Heidi Alexander and Vedia Jones-Richardson discuss the importance of focus in the workplace, especially for legal professionals.

Why Robots Won’t Take Lawyer Jobs

Andrew Arruda, Shamla Naidoo, and Ed Walters talks about artificial intelligence and how technology is helping lawyers, not replacing them.

Alternative Uses for Your Law Degree

Stacy Stern, Nicole Bradick, and Dan Lear talk about alternate ways to use your law degree.

Lawyer Work-Life Management with GTD

Two legal professionals who have switched to the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology explain how to get started to increase your productivity.

LegalZoom and the Democratization of Law

Host Joshua Lenon has a conversation with John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom, about the mission of the company and how it functions.

Rocket Lawyer Aims to Improve Access to Justice

Charley Moore, CEO of Rocket Lawyer, discusses how his company aims to make lawyers more accessible to those that need them the most.

Women Are Powerful in Legal Technology

A discussion on why it’s important to promote women’s roles in the legal industry and what specific characteristics women have to improve the tech field.

Time-Saving Apps that will Boost Your Productivity

Tech tips, life hacks, and useful apps that can increase lawyers’ productivity while also helping them manage security and marketing.

ABA Center for Innovation Takes on Access to Justice

Judy Perry Martinez discusses the American Bar Association Center for Innovation and what qualities the program looks for in a fellow.

If you enjoyed these reports, be sure to subscribe to On The Road in iTunes to receive alerts when new reports and interviews from conferences are available.

For more from ABA TECHSHOW, including video interviews, blogs, photos, and more, read TECHSHOW Today: Video Interviews from ABA TECHSHOW.

Watch Live Interviews on TECHSHOW Today

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morning Report

Midday Report

Afternoon Report

What is TECHSHOW Today?

TECHSHOW Today is a live interview broadcast streamed directly from ABA Techshow.

Who Will I See on TECHSHOW Today?

TECHSHOW Today is primarily hosted by Dennis Kennedy, with rotating co-hosts that include last year’s ABA TECHSHOW Chair Steve Best and Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti.

Interviewees include…

  • ABA TECHSHOW 2017 Chair Adriana Linares
  • ABA President Linda Klien
  • Avvo CEO Mark Britton
  • Allison Shields
  • Brooke Moore
  • Debbie Foster
  • Heidi Alexander
  • Natalie Kelly
  • Nicole Bradick
  • Tom Mighell
  • Sam Glover

The complete list of interviewees will be announced soon!

Where To Watch

We will be streaming live from the Legal Talk Network Facebook page.

How To Watch

You can tune in live during one of the scheduled interviews, or even watch recordings after the live interviews are complete, all on the Legal Talk Network Facebook page.

Share the Livestream on Your Profile or Page

To share the live interviews with your followers, select share, add your comment, and post. This will post the interview to your profile or page.

Schedule

Thursday, March 16th

8:00 a.m. CST
Natalie Kelly, Jim Calloway, and Laurence Colletti
1:00 p.m. CST
Kimberly Sanchez, John Stewart, and Adriana Linares
3:30 p.m. CST
Mark Britton

Friday, March 17th

8:00 a.m. CST
Sam Glover
2:00 p.m. CST
ABA President Linda Klein, Heidi Alexander, Brooke Moore, Allison Shields, and Nicole Bradick
5:00 p.m. CST
Tom Mighell and Debbie Foster

The Work-Life Balancing Act: How to be a Lawyer and a Human Simultaneously

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Man holding a tablet against a desk next to a keyboard. The tablet has health stats and says Healthy Life.

by Samantha Cole

Chances are, you’re stressed out about something at this very moment. Maybe it’s an overload at work, maybe it’s not seeing enough of your family or friends, or maybe Netflix just added a super cool show and you don’t have time to watch it. Whatever it is, know you’re not alone. Legal professionals have a lot on their shoulders and sometimes it seems like maintaining a life outside of work is a job in itself, but not to worry! We’ve gathered some podcasts that will give you some tips and tricks for balancing your responsibilities.

How can attorneys get help without harming their careers?

With such a stressful profession, many attorneys face addiction and other mental health issues. If you find yourself struggling–or know another lawyer who is–what resources are out there?

Success in Your Remote Workplace

Whether it is from a coffee shop, home office, or library, more people than ever are working remotely. If this is your company and you are already working from home, or thinking about starting to do so, what are the main considerations and best practices to put into place?

An Innovative Law Firm with Work-Life Balance, with Betsy Stotler & Kelly Hayes

Betsy Stotler and Kelly Hayes started Burgeon Legal because they were two lawyer-moms who didn’t like the way their firm jobs took up so much of their time. In this episode, they explain how that led them to found an innovative, distributed law firm that balances work, life, and clients.

Clio Cloud 2015: Work-Life Balance for Lawyers with Jeena Cho

Like many other lawyers, at one point in her career Cho found herself burnt out and overly stressed. Through general awareness, regular self check-ins, and mindfulness, Cho explains, anxious lawyers can improve their quality of life.

Going Mobile without Losing Balance, with Kristin LaMont

Sam talks with Kristin LaMont, lawyer and adjunct professor, about how to maintain your work-life balance when your firm goes mobile.

What it Means to Have a “Human” Practice, with Julie Tolek

Sam and Julie Tolek chat about what it means to be a solo lawyer and how to create a brand experience that doesn’t intimidate clients. Julie also tells us about how she manages her client tasks and what it takes to maintain a work-life balance in the legal field.

The Home Office: Setting it Up, Making it Work, and Managing Work/Life Demands

Office space is becoming less common as lawyers and entrepreneurs experiment with communal work spaces and home offices. Kelli Proia has mastered the ways of a stay at home attorney and works from home full time.

Time is the New Green: Tips and Tools to Optimize Your Life

Vicki Voisin talks to Adam Camras, CEO of Lawgical. Paralegals and other legal professionals save time by outsourcing, staying healthy, and even using a standing desk. Using these hacks and Vicki’s closing tips can help you dedicate more time to the important things in your life and career.

Paralegal Career 101: Dealing with Work-Related Stress

Lynne DeVenny and Vicki Voisin explore the different kinds of work-related stressors many paralegals face on a day-to-day basis.

Home Tech vs Work Tech: Managing the Intersection

Many lawyers have multiple smart phones, calendars, computer operating systems, or even versions of Microsoft Office. Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss managing multiple tech personalities, how to bridge the gap (or not), and ways lawyers can organize their technology.

A Time to Learn: 2017 Goals and Tech Resolutions

Along with advice to lawyers and legal professionals about keeping their professional resolutions, Dennis and Tom share their approach to making and keeping attainable goals.

Do you have other podcasts that have helped you balance being a lawyer with your personal life? Let us know at legaltalknetwork.com/contact or on Twitter at @LegalTalkNet.

On the Road and at ABA MidYear Meeting 2017

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by Laurence Colletti

ABA Midyear Meeting 2017It was very apropos that Miami became the backdrop for this year’s ABA Midyear meeting. The word of the week was immigration and it was used with zealous amplitude. Unless you were buried under your desk at work and separated from your mobile, it was impossible to escape the nonstop media coverage of sanctuary cities, executive orders, travel bans, and, of course, political tension. No matter what your position on immigration might be, the country is ablaze with differing opinions about the proper course of action.

Of course, there were other topics on the minds of attendees and participants at the ABA Midyear Meeting, and we did our best to learn about them all. Our coverage began with the leader of the American Bar Association herself, President Linda Klein, being interviewed by Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek. During their time together, President Klein discussed her veterans initiative, ABA Blueprint, the SCOTUS nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, and Law Day 2017. Next up, we broached the topic of student loan debt with Crystal Araujo, Jennifer Nicholls, Whitney Barkley Denney, and Michael Dumas as they talked about rising student loans, income-driven repayment plans, and how law schools are reacting to concerns from borrowers with our hosts Sandy Gallant-Jones of ABA Law Student Podcast and, once again, Sharon Nelson of Digital Detectives.

During our days in Miami, we engaged in other discussions stemming from civil justice, activities of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the decline of jury trials to best practices for corporate counsel, voting rules for the Senate, and solutions for road rage. In addition, we talked about the necessity for attorneys in the entertainment industry, doing business in Cuba, and ethics in public sector law. On our last day of interviews, we concluded our coverage with a two part discussion about immigration.

To hear more, tune in below to our reports from On the Road at the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting.

Updates from ABA President Linda Klein

American Bar Association President Linda Klein joins hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek to discuss her veterans initiative, ABA Blueprint, the SCOTUS nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, and Law Day 2017. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Updates from ABA President Linda Klein

Fighting the Tide of Student Debt

Hosts Sandy Gallant-Jones and Sharon Nelson are joined by Jennifer Nicholls, Crystal Araujo, Whitney Barkley-Denney, and Michael Dumas to talk about rising student loan debt, income-driven repayment plans, and how law schools are reacting to concerns from borrowers. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Fighting the Tide of Student Debt

Civil Justice for All

Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer, former Chief Justice Wallace Bernard Jefferson, Judge Jennifer D. Bailey, and Dean Hannah Lieberman from the David A. Clark School of Law join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti for a conversation about their committee report on improving costs and efficiency in the civil justice system. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Civil Justice for All

Lawyers: The Next Generation

Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti sits down with ABA Young Lawyers Division Chair Anna Romanskaya to discuss what new lawyers need to know about running a practice today and how their section is helping improve access to education for young people nationwide. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Lawyers: The Next Generation

The Decline of American Jury Trials

Greenberg Traurig attorney and American Bar Association’s Commission on the American Jury Chair Alan Dimond sits down with Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to discuss reasons for the dramatic fall in jury trials in both civil and criminal courts and what, if anything, should be done about it. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: The Decline of American Jury Trials

Corporate Counsel Boot Camp

Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti is joined by Gallup, Inc. Associate Counsel Kara Jermain for a conversation about best practices for corporate counsel and the importance of understanding different perspectives on the job. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Corporate Counsel Boot Camp

Road Rage

City of Tampa Councilman Mike Suarez, Lynx Companies Vice President of Strategic Development Andrew M. Korge, and Florida real estate and business attorney Brian Willis join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to talk about road rage, the reasons for, and predictions for solutions thereof. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Road Rage

When Voting Goes Nuclear

Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti is joined by Governance Institute President Russell R. Wheeler and Sidley Austin LLP’s White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations group global co-leader Karen Popp to discuss the “Nuclear Option” and the impact of changing procedural rules at the US Senate. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: When Voting Goes Nuclear

Attorneys in the Spotlight

Directors, producers, and attorneys Richard Rappaport, Neda Ghomeshi, Bryan Thompson, Emily Patricia Graham, Tyler Rabinowitz, Jose Sariego, and Shannon Harvey join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to talk about the the current state of the entertainment industry and why attorneys are needed more than ever. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Attorneys in the Spotlight

Business in Cuba

Legal Talk Network CEO Adam Camras and Executive Producer Laurence Colletti sit down with customs attorney Peter Quinter, editor in chief of Cuba Journal Simons Chase, and commercial litigation attorney Carolina Blanco to discuss future business prospects and recent immigration policy changes with Cuba. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Business in Cuba

The Ethics of Ethics

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker and lawyer-turned-independent writer Katherine Mikkelson join Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti for thespian-styled role playing exercises designed to highlight different ethical dilemmas public sector lawyers face. Who knew ethical conundrums could be so entertaining? Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: The Ethics of Ethics

The Executive Order on Immigration and How Lawyers Can Help

Host Reid Trautz and Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti sit down with Judge Dana Leigh Marks and Esther Olavarria from the Department of Homeland Security for a conversation about immigration, executive orders, and how lawyers from different areas of practice can get involved. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: The Executive Order on Immigration and How Lawyers Can Help

Immigration Law with Reid Trautz

American Immigration Lawyers Association Practice and Professionalism Director Reid Trautz joins Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti to discuss confusion behind the recent travel ban implemented by the Trump Administration, predictions for upcoming executive orders, and avenues for attorneys to get involved. Listen here: ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Immigration Law with Reid Trautz