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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.
The lesser known Legal Talk Network employees at Denver International Airport. On our way!
Amani Smathers and Gina Bongiovi on the top and Christopher Anderson stopped by to interview.
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.
Beautiful snowy Chicago.
Producer Laurence Colletti photobombs a great picture of Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell from The Kennedy-Mighell Report.
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.
Behind the scenes with Producer Kimberly Faber and Audio Engineer Adam Lockwood.
Kelsey Johnson and Laurence Colletti take a goofy selfie.
Sharon Nelson and Linda Klein are clearly old friends.
Before we flew back to our respective states, we got together for one last photo.
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.
Amani Smathers and Gina Bongiovi talk about process mapping and how it can improve your legal business management.
Tim Baran of Good2bSocial talks about blogging, websites, and essential DIY tools to market your legal practice online.
George Psiharis and Billie Tarascio talk about how you can use big performance data to improve your law practice.
Bob Ambrogi discusses the advantages of practice management software with Niki Black, legal technology evangelist at MyCase.
Sherri Davidoff and John Simek talk about cheap (or free) ways to keep your legal data secure.
Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo, talks about how law firms are becoming more customer-centric and using technology to do so.
What’s the best ways for lawyers to pitch to the media in order to get exposure for your legal practice or firm.
Shantelle Argyle talks about how lawyers can unbundle their services and actually turn a profit.
Tom Lambotte and Stanley Louissaint about managed service providers (MSP) and the role they play in a successful law firm.
Heidi Alexander and Vedia Jones-Richardson discuss the importance of focus in the workplace, especially for legal professionals.
Andrew Arruda, Shamla Naidoo, and Ed Walters talks about artificial intelligence and how technology is helping lawyers, not replacing them.
Stacy Stern, Nicole Bradick, and Dan Lear talk about alternate ways to use your law degree.
Two legal professionals who have switched to the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology explain how to get started to increase your productivity.
Host Joshua Lenon has a conversation with John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom, about the mission of the company and how it functions.
Charley Moore, CEO of Rocket Lawyer, discusses how his company aims to make lawyers more accessible to those that need them the most.
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.
Tech tips, life hacks, and useful apps that can increase lawyers’ productivity while also helping them manage security and marketing.
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.
If you are looking for more from ABA TECHSHOW or weren’t able to attend the event, we have a treat for you! We recorded our LIVE interviews on TECHSHOW Today, and included them below for you to watch. Tune in to learn more about what happened at ABA TECHSHOW 2016, what’s in store for the conference in 2017 (which moves to the Hyatt) from 2017 co-chairs Tom Mighell and Debbie Reynolds, and more from speakers like Avvo CEO Mark Britton and the Women of Legal Tech panel.
What is TECHSHOW Today?
TECHSHOW Today is a live interview broadcast streamed directly from ABA Techshow.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
TECHSHOW Today and Kennedy-Mighell Report c0-host Dennis Kennedy, State Bar of Georgia Law Practice Management Program Director Natalie Kelley, The Digital Edge Co-Host Jim Calloway, and Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence discuss the buzz of TECHSHOW and what’s developing in the legal space.
ABA TECHSHOW 2016 Chair Adriana Linares, Executive Director at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc Kimberly Sanchez, and The Florida Bar Technology Chair John Stewart join TECHSHOW Today Host Dennis Kennedy to discuss the history of ABA TECHSHOW, how legal technology has evolved, how President Trump’s proposed budget would affect the legal community and particularly legal aid, and much more.
TECHSHOW Today co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Steve Best are joined by Avvo CEO Mark Britton to discuss how technology has and continues to evolve, how Avvo works and why it works (as well as its 10 year history), and what attorneys need to do to grow and expand their practices.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Sam Glover of the Lawyerist joins TECHSHOW Today co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Steve Best to talk about where the innovation is really happening in law, alternative conference concepts, and, of course, technology.
The Women of Legal Tech join TECHSHOW Today co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Steve Best to discuss challenges women face in legal and, more specifically, in legal technology. My Virtual Law Firm Managing Attorney Brooke Moore, CuroLegal Chief Strategy Officer Nicole Bradick, ABA President Linda Klein, Mass LOMAP Law Practice Director Heidi Alexander, and Palladin Founder Kristen Sonday discuss challenges women face in legal careers, including barriers to entry, the unique challenges facing not only women in general but mothers and minorities, and how this generation of women in legal can shape and help the next generation. The panel also shares that the majority of this year’s TECHSHOW speakers were women and discuss the positive changes they’ve seen in the industry.
In the final LIVE report from TECHSHOW Today, ABA TECHSHOW 2017 co-chairs Tom Mighell and Debbie Reynolds join hosts Dennis Kennedy and Steve Best to wrap up TECHSHOW, discuss the changes that are in store for next year (the conference will be moving to a new hotel), and what to expect from the 2017 conference. The interview gets a couple of very special guests: ABA TECHSHOW 2016 Chair Adriana Linares and her furry sidekick (and newly crowned TECHSHOW Today mascot) Rebel, adopted directly from the exhibit hall floor.
That’s a wrap for TECHSHOW Today and the 2016 conference, but stay tuned! 2017’s TECHSHOW Today will be bigger and better than ever. To catch more videos like these and to make sure you don’t miss TECHSHOW Today 2017, like Legal Talk Network on Facebook.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Sam talks with Kristin LaMont, lawyer and adjunct professor, about how to maintain your work-life balance when your firm goes mobile.
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.
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.
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.
Lynne DeVenny and Vicki Voisin explore the different kinds of work-related stressors many paralegals face on a day-to-day basis.
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.
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.
by Laurence Colletti
It 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
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
By Kelsey Johnson
Wow, has 2016 been a big year for Legal Talk Network. We launched four new shows, recorded interviews at eight legal conferences, took one trip with our entire staff (to ABA TECHSHOW), and consumed 1,846 cups of coffee (a rough estimate). Through all this excitement, we’ve continued to publish our monthly and bi-weekly podcasts and more legal professionals than ever are listening!
If you’re a new listener or an long-time fan who is looking for new podcasts, take a look at what others favored over the past year. You might just find an entirely new show that teaches you about legal news, offers tips on improving your practice, or just makes you laugh. These aren’t our favorite podcasts, they’re YOUR favorite podcasts! Check out each of our shows’ most popular podcast of 2016.
ABA Journal: Asked & Answered
How can you attract positive media attention for yourself or your clients?
What are the best ways to approach reporters when you’re looking for a media spotlight?
ABA Journal: Legal Rebels
Tech fails too, says Sensei’s Sharon Nelson
Sharon Nelson explains how to stay patient and avoid getting angry when (not if) your technology fails.
ABA Journal: Modern Law Library
Prosecutor’s book offers first-hand look at ‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Avery
Steven Avery’s lawyer, Michael Griesbach talks about how he used DNA evidence to achieve Avery’s exoneration.
ABA Law Student Podcast
How to Land the Right Summer Associates Program
What should a recent graduate do to help increase their chances of finding a firm that is the right fit for them while providing the work experience necessary to land a first job?
Cyber Security Audits and Options for Your Law Firm
Learn why tech savvy clients are now concerned with their lawyer’s ability to protect their files and privileged communications (and what to do about it).
The Digital Edge
The Law is Not Copyrightable: Fastcase Sues Casemaker
Why Ed Walters thinks keeping public law in the public domain is so important. This was one of my favorite podcasts of the year.
Down the Hall with Practical Law
Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can’t Afford to Make
The common mistakes made by startup companies and how a lawyer can properly represent them.
The Florida Bar Podcast
No Law Firm is Too Small for Cyber Security
Cybersecurity isn’t just for Biglaw firms anymore (was it ever?). This podcast helps lawyers assess their security risk and explains why cybersecurity is important.
Cisco GC Mark Chandler on Automation and International Surveillance
“I don’t measure my relevance or success by the number of people who report to me.” -Mark Chandler. How do you not want to listen to an interview with this GC?
The Insurance Law Podcast
Rescinding an Automobile Policy of Insurance in New Jersey
A discussion on the circumstances in which an insurance carrier can void or rescind a policy in the state of New Jersey.
The Kennedy-Mighell Report
Home Tech vs Work Tech: Managing the Intersection
For lawyers that are required to use different technology platforms at work than they prefer at home (think Apple vs. PCs), Dennis and Tom discuss how to bridge the gap.
Law Technology Now
How Artificial Intelligence Will Influence the Future of Legal Practice
How AI will revolutionize the practice of law and provide greater access to it for the masses.
Lawyer 2 Lawyer
The Panama Papers
An inside look at the Panama Papers, Mossack Fonseca’s role, shell companies and offshore bank accounts, and the issues of data security and tax evasion.
#89 Starting a Solo Practice, with Mac Power Users Podcaster Katie Floyd
Katie believes that technology is the great equalizer for the small firm and solo practitioner.
The Legal Toolkit
The Art of the Entertainment Deal
Jeff B. Cohen, aka Chunk from The Goonies, to talks about why he decided to become a lawyer and discusses dealmaking in the context of the law.
Top Tips for Attorneys from the 2017 ABA TECHSHOW Board
Different experts’ need to know advice for newly solo attorneys.
On the Road
ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Collaboration Tools That Save You Time
Lawyers who work together in systems like Google Docs rather than sending emails back and forth can really save time.
The Paralegal Voice
What Paralegals Need to Know About Going Paperless
Paralegals often play an important role in the process of moving a business to a paperless model. Learn why you should encourage your firm to go paperless and the risks and perils of improper execution.
Defending Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer”
It turns out “Making a Murderer” was so popular, people want more information. This time it’s an interview with the lawyers of Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery’s nephew.
Robert Half Legal Report
Changing Roles and Staffing Models for Paralegals and Other Legal Support Professionals
An examination of the changing roles of paralegals and other support professionals in today’s legal workplace.
Thinking Like A Lawyer
Freedom Of The Press In Trump’s America
Charles Glasser explains why he’s actually optimistic about freedom of the press, despite Trump’s campaign rhetoric about “opening up” libel law.
The Seven Parts of Your Law Firm Business
How law firm owners can balance marketing, sales, production, people, the physical plant, financial controls, and themselves.
Find these and all of our other podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice. If you’re not sure, learn how to listen to a podcast.
Legal Talk Network announces that the Lawyerist Podcast joins the network on November 16th.
Denver, CO – Legal Talk Network is pleased to announce that the Lawyerist Podcast officially comes to Legal Talk Network on November 16th. Hosted by Lawyerist Editor in Chief Sam Glover and CEO Aaron Street, The Lawyerist Podcast is a weekly show about lawyering and law practice in which Sam and Aaron have conversations with successful lawyers and interesting people.
“We are excited to be working with the Lawyerist team on their podcast,” Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti said. “They have done a great job of creating an engaging and useful show and we are confident our audience will agree.”
You can listen to their most recent podcast, The Evolution of Online Marketing, with Greg Siskind, and others on iTunes or on Legal Talk Network.
The Lawyerist Podcast will have new episodes weekly on Wednesdays covering legal tech, legal marketing, and access to justice and is rapidly approaching its 100th episode.
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About Lawyerist Podcast
The Lawyerist Podcast is a show about lawyering and law practice hosted by Sam Glover and Aaron Street. Every week Sam and Aaron have conversations with successful lawyers and interesting people.
About Legal Talk Network
Legal Talk Network features podcasts hosted by well-known thought leaders and organizations in legal, including the American Bar Association, the ABA Journal, Thomson Reuters, The Florida Bar, Robert Half Legal, Above the Law, and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Over 20 active podcasts give legal professionals on-demand access to tools and technology developments in law, association news, industry events, law student issues, practice tips, and conversations with key legal influencers.
We are pleased to announce Thomson Reuters’ new podcast joining our network. You can read the official press release below:
Thomson Reuters Practical Law Launches New Podcast: “Down the Hall with Practical Law”
EAGAN, MInn., October 6, 2016 – Attorneys can now take a “walk down the hall” anytime to obtain legal know-how from experts who are part of Practical Law’s team of over 200 attorney editors. Thomson Reuters Practical Law today launched a new podcast called “Down the Hall with Practical Law.”
Practical Law is the leading source of legal know-how from experienced practitioners. Its editors have practiced at the world’s leading law firms and in-house departments in a variety of practice areas, and now contribute to generating valuable and timely materials, maintaining thousands of up-to-date, practical resources that provide lawyers with a better, more efficient starting point. The podcast is hosted by Renee Karibi-Whyte, marketing director of Practical Law.
“The value that Practical Law brings to our customers really starts with the expertise and experience of our people, and we want to make our people more accessible, placing them just ‘down the hall’ to share timely views on significant legal trends and topics,” said Karibi-Whyte. “’Down the Hall with Practical Law’ offers another convenient vehicle through which attorneys can obtain the most up-to-date legal know-how that can save them time and increase their efficiency. We are looking forward to extending our mission of sharing valuable resources to make attorneys’ lives easier through our new podcast.”
Some of the initial topics to be covered on “Down the Hall with Practical Law” include: understanding the legal landscape of privacy and data security, featuring Mel Gates, senior legal editor, Privacy and Data Security at Practical Law; avoiding frequent mistakes startups make, featuring Joe Green, senior legal editor and principal member of the Practical Law Startup Resource Group; and employment handbook hot topics, featuring Kate Bally, director of Practical Law’s Labor & Employment Service. Special guests from outside of Practical Law will also be featured in upcoming episodes.
Podcast episodes will be released monthly and listeners can tune in here: Down the Hall with Practical Law. The podcast can also be found on iTunes.
Practical Law provides legal know-how that makes attorneys more efficient and empowers them to provide more value for their clients and organizations. Practical Law is considered a trusted partner by both large and small firms and in-house counsel because of its breadth, depth, accuracy and timeliness of its data. To learn more, visit: us.practicallaw.com.
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.
by Laurence Colletti
Some say that lawyers and numbers don’t mix. Well, perhaps that’s because they never seem to be in the same place at the same time… at least until now. At this year’s Clio Cloud Conference, my third, the dominant dialogue focused around key performance indicators. You know, those figures that CEOs, CFOs, and COOs typically worry about to measure the efficiency and profitability of their companies.
Why is Clio discussing numbers at a conference full of lawyers? Well, before you conclude that Clio isn’t “reading the room” like a bad comic, allow me to share a possibly shocking statistic. In an 8 hour work day, the average attorney is only collecting on 1.4. This number comes from Clio’s “Average Utilization Rate” calculation, later factoring in variables like discounts offered to clients and failures to collect from the same. If that number doesn’t grab you, it might interest you to know that the average billable rate (now at $230.00) has fallen behind inflation as pinned to the consumer price index for the last 6 years. Or said another way, your hard work is buying you less lifestyle.
If you find yourself saying WTF (welcome to figures), you’re not alone. Metrics and numbers like these were touted by Clio CEO and founder Jack Newton during his keynote. He dropped number after number from their report to a packed house of legal minds. The initial reaction was shock followed shortly by “yeah, that sounds about right.”
Where does this information come from and why is Clio distributing it?Answering the first part, this information has been collected from Clio’s cloud-based law practice management software and was sifted and sorted into the Clio Legal Trends Report. The source data is from real practitioners who subscribe to Clio’s software platform, with approximately 150,000 users and 60 billion in billing running through it. In case you’re wondering, confidential information is not used and users are free to opt out.
As for the why, Jack stated in an interview us that Clio wants to continue being a trusted source of information to their users. Armed with information like where’s the best location for my practice, how much should I charge my clients, and how profitable is my firm compared to others, the hope is that lawyers will make better data-driven decisions. In terms of a bottom line, Clio wants to help their users be more profitable. They are planning to turn this information into a more comprehensive annual report on October 17th of this year.
If your head is flooded with numbers, fear not. Clio Cloud Conference is still offering its multi-track educational seminars. In addition to Clio University (Introductory and Master), this year’s attendees were able to glean digestible nuggets from tracks like Legal Technology, Business of Law, Health & Well-Being, and much more. In addition to a deep-dive on the metrics, we feature many interviews about those educational sessions below. Tune in below for instant takeaways from Clio Cloud Conference 2016.
The Power of Data Driven Law
Clio CEO and founder Jack Newton stops by to talk with host Bob Ambrogi about their Clio Legal Trends Report, making data driven decisions, and future developments for Clio. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: The Power of Data Driven Law
Artificial Intelligence and the Law
Andrew Arruda, CEO and co-founder of Y Combinator-backed ROSS Intelligence, stops by to talk with host Victor Li about the use of artificial intelligence in the practice of law. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Artificial Intelligence and the Law
How My Client Landed a Million Dollar Client Through Facebook
Marketing specialist Samantha Collier stops by to talk with host Patrick Palace about the do’s and dont’s of using social media to promote legal practices. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: How My Client Landed a Million Dollar Client Through Facebook
Texas Law Hawk Gets Loud About Marketing
Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk, joins Above The Law’s Joe Patrice, LegalZoom’s Chas Rampenthal, and Legal Talk Network’s Laurence Colletti to discuss personal branding and benefits/pitfalls therein. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Texas Law Hawk Gets Loud About Marketing
Changing Law for Thinking Machines
Ed Walters, CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, stops by to talk with ABA Journal’s Victor Li to talk about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and how the law will adapt to accommodate these technological advancements. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Changing Law for Thinking Machines
How Cons Can Improve Your Practice
Ramón Abadin, immediate past president to The Florida Bar, and Stephen Embry of Frost Brown Todd LLC join host Adriana Linares to discuss why attorneys need to attend conferences despite the time and expense. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: How Cons Can Improve Your Practice
Integration with Immigration Forms Solution PrimaFacie
Clio lawyer in residence, Joshua Lenon welcomes PrimaFacie founders and brothers Jacob Betzold, James Betzold, and Michael Betzold about their immigration forms tool integration with Clio. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Integration with Immigration Forms Solution PrimaFacie
Traditional Contract Drafting Is the Worst
Adams Contracts Consulting LLC founder and president Ken Adams sits down with host Laurence Colletti to discuss the inefficiencies of traditional contract drafting and what can be done to fix and automate that process. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Traditional Contract Drafting Is the Worst
Supercharge Your Firm with Zapier
Andrew Legrand, founding partner of Spera Law Group, LLC, sits down with host Laurence Colletti to talk about automating your law practice through specialized time-saving software designed to perform repetitive tasks for you. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Supercharge Your Firm with Zapier
Preparing for the Clio Cloud Conference
Hosted by Clio lawyer in residence Joshua Lenon, this round table discussion with Clio’s partnership coordinator Andrea Stevenson, director of sales Ryan Sydor, director of product design Ernie Bin, and customer support manager David Perry covers the prep-work that went into the Clio Cloud Conference. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Preparing for the Clio Cloud Conference
Tech Competence in the Modern Law Firm
Hosted by Above The Law’s Joe Patrice, this episode features Procertas founder Casey Flaherty and principal attorney Darth Vaughn talking about how deficiencies in tech knowledge impact the efficient and effective delivery of legal services. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Tech Competence in the Modern Law Firm
Leveraging Tech to Compete with Big Law
Bloomberg Law general manager Melanie Heller joins Above The Law’s Joe Patrice for a discussion about how small firms can compete with Big Law. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Leveraging Tech to Compete with Big Law
Practicing Abroad as a Foreign-Trained Lawyer
Hosted by Clio’s lawyer in residence Joshua Lenon, this episode features Kimberly Motley, the first and only foreign litigator in Afghanistan, and her adventures bringing justice to those who would otherwise not have it. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Practicing Abroad as a Foreign-Trained Lawyer
What Lawyers Can Learn From Accountants
Intuit’s small business ecosystem evangelist David Leary sits down with Victor Li to talk about lessons lawyers can learn from accountants regarding technology and being more profitable. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: What Lawyers Can Learn From Accountants
Exploring Clio’s New Law Firm Index Report
Clio’s vice president of global sales Steven Silberbach and vice president of business development George Psiharis join hosts Kimberly Sanchez and Adriana Linares to discuss using business metrics to run your law firm, the value of Clio’s ability to work with other software packages, and startling facts learned from their legal trends report. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Exploring Clio’s New Law Firm Index Report
Sharing Legal Trends Gathered with Clio
Clio co-founder and COO Rian Gauvreau stops by to talk with host Joe Patrice about Clio’s Legal Trends Report and how that information can be used to run a better more profitable legal practice. Listen Here: Clio Cloud 2016: Sharing Legal Trends Gathered with Clio
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