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Legal Talk Network will make a difference in the way you practice law! legal, law, blawg, trial, lawyer, ambrogi, e-discovery, structured settlement, lawsuit, podcast, Legal Talk Network ltn@legaltalknetwork.com Legal Talk Network no http://legaltalknetwork.com/RSS/LTN.jpg Legal Talk Network - Law News and Legal Topics http://legaltalknetwork.com 144 144 All is not as it seems for 9th Circuit clerk in ATL founder's new novel (podcast) Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:54:53 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/aba-journal-modern-law-library/2014/12/seems-9th-circuit-clerk-atl-founders-new-novel-podcast In this episode of the Modern Law Library, moderator Lee Rawles chats with Above the Law's David Lat about his novel Supreme Ambitions, his career, and his time as the anonymous author of the sometimes-scandalous blog Underneath Their Robes. All is not as it seems for 9th Circuit clerk in ATL founder's new novel (podcast) In this episode of the Modern Law Library, moderator Lee Rawles chats with Above the Law's David Lat about his novel Supreme Ambitions, his career, and his time as the anonymous author of the sometimes-scandalous blog Underneath Their Robes. 16:17 none Legal Talk Network no Issues and Trends in E-Discovery and Information Governance Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:45:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-detectives/2014/12/issues-trends-e-discovery-information-governance As lawyers, we hear a lot about the technological advances in e-discovery and information governance. How do you describe the current state of e-discovery from an opportunity and growth perspective, and how does this market opportunity impact the pulse rate of mergers, acquisitions, and investments? For lawyers purchasing e-discovery packages, there are several types of vendors and pricing models, and they need to be asking the right questions. What does the data governance solution need to do, how much does it cost, what are the time constraints, and how complex is the system? In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview technology marketer Rob Robinson about the current and future trends in data governance, how to choose an e-discovery provider, and events that will influence e-discovery and information governance in 2015. Robinson explains that the combination of software and services that make up the worldwide market for e-discovery in 2014 is just over 6.2 billion dollars and is growing at a consistent rate. He breaks the market down into three categories: developers who create and sell proprietary technologies or services, integrators who package and resell available services with custom development, and aggregators who combine and resell the technologies and services developed and purchased from others. Going into the future, Robinson discusses his excitement over advances in predictive coding, visual classification, and enhancing e-discovery processing. Also, due to corporate pressure for time and cost compression, these e-discovery solutions should continue to become cheaper and more time efficient. At the end of the podcast, Robinson discusses his use of social media to research trends in the information governance market. Based in Austin, Texas, Rob Robinson is a proven technology marketer who has held senior leadership positions with multiple top-tier legal technology providers. Currently he is a managing partner with technology marketing consultancy ComplexDiscovery Solutions. With a strong interest in eDiscovery, information governance, and social media, Rob writes and posts regularly on technology and marketing topics on his highly referenced ComplexDiscovery blog. Issues and Trends in E-Discovery and Information Governance As lawyers, we hear a lot about the technological advances in e-discovery and information governance. How do you describe the current state of e-discovery from an opportunity and growth perspective, and how does this market opportunity impact the pulse rate of mergers, acquisitions, and investments? For lawyers purchasing e-discovery packages, there are several types of vendors and pricing models, and they need to be asking the right questions. What does the data governance solution need to do, how much does it cost, what are the time constraints, and how complex is the system? In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview technology marketer Rob Robinson about the current and future trends in data governance, how to choose an e-discovery provider, and events that will influence e-discovery and information governance in 2015. Robinson explains that the combination of software and services that make up the worldwide market for e-discovery in 2014 is just over 6.2 billion dollars and is growing at a consistent rate. He breaks the market down into three categories: developers who create and sell proprietary technologies or services, integrators who package and resell available services with custom development, and aggregators who combine and resell the technologies and services developed and purchased from others. Going into the future, Robinson discusses his excitement over advances in predictive coding, visual classification, and enhancing e-discovery processing. Also, due to corporate pressure for time and cost compression, these e-discovery solutions should continue to become cheaper and more time efficient. At the end of the podcast, Robinson discusses his use of social media to research trends in the information governance market. Based in Austin, Texas, Rob Robinson is a proven technology marketer who has held senior leadership positions with multiple top-tier legal technology providers. Currently he is a managing partner with technology marketing consultancy ComplexDiscovery Solutions. With a strong interest in eDiscovery, information governance, and social media, Rob writes and posts regularly on technology and marketing topics on his highly referenced ComplexDiscovery blog. 26:04 none Legal Talk Network no 2015 Forecast: Top Legal Hiring and Compensation Trends Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:48:46 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/robert-half-legal-report/2014/12/2015-forecast-top-legal-hiring-compensation-trends-2 In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and Billie Watkins, district director for Robert Half Legal, discuss the latest trends affecting hiring and legal careers. They reveal areas where demand is greatest for skilled talent in the legal profession, the expertise being sought by employers and where legal salaries are headed in 2015. 2015 Forecast: Top Legal Hiring and Compensation Trends In this episode of The Robert Half Legal Report, host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and Billie Watkins, district director for Robert Half Legal, discuss the latest trends affecting hiring and legal careers. They reveal areas where demand is greatest for skilled talent in the legal profession, the expertise being sought by employers and where legal salaries are headed in 2015. 14:27 none Legal Talk Network no Senators Weigh In on Immigration, The Constitution, and Obama's Executive Order Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:30:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/12/senators-weigh-immigration-constitution-obamas-executive-order On November 20, President Obama announced his intention to execute an Executive Order potentially offering deferred deportation for nearly five million illegal immigrants. Since that time, opposing forces have challenged the constitutionality of such actions. Perhaps the most significant challenge is a federal lawsuit filed by nearly 20 states. In it, they allege violations of Article 2 Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews former United States Senator Byron Dorgan and current New Mexico State Senator Steven Neville. Also participating by pre-recorded interview is current Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez. Together, they discuss the constitutionality of President Obama's recent actions on immigration as well as the viability of the federal suit filed by the various states. Tune in to hear opposing views on the separation of families, burdens on the social welfare system, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. If you find this topic interesting, you may also want to listen to an earlier show about unaccompanied minor immigrants titled "Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants: Push and Pull Factors of Immigration." Former US Senator Byron L. Dorgan served as a Congressman and Senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011. He served in the Senate Leadership for 16 years and was Chairman of Senate Committees and Subcommittees on the issues of Energy, Aviation, Appropriations, Water Policy, and Indian Affairs. Today, Senator Dorgan is a senior policy advisor at Arent Fox where he co-chairs the firm's government relations practice. In addition, he is a visiting professor at Georgetown University lecturing on energy and environmental issues as well as a Senior Fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank in Washington DC. New Mexico State Senator Steven Neville is currently serving District 2 and has been in the New Mexico State Senate since 2004. Prior to that he served as County Commissioner in San Juan County from 1997 to 2004, the City Commission of the City of Aztec from 1995-1996, and County Chairman for the San Juan Republican Party from 1990-1991. Senator Neville has been self-employed with his own company, N-Vest, Inc., a real estate consulting and investment organization since 1985. Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez represents District 29 which includes the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural constituencies, and more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. Senator Rodriguez currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee, and a member of the Senate Committees on Criminal Justice, Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, and Government Organization. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Senators Weigh In on Immigration, The Constitution, and Obama's Executive Order On November 20, President Obama announced his intention to execute an Executive Order potentially offering deferred deportation for nearly five million illegal immigrants. Since that time, opposing forces have challenged the constitutionality of such actions. Perhaps the most significant challenge is a federal lawsuit filed by nearly 20 states. In it, they allege violations of Article 2 Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews former United States Senator Byron Dorgan and current New Mexico State Senator Steven Neville. Also participating by pre-recorded interview is current Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez. Together, they discuss the constitutionality of President Obama's recent actions on immigration as well as the viability of the federal suit filed by the various states. Tune in to hear opposing views on the separation of families, burdens on the social welfare system, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. If you find this topic interesting, you may also want to listen to an earlier show about unaccompanied minor immigrants titled "Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants: Push and Pull Factors of Immigration." Former US Senator Byron L. Dorgan served as a Congressman and Senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011. He served in the Senate Leadership for 16 years and was Chairman of Senate Committees and Subcommittees on the issues of Energy, Aviation, Appropriations, Water Policy, and Indian Affairs. Today, Senator Dorgan is a senior policy advisor at Arent Fox where he co-chairs the firm's government relations practice. In addition, he is a visiting professor at Georgetown University lecturing on energy and environmental issues as well as a Senior Fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank in Washington DC. New Mexico State Senator Steven Neville is currently serving District 2 and has been in the New Mexico State Senate since 2004. Prior to that he served as County Commissioner in San Juan County from 1997 to 2004, the City Commission of the City of Aztec from 1995-1996, and County Chairman for the San Juan Republican Party from 1990-1991. Senator Neville has been self-employed with his own company, N-Vest, Inc., a real estate consulting and investment organization since 1985. Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez represents District 29 which includes the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural constituencies, and more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. Senator Rodriguez currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee, and a member of the Senate Committees on Criminal Justice, Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, and Government Organization. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 31:18 none Legal Talk Network no Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The Tablet That Really Can Replace a Laptop Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-edge/2014/12/microsoft-surface-pro-3-tablet-really-can-replace-laptop The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has been released and, according to these lawyers, it finally lives up to the standards of a laptop. It is lighter and more mobile than even the lightest laptop, which makes it better for travel. However, this tablet can download the software and applications that many lawyers use in business like Acrobat, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, while also supporting multiple users. The Digital Edge host Sharon Nelson purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 recently and has put it through the test of whether this tablet can actually replace the laptop she uses for her business. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway invite Nelson's business partner, husband, and technology expert John Simek on to analyze the statistics of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and assess for whom it can replace a laptop computer. The beneficial features of the tablet include: Bluetooth USB Port Solid State Hard Disk Wireless Connectivity Hard Wire Capability 12" Screen 2160x1440 Resolution Micro SD Card Slot Headphone Jack Mini Display Port for Additional Monitors Kickstand Front and Rear Cameras Multiple Processor Options Nelson found that these features made this tablet work for her as a laptop replacement. She found the i7 Processor particularly nice since lawyers often have little patience with a slow computer. However, this isn't an advertisement for the Surface Pro 3, so Simek pointed out some downsides to the product. Purchasers should expect to pay laptop prices (instead of tablet prices) ranging from $799 to $1949, not including necessary accessories like the keyboard, which will cost an additional $199. The battery life ranges from 8 to 9 hours, relative to the iPad which consistently lasts 10 hours. Also, the Surface Pro 3 can't sit atop a lap; it needs a hard surface to work with the kickstand. Despite the downfalls, however, Simek and Nelson have agreed that this tablet can replace a laptop, at least in their legal practice. John Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, holds many digital forensics and IT certifications, and is the co-host of Legal Talk Network's Digital Detectives podcast. Simek is the co-author of 12 books with two more slated to come out next year and a frequent speaker on the lecture circuit where he talks about IT, information security, and digital forensics. Special thanks to our sponsor, Serve Now. Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The Tablet That Really Can Replace a Laptop The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has been released and, according to these lawyers, it finally lives up to the standards of a laptop. It is lighter and more mobile than even the lightest laptop, which makes it better for travel. However, this tablet can download the software and applications that many lawyers use in business like Acrobat, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, while also supporting multiple users. The Digital Edge host Sharon Nelson purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 recently and has put it through the test of whether this tablet can actually replace the laptop she uses for her business. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway invite Nelson's business partner, husband, and technology expert John Simek on to analyze the statistics of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and assess for whom it can replace a laptop computer. The beneficial features of the tablet include: Bluetooth USB Port Solid State Hard Disk Wireless Connectivity Hard Wire Capability 12" Screen 2160x1440 Resolution Micro SD Card Slot Headphone Jack Mini Display Port for Additional Monitors Kickstand Front and Rear Cameras Multiple Processor Options Nelson found that these features made this tablet work for her as a laptop replacement. She found the i7 Processor particularly nice since lawyers often have little patience with a slow computer. However, this isn't an advertisement for the Surface Pro 3, so Simek pointed out some downsides to the product. Purchasers should expect to pay laptop prices (instead of tablet prices) ranging from $799 to $1949, not including necessary accessories like the keyboard, which will cost an additional $199. The battery life ranges from 8 to 9 hours, relative to the iPad which consistently lasts 10 hours. Also, the Surface Pro 3 can't sit atop a lap; it needs a hard surface to work with the kickstand. Despite the downfalls, however, Simek and Nelson have agreed that this tablet can replace a laptop, at least in their legal practice. John Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, holds many digital forensics and IT certifications, and is the co-host of Legal Talk Network's Digital Detectives podcast. Simek is the co-author of 12 books with two more slated to come out next year and a frequent speaker on the lecture circuit where he talks about IT, information security, and digital forensics. Special thanks to our sponsor, Serve Now. 22:31 none Legal Talk Network no Revitalize Your Paralegal Career Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/paralegal-voice/2014/12/revitalize-paralegal-career Although being a paralegal is a rewarding job, sometimes paralegals experience burnout in their careers and consider changing positions or leaving the profession altogether. There are many ways to revitalize your paralegal career in order to avoid such drastic decisions. Joining a local, state, or national paralegal association can be energizing and spark fresh interest in the field. To really reap the long-term rewards, it is best to become an active member of one of these associations. Engaging with other paralegals can help you recognize that others often have similar problems, there isn't necessarily a better situation in a different firm, and there are many people who are willing to provide you with support. There are many other ways to add depth and success to a career that may seem stagnant or discouraging. Every paralegal simply needs to find a solution that fits. In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews managing editor of Paralegal Today Magazine Patty Infanti about how paralegals can revitalize their careers. Together they discuss the many different professional directions a paralegal can take in order to build confidence, increase experience, and simply enjoy his/her job more. In addition to joining an association, taking a continuing legal education course and passing an exam leads to credibility and a boost in confidence. Infanti encourages diversity in the topics of classes and maintains that it is just as helpful to get a certification in a new field. Voisin and Infanti both encourage all paralegals to give a lecture, write an essay, or even teach a course on the subject he or she knows best. This could be an area of law, a specific technology, or professional development. Helping other paralegals in any of these ways, they explain, can be the best way to reignite the fire of excitement for your job and field. Voisin also advises paralegals to take all of their vacation days and relax while they're not at work. Infanti adds that breaks from deskwork throughout the day, even just to grab a lunch sandwich, can really change the attitude of, refresh, and revitalize an exhausted employee. Patricia E. Infanti, PP, PLS is a member of The Association for Legal Professionals (NALS) and served as President from 2010 to 2011. A past president of both her local chapter and state association, she is currently serving as Parliamentarian of NALS of Pennsylvania and is the Website Chair of NALS of Philadelphia. She is also a member of NALS Leadership Identification Committee and the NALS Genius Bar. Infanti has been employed in the Corporate Real Estate department of Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1990. Special thanks to our sponsors, NALA and Serve Now. Revitalize Your Paralegal Career Although being a paralegal is a rewarding job, sometimes paralegals experience burnout in their careers and consider changing positions or leaving the profession altogether. There are many ways to revitalize your paralegal career in order to avoid such drastic decisions. Joining a local, state, or national paralegal association can be energizing and spark fresh interest in the field. To really reap the long-term rewards, it is best to become an active member of one of these associations. Engaging with other paralegals can help you recognize that others often have similar problems, there isn't necessarily a better situation in a different firm, and there are many people who are willing to provide you with support. There are many other ways to add depth and success to a career that may seem stagnant or discouraging. Every paralegal simply needs to find a solution that fits. In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews managing editor of Paralegal Today Magazine Patty Infanti about how paralegals can revitalize their careers. Together they discuss the many different professional directions a paralegal can take in order to build confidence, increase experience, and simply enjoy his/her job more. In addition to joining an association, taking a continuing legal education course and passing an exam leads to credibility and a boost in confidence. Infanti encourages diversity in the topics of classes and maintains that it is just as helpful to get a certification in a new field. Voisin and Infanti both encourage all paralegals to give a lecture, write an essay, or even teach a course on the subject he or she knows best. This could be an area of law, a specific technology, or professional development. Helping other paralegals in any of these ways, they explain, can be the best way to reignite the fire of excitement for your job and field. Voisin also advises paralegals to take all of their vacation days and relax while they're not at work. Infanti adds that breaks from deskwork throughout the day, even just to grab a lunch sandwich, can really change the attitude of, refresh, and revitalize an exhausted employee. Patricia E. Infanti, PP, PLS is a member of The Association for Legal Professionals (NALS) and served as President from 2010 to 2011. A past president of both her local chapter and state association, she is currently serving as Parliamentarian of NALS of Pennsylvania and is the Website Chair of NALS of Philadelphia. She is also a member of NALS Leadership Identification Committee and the NALS Genius Bar. Infanti has been employed in the Corporate Real Estate department of Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1990. Special thanks to our sponsors, NALA and Serve Now. 34:36 none Legal Talk Network no Law Firm Intake and Lead Conversion: Turn Prospects into Paying Clients Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/un-billable-hour/2014/12/law-firm-intake-lead-conversion-turn-prospects-paying-clients All lawyers should start focusing on intake and lead conversion, since it is the easiest and cheapest way to increase revenue. For the purpose of this podcast, lead conversion happens when prospective clients are turned into paying clients. Lead conversion is just a part of intake, the process or system that takes a potential client from the point of contact with your law firm to signing up to be a paying or retaining client. Most lawyers believe themselves to be very good at lead conversion, often boasting up to a 92% conversion rate. However, these lawyers are only counting leads that are already sitting in consultations, who need the services the lawyer provides, and with adequate money to pay for them. Actually, a lead is anyone who clicks on the law firm website, calls for information, or is referred by an existing client. If these leads are measured and analyzed properly, there are very simple changes a law firm can make based on that data to dramatically increase revenue. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, Christopher Anderson interviews law firm marketing expert Stephen Fairley about the importance of lead conversion and client retention, the mistakes most law firms are making, and some simple and more complicated solutions to increase intake success. Fairley defines a lead as a person with whom the firm has never done business, who needs the services they provide, and who contacts them by phone or online. Once this potential client makes contact, he explains, conversion rate drops by 400% after 5 minutes. He recommends that every firm have an established non-lawyer and non-paralegal employee responsible for responding to every lead and setting up appointments. Tracking your firm's intake process is incredibly important, Fairley explains, because you can use the data to make small changes with big results. If a law firm is looking for a place to start, he says, they should record all contacts and hire a secret shopper to give some outside perspective. Stephen Fairley is the founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute, the nation's largest law firm marketing company specializing in marketing and lead conversion for small to medium law firms. He has developed "The Rainmaker Marketing System" which has helped more than 10,000 attorneys nationwide who have leveraged his system in building their businesses. Fairley has written two international best-sellers and is academically trained as a clinical psychologist. Prior to focusing on the legal marketplace, Fairley ran two successful small businesses and over a period of 14 years and he has become a nationally-recognized legal marketing expert. He has spoken numerous times for over 35 of the nation's largest state and local bar associations and he has a large virtual footprint with a highly successful rainmaker legal marketing blog. Law Firm Intake and Lead Conversion: Turn Prospects into Paying Clients All lawyers should start focusing on intake and lead conversion, since it is the easiest and cheapest way to increase revenue. For the purpose of this podcast, lead conversion happens when prospective clients are turned into paying clients. Lead conversion is just a part of intake, the process or system that takes a potential client from the point of contact with your law firm to signing up to be a paying or retaining client. Most lawyers believe themselves to be very good at lead conversion, often boasting up to a 92% conversion rate. However, these lawyers are only counting leads that are already sitting in consultations, who need the services the lawyer provides, and with adequate money to pay for them. Actually, a lead is anyone who clicks on the law firm website, calls for information, or is referred by an existing client. If these leads are measured and analyzed properly, there are very simple changes a law firm can make based on that data to dramatically increase revenue. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, Christopher Anderson interviews law firm marketing expert Stephen Fairley about the importance of lead conversion and client retention, the mistakes most law firms are making, and some simple and more complicated solutions to increase intake success. Fairley defines a lead as a person with whom the firm has never done business, who needs the services they provide, and who contacts them by phone or online. Once this potential client makes contact, he explains, conversion rate drops by 400% after 5 minutes. He recommends that every firm have an established non-lawyer and non-paralegal employee responsible for responding to every lead and setting up appointments. Tracking your firm's intake process is incredibly important, Fairley explains, because you can use the data to make small changes with big results. If a law firm is looking for a place to start, he says, they should record all contacts and hire a secret shopper to give some outside perspective. Stephen Fairley is the founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute, the nation's largest law firm marketing company specializing in marketing and lead conversion for small to medium law firms. He has developed "The Rainmaker Marketing System" which has helped more than 10,000 attorneys nationwide who have leveraged his system in building their businesses. Fairley has written two international best-sellers and is academically trained as a clinical psychologist. Prior to focusing on the legal marketplace, Fairley ran two successful small businesses and over a period of 14 years and he has become a nationally-recognized legal marketing expert. He has spoken numerous times for over 35 of the nation's largest state and local bar associations and he has a large virtual footprint with a highly successful rainmaker legal marketing blog. 37:18 none Legal Talk Network no Controlling Your Social Media Strategy Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/12/controlling-social-media-strategy As friends, colleagues, and clients documented their Thanksgiving holiday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it was made clear how big a role social media plays in the personal and professional lives of lawyers. Because it is so prevalent and necessary, social media can also be very overwhelming for many who are trying to maintain their online presence. But most lawyers know that engaging with others on social media is not optional anymore. So should they be posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and all other mediums? How many reposts, "likes," or comments are the right amount? What is a good system or management tool for self-promotion or law firm marketing? Now is a good time to take stock of your social media use and try to control it before it controls you. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the overwhelming nature of social media, ways lawyers can manage their personal or professional social media, and moving past the guilt of not posting or engaging enough. Kennedy discusses being a "grumpy old man" with the changes in social media that result in ads, sponsored posts, promoted tweets in his various feeds. He also analyzes posting on social media versus consuming information through it and the guilt he feels from not commenting or engaging enough with other people's posts. Mighell breaks down his process which includes writing a blog and then promoting it using what he considers the most important social mediums for lawyers: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter. Both use a social media dashboard like Hootsuite to manage posting and try to automate the process as much as possible. They also encourage lawyers to choose one or two social media platforms to focus on in order to not become overwhelmed, actually enjoy the process, and have a lot of influence in one place instead of a little influence everywhere. Don't forget, social media information consumption is like dipping a cup into a river and only catching a small sample. In the second part of the podcast, Kennedy and Mighell discuss their favorite technology gifts and guides for the holiday season. Kennedy reminds everyone to think of the recipient when purchasing tech gifts and keep things practical. Mighell gives some specific gift suggestions including the Moto 360 Watch, Logitech Keys to Go, and Jaybird Bluebuds X Bluetooth headphones as well as gift guides from The Verge and The Wirecutter. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast end. Special thanks to our sponsor, Serve Now. Controlling Your Social Media Strategy As friends, colleagues, and clients documented their Thanksgiving holiday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it was made clear how big a role social media plays in the personal and professional lives of lawyers. Because it is so prevalent and necessary, social media can also be very overwhelming for many who are trying to maintain their online presence. But most lawyers know that engaging with others on social media is not optional anymore. So should they be posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and all other mediums? How many reposts, "likes," or comments are the right amount? What is a good system or management tool for self-promotion or law firm marketing? Now is a good time to take stock of your social media use and try to control it before it controls you. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the overwhelming nature of social media, ways lawyers can manage their personal or professional social media, and moving past the guilt of not posting or engaging enough. Kennedy discusses being a "grumpy old man" with the changes in social media that result in ads, sponsored posts, promoted tweets in his various feeds. He also analyzes posting on social media versus consuming information through it and the guilt he feels from not commenting or engaging enough with other people's posts. Mighell breaks down his process which includes writing a blog and then promoting it using what he considers the most important social mediums for lawyers: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter. Both use a social media dashboard like Hootsuite to manage posting and try to automate the process as much as possible. They also encourage lawyers to choose one or two social media platforms to focus on in order to not become overwhelmed, actually enjoy the process, and have a lot of influence in one place instead of a little influence everywhere. Don't forget, social media information consumption is like dipping a cup into a river and only catching a small sample. In the second part of the podcast, Kennedy and Mighell discuss their favorite technology gifts and guides for the holiday season. Kennedy reminds everyone to think of the recipient when purchasing tech gifts and keep things practical. Mighell gives some specific gift suggestions including the Moto 360 Watch, Logitech Keys to Go, and Jaybird Bluebuds X Bluetooth headphones as well as gift guides from The Verge and The Wirecutter. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast end. Special thanks to our sponsor, Serve Now. 39:34 none Legal Talk Network no Power Networking: Making the Right Connections Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/legal-toolkit/2014/12/power-networking-making-right-connections Lawyers all know they should be networking, and most of them are, but there is an important distinction between the quantity and quality of your connections. Many lawyers are more comfortable networking with other lawyers and find themselves at the same conferences every year. But in order to be truly successful, a rainmaker, lawyers must become power connectors and apply strategic thinking and high level planning to making and keeping the right business contacts. So what does it mean to have valuable connections? How should you get started properly networking while avoiding potentially harmful relationships? In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews business relationship expert Judy Robinett about how to become a power connector by meeting the right people, bonding quickly with them, and developing mutually beneficial relationships. She discusses the concept of different sized network circles, 5 close friends and family members, 50 closest business connections, and 150 as the largest number of effective connections to be made. She explains the importance of considering your professional goals and obstacles before reaching out to others. Often, the most valuable people aren't other lawyers or people in close networks, but professionals in other fields. The best way for lawyers to build strategic relationships, Robinett suggests, is to join a powerful group, start talking to strangers, and always provide value to others first. She gives three great examples of questions to ask a potentially beneficial connection: How can I help you? What ideas do you have for me? Who else do you know that I should talk to? In the end, all resources are connected to people, Robinett explains. Be scrappy and learn to connect the dots from where you are to where you want to go. Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5 + 50 + 150 Rule. She has more than 30 years experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader and has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and in management positions at fortune 500 companies. Robinett was the managing director at Golden Seeds Angel Network and a member of the Department of Commerce team that defined performance criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award for Performance Excellence in Healthcare, for which she received an award from President Bill Clinton. She has been called the "woman with the titanium digital rolodex." Power Networking: Making the Right Connections Lawyers all know they should be networking, and most of them are, but there is an important distinction between the quantity and quality of your connections. Many lawyers are more comfortable networking with other lawyers and find themselves at the same conferences every year. But in order to be truly successful, a rainmaker, lawyers must become power connectors and apply strategic thinking and high level planning to making and keeping the right business contacts. So what does it mean to have valuable connections? How should you get started properly networking while avoiding potentially harmful relationships? In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews business relationship expert Judy Robinett about how to become a power connector by meeting the right people, bonding quickly with them, and developing mutually beneficial relationships. She discusses the concept of different sized network circles, 5 close friends and family members, 50 closest business connections, and 150 as the largest number of effective connections to be made. She explains the importance of considering your professional goals and obstacles before reaching out to others. Often, the most valuable people aren't other lawyers or people in close networks, but professionals in other fields. The best way for lawyers to build strategic relationships, Robinett suggests, is to join a powerful group, start talking to strangers, and always provide value to others first. She gives three great examples of questions to ask a potentially beneficial connection: How can I help you? What ideas do you have for me? Who else do you know that I should talk to? In the end, all resources are connected to people, Robinett explains. Be scrappy and learn to connect the dots from where you are to where you want to go. Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5 + 50 + 150 Rule. She has more than 30 years experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader and has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and in management positions at fortune 500 companies. Robinett was the managing director at Golden Seeds Angel Network and a member of the Department of Commerce team that defined performance criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award for Performance Excellence in Healthcare, for which she received an award from President Bill Clinton. She has been called the "woman with the titanium digital rolodex." 27:10 none Legal Talk Network no How lawyers can use social media responsibly to promote their clients' cases Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:07:29 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/aba-journal-asked-and-answered/2014/12/lawyers-can-use-social-media-responsibly-promote-clients-cases Social media is an easy (and often free) tool that litigators can use to share their clients' stories. But how much is too much, and what if you post something that you'll regret later? In this month's Asked and Answered podcast, we speak with Anthony C. Johnson, a plaintiffs personal injury lawyer who previously owned a search engine optimization and marketing company. He shares with moderator Stephanie Francis Ward some ideas about using Twitter, Facebook - and even Instagram - in a mindful manner. Anthony C. Johnson, an Arkansas plaintiffs personal injury lawyer, is a partner with Johnson and Vines. Johnson is a former SEO/SEM/Web-development company owner who was featured by the ABA Journal as one of "America's Techiest Lawyers" in 2012. How lawyers can use social media responsibly to promote their clients' cases Social media is an easy (and often free) tool that litigators can use to share their clients' stories. But how much is too much, and what if you post something that you'll regret later? In this month's Asked and Answered podcast, we speak with Anthony C. Johnson, a plaintiffs personal injury lawyer who previously owned a search engine optimization and marketing company. He shares with moderator Stephanie Francis Ward some ideas about using Twitter, Facebook - and even Instagram - in a mindful manner. Anthony C. Johnson, an Arkansas plaintiffs personal injury lawyer, is a partner with Johnson and Vines. Johnson is a former SEO/SEM/Web-development company owner who was featured by the ABA Journal as one of "America's Techiest Lawyers" in 2012. 19:51 none Legal Talk Network no Net Neutrality Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/11/net-neutrality On the coattails of presidential support and possible regulations from the Federal Communications Commission, Net Neutrality makes its way back into public debate. Proponents claim it will keep the internet a level playing field while opponents believe the opposite. One side worries about oppressive corporations while the other is concerned about oppressive government. Not surprisingly, opinions for or against tend to follow political party lines. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews Chris Fedeli from Judicial Watch and Professor Jonathan Askin from Brooklyn Law School. Together they discuss the meaning of net neutrality, the pros and cons of regulating, and what it takes to keep the internet innovative. Tune in to hear about free market principles, consumer protection, and data packet discrimination. Chris Fedeli is a senior attorney with Judicial Watch where he has litigated multiple cases in state and federal courts concerning election integrity, ballot initiatives and referendums, and government transparency. Prior to joining Judicial Watch, Fedeli was a senior associate at Davis Wright Tremaine in Washington D.C., where he represented clients in communications law litigation and regulatory proceedings. In 2009, the ABA's Communications Lawyer published Fedeli's article criticizing the FCC for its net neutrality regulations, which have since been overturned twice by the DC Circuit. Professor Jonathan Askin is a professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches technology, telecommunications, and entrepreneurial law and policy. He is also the Founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic, which represents internet, new media, communications and other tech entrepreneurs on business development, policy advocacy, and law reform. During the 2008 Presidential Election, Askin chaired the Internet Governance Working Group for the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Net Neutrality On the coattails of presidential support and possible regulations from the Federal Communications Commission, Net Neutrality makes its way back into public debate. Proponents claim it will keep the internet a level playing field while opponents believe the opposite. One side worries about oppressive corporations while the other is concerned about oppressive government. Not surprisingly, opinions for or against tend to follow political party lines. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews Chris Fedeli from Judicial Watch and Professor Jonathan Askin from Brooklyn Law School. Together they discuss the meaning of net neutrality, the pros and cons of regulating, and what it takes to keep the internet innovative. Tune in to hear about free market principles, consumer protection, and data packet discrimination. Chris Fedeli is a senior attorney with Judicial Watch where he has litigated multiple cases in state and federal courts concerning election integrity, ballot initiatives and referendums, and government transparency. Prior to joining Judicial Watch, Fedeli was a senior associate at Davis Wright Tremaine in Washington D.C., where he represented clients in communications law litigation and regulatory proceedings. In 2009, the ABA's Communications Lawyer published Fedeli's article criticizing the FCC for its net neutrality regulations, which have since been overturned twice by the DC Circuit. Professor Jonathan Askin is a professor at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches technology, telecommunications, and entrepreneurial law and policy. He is also the Founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic, which represents internet, new media, communications and other tech entrepreneurs on business development, policy advocacy, and law reform. During the 2008 Presidential Election, Askin chaired the Internet Governance Working Group for the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 37:15 none Legal Talk Network no Has Workers Compensation Become Unconstitutional? Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:12:15 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/workers-comp-matters/2014/11/workers-compensation-become-unconstitutional About 100 years ago, a Workers Compensation System was created in the United States with a quid pro quo principle. The employers of injured workers were not liable for general damages such as pain and suffering in exchange for the guarantee of "adequate and reasonable" medical treatment and temporary wage replacement during the period of disability. Over the last twenty years, there has been an erosion of these workers comp benefit systems. Recently, there have been several cases in Florida questioning whether workers compensation benefits are still reasonable and adequate. Claimant attorneys are calling this the "tipping point." The question remains, how far can employers and insurance agencies reduce and restrict medical aid and wage replacement before the system becomes unconstitutional? In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, Alan Pierce interviews workers compensation attorney Charles Davoli about what the "tipping point" means, the policies insurance agencies are putting into place, how legislators and laws are changing, and how workers compensation is being affected. Davoli begins by explaining the no-fault workers comp system that was created in order to provide injured workers with medical treatment and wage replacement in exchange for reducing their rights to sue the company. He then describes the erosion, or deform of the benefits and systems over the past twenty years in order for the insurance companies to stay profitable. There has been an increase in benefits for medical versus indemnity, medical fee guidelines, restrictive fee schedules, and peer reviews, all creating what Davoli portrays as a lot of litigious and controversial questions in workers comp. He then discusses the circuit court judgement in the Padgett v. State of Florida case and the 14th Amendment. Davoli's goal is to bring awareness to the public about cost shifting from the employers to the public via taxpayers and insurance premiums via policyholders. If well informed of this, taxpayers and policyholders alike should be outraged. Charles Davoli practices with the law firm of Davoli, Krumholt, and Price and is the past president of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG). WILG is a workers compensation association of claimant attorneys. Davoli has spoken on several occasions focusing on the "tipping point" of where the US is in the hundred year history of the rights of injured workers to get adequately, promptly, and justly compensated. Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow. Has Workers Compensation Become Unconstitutional? About 100 years ago, a Workers Compensation System was created in the United States with a quid pro quo principle. The employers of injured workers were not liable for general damages such as pain and suffering in exchange for the guarantee of "adequate and reasonable" medical treatment and temporary wage replacement during the period of disability. Over the last twenty years, there has been an erosion of these workers comp benefit systems. Recently, there have been several cases in Florida questioning whether workers compensation benefits are still reasonable and adequate. Claimant attorneys are calling this the "tipping point." The question remains, how far can employers and insurance agencies reduce and restrict medical aid and wage replacement before the system becomes unconstitutional? In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, Alan Pierce interviews workers compensation attorney Charles Davoli about what the "tipping point" means, the policies insurance agencies are putting into place, how legislators and laws are changing, and how workers compensation is being affected. Davoli begins by explaining the no-fault workers comp system that was created in order to provide injured workers with medical treatment and wage replacement in exchange for reducing their rights to sue the company. He then describes the erosion, or deform of the benefits and systems over the past twenty years in order for the insurance companies to stay profitable. There has been an increase in benefits for medical versus indemnity, medical fee guidelines, restrictive fee schedules, and peer reviews, all creating what Davoli portrays as a lot of litigious and controversial questions in workers comp. He then discusses the circuit court judgement in the Padgett v. State of Florida case and the 14th Amendment. Davoli's goal is to bring awareness to the public about cost shifting from the employers to the public via taxpayers and insurance premiums via policyholders. If well informed of this, taxpayers and policyholders alike should be outraged. Charles Davoli practices with the law firm of Davoli, Krumholt, and Price and is the past president of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG). WILG is a workers compensation association of claimant attorneys. Davoli has spoken on several occasions focusing on the "tipping point" of where the US is in the hundred year history of the rights of injured workers to get adequately, promptly, and justly compensated. Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow. 30:43 none Legal Talk Network no Lawyers, Turn Your Clients into Fanatics Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:33:08 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/un-billable-hour/2014/11/lawyers-turn-clients-fanatics Consumers and clients believe customer service has become increasingly bad, yet most businesses believe their customer service is above average. Lawyers are certainly not exempt from this. However, in the age of Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones, unhappy customers are able to share their bad experiences to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people in real-time. So how do law firms, solo lawyers, and other businesses combat this influx in technology and potentially harmful online information? There's no trick, loyalty program, or hack that will work. Lawyers, and all other people providing service, will just need to create a good experience for their clients and customers across the board. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, Christopher Anderson interviews customer service consultant Peter Shankman about how clients are changing the way they respond to bad service, the part technology plays, how businesses should respond to this change, and his view for the future of online reviews. Shankman begins by explaining the change in the way businesses have sold their products and services for the last 60 years. With the advent of the internet, people are more skeptical of advertising, and are able to connect with each other and interact in real-time. If one unhappy client shares his/her experience on social media, hundreds of people will see it. Shankman discusses transparency and genuine apologetic responses as the effective ways for lawyers to respond to these bad client experiences. However, in order to make clients fanatics, lawyers need to simply communicate with them and treat them with respect, and the client will brag about the good service to others. In the next four years, Shankman expects even online review sites like Yelp and Tripadvisor to become less relevant to business reputations than social media sites like Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. The most important point, Shankman emphasizes, is to consistently treat your clients decently and with respect. When your customer has an amazing experience, they will want to share. Peter Shankman is an author, consultant, entrepreneur, and the owner of several multi-million dollar companies. He speaks to companies all around the world about how to provide amazing customer service and how to take advantage of the social conversation economy that he believes will be driving the global commerce engine over the next 100 years. Shankman has worked with hundreds of well-known companies and brands, as well as many other companies around the world. His newest book is Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. Lawyers, Turn Your Clients into Fanatics Consumers and clients believe customer service has become increasingly bad, yet most businesses believe their customer service is above average. Lawyers are certainly not exempt from this. However, in the age of Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones, unhappy customers are able to share their bad experiences to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people in real-time. So how do law firms, solo lawyers, and other businesses combat this influx in technology and potentially harmful online information? There's no trick, loyalty program, or hack that will work. Lawyers, and all other people providing service, will just need to create a good experience for their clients and customers across the board. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, Christopher Anderson interviews customer service consultant Peter Shankman about how clients are changing the way they respond to bad service, the part technology plays, how businesses should respond to this change, and his view for the future of online reviews. Shankman begins by explaining the change in the way businesses have sold their products and services for the last 60 years. With the advent of the internet, people are more skeptical of advertising, and are able to connect with each other and interact in real-time. If one unhappy client shares his/her experience on social media, hundreds of people will see it. Shankman discusses transparency and genuine apologetic responses as the effective ways for lawyers to respond to these bad client experiences. However, in order to make clients fanatics, lawyers need to simply communicate with them and treat them with respect, and the client will brag about the good service to others. In the next four years, Shankman expects even online review sites like Yelp and Tripadvisor to become less relevant to business reputations than social media sites like Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. The most important point, Shankman emphasizes, is to consistently treat your clients decently and with respect. When your customer has an amazing experience, they will want to share. Peter Shankman is an author, consultant, entrepreneur, and the owner of several multi-million dollar companies. He speaks to companies all around the world about how to provide amazing customer service and how to take advantage of the social conversation economy that he believes will be driving the global commerce engine over the next 100 years. Shankman has worked with hundreds of well-known companies and brands, as well as many other companies around the world. His newest book is Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. 28:39 none Legal Talk Network no Data Preservation, Legal Holds, and Civil Litigation Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:51:41 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/esi-report/2014/11/data-preservation-legal-holds-civil-litigation When an organization or business suddenly finds itself in the middle of a civil litigation case, it is often overwhelmed with discovery requests. Most companies don't have the tools or processes in place to deal with collection and data preservation and encounter expensive and time-consuming issues when responding to requests for information. What is a legal hold, would your organization be able to initiate a defensible legal hold, and when can data be confidently deleted again? It is very important to understand the discovery process and implement and enforce effective systems for data preservation now in order to reduce future costs of potential litigation. In this episode of ESI Report, Michelle Lang interviews experienced e-discovery expert Cathleen Peterson about why data preservation is crucial to the discovery process, how to create a defensible legal hold, how to take account for emerging technologies, and when it is ok to delete data. Peterson explains that the fundamental challenge of data preservation is balancing the burden and the benefit. Failure to preserve means trying to recreate access to the data, an incredibly expensive and time-consuming process that raises questions about the effectiveness of the council or credibility of the client. Alternatively, well-preserved data can facilitate a well-managed litigation, control costs, result in an outcome that serves the client, and create the least disruptive litigation flow. A legal hold, Peterson explains, involves giving all potential parties who may have relevant evidence notice that litigation is in existence or anticipated. This includes employees, third parties, the IT department, or any person who may have accessed the information. She discusses how organizations need to implement a data governance system, enforce it across the organization, and update it yearly to account for changes in technology. Once the case is dismissed, the legal hold should be formally lifted and the data deleted so that future cases are not complicated by old data. Peterson is a senior vice president at Kroll Ontrack, where she leads the consulting and advanced review services teams. She was the Legal Director at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe and councel at WilmerHale. Cathleen has deep experience in all-things ediscovery, including records management, collection and preservation strategies, technology assisted review, and regulatory compliance. Data Preservation, Legal Holds, and Civil Litigation When an organization or business suddenly finds itself in the middle of a civil litigation case, it is often overwhelmed with discovery requests. Most companies don't have the tools or processes in place to deal with collection and data preservation and encounter expensive and time-consuming issues when responding to requests for information. What is a legal hold, would your organization be able to initiate a defensible legal hold, and when can data be confidently deleted again? It is very important to understand the discovery process and implement and enforce effective systems for data preservation now in order to reduce future costs of potential litigation. In this episode of ESI Report, Michelle Lang interviews experienced e-discovery expert Cathleen Peterson about why data preservation is crucial to the discovery process, how to create a defensible legal hold, how to take account for emerging technologies, and when it is ok to delete data. Peterson explains that the fundamental challenge of data preservation is balancing the burden and the benefit. Failure to preserve means trying to recreate access to the data, an incredibly expensive and time-consuming process that raises questions about the effectiveness of the council or credibility of the client. Alternatively, well-preserved data can facilitate a well-managed litigation, control costs, result in an outcome that serves the client, and create the least disruptive litigation flow. A legal hold, Peterson explains, involves giving all potential parties who may have relevant evidence notice that litigation is in existence or anticipated. This includes employees, third parties, the IT department, or any person who may have accessed the information. She discusses how organizations need to implement a data governance system, enforce it across the organization, and update it yearly to account for changes in technology. Once the case is dismissed, the legal hold should be formally lifted and the data deleted so that future cases are not complicated by old data. Peterson is a senior vice president at Kroll Ontrack, where she leads the consulting and advanced review services teams. She was the Legal Director at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe and councel at WilmerHale. Cathleen has deep experience in all-things ediscovery, including records management, collection and preservation strategies, technology assisted review, and regulatory compliance. 22:17 none Legal Talk Network no The Fundamentals of Podcasts: Listening and Subscribing Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/11/fundamentals-podcasts-listening-subscribing There has been recent talk of a "Podcast Renaissance," in which podcasts are better than ever and people have begun to appreciate the value of the podcast medium for education and entertainment. Who are we to disagree? There are educational podcasts, political podcasts, legal podcasts, technology podcasts, entertainment podcasts, and podcasts that combine subjects. There are podcasts that review books, recordings from live radio shows, lecture recordings, and informational interviews. With all of these options, how are people finding and listening to the podcasts that are right for them, how have these processes changed, and why are some people not listening to podcasts at all? Are podcast listeners only touching the surface of the potential value? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the fundamentals of podcast listening and subscribing, ways to enhance your podcast listening experience, and suggestions of their favorite podcasts. Kennedy provides a technical description of podcasts, delivery of media (usually audio) online through an RSS feed, but explains that they also tend to be episodic, you can subscribe to them, and they serve as a radio replacement. His system of podcasting involves researching topics or speakers that spark his interest, filtering and organizing individual podcasts by length, and listening to them at 1.5X the speed while he commutes or works out. He notes that podcasts are becoming more popular because of increased user control and the ability to use them on any device: iPod, tablet, smartphone, laptop, or desktop. Mighell adds that the rise in podcasting is due to increasingly sophisticated apps that allow users to speed up the podcasts, create categories, and control downloads. His alternative system of podcast listening is more streamlined. He subscribes to 20 or 30 regular podcasts and downloads, organizes, and listens to them all on his phone while walking the dog, in the car, or working out. Both hosts use Huffduffer, but Mighell uses it to create a mini feed for things that aren't syndicated while Kennedy uses it as a search engine for podcast topics or speakers that interest him. While it is helpful to suggest different ways of consuming podcasts, listeners might also be interested in podcast suggestions. In the second part of the show, the hosts share their favorite podcasts. Tom Mighell mostly listens to podcasts that help him keep up with trends in technology, news, and politics, although he also enjoys Serial from the creators of This American Live. Dennis Kennedy's collection of podcasts range from news, sports, and business, to entertainment anyone could enjoy. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. The Fundamentals of Podcasts: Listening and Subscribing There has been recent talk of a "Podcast Renaissance," in which podcasts are better than ever and people have begun to appreciate the value of the podcast medium for education and entertainment. Who are we to disagree? There are educational podcasts, political podcasts, legal podcasts, technology podcasts, entertainment podcasts, and podcasts that combine subjects. There are podcasts that review books, recordings from live radio shows, lecture recordings, and informational interviews. With all of these options, how are people finding and listening to the podcasts that are right for them, how have these processes changed, and why are some people not listening to podcasts at all? Are podcast listeners only touching the surface of the potential value? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the fundamentals of podcast listening and subscribing, ways to enhance your podcast listening experience, and suggestions of their favorite podcasts. Kennedy provides a technical description of podcasts, delivery of media (usually audio) online through an RSS feed, but explains that they also tend to be episodic, you can subscribe to them, and they serve as a radio replacement. His system of podcasting involves researching topics or speakers that spark his interest, filtering and organizing individual podcasts by length, and listening to them at 1.5X the speed while he commutes or works out. He notes that podcasts are becoming more popular because of increased user control and the ability to use them on any device: iPod, tablet, smartphone, laptop, or desktop. Mighell adds that the rise in podcasting is due to increasingly sophisticated apps that allow users to speed up the podcasts, create categories, and control downloads. His alternative system of podcast listening is more streamlined. He subscribes to 20 or 30 regular podcasts and downloads, organizes, and listens to them all on his phone while walking the dog, in the car, or working out. Both hosts use Huffduffer, but Mighell uses it to create a mini feed for things that aren't syndicated while Kennedy uses it as a search engine for podcast topics or speakers that interest him. While it is helpful to suggest different ways of consuming podcasts, listeners might also be interested in podcast suggestions. In the second part of the show, the hosts share their favorite podcasts. Tom Mighell mostly listens to podcasts that help him keep up with trends in technology, news, and politics, although he also enjoys Serial from the creators of This American Live. Dennis Kennedy's collection of podcasts range from news, sports, and business, to entertainment anyone could enjoy. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. 39:53 none Legal Talk Network no Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-edge/2014/11/tis-season-tech-toys-holidays-2014 Are you a lawyer who always has the newest tech products and apps? Do you already have a drone even though most people think they are only in sci fi movies? Are you looking for a holiday gift for your tech junkie spouse? In this edition of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway present their favorite tech toys for the holidays. Nelson and Calloway have each picked out their choice of new electronics for themselves or loved ones. These new gadgets range in practicality from the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to a bacon scented alarm clock and they range in price from a $20 Bluetooth Shower Speakerphone/Radio to a glass yacht that you can't afford if you care how much it costs. Other products include a tablet, an Apple integrated flash drive, a cheap drone, noise-cancelling headphones, a flux capacitor USB port for your car, rhumbas for your grill and driveway, and even a Yeti cup. Tune in for inspiration and awe on the direction technology is heading. Who knows, you might hear about a new tech toy you have to have! Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014 Are you a lawyer who always has the newest tech products and apps? Do you already have a drone even though most people think they are only in sci fi movies? Are you looking for a holiday gift for your tech junkie spouse? In this edition of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway present their favorite tech toys for the holidays. Nelson and Calloway have each picked out their choice of new electronics for themselves or loved ones. These new gadgets range in practicality from the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to a bacon scented alarm clock and they range in price from a $20 Bluetooth Shower Speakerphone/Radio to a glass yacht that you can't afford if you care how much it costs. Other products include a tablet, an Apple integrated flash drive, a cheap drone, noise-cancelling headphones, a flux capacitor USB port for your car, rhumbas for your grill and driveway, and even a Yeti cup. Tune in for inspiration and awe on the direction technology is heading. Who knows, you might hear about a new tech toy you have to have! Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. 27:37 none Legal Talk Network no Success in Your Remote Workplace Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/legal-toolkit/2014/11/success-remote-workplace Whether it is from a coffee shop, home office, or library, more people than ever are working remotely. This includes employees at a law firm or business, but many of the principles could be applied to a solo lawyer working at home. The benefits of working from a remote office include shorter commutes, potentially flexible work hours, saving money on office space, and having the best employees for the job regardless of locale. Drawbacks include production-based judgement on employees, isolation issues, and a reduced opportunity for learning directly from coworkers. Despite these drawbacks, many companies are now allowing their employees to work 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? In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews Tim Baran, a remote employee at a cloud-based legal software company, about the benefits and drawbacks of working remotely, the hardware and software needed, and how to overcome the core issues that many remote lawyers encounter. Baran discusses how the benefit of bringing the work to the employee often outweighs the inability for those workers to interact with and potentially mentor other employees. By spending more time with friends and family, getting involved in industry associations, and going out for lunch, he explains, remote employees can avoid emotional isolation. This advice applies equally to solo lawyers who often do not have a lot of personal contact. Alexander and Baran then go over the practicalities of working remote. While you only need a computer and a phone as hardware, there are many useful apps for practice management, organization, communication, reading and writing, social media, and even encryption (see episode notes for a list of products mentioned). Obviously, it is important for a remote employee to stay connected with their office and other employees. Baran recommends regular video meetings, daily standups, visits to the home office, communication even with non-urgent matters, and even a fun video activity that includes the whole company. The more communication the employees are able to have, he explains, the more opportunities for feedback, connection, and therefore productivity. At the end of the podcast, Baran gives some succinct but very thorough general productivity advice to all employees, whether remote or not. His systems include: touch everything once, keep a checklist, set a pomodoro timer, develop consistent habits with a calendar, plan the night before, and Alexander adds that the Getting Things Done (GTD) process by David Allen has worked for many lawyers. Tim Baran is the Community Manager for Rocket Matter, a cloud-based legal software company that makes a law practice management tool. Previously, Baran ran his own CLE company, and has worked in library services at a law firm, a law school, and for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Success in Your Remote Workplace Whether it is from a coffee shop, home office, or library, more people than ever are working remotely. This includes employees at a law firm or business, but many of the principles could be applied to a solo lawyer working at home. The benefits of working from a remote office include shorter commutes, potentially flexible work hours, saving money on office space, and having the best employees for the job regardless of locale. Drawbacks include production-based judgement on employees, isolation issues, and a reduced opportunity for learning directly from coworkers. Despite these drawbacks, many companies are now allowing their employees to work 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? In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews Tim Baran, a remote employee at a cloud-based legal software company, about the benefits and drawbacks of working remotely, the hardware and software needed, and how to overcome the core issues that many remote lawyers encounter. Baran discusses how the benefit of bringing the work to the employee often outweighs the inability for those workers to interact with and potentially mentor other employees. By spending more time with friends and family, getting involved in industry associations, and going out for lunch, he explains, remote employees can avoid emotional isolation. This advice applies equally to solo lawyers who often do not have a lot of personal contact. Alexander and Baran then go over the practicalities of working remote. While you only need a computer and a phone as hardware, there are many useful apps for practice management, organization, communication, reading and writing, social media, and even encryption (see episode notes for a list of products mentioned). Obviously, it is important for a remote employee to stay connected with their office and other employees. Baran recommends regular video meetings, daily standups, visits to the home office, communication even with non-urgent matters, and even a fun video activity that includes the whole company. The more communication the employees are able to have, he explains, the more opportunities for feedback, connection, and therefore productivity. At the end of the podcast, Baran gives some succinct but very thorough general productivity advice to all employees, whether remote or not. His systems include: touch everything once, keep a checklist, set a pomodoro timer, develop consistent habits with a calendar, plan the night before, and Alexander adds that the Getting Things Done (GTD) process by David Allen has worked for many lawyers. Tim Baran is the Community Manager for Rocket Matter, a cloud-based legal software company that makes a law practice management tool. Previously, Baran ran his own CLE company, and has worked in library services at a law firm, a law school, and for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. 31:00 none Legal Talk Network no Quarantine and Isolation: How Federal and State Powers Fight Ebola Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:15:13 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/11/quarantine-isolation-federal-state-powers-fight-ebola Federal and State governing authorities have the power to quarantine an individual under the suspicion that person has Ebola and could possibly spread it to others. But what if the government is wrong? Is there redress for people held against their will? It might surprise you that your civil liberties can be subjugated for the common good. In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams interview Gary Phelan from Mitchell and Sheahan, P.C. and Professor John Thomas from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Together they discuss balancing tests that allow both Federal and State governments to quarantine individuals as well the possible criminal and tort liabilities for people who knowingly, recklessly, or through negligence infect others. Tune in to hear more about the power given to the Executive Branch, Governmental Immunity from suit, and International Health Regulations from the World Health Organization. Gary Phelan is a shareholder at Mitchell and Sheahan, P.C. where he represents employees and employers in a wide range of matters, including disability and age discrimination, family responsibilities discrimination, wrongful termination, and severance negotiations. Mr. Phelan was recently the attorney for a Connecticut family whose little girl was not allowed to attend school for fear that she had been exposed to Ebola during her trip to a family wedding in Nigeria. The case received nationwide attention. Professor John Thomas of Quinnipiac University School of Law teaches health law and intellectual property. He has been published over 170 times on topics such as gun violence, health policy, politics, autism, juvenile justice, and music. In addition, he has spoken on health law topics across the U.S. and internationally. Thomas is a freelance writer and guitar player with a recent literary work titled "Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson's "Banner" Guitars of WWII." Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Quarantine and Isolation: How Federal and State Powers Fight Ebola Federal and State governing authorities have the power to quarantine an individual under the suspicion that person has Ebola and could possibly spread it to others. But what if the government is wrong? Is there redress for people held against their will? It might surprise you that your civil liberties can be subjugated for the common good. In this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams interview Gary Phelan from Mitchell and Sheahan, P.C. and Professor John Thomas from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Together they discuss balancing tests that allow both Federal and State governments to quarantine individuals as well the possible criminal and tort liabilities for people who knowingly, recklessly, or through negligence infect others. Tune in to hear more about the power given to the Executive Branch, Governmental Immunity from suit, and International Health Regulations from the World Health Organization. Gary Phelan is a shareholder at Mitchell and Sheahan, P.C. where he represents employees and employers in a wide range of matters, including disability and age discrimination, family responsibilities discrimination, wrongful termination, and severance negotiations. Mr. Phelan was recently the attorney for a Connecticut family whose little girl was not allowed to attend school for fear that she had been exposed to Ebola during her trip to a family wedding in Nigeria. The case received nationwide attention. Professor John Thomas of Quinnipiac University School of Law teaches health law and intellectual property. He has been published over 170 times on topics such as gun violence, health policy, politics, autism, juvenile justice, and music. In addition, he has spoken on health law topics across the U.S. and internationally. Thomas is a freelance writer and guitar player with a recent literary work titled "Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson's "Banner" Guitars of WWII." Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 31:01 none Legal Talk Network no War & Terrorism in Cyberspace: Wild, Wild West Shoot Out on the International Frontiers Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:36:57 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-detectives/2014/11/war-terrorism-cyberspace-wild-wild-west-shoot-international-frontiers "A cyber attack on the World Trade Center would be 10 times more financially damaging than the 2001 attack." Data breaches like the ones at Target, JP Morgan, and Home Depot have recently been all over the news and are usually organized by hackers for financial gain. But there is cyber war happening with military and political objectives with potentially far more damaging results. Cyber terrorists and militaries have already developed technologies that are able to hack into important data systems, destroy critical infrastructure, and take down crucial things like power grids and financial systems. If this does not scare you, there are almost no direct laws that deal with the ramifications of cyber attacks, the contractors who built the failing technology, or innocent bystanders. On this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview cybersecurity expert David Bodenheimer about the effects of cyber attacks, whether they are likely to proliferate, the connection between the private sector and government defense, and the legal risks to contractors and bystanders. Bodenheimer first explains how economic cyber crimes are different than cyber war, and gives some examples like the US cyber security threat in 2009, the 2007 cyberattacks on Estonia, and Stuxnet, a computer worm that destroyed many control systems in Iranian nuclear plants. He explains that there is a global cyber race and, in a few years, no self-respecting military will be without cyber attack capabilities. Unfortunately, there are no international treaties or laws that directly govern cyber weapons and war. Bodenheimer also discusses US laws that federal agencies and contractors could face to account for damages. These could include the DHS SAFETY Act, Public Law 85-804, and various legislative proposals, but there is no clean fit. David Bodenheimer is a Government Contracts partner and litigator heading Crowell and Moring's Homeland Security practice. David brings 32 years of experience in doing business with the government. He has represented Fortune 500 companies in cyber disputes with federal agencies, advised on security compliance and cloud standards, and handled a broad spectrum of cybersecurity and privacy issues in the public sector. Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRoom. War & Terrorism in Cyberspace: Wild, Wild West Shoot Out on the International Frontiers "A cyber attack on the World Trade Center would be 10 times more financially damaging than the 2001 attack." Data breaches like the ones at Target, JP Morgan, and Home Depot have recently been all over the news and are usually organized by hackers for financial gain. But there is cyber war happening with military and political objectives with potentially far more damaging results. Cyber terrorists and militaries have already developed technologies that are able to hack into important data systems, destroy critical infrastructure, and take down crucial things like power grids and financial systems. If this does not scare you, there are almost no direct laws that deal with the ramifications of cyber attacks, the contractors who built the failing technology, or innocent bystanders. On this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview cybersecurity expert David Bodenheimer about the effects of cyber attacks, whether they are likely to proliferate, the connection between the private sector and government defense, and the legal risks to contractors and bystanders. Bodenheimer first explains how economic cyber crimes are different than cyber war, and gives some examples like the US cyber security threat in 2009, the 2007 cyberattacks on Estonia, and Stuxnet, a computer worm that destroyed many control systems in Iranian nuclear plants. He explains that there is a global cyber race and, in a few years, no self-respecting military will be without cyber attack capabilities. Unfortunately, there are no international treaties or laws that directly govern cyber weapons and war. Bodenheimer also discusses US laws that federal agencies and contractors could face to account for damages. These could include the DHS SAFETY Act, Public Law 85-804, and various legislative proposals, but there is no clean fit. David Bodenheimer is a Government Contracts partner and litigator heading Crowell and Moring's Homeland Security practice. David brings 32 years of experience in doing business with the government. He has represented Fortune 500 companies in cyber disputes with federal agencies, advised on security compliance and cloud standards, and handled a broad spectrum of cybersecurity and privacy issues in the public sector. Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRoom. 29:44 none Legal Talk Network no A Day in the Life of a Senior Paralegal Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:53:15 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/paralegal-voice/2014/11/day-life-senior-paralegal Marilyn Wass ACP, CAS is the Senior Paralegal at Lopez McHugh, LLP, a nationally recognized plaintiffs law firm that takes on pharmaceutical companies, nursing homes, insurance companies, auto manufacturers, and the manufacturers of defective medical devices. Her job includes an incredible amount of responsibilities both over time and day-to-day. Being a Senior Paralegal for a firm like Lopez McHugh is one of the most prestigious positions in the paralegal world. How did Wass reach this position and what challenges does she face? On this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews Marilyn Wass about the responsibilities of being Senior Paralegal, how her career began and evolved, and specifics about caseloads and technologies. Wass explains her many responsibilities in more detail. She manages the Junior Paralegals and Case Managers, overseeing their workload and making sure assignments are understood and completed in a timely manner. Additionally, Wass oversees and reviews work on the Lipitor mass tort case including ordering medical records and answering discovery. Finally she spends most of her time on estate work and settlement litigation, creating settlement packages for up to 100s of clients. She has to schedule time to talk to clients and government agencies like Medicaid and Medicare. After describing her job description, Marilyn Wass goes into the evolution of her career. She explains how she went from a temp job in a law firm to Paralegal school at UCLA. She had interest in working for small firms in the medical field and for lawyers who wanted to teach her about litigation and other skills necessary to move up in the litigation field. She talks about the biggest challenges she faces in her position including prioritizing various jobs and keeping clients happy. In the second half of the podcast, Voisin and Wass discuss the software Lopez McHugh uses and how training is done. Overall, Wass advises paralegals to learn litigation in school and to seek out areas of legal work, not just available jobs. Stay tuned to the end when Vicki Voisin answers questions sent in by listeners. You never know when another paralegal has the same question as you. Special thanks to our sponsors, NALA and ServeNow. A Day in the Life of a Senior Paralegal Marilyn Wass ACP, CAS is the Senior Paralegal at Lopez McHugh, LLP, a nationally recognized plaintiffs law firm that takes on pharmaceutical companies, nursing homes, insurance companies, auto manufacturers, and the manufacturers of defective medical devices. Her job includes an incredible amount of responsibilities both over time and day-to-day. Being a Senior Paralegal for a firm like Lopez McHugh is one of the most prestigious positions in the paralegal world. How did Wass reach this position and what challenges does she face? On this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews Marilyn Wass about the responsibilities of being Senior Paralegal, how her career began and evolved, and specifics about caseloads and technologies. Wass explains her many responsibilities in more detail. She manages the Junior Paralegals and Case Managers, overseeing their workload and making sure assignments are understood and completed in a timely manner. Additionally, Wass oversees and reviews work on the Lipitor mass tort case including ordering medical records and answering discovery. Finally she spends most of her time on estate work and settlement litigation, creating settlement packages for up to 100s of clients. She has to schedule time to talk to clients and government agencies like Medicaid and Medicare. After describing her job description, Marilyn Wass goes into the evolution of her career. She explains how she went from a temp job in a law firm to Paralegal school at UCLA. She had interest in working for small firms in the medical field and for lawyers who wanted to teach her about litigation and other skills necessary to move up in the litigation field. She talks about the biggest challenges she faces in her position including prioritizing various jobs and keeping clients happy. In the second half of the podcast, Voisin and Wass discuss the software Lopez McHugh uses and how training is done. Overall, Wass advises paralegals to learn litigation in school and to seek out areas of legal work, not just available jobs. Stay tuned to the end when Vicki Voisin answers questions sent in by listeners. You never know when another paralegal has the same question as you. Special thanks to our sponsors, NALA and ServeNow. 31:41 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Paulette Brown’s Advice for Women Attorneys Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:44:10 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-paulette-browns-advice-women-attorneys Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews President-Elect of the American Bar Association Paulette Brown at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Brown explains the concepts from her speeches at the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association. She describes the need for female attorneys to not conform to expectations and seek out leadership roles within the legal profession. Brown also emphasizes the importance for all lawyers to find a balance in their lives including sleep, family, and finding something that helps clear the mind. She then gives her experience with the ABA, interaction with the current President William Hubbard, and why young lawyers should be involved. Paulette Brown has been a lawyer for 38 years, worked for Fortune 500 companies, owned a firm for 15 years, and is now a partner in the Morristown, New Jersey office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. She has been involved with the American Bar Association since she graduated from law school. ABA Law Practice Division: Paulette Brown’s Advice for Women Attorneys Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews President-Elect of the American Bar Association Paulette Brown at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Brown explains the concepts from her speeches at the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association. She describes the need for female attorneys to not conform to expectations and seek out leadership roles within the legal profession. Brown also emphasizes the importance for all lawyers to find a balance in their lives including sleep, family, and finding something that helps clear the mind. She then gives her experience with the ABA, interaction with the current President William Hubbard, and why young lawyers should be involved. Paulette Brown has been a lawyer for 38 years, worked for Fortune 500 companies, owned a firm for 15 years, and is now a partner in the Morristown, New Jersey office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. She has been involved with the American Bar Association since she graduated from law school. 18:10 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Marc Lauritsen on the eLawyering Task Force Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:38:08 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-marc-lauritsen-elawyering-task-force New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews eLawyering Task Force Co-Chair Marc Lauritsen at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. eLawyering is defined as providing legal services to clients through a secure online portal. The eLawyering Task Force, Lauritsen explains, stimulates conversation among practitioners about the future of law practice and how lawyers can use the internet to serve the unmet legal needs of the middle class. He and Linares discuss benefits the Task Force can provide to attorneys, how the profession is changing, and how to include law students. Mark Lauritsen started as a legal aid lawyer, became a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School, was directed towards legal technology, and now runs a consulting firm called Capstone Practice Systems, Inc. ABA Law Practice Division: Marc Lauritsen on the eLawyering Task Force New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews eLawyering Task Force Co-Chair Marc Lauritsen at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. eLawyering is defined as providing legal services to clients through a secure online portal. The eLawyering Task Force, Lauritsen explains, stimulates conversation among practitioners about the future of law practice and how lawyers can use the internet to serve the unmet legal needs of the middle class. He and Linares discuss benefits the Task Force can provide to attorneys, how the profession is changing, and how to include law students. Mark Lauritsen started as a legal aid lawyer, became a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School, was directed towards legal technology, and now runs a consulting firm called Capstone Practice Systems, Inc. 7:39 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Cheryl Niro on Negotiating for Lawyers Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:35:11 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-cheryl-niro-negotiating-lawyers Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Cheryl Niro at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Niro explains her negotiation training sessions at the Women Rainmakers Board Mid Career Workshop, and how law school does not have proper, in-depth negotiation training. She discusses gender-related issues and shadow negotiations, methods to overcome negative outcomes, and how to accept conflict as a facilitator of change. Cheryl Niro is the Senior Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director of the ABA, was the second woman President of the Illinois State Bar Association, started the Illinois Supreme Court Commision on Professionalism, and has been a practicing attorney across many fields of law. ABA Law Practice Division: Cheryl Niro on Negotiating for Lawyers Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Cheryl Niro at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Niro explains her negotiation training sessions at the Women Rainmakers Board Mid Career Workshop, and how law school does not have proper, in-depth negotiation training. She discusses gender-related issues and shadow negotiations, methods to overcome negative outcomes, and how to accept conflict as a facilitator of change. Cheryl Niro is the Senior Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director of the ABA, was the second woman President of the Illinois State Bar Association, started the Illinois Supreme Court Commision on Professionalism, and has been a practicing attorney across many fields of law. 20:21 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Tom Mighell on Legal Publishing Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:31:55 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-tom-mighell-legal-publishing The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy interviews host Tom Mighell at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Together they discuss how the Law Practice Division helps new authors publish legal issues through their webzine, blog opportunities, and even book authorship. Many exciting new book topics being published by the ABA include alternative fees, internet legal research, encryption, ethics, and legal technology. Kennedy and Mighell talk about their new book, Flying Solo, which helps solo practitioners with operations, marketing, and finance management. Mighell finishes by discussing how he has benefited from the Law Practice Division, why lawyers should get involved, and how anyone can be considered to write a book. Tom Mighell started as a practicing lawyer for a defense firm in Texas, became a legal technology support coordinator and is now a consultant at Contoural. He became involved with the ABA through the Techshow Board, has been Chair of the Board, and has been Chair of the Law Practice Division. ABA Law Practice Division: Tom Mighell on Legal Publishing The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy interviews host Tom Mighell at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Together they discuss how the Law Practice Division helps new authors publish legal issues through their webzine, blog opportunities, and even book authorship. Many exciting new book topics being published by the ABA include alternative fees, internet legal research, encryption, ethics, and legal technology. Kennedy and Mighell talk about their new book, Flying Solo, which helps solo practitioners with operations, marketing, and finance management. Mighell finishes by discussing how he has benefited from the Law Practice Division, why lawyers should get involved, and how anyone can be considered to write a book. Tom Mighell started as a practicing lawyer for a defense firm in Texas, became a legal technology support coordinator and is now a consultant at Contoural. He became involved with the ABA through the Techshow Board, has been Chair of the Board, and has been Chair of the Law Practice Division. 23:57 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Linda Klein on Female Leadership in the Legal World Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:28:27 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-linda-klein-female-leadership-legal-world The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy interviews Linda Klein at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Klein discusses her involvement with the ABA and Women Rainmakers Board, the struggle for women in leadership roles, and how generational differences and technology are changing the path of female lawyers. In addition to her history of leadership positions at the ABA, Linda Klein has practiced law for over 30 years and is the managing shareholder at at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC. ABA Law Practice Division: Linda Klein on Female Leadership in the Legal World The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy interviews Linda Klein at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Klein discusses her involvement with the ABA and Women Rainmakers Board, the struggle for women in leadership roles, and how generational differences and technology are changing the path of female lawyers. In addition to her history of leadership positions at the ABA, Linda Klein has practiced law for over 30 years and is the managing shareholder at at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC. 10:31 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Leona Frank on the Women Rainmakers Group Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:09:14 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-leona-frank-women-rainmakers-group Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Vice Chair of the Women Rainmakers Board Leona Frank at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. She discusses the history of the Women Rainmakers Board, the focus on newer female attorneys heading towards leadership roles, and how women should mold the legal profession around themselves, not fit in. She also explains how the group address the underrepresentation of female leadership within legal professions through networking, mentoring, and local programming. Leona Frank is a solo practitioner, a strategist for professional athletes, and has been Secretary of the ABA Law Practice Division, among many other impressive titles. ABA Law Practice Division: Leona Frank on the Women Rainmakers Group Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Vice Chair of the Women Rainmakers Board Leona Frank at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. She discusses the history of the Women Rainmakers Board, the focus on newer female attorneys heading towards leadership roles, and how women should mold the legal profession around themselves, not fit in. She also explains how the group address the underrepresentation of female leadership within legal professions through networking, mentoring, and local programming. Leona Frank is a solo practitioner, a strategist for professional athletes, and has been Secretary of the ABA Law Practice Division, among many other impressive titles. 15:48 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Ireneo Reus on the Young Lawyer Division Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:06:50 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-ir%EF%BB%BFeneo-reus-young-lawyer-division Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews liaison for the Young Lawyer Division Ireneo Reus at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Reus discusses future projects for the Young Lawyer Division focusing on homelessness and street youth and how pro-bono work is implemented. He also explains recruitment age for the division, the level of national and international recruitment and networking, and how this leads to referrals. Starting in the Young Lawyer Division, he says, is extremely beneficial because it leads to connections and gateways into leadership roles within the ABA. Ireneo Reus is the National Representative from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has his own practice serving as outside corporate counsel for business owners in healthcare and media. ABA Law Practice Division: Ireneo Reus on the Young Lawyer Division Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews liaison for the Young Lawyer Division Ireneo Reus at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Reus discusses future projects for the Young Lawyer Division focusing on homelessness and street youth and how pro-bono work is implemented. He also explains recruitment age for the division, the level of national and international recruitment and networking, and how this leads to referrals. Starting in the Young Lawyer Division, he says, is extremely beneficial because it leads to connections and gateways into leadership roles within the ABA. Ireneo Reus is the National Representative from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has his own practice serving as outside corporate counsel for business owners in healthcare and media. 13:02 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Anne Collier on Personality and Professional Development Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:02:54 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-anne-collier-personality-professional-development Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Anne Collier at the 2014 Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Collier describes her workshops for the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid Career Workshop. She discusses understanding your personality type through tests like Myers-Briggs, creating systems to help manage stress, and how women can use these skills to increase happiness and success. Anne Collier is a member of the Women Rainmakers Board and started Arudia, a coaching company to help lawyers and professionals with leadership, business development, and personal branding. ABA Law Practice Division: Anne Collier on Personality and Professional Development Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Anne Collier at the 2014 Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Collier describes her workshops for the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid Career Workshop. She discusses understanding your personality type through tests like Myers-Briggs, creating systems to help manage stress, and how women can use these skills to increase happiness and success. Anne Collier is a member of the Women Rainmakers Board and started Arudia, a coaching company to help lawyers and professionals with leadership, business development, and personal branding. 12:26 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Brett Burney on the Techshow Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:00:48 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-brett-burney-techshow Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews ABA Techshow Board Chair Brett Burney at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Burney explains how the Techshow is a 2 and 1/2 day conference focused on providing lawyers with technology information. He encourages all lawyers, legal professionals, and law firm employees to attend to learn about technology such as iPads or going paperless on an individual level from devoted speakers. Burney and Colletti also discuss the Expo Hall setup, his board's contribution to the event, and succession planning. In Addition to being the Chair of the ABA Techshow Board, Brett Burney is Principal of Burney Consultants LLC, and is very active in the Mac-using lawyer community. ABA Law Practice Division: Brett Burney on the Techshow Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews ABA Techshow Board Chair Brett Burney at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Burney explains how the Techshow is a 2 and 1/2 day conference focused on providing lawyers with technology information. He encourages all lawyers, legal professionals, and law firm employees to attend to learn about technology such as iPads or going paperless on an individual level from devoted speakers. Burney and Colletti also discuss the Expo Hall setup, his board's contribution to the event, and succession planning. In Addition to being the Chair of the ABA Techshow Board, Brett Burney is Principal of Burney Consultants LLC, and is very active in the Mac-using lawyer community. 18:04 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Tom Bolt on Membership and Benefits Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:15:00 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-tom-bolt-membership-benefits New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Tom Bolt, Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division at the 2014 Fall Meeting. Bolt discusses the all-encompassing nature of the division including legal marketing, management, finance, and technology, and opportunities to network nationally and internationally. The division is expanding local outreach to law schools and local communities and he is pleased with the connection to the Women Rainmakers Board. As Chair-Elect, Tom Bolt has many ideas about the future of the Law Practice Division in 2015. ABA Law Practice Division: Tom Bolt on Membership and Benefits New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Tom Bolt, Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division at the 2014 Fall Meeting. Bolt discusses the all-encompassing nature of the division including legal marketing, management, finance, and technology, and opportunities to network nationally and internationally. The division is expanding local outreach to law schools and local communities and he is pleased with the connection to the Women Rainmakers Board. As Chair-Elect, Tom Bolt has many ideas about the future of the Law Practice Division in 2015. 12:49 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: John Bowers on the Law Practice Magazine Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:12:45 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-john-bowers-law-practice-magazine The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Law Practice Magazine Editor-in-Chief John Bowers at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Bowers gives examples of top themes covered such as data security and work/life balance, his favorite articles including one with Richard Susskind, and how lawyers and other legal professionals can subscribe to the magazine in print, online, or through the Law Practice App. John Bowers works with lawyers in business development and marketing. He was previously the editor-in-chief of the Law Practice Division's Webzine and has been working with the division since 2006. ABA Law Practice Division: John Bowers on the Law Practice Magazine The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Law Practice Magazine Editor-in-Chief John Bowers at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Bowers gives examples of top themes covered such as data security and work/life balance, his favorite articles including one with Richard Susskind, and how lawyers and other legal professionals can subscribe to the magazine in print, online, or through the Law Practice App. John Bowers works with lawyers in business development and marketing. He was previously the editor-in-chief of the Law Practice Division's Webzine and has been working with the division since 2006. 13:55 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Robert Young on Highlights From the Fall Meeting Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:10:21 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practi%E2%80%A6s-fall-meeting%20%E2%80%8E The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Robert Young about the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Young explains the rebranding of the division from the law practice management section of the ABA and the four core groups now included: marketing, technology, finance, and law firm management. He suggests that every lawyer be a member and gives some examples of available resources from the Legal Technology Resource Center. Robert Young has been a personal injury defense litigator for 25 years and is the current Chair of the Law Practice Division. ABA Law Practice Division: Robert Young on Highlights From the Fall Meeting The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Robert Young about the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Young explains the rebranding of the division from the law practice management section of the ABA and the four core groups now included: marketing, technology, finance, and law firm management. He suggests that every lawyer be a member and gives some examples of available resources from the Legal Technology Resource Center. Robert Young has been a personal injury defense litigator for 25 years and is the current Chair of the Law Practice Division. 12:40 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Micah Buchdahl on the Law Practice Today Webzine Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:08:03 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-micah-buchdahl-law-practice-today-webzine The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Law Practice Today Editor-in-Chief Micah Buchdahl about the Webzine at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Buchdahl gives some examples of high quality content topics the webzine provides, how they are doing Local and State Bar outreach, and explains how previously unpublished lawyers can be involved in writing content for Law Practice Today. Previously a sports and entertainment lawyer, Micah Buchdahl now works with law firms on marketing and business development strategies. ABA Law Practice Division: Micah Buchdahl on the Law Practice Today Webzine The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Law Practice Today Editor-in-Chief Micah Buchdahl about the Webzine at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Buchdahl gives some examples of high quality content topics the webzine provides, how they are doing Local and State Bar outreach, and explains how previously unpublished lawyers can be involved in writing content for Law Practice Today. Previously a sports and entertainment lawyer, Micah Buchdahl now works with law firms on marketing and business development strategies. 14:08 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Rodney Dowell and Josh Poje on the Legal Technology Resource Center Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:04:31 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-rodney-dowell-josh-poje-legal-technology-resource-center New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Rodney Dowell and Josh Poje at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Poje, Director of the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC), discusses online resources like the blog or webinars, and how lawyers can benefit from marketing and technology conferences and meetings. Dowell, Chair of the LTRC group, gives insights into quality content creation and questionnaires the group has devised to research what technology lawyers are actually using. Dowell also discusses being Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, an organization working with lawyers who struggle with mental health or stress issues. ABA Law Practice Division: Rodney Dowell and Josh Poje on the Legal Technology Resource Center New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Rodney Dowell and Josh Poje at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Poje, Director of the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC), discusses online resources like the blog or webinars, and how lawyers can benefit from marketing and technology conferences and meetings. Dowell, Chair of the LTRC group, gives insights into quality content creation and questionnaires the group has devised to research what technology lawyers are actually using. Dowell also discusses being Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, an organization working with lawyers who struggle with mental health or stress issues. 16:32 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Reba Nance from the Colorado Bar Association Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:01:57 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-reba-nance-colorado-bar-association New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Reba Nance at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Nance discusses the ABA Techshow, her unique view on how the division can work with State and Local Bars, and the benefits of legal professionals getting involved with the committees or sections. Nance is the Director of Law Practice Management/Risk Management at the Colorado Bar Association. ABA Law Practice Division: Reba Nance from the Colorado Bar Association New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Reba Nance at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Nance discusses the ABA Techshow, her unique view on how the division can work with State and Local Bars, and the benefits of legal professionals getting involved with the committees or sections. Nance is the Director of Law Practice Management/Risk Management at the Colorado Bar Association. 7:41 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Chad Burton and Adriana Linares on E-Lawyering Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:00:05 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-chad-burton-adriana-linares-e-lawyering Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews E-Lawyering Task Force Co-Chair Chad Burton and Vice-Chair Adriana Linares at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Together, they discuss core components to delivering legal services using technology, helping clients be more comfortable using portals to exchange information, and the future of the E-Lawyering Task Force in 2015. Chad Burton and Adriana Linares are both in the forefront of facilitating the use of technology for lawyers and legal professionals. ABA Law Practice Division: Chad Burton and Adriana Linares on E-Lawyering Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews E-Lawyering Task Force Co-Chair Chad Burton and Vice-Chair Adriana Linares at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Together, they discuss core components to delivering legal services using technology, helping clients be more comfortable using portals to exchange information, and the future of the E-Lawyering Task Force in 2015. Chad Burton and Adriana Linares are both in the forefront of facilitating the use of technology for lawyers and legal professionals. 13:22 none Legal Talk Network no ABA Law Practice Division: Joan Bullock on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Tue, 11 Nov 2014 03:57:57 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/aba-journal-modern-law-library/2014/11/aba-law-practice-division-joan-bullock-diversity-inclusion-committee Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Joan Bullock at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Bullock discusses committee initiatives including building awareness, working with the Law Practice Today webzine, and reaching outside the ABA to see what is working in law firms and corporate legal departments. Bullock was a past Chair of the Law Practice Division, is Associate Dean for Teaching and Faculty Development and a Professor of Law at Florida A and M University College of Law, and has worked with law firms on practice management skills. ABA Law Practice Division: Joan Bullock on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Joan Bullock at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Bullock discusses committee initiatives including building awareness, working with the Law Practice Today webzine, and reaching outside the ABA to see what is working in law firms and corporate legal departments. Bullock was a past Chair of the Law Practice Division, is Associate Dean for Teaching and Faculty Development and a Professor of Law at Florida A and M University College of Law, and has worked with law firms on practice management skills. 15:05 none Legal Talk Network no Planet of the Apps: How Lawyers Are Using Apps Fri, 07 Nov 2014 20:53:01 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/11/planet-apps-lawyers-using-apps Recent statistics indicate that there will be more than 100 billion app downloads in 2014. Although there are more than a million apps available for download on the iOS and Android platforms, most users tend to rely on a core set of around two dozen apps. Lawyers have been using fewer legal apps in their practice but they still actively use other apps for work and in their personal lives. Apps for travel, productivity, presentations, and document management are sharing space on lawyers' home screens with social, mobile, and entertainment apps. With all this availability, how and where are lawyers using the apps on their smartphones and tablets? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the current state of apps, what apps they actually use and why, and offer some advice for lawyers choosing and using apps. Mighell explains the difficulty recommending legal apps due to bad quality with the exception of litigation apps such as WestlawNext, Lexis Advanced, and Fastcase. He uses apps mainly for consuming information, with app categories such as news, travel, productivity, photography, and others for his personal life. Kennedy discusses having most-used apps on the home screen of his smartphone, how he uses apps for consistent updates, and that he mostly has ones for his personal life including ESPN, Omnifocus, U Verse, Feedly, and Podcasts. Together, Kennedy and Mighell examine the lack of dashboard or portal app use and which tablet might work best with a lawyer's practice or personal life. Even though lawyers are not using legal apps, they are still using many others to facilitate their lives. In the second segment of the podcast, Kennedy and Mighell think back nostalgically about the days of Web 1.0. They discuss the simpler digital era, revival apps and websites such as Ello, the Facebook Room's app, and tilde.club, and the booming advertising on today's internet. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. Planet of the Apps: How Lawyers Are Using Apps Recent statistics indicate that there will be more than 100 billion app downloads in 2014. Although there are more than a million apps available for download on the iOS and Android platforms, most users tend to rely on a core set of around two dozen apps. Lawyers have been using fewer legal apps in their practice but they still actively use other apps for work and in their personal lives. Apps for travel, productivity, presentations, and document management are sharing space on lawyers' home screens with social, mobile, and entertainment apps. With all this availability, how and where are lawyers using the apps on their smartphones and tablets? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the current state of apps, what apps they actually use and why, and offer some advice for lawyers choosing and using apps. Mighell explains the difficulty recommending legal apps due to bad quality with the exception of litigation apps such as WestlawNext, Lexis Advanced, and Fastcase. He uses apps mainly for consuming information, with app categories such as news, travel, productivity, photography, and others for his personal life. Kennedy discusses having most-used apps on the home screen of his smartphone, how he uses apps for consistent updates, and that he mostly has ones for his personal life including ESPN, Omnifocus, U Verse, Feedly, and Podcasts. Together, Kennedy and Mighell examine the lack of dashboard or portal app use and which tablet might work best with a lawyer's practice or personal life. Even though lawyers are not using legal apps, they are still using many others to facilitate their lives. In the second segment of the podcast, Kennedy and Mighell think back nostalgically about the days of Web 1.0. They discuss the simpler digital era, revival apps and websites such as Ello, the Facebook Room's app, and tilde.club, and the booming advertising on today's internet. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. 38:59 none Legal Talk Network no Setting Legal Fees in Your Law Practice Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:43:34 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/new-solo/2014/11/setting-legal-fees-law-practice When starting your solo practice, figuring out how to price your services can be very difficult. Many new lawyers undercut the market or undervalue what they have to offer. Additionally, in this emerging market of flat fees, they have to consider their strategy for setting legal rates. When charging for hourly legal services, what should be the lowest starting rate? How should a solo lawyer structure a system for flat fee pricing? What are the signs of undercharging and how should attorneys convey the value of their services to the client? On this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews attorney Ted Waggoner about how lawyers should set their fees, hourly versus flat fee pricing, and educating clients about the true value of their legal services. When starting a new practice, Waggoner explains, lawyers should set their fees based on expenses, investment, the client's budget, and, of course, profit. Each attorney will adjust these fees based on mistakes and experience. However, Waggoner also encourages lawyers to think like business people; have a discussion with the client about how valuable the legal services are and set fees accordingly. Lawyers need to establish a relationship with their clients in order to manage their expectations, educate them about value and benefits, and scope out the case. Waggoner also emphasizes the importance of research through blogs or consultants such as David Maister, Alan Weiss, and Ron Baker. In the end, he says, the fees are set to what the client wants to pay and is willing to pay, and whether the lawyer accepts that amount. Ted A. Waggoner is the managing partner at Peterson Waggoner and Perkins, LLP in Rochester, Indiana. Waggoner has been an active presenter for lawyers Continuing Legal Education seminars, having lectured at the Solo and Small Firm Conference on topics such as Fundamentals of Successful Solo and Small Firm Practice; Tough Moments with Clients; and Selling Your Client's Business. Waggoner has also contributed to articles in the ABA Journal and other ABA publications. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. Setting Legal Fees in Your Law Practice When starting your solo practice, figuring out how to price your services can be very difficult. Many new lawyers undercut the market or undervalue what they have to offer. Additionally, in this emerging market of flat fees, they have to consider their strategy for setting legal rates. When charging for hourly legal services, what should be the lowest starting rate? How should a solo lawyer structure a system for flat fee pricing? What are the signs of undercharging and how should attorneys convey the value of their services to the client? On this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews attorney Ted Waggoner about how lawyers should set their fees, hourly versus flat fee pricing, and educating clients about the true value of their legal services. When starting a new practice, Waggoner explains, lawyers should set their fees based on expenses, investment, the client's budget, and, of course, profit. Each attorney will adjust these fees based on mistakes and experience. However, Waggoner also encourages lawyers to think like business people; have a discussion with the client about how valuable the legal services are and set fees accordingly. Lawyers need to establish a relationship with their clients in order to manage their expectations, educate them about value and benefits, and scope out the case. Waggoner also emphasizes the importance of research through blogs or consultants such as David Maister, Alan Weiss, and Ron Baker. In the end, he says, the fees are set to what the client wants to pay and is willing to pay, and whether the lawyer accepts that amount. Ted A. Waggoner is the managing partner at Peterson Waggoner and Perkins, LLP in Rochester, Indiana. Waggoner has been an active presenter for lawyers Continuing Legal Education seminars, having lectured at the Solo and Small Firm Conference on topics such as Fundamentals of Successful Solo and Small Firm Practice; Tough Moments with Clients; and Selling Your Client's Business. Waggoner has also contributed to articles in the ABA Journal and other ABA publications. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. 30:57 none Legal Talk Network no How to Network Without Feeling Slimy Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:06:07 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/aba-journal-asked-and-answered/2014/11/network-without-feeling-slimy-podcast Lawyers are often told how important professional networking is. But many find it so uncomfortable they feel physically dirty. Why is professional networking so distressing to so many? And how can you overcome it and be successful? In this month's "Asked and Answered" podcast, we speak to Tiziana Casciaro, one of the authors of a recent study, "The Contaminating Effects of Building Instrumental Ties: How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty," published in Administrative Science Quarterly. She shares with moderator Stephanie Francis Ward some tips for getting past this mental block, and how to feel better about reaching out to potential clients and colleagues. Tiziana Casciaro is an associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Her work focuses on the social-psychological mechanisms responsible for the formation and growth of social networks within and between organizations. She's also a co-author of a recent Administrative Science Quarterly article, "The Contaminating Effects of Building Instrumental Ties: How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty." How to Network Without Feeling Slimy Lawyers are often told how important professional networking is. But many find it so uncomfortable they feel physically dirty. Why is professional networking so distressing to so many? And how can you overcome it and be successful? In this month's "Asked and Answered" podcast, we speak to Tiziana Casciaro, one of the authors of a recent study, "The Contaminating Effects of Building Instrumental Ties: How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty," published in Administrative Science Quarterly. She shares with moderator Stephanie Francis Ward some tips for getting past this mental block, and how to feel better about reaching out to potential clients and colleagues. Tiziana Casciaro is an associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Her work focuses on the social-psychological mechanisms responsible for the formation and growth of social networks within and between organizations. She's also a co-author of a recent Administrative Science Quarterly article, "The Contaminating Effects of Building Instrumental Ties: How Networking Can Make Us Feel Dirty." 17:40 none Legal Talk Network no Anniversary Show: Welcoming Our Tenth Year Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:26:56 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/10/anniversary-show-welcoming-tenth-year Having started their tenth year in podcasting, Lawyer 2 Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams take time to reflect upon on past shows, guests, and favorite moments. In an exchange of roles, Bob and Craig are interviewed by their very first guest, Michael S. Greco from K and L Gates LLP, who was the President of the American Bar Association and originally joined the show to talk about his initiatives. Tune in to hear about how our hosts got started in law, who wins "Name That Guest," favorite shows of 2014, as well as bloopers and theme songs. Thank you to all of our listeners over the years. We hope you enjoy this episode. Michael S. Greco is currently Of-counsel at K and L Gates LLP an international law firm that's 2,000 attorneys strong and represents large business interests. He is a commercial litigator, arbitrator, mediator, and appellate lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in resolving complex business issues and other disputes throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Mr. Greco is a former President of the American Bar Association. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Anniversary Show: Welcoming Our Tenth Year Having started their tenth year in podcasting, Lawyer 2 Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams take time to reflect upon on past shows, guests, and favorite moments. In an exchange of roles, Bob and Craig are interviewed by their very first guest, Michael S. Greco from K and L Gates LLP, who was the President of the American Bar Association and originally joined the show to talk about his initiatives. Tune in to hear about how our hosts got started in law, who wins "Name That Guest," favorite shows of 2014, as well as bloopers and theme songs. Thank you to all of our listeners over the years. We hope you enjoy this episode. Michael S. Greco is currently Of-counsel at K and L Gates LLP an international law firm that's 2,000 attorneys strong and represents large business interests. He is a commercial litigator, arbitrator, mediator, and appellate lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in resolving complex business issues and other disputes throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Mr. Greco is a former President of the American Bar Association. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 35:17 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Annemarie Pantazis on the Affordable Care Act Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:25:16 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-annemarie-pantazis-affordable-care-act Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews attorney Annemarie Pantazis at the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group's 2014 Conference. They discuss how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, affects workers compensation benefits, the ACA's policy on subrogation of treatment provided during the pendency of the case, and income qualifications for the ACA vs Medicaid. Annemarie Pantazis is a workers' comp attorney who has been practicing for 15 years, a board certified specialist, and on one of the panels at the WILG conference. 2014 WILG Conference: Annemarie Pantazis on the Affordable Care Act Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews attorney Annemarie Pantazis at the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group's 2014 Conference. They discuss how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, affects workers compensation benefits, the ACA's policy on subrogation of treatment provided during the pendency of the case, and income qualifications for the ACA vs Medicaid. Annemarie Pantazis is a workers' comp attorney who has been practicing for 15 years, a board certified specialist, and on one of the panels at the WILG conference. 14:00 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: George Santini on Opting out of Workers’ Compensation Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:22:38 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-george-santini-opting-workers-compensation Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews attorney George Santini at the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group's 2014 Conference. Santini discusses states that allow businesses to opt out of workers compensation, the "exclusive remedy" provisions of workers' compensation law, dispute resolution in these states, and constitutional or legal challenges to the adequacy of these benefits. George Santini has had a private practice since 1984 focusing on workers compensation, personal injury, and domestic relations and is a speaker at the WILG conference. 2014 WILG Conference: George Santini on Opting out of Workers’ Compensation Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews attorney George Santini at the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group's 2014 Conference. Santini discusses states that allow businesses to opt out of workers compensation, the "exclusive remedy" provisions of workers' compensation law, dispute resolution in these states, and constitutional or legal challenges to the adequacy of these benefits. George Santini has had a private practice since 1984 focusing on workers compensation, personal injury, and domestic relations and is a speaker at the WILG conference. 9:03 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Interview with Keynote Speaker Jason Schechterle Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:20:27 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-interview-keynote-speaker-jason-schechterle Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Jason Schechterle, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Schechterle survived being hit in his police car by another car going 100 mph. His car burst into flames and he endured 700 degree temperatures. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He discusses how he has succeeded through 52 surgeries, his experience listening to interviews on the night of the accident, and the response of his wife and three children. Since the accident in 2001, Schechterle travels the country as a motivational speaker and has written two books about his experiences, Burning Shield and Beyond the Flames. 2014 WILG Conference: Interview with Keynote Speaker Jason Schechterle Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Jason Schechterle, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Schechterle survived being hit in his police car by another car going 100 mph. His car burst into flames and he endured 700 degree temperatures. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He discusses how he has succeeded through 52 surgeries, his experience listening to interviews on the night of the accident, and the response of his wife and three children. Since the accident in 2001, Schechterle travels the country as a motivational speaker and has written two books about his experiences, Burning Shield and Beyond the Flames. 9:12 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Billie-Marie Morrison on Social Media Ethical Considerations Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:18:02 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-billie-marie-morrison-social-media-ethical-considerations Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Billie-Marie Morrison about the ethical and legal considerations surrounding social media use at the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group's 2014 Conference. Morrison explains that lawyers often think of social media when marketing, hiring, or advertising, but forget the ethical implications of giving legal advice in personal blogs or tweets. During a case, she emphasizes, anything written on social media by lawyers, legal staff, or clients can be discoverable. Billie-Marie Morrison is an attorney at Craig P. Kenny and Associates in Las Vegas and is a presenter at the WILG conference. 2014 WILG Conference: Billie-Marie Morrison on Social Media Ethical Considerations Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Billie-Marie Morrison about the ethical and legal considerations surrounding social media use at the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group's 2014 Conference. Morrison explains that lawyers often think of social media when marketing, hiring, or advertising, but forget the ethical implications of giving legal advice in personal blogs or tweets. During a case, she emphasizes, anything written on social media by lawyers, legal staff, or clients can be discoverable. Billie-Marie Morrison is an attorney at Craig P. Kenny and Associates in Las Vegas and is a presenter at the WILG conference. 12:50 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Bruce Goldstein on Immigration Policy and Migrant Workers Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:14:25 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-bruce-goldstein-immigration-policy-migrant-workers Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Farmworker Justice President Bruce Goldstein at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Goldstein describes the impact immigration policy has on farm workers' ability to access workers' compensation programs and other labor rights. He explains that 50-70% undocumented migrant or seasonal farmworkers are being exploited due to fear of deportation, minimal education, or lack of legal assistance. Farmworker Justice is a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on immigration policy, labor rights, occupational safety, health, and access to justice for migrant farmworkers. 2014 WILG Conference: Bruce Goldstein on Immigration Policy and Migrant Workers Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Farmworker Justice President Bruce Goldstein at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Goldstein describes the impact immigration policy has on farm workers' ability to access workers' compensation programs and other labor rights. He explains that 50-70% undocumented migrant or seasonal farmworkers are being exploited due to fear of deportation, minimal education, or lack of legal assistance. Farmworker Justice is a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on immigration policy, labor rights, occupational safety, health, and access to justice for migrant farmworkers. 11:24 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Scott Trost and Nate Mudd on Mesothelioma Cases Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:11:36 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-scott-trost-nate-mudd-mesothelioma-cases Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Scott Trost and Nate Mudd about the effects of asbestos at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos, how a 10 to 50 year latency period in effects has legal causation issues, guidelines for asbestos removal, and the enforcement of civil liability for the manufacturers. Trost and Mudd work for Maune Raichle Hartley French and Mudd, a firm entirely focused on representing mesothelioma victims and their families. 2014 WILG Conference: Scott Trost and Nate Mudd on Mesothelioma Cases Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Scott Trost and Nate Mudd about the effects of asbestos at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos, how a 10 to 50 year latency period in effects has legal causation issues, guidelines for asbestos removal, and the enforcement of civil liability for the manufacturers. Trost and Mudd work for Maune Raichle Hartley French and Mudd, a firm entirely focused on representing mesothelioma victims and their families. 13:03 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Jane-Robin Wender on the Padgett Case and Florida’s Laws Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:09:21 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-jane-robin-wender-padgett-case-floridas-laws Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews litigator Jane-Robin Wender about Constitutional issues associated with the developments in workers' compensation laws in Florida at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Wender describes the case of Padgett v. State of Florida and explains how workers' compensation benefits in Florida have been slowly reduced to the point of inadequacy, and therefore many now consider them unconstitutional. Wender and Pierce discuss two other related cases, Westphal and Castellanos, the implications of each case, and how they fit into the Padgett decision. Jane-Robin Wender has been in workers' compensation for over 20 years and is a litigator in pursuit of wrongfully denied benefits. 2014 WILG Conference: Jane-Robin Wender on the Padgett Case and Florida’s Laws Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews litigator Jane-Robin Wender about Constitutional issues associated with the developments in workers' compensation laws in Florida at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Wender describes the case of Padgett v. State of Florida and explains how workers' compensation benefits in Florida have been slowly reduced to the point of inadequacy, and therefore many now consider them unconstitutional. Wender and Pierce discuss two other related cases, Westphal and Castellanos, the implications of each case, and how they fit into the Padgett decision. Jane-Robin Wender has been in workers' compensation for over 20 years and is a litigator in pursuit of wrongfully denied benefits. 13:57 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Lewis Heller on the History of Workers’ Compensation Law Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:06:39 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-lewis-heller-history-workers-compensation-law Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Lewis Heller about the evolution of workers' compensation law at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Heller imparts his experience and knowledge of the history of workers compensation including lawyers and organizations like Samuel Horovitz, the National Association of Compensation Claimants Attorneys (NACCA), the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG), and why it is so important for workers' comp lawyers to know, appreciate, and understand the history of their predecessors. Lewis Heller has devoted his entire 40-year legal career to preserve the rights of injured workers. He is recognized throughout the United States as one of the premier experts in workers' compensation law. 2014 WILG Conference: Lewis Heller on the History of Workers’ Compensation Law Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Lewis Heller about the evolution of workers' compensation law at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Heller imparts his experience and knowledge of the history of workers compensation including lawyers and organizations like Samuel Horovitz, the National Association of Compensation Claimants Attorneys (NACCA), the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG), and why it is so important for workers' comp lawyers to know, appreciate, and understand the history of their predecessors. Lewis Heller has devoted his entire 40-year legal career to preserve the rights of injured workers. He is recognized throughout the United States as one of the premier experts in workers' compensation law. 12:07 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 WILG Conference: Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters on Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Law Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:04:19 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/10/2014-wilg-conference-steven-birnbaum-amie-peters-longshore-harbor-workers-law Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation lawyers Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss the cutbacks in the US Department of Labor and how that affects the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), and the Defense Base Act (DBA) cases. Birnbaum exclusively handles Longshore and Harbor workers, Defense Base Act, and non appropriated funds cases and Peters works with Longshore and Harbor and Defense Base Act cases in Seattle. 2014 WILG Conference: Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters on Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Law Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation lawyers Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters at the 2014 Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss the cutbacks in the US Department of Labor and how that affects the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), and the Defense Base Act (DBA) cases. Birnbaum exclusively handles Longshore and Harbor workers, Defense Base Act, and non appropriated funds cases and Peters works with Longshore and Harbor and Defense Base Act cases in Seattle. 10:32 none Legal Talk Network no