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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 Robot Lawyers with Tim Hwang: LegalTech Interview Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:07:27 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/09/robot-lawyers-tim-hwang-legaltech-interview Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews legal engineering and development specialist Tim Hwang at the LegalTech West Coast conference. Together, they discuss using technology to automate and streamline legal services, how these automation systems affect solo and small firm marketing, and the ABA's concerns over quality control. Hwang is the junior partner for Robot, Robot, and Hwang, a research and development startup and law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At LegalTech,Tim took part in the speaking event titled, "Competitor or Frenemy." Robot Lawyers with Tim Hwang: LegalTech Interview Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews legal engineering and development specialist Tim Hwang at the LegalTech West Coast conference. Together, they discuss using technology to automate and streamline legal services, how these automation systems affect solo and small firm marketing, and the ABA's concerns over quality control. Hwang is the junior partner for Robot, Robot, and Hwang, a research and development startup and law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At LegalTech,Tim took part in the speaking event titled, "Competitor or Frenemy." 13:28 none Legal Talk Network no Accelerated Learning Techniques: Online Tools and Resources Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:37:20 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/09/accelerated-learning-techniques-online-tools-resources Because lawyers often need to get up to speed on a topic quickly, most find that they can learn almost anything on the Internet, provided they can find the appropriate tools and resources. In the short term, lawyers often need to do quick research for a speech, webinar, or to talk to a specialist about a subject. More lasting knowledge is needed for specific case and client knowledge, starting a new position or job, or learning about new technology. With all of the online resources available, how can a lawyer quickly get started gaining a solid foundation in knowledge of a new subject? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how lawyers can accelerate their learning process, where to find quality learning tools online, and their favorite ideas and tips. Kennedy and Mighell both agree that it is important to consider the subject matter, how quickly it needs to be learned, and what method works best for each individual lawyer. While both prefer Wikipedia as a starting place to gain knowledge, Kennedy prefers podcasts, audiobooks, and presentation slides as sources of more detailed information. Mighell prefers blogs and online university courses, although he emphasizes that the user is responsible for quality control and management. In the end, each lawyer should consider how he/she learned best during school, and use the Internet as a resource while trying not to waste time searching for documents. After the break, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the overuse of the "reply to all" button in emails, why people prefer to respond to everyone involved, and the proper etiquette for sending emails at work. 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. Accelerated Learning Techniques: Online Tools and Resources Because lawyers often need to get up to speed on a topic quickly, most find that they can learn almost anything on the Internet, provided they can find the appropriate tools and resources. In the short term, lawyers often need to do quick research for a speech, webinar, or to talk to a specialist about a subject. More lasting knowledge is needed for specific case and client knowledge, starting a new position or job, or learning about new technology. With all of the online resources available, how can a lawyer quickly get started gaining a solid foundation in knowledge of a new subject? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how lawyers can accelerate their learning process, where to find quality learning tools online, and their favorite ideas and tips. Kennedy and Mighell both agree that it is important to consider the subject matter, how quickly it needs to be learned, and what method works best for each individual lawyer. While both prefer Wikipedia as a starting place to gain knowledge, Kennedy prefers podcasts, audiobooks, and presentation slides as sources of more detailed information. Mighell prefers blogs and online university courses, although he emphasizes that the user is responsible for quality control and management. In the end, each lawyer should consider how he/she learned best during school, and use the Internet as a resource while trying not to waste time searching for documents. After the break, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the overuse of the "reply to all" button in emails, why people prefer to respond to everyone involved, and the proper etiquette for sending emails at work. 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. 32:04 none Legal Talk Network no Choosing Your Specialty: Areas of Law for the Successful Solo Practitioner Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:47:12 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/new-solo/2014/09/choosing-specialty-areas-law-successful-solo-practitioner Many lawyers want to start their solo careers as a general practice, thinking that they will attract more clients if they offer a variety of services. However, when it comes to marketing strategy, lawyers who focus on one practice area create a stronger brand and are more successful in the long run. The right solo practice could involve a personal interest, fill a hole in the market, and/or provide previously unavailable online or unbundled services. The important thing is for every lawyer starting a solo practice to create a business plan and do research before choosing a field of law. Recent law school graduates and lawyers leaving big practices alike need to find their niche area of law for success. In this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews law practice management professor Stephanie Kimbro about lawyers starting solo practices, areas of law to consider going into, how to start market research for a business plan, and ways to differentiate a practice from the existing market. Kimbro suggests lawyers find specialized niches based on their interests such as online dispute resolution, veteran law, or immigration law surrounding a specific community in order to engage with their clients and market their services. For lawyers without a niche, she suggests alternate billing, unbundling legal services, integrating technology, and researching market needs for prospective clients. Instead of worrying that technology is replacing legal jobs, lawyers, and specifically solos, need to change the way they think of services, fees, and law firm marketing. Stephanie Kimbro is an adjunct professor for many law schools including Wake Forest, Conchord, Florida Law School, and Michigan State. She primarily teaches the use of technology in law practice management, unbundling of legal services, and virtual law practice. Prior to working with Burton Law, a virtual law firm, Kimbro operated a web-based virtual law school in North Carolina for six years and delivered unbundled estate planning to clients online. In addition to her virtual law practice, she is a technology consultant and serves on many prestigious law committees. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. Choosing Your Specialty: Areas of Law for the Successful Solo Practitioner Many lawyers want to start their solo careers as a general practice, thinking that they will attract more clients if they offer a variety of services. However, when it comes to marketing strategy, lawyers who focus on one practice area create a stronger brand and are more successful in the long run. The right solo practice could involve a personal interest, fill a hole in the market, and/or provide previously unavailable online or unbundled services. The important thing is for every lawyer starting a solo practice to create a business plan and do research before choosing a field of law. Recent law school graduates and lawyers leaving big practices alike need to find their niche area of law for success. In this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews law practice management professor Stephanie Kimbro about lawyers starting solo practices, areas of law to consider going into, how to start market research for a business plan, and ways to differentiate a practice from the existing market. Kimbro suggests lawyers find specialized niches based on their interests such as online dispute resolution, veteran law, or immigration law surrounding a specific community in order to engage with their clients and market their services. For lawyers without a niche, she suggests alternate billing, unbundling legal services, integrating technology, and researching market needs for prospective clients. Instead of worrying that technology is replacing legal jobs, lawyers, and specifically solos, need to change the way they think of services, fees, and law firm marketing. Stephanie Kimbro is an adjunct professor for many law schools including Wake Forest, Conchord, Florida Law School, and Michigan State. She primarily teaches the use of technology in law practice management, unbundling of legal services, and virtual law practice. Prior to working with Burton Law, a virtual law firm, Kimbro operated a web-based virtual law school in North Carolina for six years and delivered unbundled estate planning to clients online. In addition to her virtual law practice, she is a technology consultant and serves on many prestigious law committees. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. 29:06 none Legal Talk Network no ALM’s Monica Bay on 2014's LegalTech West Coast Conference Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:47:27 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/09/alms-monica-bay-2014s-legaltech-west-coast-conference In this Special Report from Legal Talk Network, producer Laurence Colletti interviews ALM's Editor-in-Chief Monica Bay about the LegalTech West Coast conference. Together, they discuss the power-packed line up of speakers (listed below) as well as debuts for innovational products and services. Notwithstanding its tenure in Los Angeles, this event is moving to a new city for next year. Tune in to hear about this year's show and its future. Monica Bay is the Editor-in-Chief of ALM's nationally-acclaimed publication Law Technology News. A leader in Internet-media, Bay helped The Late Show with David Letterman establish their first website on America Online and has been with ALM since 1985. She has received numerous awards for editorial excellence from Associated Press and The American Society of Journalists Sigma Delta Chi. ALM’s Monica Bay on 2014's LegalTech West Coast Conference In this Special Report from Legal Talk Network, producer Laurence Colletti interviews ALM's Editor-in-Chief Monica Bay about the LegalTech West Coast conference. Together, they discuss the power-packed line up of speakers (listed below) as well as debuts for innovational products and services. Notwithstanding its tenure in Los Angeles, this event is moving to a new city for next year. Tune in to hear about this year's show and its future. Monica Bay is the Editor-in-Chief of ALM's nationally-acclaimed publication Law Technology News. A leader in Internet-media, Bay helped The Late Show with David Letterman establish their first website on America Online and has been with ALM since 1985. She has received numerous awards for editorial excellence from Associated Press and The American Society of Journalists Sigma Delta Chi. 16:34 none Legal Talk Network no Legal Writing Strategies for Today’s Busy Reader Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:14:05 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/paralegal-voice/2014/09/legal-writing-strategies-todays-busy-reader The majority of people today are getting their information electronically, whether on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. In the legal world, this means lawyers, paralegals, clients, and even judges are reading on screens rather than paper, causing them to skim pages and have a constant source of distraction. Because of this, paralegals and legal professionals need to change the way they write in a way that grabs attention and delivers the message. How should paralegals write in order to captivate busy lawyers and clients in today's technological world? In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews appellate lawyer and successful legal writing expert Kevin Dubose about changes in the way lawyers read and communicate today and how lawyers and paralegals can adapt their writing skills to be read on a screen. There are 5 new features of the working environment that have changed the way everyone reads: online distractions, value speed over content, backlit screens, multiple windows, and email. These features, Dubose explains, encourage clients, lawyers, judges, and most everyone else to skim pages for important content and avoid long, convoluted paragraphs, sentences, or even words. In order to capture attention, he says, paralegals should write using headings, bullet points, short paragraphs, and start with the conclusion. Most importantly, write for the reader and you will have done your job. Kevin Dubose is an attorney for and one of the founding partners of the appellate boutique, Alexander Dubose Jefferson and Townsend LLP. He has been the Director of Legal Research and Writing at UHLC and is a frequent CLE speaker and author. He recently spoke at the Houston Paralegal Association's annual conference on the topic of Successful Legal Writing Strategies for Today's Readers. Special thanks to our sponsors: NALA, a Professional association for paralegals, providing continuing education and professional certification programs for paralegals. ServeNow, a nationwide network of trusted, pre-screened process servers. Legal Writing Strategies for Today’s Busy Reader The majority of people today are getting their information electronically, whether on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. In the legal world, this means lawyers, paralegals, clients, and even judges are reading on screens rather than paper, causing them to skim pages and have a constant source of distraction. Because of this, paralegals and legal professionals need to change the way they write in a way that grabs attention and delivers the message. How should paralegals write in order to captivate busy lawyers and clients in today's technological world? In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews appellate lawyer and successful legal writing expert Kevin Dubose about changes in the way lawyers read and communicate today and how lawyers and paralegals can adapt their writing skills to be read on a screen. There are 5 new features of the working environment that have changed the way everyone reads: online distractions, value speed over content, backlit screens, multiple windows, and email. These features, Dubose explains, encourage clients, lawyers, judges, and most everyone else to skim pages for important content and avoid long, convoluted paragraphs, sentences, or even words. In order to capture attention, he says, paralegals should write using headings, bullet points, short paragraphs, and start with the conclusion. Most importantly, write for the reader and you will have done your job. Kevin Dubose is an attorney for and one of the founding partners of the appellate boutique, Alexander Dubose Jefferson and Townsend LLP. He has been the Director of Legal Research and Writing at UHLC and is a frequent CLE speaker and author. He recently spoke at the Houston Paralegal Association's annual conference on the topic of Successful Legal Writing Strategies for Today's Readers. Special thanks to our sponsors: NALA, a Professional association for paralegals, providing continuing education and professional certification programs for paralegals. ServeNow, a nationwide network of trusted, pre-screened process servers. 36:58 none Legal Talk Network no How do you provide client hand-holding if you run a virtual firm? (podcast) Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:55:00 +0000 http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/podcast_monthly_episode_54 How do you provide client hand-holding if you run a virtual firm? (podcast) 21:43 none Legal Talk Network no Attorney Fees and Deferred Taxation Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:48:41 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/ringler/RR_072914_Havelet.mp3 How does an independent assignment company work in your favor when it comes to attorney fees? And can attorneys structure their fees after a settlement agreement has been concluded? Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host, Mike Zea with guest, Lynne P. Martel, Managing Director of Havelet Services Guernsey Limited and marketing and service agent for Havelet Assignment Company, as they discuss options to maximize deferred taxation in attorney fees. Attorney Fees and Deferred Taxation How does an independent assignment company work in your favor when it comes to attorney fees? And can attorneys structure their fees after a settlement agreement has been concluded? Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host, Mike Zea with guest, Lynne P. Martel, Managing Director of Havelet Services Guernsey Limited and marketing and service agent for Havelet Assignment Company, as they discuss options to maximize deferred taxation in attorney fees. 19:32 none Legal Talk Network no Lawful Arrest or Excessive Use of Force: Today’s Perceptions about Militarized Police Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:50:51 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/09/lawful-arrest-excessive-use-force-todays-perceptions-militarized-police In recent news, there have been several instances of demonstrations and riots resulting from allegations of police brutality. In cities like New York and Ferguson, there are many accounts and view points but there is still much to debate about the facts. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi interviews Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! and Sgt. Delroy Burton from DC Police Union. Together they discuss the perceptions and procedures of police as they use force to make arrests. Tune in to hear about why citizens shouldn't resist arrests as well as opinions about the use of military equipment for police work. Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of the award winning show Democracy Now! which airs on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide. In addition, she has authored many best selling books including The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope. Ms. Goodman is the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Right Livelihood Award, James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting, and many many more. Sgt. Delroy Burton is the Chairman for DC Police Union and has been a police officer since August 1994. He worked many patrol assignments that required specialized training including alcohol enforcement, pulse Doppler radar, and police motorcycles. Sergeant Burton worked as a vice investigator prior to becoming detective and later became sergeant. He began working for DC Police Union in 2006 and was elected union chairman in 2013 with his term beginning in April of 2014. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Lawful Arrest or Excessive Use of Force: Today’s Perceptions about Militarized Police In recent news, there have been several instances of demonstrations and riots resulting from allegations of police brutality. In cities like New York and Ferguson, there are many accounts and view points but there is still much to debate about the facts. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi interviews Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! and Sgt. Delroy Burton from DC Police Union. Together they discuss the perceptions and procedures of police as they use force to make arrests. Tune in to hear about why citizens shouldn't resist arrests as well as opinions about the use of military equipment for police work. Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of the award winning show Democracy Now! which airs on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide. In addition, she has authored many best selling books including The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope. Ms. Goodman is the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Right Livelihood Award, James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting, and many many more. Sgt. Delroy Burton is the Chairman for DC Police Union and has been a police officer since August 1994. He worked many patrol assignments that required specialized training including alcohol enforcement, pulse Doppler radar, and police motorcycles. Sergeant Burton worked as a vice investigator prior to becoming detective and later became sergeant. He began working for DC Police Union in 2006 and was elected union chairman in 2013 with his term beginning in April of 2014. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 38:12 none Legal Talk Network no The Future of Wearable Technology for Lawyers Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:12:55 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-edge/2014/09/future-wearable-technology-lawyers Wearable technology like the smartwatch is the next in a long line of new technological advancements that are embraced by some, but viewed skeptically by most lawyers. Judges already discourage smart phones in court and many clients worry about a decrease in information security. But if used properly, a smartwatch can actually increase the productivity, availability, and even safety of any lawyer's practice with fewer disruptions. What are the best practices for using wearable technology to benefit your practice? In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview legal technology expert Richard Georges about wearable technology, how smartwatches enhances his ability to be productive, and what lawyers need to consider when adopting this new technology. Having a smartwatch, Georges explains, actually decreases court disruptions and car distractions while making him accessible to clients at all times. Most of the issues concerning data security are due to human error rather than technology. As long as lawyers learn how to properly embrace wearable technology, he says, it can improve any practice from big law to a solo firm. The risks are not greater, they are simply different. Richard Georges practices in real property, corporations, wills, trusts, and estates law in Pinellas County, Florida. A self-proclaimed tech junkie, he is well known for writing the Futurelawyer blog and has taught many seminars on technology and the law. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. The Future of Wearable Technology for Lawyers Wearable technology like the smartwatch is the next in a long line of new technological advancements that are embraced by some, but viewed skeptically by most lawyers. Judges already discourage smart phones in court and many clients worry about a decrease in information security. But if used properly, a smartwatch can actually increase the productivity, availability, and even safety of any lawyer's practice with fewer disruptions. What are the best practices for using wearable technology to benefit your practice? In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview legal technology expert Richard Georges about wearable technology, how smartwatches enhances his ability to be productive, and what lawyers need to consider when adopting this new technology. Having a smartwatch, Georges explains, actually decreases court disruptions and car distractions while making him accessible to clients at all times. Most of the issues concerning data security are due to human error rather than technology. As long as lawyers learn how to properly embrace wearable technology, he says, it can improve any practice from big law to a solo firm. The risks are not greater, they are simply different. Richard Georges practices in real property, corporations, wills, trusts, and estates law in Pinellas County, Florida. A self-proclaimed tech junkie, he is well known for writing the Futurelawyer blog and has taught many seminars on technology and the law. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. 26:11 none Legal Talk Network no Regulation Changes for Investment Fund Marketing: Art Zwickel Interview at LegalTech Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:42:36 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/09/regulation-changes-investment-fund-marketing-art-zwickel-interview-legaltech Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Paul Hastings partner Art Zwickel about the changes in regulation for investment fund marketing. Zwickel explains that there are new technology systems and services that assist in-house legal teams in complying with the new regulations including the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) in Europe and the JOBS act in the United States. Zwickel specializes in investment management law at Paul Hastings and is on the board of directors for the California Hedge Fund Association. Regulation Changes for Investment Fund Marketing: Art Zwickel Interview at LegalTech Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Paul Hastings partner Art Zwickel about the changes in regulation for investment fund marketing. Zwickel explains that there are new technology systems and services that assist in-house legal teams in complying with the new regulations including the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) in Europe and the JOBS act in the United States. Zwickel specializes in investment management law at Paul Hastings and is on the board of directors for the California Hedge Fund Association. 7:09 none Legal Talk Network no iPhone and iPad Apps and Accessories for Lawyers to Use in Their Practice Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:19:34 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/legal-toolkit/2014/09/iphone-ipad-apps-accessories-lawyers-use-practice New applications and accessories for the iPhone and iPad consistently promise to improve the professional and personal lives of lawyers. However, with limited time and so many options, it is difficult for busy lawyers to keep up with trends and make educated decisions about which products will make their practice more efficient and which might be distracting or impractical. Tech junkies and new iPhone acquirers alike can benefit from an update on the best new products to improve a lawyer's Apple experience. On this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews iPhoneJD blog author Jeff Richardson about his favorite iPhone and iPad apps and accessories that lawyers use in their practice and lives. Richardson and Alexander list their favorite iPad, iPhone, and universal iOS apps for professional uses such as document readers, presentation tools, and Twitter managers, as well as apps for personal uses like podcasts or meditation. Because they are almost never free, accessories are best purchased with a positive review. The favored accessories included mobile hard drives, docks, cases, keyboards, and the best bags in which to carry everything else. While not every lawyer will benefit from all of the tech products listed, in 30 minutes, all will learn about the next app or accessory that can improve their practice. Jeff Richardson, a litigator for Adams and Reese LLP in New Orleans, is well known in the legal tech industry for his website iPhoneJD.com which helps lawyers who use iPhones and iPads in their practice. Founded in 2008, iPhoneJD has been named the best legal technology blog more than once by the ABA Journal. iPhone and iPad Apps and Accessories for Lawyers to Use in Their Practice New applications and accessories for the iPhone and iPad consistently promise to improve the professional and personal lives of lawyers. However, with limited time and so many options, it is difficult for busy lawyers to keep up with trends and make educated decisions about which products will make their practice more efficient and which might be distracting or impractical. Tech junkies and new iPhone acquirers alike can benefit from an update on the best new products to improve a lawyer's Apple experience. On this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews iPhoneJD blog author Jeff Richardson about his favorite iPhone and iPad apps and accessories that lawyers use in their practice and lives. Richardson and Alexander list their favorite iPad, iPhone, and universal iOS apps for professional uses such as document readers, presentation tools, and Twitter managers, as well as apps for personal uses like podcasts or meditation. Because they are almost never free, accessories are best purchased with a positive review. The favored accessories included mobile hard drives, docks, cases, keyboards, and the best bags in which to carry everything else. While not every lawyer will benefit from all of the tech products listed, in 30 minutes, all will learn about the next app or accessory that can improve their practice. Jeff Richardson, a litigator for Adams and Reese LLP in New Orleans, is well known in the legal tech industry for his website iPhoneJD.com which helps lawyers who use iPhones and iPads in their practice. Founded in 2008, iPhoneJD has been named the best legal technology blog more than once by the ABA Journal. 41:52 none Legal Talk Network no Get Ready For Your Video Call Close-up Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:18:49 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/08/get-ready-video-call-close "All right, Mr. Demille, ready for my close-up." Video phone calls have been talked about for many years, from the time this famous line appeared in the movie Sunset Boulevard. Videoconferences are becoming widely used in law firms and other businesses; many lawyers, legal professionals, and HR departments are using them to provide the feel of a meeting room without the time and expense of traveling. Therefore, it is important for professionals to be prepared for the technical and visual components of their next video chat. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the rise of video use in calls and online meetings, the challenges and opportunities of video, and how lawyers can prepare for their video close-up. They consider several features that would improve videoconference services such as chat, screenshare, group messaging, and multi-platform compatibility and compare Zoom.us to Google hangouts and other platforms. In addition to examining personal visual components such as lighting, dress code, and in etiquette in each video conference lawyers also need to understand the ethical implications of recording witnesses or discussing strategy. In these instances they can be left with discoverable electronic data. As their second topic, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the current state of portable computing and whether touch screens and combo laptops might be a better personal option when replacing older laptops. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that can be used the second this podcast ends. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. Get Ready For Your Video Call Close-up "All right, Mr. Demille, ready for my close-up." Video phone calls have been talked about for many years, from the time this famous line appeared in the movie Sunset Boulevard. Videoconferences are becoming widely used in law firms and other businesses; many lawyers, legal professionals, and HR departments are using them to provide the feel of a meeting room without the time and expense of traveling. Therefore, it is important for professionals to be prepared for the technical and visual components of their next video chat. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the rise of video use in calls and online meetings, the challenges and opportunities of video, and how lawyers can prepare for their video close-up. They consider several features that would improve videoconference services such as chat, screenshare, group messaging, and multi-platform compatibility and compare Zoom.us to Google hangouts and other platforms. In addition to examining personal visual components such as lighting, dress code, and in etiquette in each video conference lawyers also need to understand the ethical implications of recording witnesses or discussing strategy. In these instances they can be left with discoverable electronic data. As their second topic, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the current state of portable computing and whether touch screens and combo laptops might be a better personal option when replacing older laptops. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that can be used the second this podcast ends. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. 40:28 none Legal Talk Network no Boies and Olson reveal the backstory of the case against California’s Proposition 8 (podcast) Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:55:07 +0000 http://www.abajournal.com/books/article/podcast_episode_36 Boies and Olson reveal the backstory of the case against California’s Proposition 8 (podcast) 21:08 none Legal Talk Network no Digital Marketing for Lawyers: Dave Chaplin Interview at LegalTech West Coast Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:36:55 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/08/digital-marketing-lawyers-dave-chaplin-interview-legaltech-west-coast Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Dave Chaplin, CEO of SearchDex, about the importance of business development and digital marketing. Chaplin explains how the legal world needs to focus on technological advancement and have a strong online marketing strategy including SEO, quality content, and a consistent social media presence. SearchDex is a digital marketing company that provides technology platforms that focus on search engine optimization. Digital Marketing for Lawyers: Dave Chaplin Interview at LegalTech West Coast Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Dave Chaplin, CEO of SearchDex, about the importance of business development and digital marketing. Chaplin explains how the legal world needs to focus on technological advancement and have a strong online marketing strategy including SEO, quality content, and a consistent social media presence. SearchDex is a digital marketing company that provides technology platforms that focus on search engine optimization. 7:31 none Legal Talk Network no Firing Squads and Lethal Injections: Is Today’s Death Penalty Cruel and Unusual? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:32:49 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/08/firing-squads-lethal-injections-todays-death-penalty-cruel-unusual The Eighth Amendment protects people from cruel and unusual punishments in the United States but what does that mean? In the last 38 years, Americans used hangings, gas chambers, lethal injections, electrocutions, and firing squads to execute convicted murderers. Given the recent reports of botched lethal injections, some experts are calling for the return of the firing squad as the most humane form of capital punishment. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews Judge Alex Kozinski from the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit, exonerated death row survivor Ronald Keine from Witness to Innocence, and M*A*S*H actor Mike Farrell from Death Penalty Focus. Together they discuss the merits of firing squads vs. lethal injections, corruption in the judicial system, and the morality of western society. Tune in to hear about the 144 exonerated death row survivors as well as Ronald Keine's near miss with the gas chamber. Judge Alex Kozinski sits on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit where he's served since his appointment on November 7th 1985. Prior to his appointment Judge Kozinski occupied other prestigious positions including Chief Judge of the US Claims Court and Office of Counsel to the President. He is married with three children plus three grandchildren. Ronald Keine is an exonerated death row inmate who was just 9 days from his execution in the gas chamber when the actual murderer confessed to the crime. Today, he an Assistant Director of Membership and Training for Witness to Innocence an anti-death penalty organization whose leading voice is that of exonerated death row survivors. Mike Farrell played Captain BJ Hunnicut for eight years on the hit television show M*A*S*H as well other roles like Jim Hansen in another series called Providence. In the 90s, he served for three years as a member of the State of California's Commission on Judicial Performance. Mr. Farrell is a life-long opponent of the death penalty and has been the President of Death Penalty Focus since 1994. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Firing Squads and Lethal Injections: Is Today’s Death Penalty Cruel and Unusual? The Eighth Amendment protects people from cruel and unusual punishments in the United States but what does that mean? In the last 38 years, Americans used hangings, gas chambers, lethal injections, electrocutions, and firing squads to execute convicted murderers. Given the recent reports of botched lethal injections, some experts are calling for the return of the firing squad as the most humane form of capital punishment. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews Judge Alex Kozinski from the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit, exonerated death row survivor Ronald Keine from Witness to Innocence, and M*A*S*H actor Mike Farrell from Death Penalty Focus. Together they discuss the merits of firing squads vs. lethal injections, corruption in the judicial system, and the morality of western society. Tune in to hear about the 144 exonerated death row survivors as well as Ronald Keine's near miss with the gas chamber. Judge Alex Kozinski sits on the bench of the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit where he's served since his appointment on November 7th 1985. Prior to his appointment Judge Kozinski occupied other prestigious positions including Chief Judge of the US Claims Court and Office of Counsel to the President. He is married with three children plus three grandchildren. Ronald Keine is an exonerated death row inmate who was just 9 days from his execution in the gas chamber when the actual murderer confessed to the crime. Today, he an Assistant Director of Membership and Training for Witness to Innocence an anti-death penalty organization whose leading voice is that of exonerated death row survivors. Mike Farrell played Captain BJ Hunnicut for eight years on the hit television show M*A*S*H as well other roles like Jim Hansen in another series called Providence. In the 90s, he served for three years as a member of the State of California's Commission on Judicial Performance. Mr. Farrell is a life-long opponent of the death penalty and has been the President of Death Penalty Focus since 1994. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 41:51 none Legal Talk Network no How Data Science is Speeding Up Lawsuits: Bennett Borden Interview at LegalTech Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:18:09 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/08/data-science-speeding-lawsuits-bennett-borden-interview-legaltech Laurence Colletti from the Legal Talk Network interviews e-discovery expert Bennett Borden about how electronic data collection and analysis is increasing the efficiency and accuracy of large scale litigation. This historically unparalleled ability "to get to an answer" is having a significant effect on the legal industry. Not only is it driving companies to faster settlements and empowering small plaintiffs' firms to take large cases but it is also impacting the billable hour model used by large firms. Borden is a partner and Co-chair of the information governance and e-discovery group at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP. How Data Science is Speeding Up Lawsuits: Bennett Borden Interview at LegalTech Laurence Colletti from the Legal Talk Network interviews e-discovery expert Bennett Borden about how electronic data collection and analysis is increasing the efficiency and accuracy of large scale litigation. This historically unparalleled ability "to get to an answer" is having a significant effect on the legal industry. Not only is it driving companies to faster settlements and empowering small plaintiffs' firms to take large cases but it is also impacting the billable hour model used by large firms. Borden is a partner and Co-chair of the information governance and e-discovery group at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP. 11:03 none Legal Talk Network no 2014 NSSTA Study on Structures Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:27:53 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/ringler/RR_072914_NSSTA_Study.mp3 In 2014, the National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) commissioned CLM Advisors to conduct a study, where the focus was on how senior claims executives perceive the value of structured settlements and the value that structured settlement consultants bring to the table. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Robert Caples welcomes Taylor Smith, President of CLM Advisors, to spotlight this study, discuss the findings and explore how we can educate others on the value of structured settlements. 2014 NSSTA Study on Structures In 2014, the National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) commissioned CLM Advisors to conduct a study, where the focus was on how senior claims executives perceive the value of structured settlements and the value that structured settlement consultants bring to the table. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Robert Caples welcomes Taylor Smith, President of CLM Advisors, to spotlight this study, discuss the findings and explore how we can educate others on the value of structured settlements. 32:14 none Legal Talk Network no Offsets and Overlaps in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Claims Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:05:34 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/workers-comp-matters/2014/08/offsets-overlaps-workers-compensation-social-security-disability-claims When an employee has a debilitating accident at work, there are insurance and government benefits available to the employee and his or her family. Among the many benefits included are workers' compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare coverage. Despite the different sources and governing bodies, many of these federal, state, and municipal programs are interrelated with offsets and qualifying terms. Since the benefits and qualifications can differ from case-to-case and state-to-state, it can be difficult to figure out the bottom line without a lawyer. In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, Alan Pierce interviews William Troupe, an expert attorney in the field of workers' compensation and Social Security Disability. They discuss Social Security Disability and the interrelationship with workers' compensation, and the varying laws concerning offsets of different benefits. They also discuss the formula of benefits received relative to Average Current Earnings (ACE) and auxiliary beneficiaries such as spouses and children. While this is all information that an employee should know, it is necessary to seek out an expert lawyer in any disability case that prevents someone from returning to work. William Troupe is an attorney and owner of Troupe Law Office in Peabody, MA. He has 40 years experience in representing injured workers and their families both in workers' compensation and Social Security Disability cases. He is intricately involved with various bar associations and frequently lectures at continuing legal education programs. Troupe was recently inducted in the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow. Offsets and Overlaps in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Claims When an employee has a debilitating accident at work, there are insurance and government benefits available to the employee and his or her family. Among the many benefits included are workers' compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare coverage. Despite the different sources and governing bodies, many of these federal, state, and municipal programs are interrelated with offsets and qualifying terms. Since the benefits and qualifications can differ from case-to-case and state-to-state, it can be difficult to figure out the bottom line without a lawyer. In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, Alan Pierce interviews William Troupe, an expert attorney in the field of workers' compensation and Social Security Disability. They discuss Social Security Disability and the interrelationship with workers' compensation, and the varying laws concerning offsets of different benefits. They also discuss the formula of benefits received relative to Average Current Earnings (ACE) and auxiliary beneficiaries such as spouses and children. While this is all information that an employee should know, it is necessary to seek out an expert lawyer in any disability case that prevents someone from returning to work. William Troupe is an attorney and owner of Troupe Law Office in Peabody, MA. He has 40 years experience in representing injured workers and their families both in workers' compensation and Social Security Disability cases. He is intricately involved with various bar associations and frequently lectures at continuing legal education programs. Troupe was recently inducted in the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. Special thanks to our sponsor, PInow. 32:04 none Legal Talk Network no The Future of Legal Technology: Rohit Talwar Interview at LegalTech West Coast Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:37:55 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/08/future-legal-technology-rohit-talwar-interview-legaltech-west-coast Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future, about the conclusions of ILTA's Legal Technology Future Horizons Research Project. This project focuses on how advances in technology will impact the legal sector in the near future. As technology has now become an integral part of legal services, customer interface, and internal processes, Talwar explains, a focus on IT will be essential in order to compete in the global market. Within Fast Future, Talwar acts as a futuristic strategic advisor to many companies, governments, and organizations around the world. The Future of Legal Technology: Rohit Talwar Interview at LegalTech West Coast Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future, about the conclusions of ILTA's Legal Technology Future Horizons Research Project. This project focuses on how advances in technology will impact the legal sector in the near future. As technology has now become an integral part of legal services, customer interface, and internal processes, Talwar explains, a focus on IT will be essential in order to compete in the global market. Within Fast Future, Talwar acts as a futuristic strategic advisor to many companies, governments, and organizations around the world. 15:09 none Legal Talk Network no Can Technology Fuel Small Firms: J. Craig Williams Interview At LegalTech West Coast Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:27:26 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/08/can-technology-fuel-small-firms-j-craig-williams-interview-legaltech-west-coast During the 2014 LegalTech West Coast trade show, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Lawyer 2 Lawyer host J. Craig Williams who specializes in civil litigation, white collar criminal matters, as well as admiralty and tax issues. Together they discuss how small law firms use technologies to even the playing field with large law firms. Williams explains that technology is pervasive in how lawyers give trial presentations, communicate with clients, market their services, and even manage a practice. Small and medium sized firms can adapt more quickly to new technologies making up for their lack of big-firm resources. Tune in for 3 tools every lawyer should be using and 3 ways to make a practice more nimble. Can Technology Fuel Small Firms: J. Craig Williams Interview At LegalTech West Coast During the 2014 LegalTech West Coast trade show, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Lawyer 2 Lawyer host J. Craig Williams who specializes in civil litigation, white collar criminal matters, as well as admiralty and tax issues. Together they discuss how small law firms use technologies to even the playing field with large law firms. Williams explains that technology is pervasive in how lawyers give trial presentations, communicate with clients, market their services, and even manage a practice. Small and medium sized firms can adapt more quickly to new technologies making up for their lack of big-firm resources. Tune in for 3 tools every lawyer should be using and 3 ways to make a practice more nimble. 11:30 none Legal Talk Network no Cull, Baby, Cull - Modern Trends in Data Collection and Analysis Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:32:12 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-detectives/2014/08/cull-baby-cull-modern-trends-data-collection-analysis Despite all the attention that e-discovery has received over the last decade, it is still a relatively new part of the litigation process. For those lawyers who were never exposed to e-discovery in law school or their formative years, the systems and products involving data collection and analysis can be overwhelming and complex. How much do lawyers need to know about information governance, data collection, data analysis, managed document review, and electronically stored information (ESI)? Alternately, for those data collection practitioners who are already intricately involved in the culling and analysis, how is the technology and process changing? In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview e-discovery solutions expert Aaron Lawlor about what is involved with ESI and data collection, current trends in data analysis, and future advances in technology and process. Lawlor urges every litigator to become experienced with the state and federal rules involving e-discovery in order to better serve their clients. He explains the process of research and documentation of key players in the case, and then collecting, analyzing, and refining any relevant information before presenting to the counsel. In order to facilitate this process, lawyers and data collectors narrow the data set early by a process of visualizing connections and communication mapping. It is important, Lawlor says, for every lawyer to become familiar with e-discovery and data collection, since it is an increasingly important source of information. Aaron Lawlor is the senior director of Global Legal Solutions at UnitedLex Corporation. He has spent the past decade addressing his clients' e-discovery needs, first as an attorney at Am Law 100 firm, then as the cofounder of a boutique consulting and managed document review company. His company was acquired by UnitedLex in 2013 and, in his current role, he partners with in-house and outside council to implement value-driven e-discovery solutions. Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRoom. Cull, Baby, Cull - Modern Trends in Data Collection and Analysis Despite all the attention that e-discovery has received over the last decade, it is still a relatively new part of the litigation process. For those lawyers who were never exposed to e-discovery in law school or their formative years, the systems and products involving data collection and analysis can be overwhelming and complex. How much do lawyers need to know about information governance, data collection, data analysis, managed document review, and electronically stored information (ESI)? Alternately, for those data collection practitioners who are already intricately involved in the culling and analysis, how is the technology and process changing? In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview e-discovery solutions expert Aaron Lawlor about what is involved with ESI and data collection, current trends in data analysis, and future advances in technology and process. Lawlor urges every litigator to become experienced with the state and federal rules involving e-discovery in order to better serve their clients. He explains the process of research and documentation of key players in the case, and then collecting, analyzing, and refining any relevant information before presenting to the counsel. In order to facilitate this process, lawyers and data collectors narrow the data set early by a process of visualizing connections and communication mapping. It is important, Lawlor says, for every lawyer to become familiar with e-discovery and data collection, since it is an increasingly important source of information. Aaron Lawlor is the senior director of Global Legal Solutions at UnitedLex Corporation. He has spent the past decade addressing his clients' e-discovery needs, first as an attorney at Am Law 100 firm, then as the cofounder of a boutique consulting and managed document review company. His company was acquired by UnitedLex in 2013 and, in his current role, he partners with in-house and outside council to implement value-driven e-discovery solutions. Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRoom. 29:39 none Legal Talk Network no How A Lawyer Can Control Their To-Do List With Task Managers and Technology Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:58:03 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/08/lawyer-can-control-list-task-managers-technology While preparing for a trial, gathering documents for a transaction, or simply running errands, most lawyers face each day with an overwhelming number of things to get done. From simply remembering them all to putting the list into proper priorities, every legal professional could use some help. How can technology play a role in bringing the list of to-dos under control? What are some questions lawyers should ask when choosing a to-do task management tool? In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss taming the to-do list, their own approaches to using technology to help with task management, and questions every lawyer should ask when looking for a management tool to suit their needs. Kennedy shapes his list management around David Allen's "Getting Things Done," a system which allows him to see his weekly calendar as a big picture and sort priorities to avoid being overwhelmed by the enormous list of projects. Mighell says lawyers should watch for eight essential functions when looking for the right task manager: Available on Multiple Platforms Ease of Entry Recurring Tasks Multi-List Capable Assign Priority Levels GTD Functionality Notes and Attachments Ability to Share Task Lists He recommends every lawyer weigh the importance of each of these before choosing a task management tool. Both @DennisKennedy and @TomMighell stress that this is a personal choice and ask the listeners for feedback on the to-do technologies they like best. After the break, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the recent tech news story about Russian cybercriminals accumulating a hoard of more than a billion user passwords. They examine whether lawyers should be worried about this data breach, and what they should do to protect their online accounts. 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. How A Lawyer Can Control Their To-Do List With Task Managers and Technology While preparing for a trial, gathering documents for a transaction, or simply running errands, most lawyers face each day with an overwhelming number of things to get done. From simply remembering them all to putting the list into proper priorities, every legal professional could use some help. How can technology play a role in bringing the list of to-dos under control? What are some questions lawyers should ask when choosing a to-do task management tool? In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss taming the to-do list, their own approaches to using technology to help with task management, and questions every lawyer should ask when looking for a management tool to suit their needs. Kennedy shapes his list management around David Allen's "Getting Things Done," a system which allows him to see his weekly calendar as a big picture and sort priorities to avoid being overwhelmed by the enormous list of projects. Mighell says lawyers should watch for eight essential functions when looking for the right task manager: Available on Multiple Platforms Ease of Entry Recurring Tasks Multi-List Capable Assign Priority Levels GTD Functionality Notes and Attachments Ability to Share Task Lists He recommends every lawyer weigh the importance of each of these before choosing a task management tool. Both @DennisKennedy and @TomMighell stress that this is a personal choice and ask the listeners for feedback on the to-do technologies they like best. After the break, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the recent tech news story about Russian cybercriminals accumulating a hoard of more than a billion user passwords. They examine whether lawyers should be worried about this data breach, and what they should do to protect their online accounts. 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. 41:25 none Legal Talk Network no John Isaza Explains Information Governance and Defensible Disposition at LegalTech West Coast Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:10:30 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/08/john-isaza-explains-information-governance-defensible-disposition-legaltech-west-coast Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews John Isaza, a pioneer in information governance and records management, at the LegalTech West Coast Trade Show. Together they discuss the concepts of defensible disposition as well as risk, readiness, and revenue as they pertain to information governance and law firm data. Although attorneys can't sell or disseminate client data, they should be prepared to discuss the issue of profitable data with their clients. The foundation for an excellent information governance system includes these recordkeeping principles: accountability, transparency, integrity, protection, compliance with regulatory/privacy/global requirements, availability, retention, and disposition (ATIPCARD). John Isaza Explains Information Governance and Defensible Disposition at LegalTech West Coast Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews John Isaza, a pioneer in information governance and records management, at the LegalTech West Coast Trade Show. Together they discuss the concepts of defensible disposition as well as risk, readiness, and revenue as they pertain to information governance and law firm data. Although attorneys can't sell or disseminate client data, they should be prepared to discuss the issue of profitable data with their clients. The foundation for an excellent information governance system includes these recordkeeping principles: accountability, transparency, integrity, protection, compliance with regulatory/privacy/global requirements, availability, retention, and disposition (ATIPCARD). 9:11 none Legal Talk Network no Hunter McMahon Discusses E-Discovery Strategy at the LegalTech West Coast Trade Show Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:52:53 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/08/hunter-mcmahon-discusses-e-discovery-strategy-legaltech-west-coast-trade-show Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Hunter McMahon, director of discovery and technology at Driven Inc., at the LegalTech West Coast Trade Show. McMahon explains the issues during an e-discovery project including quick data retention turnover, balancing privacy and security, and using appropriate data capturing technology. In starting e-discovery, he says, the best strategy is to start with custodians, managers and users with information that can narrow the search for data. Driven Inc. develops platforms for e-discovery that process, analyze, and produce data in a single index to reduce errors. Hunter McMahon Discusses E-Discovery Strategy at the LegalTech West Coast Trade Show Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Hunter McMahon, director of discovery and technology at Driven Inc., at the LegalTech West Coast Trade Show. McMahon explains the issues during an e-discovery project including quick data retention turnover, balancing privacy and security, and using appropriate data capturing technology. In starting e-discovery, he says, the best strategy is to start with custodians, managers and users with information that can narrow the search for data. Driven Inc. develops platforms for e-discovery that process, analyze, and produce data in a single index to reduce errors. 11:37 none Legal Talk Network no Client Intake: Best Practices and Procedures Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:54:19 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/new-solo/2014/08/best-practices-efficient-case-management As any solo lawyer knows, taking a new client is not simply shaking a hand and signing a checkbook. After marketing and selling legal services, there are still several necessary steps before beginning work. A conflict check must be done, the client's data and information need to be gathered, and a retainer engagement letter must be drafted and sent off. Many new solo practitioners think they will be able to remember every matter and deal with situations as they come, but it is much more efficient to have a data management tool and systematic habits in place when dealing with clients. On this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews attorney Chad Burton about best practices for client intake and how things differ in a virtual law firm model. He emphasizes that particularly solo and small firm lawyers should remember that a conflict check must be done before payment is accepted. Then a retainer engagement letter is drafted that ought to contain fee structure, disclaimer, shortened terms of service, and preferences like whether the client prefers paper or electronic bills. Additionally, the lawyer should provide an explanation of how costs are handled, what is passed-along, why the client pays for certain things, and whether the firm charges for research so the client never has a question about cost. Burton recommends that the solo or small firm lawyer create a process by working hard to find the right management tool and creating good habits around using it. Even the data in small matters add up. Chad Burton is the founder of Burton Law, one of the leading firms in virtual law firm structure. Formerly in a big law firm, he now represents technology-oriented companies from startups to multi-national. Additionally, he started Curo Legal, a company that helps legal professionals with serving their clients efficiently and productively. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. Client Intake: Best Practices and Procedures As any solo lawyer knows, taking a new client is not simply shaking a hand and signing a checkbook. After marketing and selling legal services, there are still several necessary steps before beginning work. A conflict check must be done, the client's data and information need to be gathered, and a retainer engagement letter must be drafted and sent off. Many new solo practitioners think they will be able to remember every matter and deal with situations as they come, but it is much more efficient to have a data management tool and systematic habits in place when dealing with clients. On this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews attorney Chad Burton about best practices for client intake and how things differ in a virtual law firm model. He emphasizes that particularly solo and small firm lawyers should remember that a conflict check must be done before payment is accepted. Then a retainer engagement letter is drafted that ought to contain fee structure, disclaimer, shortened terms of service, and preferences like whether the client prefers paper or electronic bills. Additionally, the lawyer should provide an explanation of how costs are handled, what is passed-along, why the client pays for certain things, and whether the firm charges for research so the client never has a question about cost. Burton recommends that the solo or small firm lawyer create a process by working hard to find the right management tool and creating good habits around using it. Even the data in small matters add up. Chad Burton is the founder of Burton Law, one of the leading firms in virtual law firm structure. Formerly in a big law firm, he now represents technology-oriented companies from startups to multi-national. Additionally, he started Curo Legal, a company that helps legal professionals with serving their clients efficiently and productively. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. 31:23 none Legal Talk Network no Spotlight on The City Bar Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:01:47 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/ringler/RR_061214_NYCBar.mp3 Founded in 1870 in response to a growing public concern over corruption in the justice system in New York City, the New York City Bar Association, also known as the City Bar, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague and co‑host, Brian J. Fillion and guest, Attorney Bret Parker, Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association, to discuss the City Bar's initiatives for 2014, The Lawyer Assistance Program, Legal Referral Service and the great programs geared toward lawyers and future lawyers. Spotlight on The City Bar Founded in 1870 in response to a growing public concern over corruption in the justice system in New York City, the New York City Bar Association, also known as the City Bar, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague and co‑host, Brian J. Fillion and guest, Attorney Bret Parker, Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association, to discuss the City Bar's initiatives for 2014, The Lawyer Assistance Program, Legal Referral Service and the great programs geared toward lawyers and future lawyers. 16:25 none Legal Talk Network no Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Child Abuse Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:41:50 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/08/marijuana-use-pregnancy-child-abuse Although still illegal everywhere in the United States under federal law, Colorado and Washington have decided not to prosecute marijuana use or production at the state level. Despite this lack of enforcement, women who use marijuana during their pregnancies are being charged with child abuse shortly after giving birth. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams interview Sabrina Fendrick from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and Carla Lowe from Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana. Together they discuss conflicting studies and beliefs regarding the benefits, harms, and prohibition of marijuana. Tune in to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as well as the differences between THC, tobacco, and alcohol for pregnant women. Sabrina Fendrick currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for NORML the Washington DC-based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. In 2010, she founded the NORML Women's Alliance and served as Director of Women's Outreach to develop multiple female-focused awareness campaigns to educate women, and empower them to speak out on behalf of progressive cannabis policies. Today Fendrick remains dedicated to increasing women's involvement throughout all aspects of the legalization movement, including parenting and child custody issues. Carla Lowe is the founder of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM). She has been a volunteer anti-drug activist since 1977. Carla co-founded Californians for Drug-Free Youth and Californians for Drug-Free Schools. In addition, she chaired the Nancy Reagan Speakers' Bureau of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth. Lowe is a mother of five grown children, grandmother of nine, and former high-school teacher. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Child Abuse Although still illegal everywhere in the United States under federal law, Colorado and Washington have decided not to prosecute marijuana use or production at the state level. Despite this lack of enforcement, women who use marijuana during their pregnancies are being charged with child abuse shortly after giving birth. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams interview Sabrina Fendrick from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and Carla Lowe from Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana. Together they discuss conflicting studies and beliefs regarding the benefits, harms, and prohibition of marijuana. Tune in to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as well as the differences between THC, tobacco, and alcohol for pregnant women. Sabrina Fendrick currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for NORML the Washington DC-based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. In 2010, she founded the NORML Women's Alliance and served as Director of Women's Outreach to develop multiple female-focused awareness campaigns to educate women, and empower them to speak out on behalf of progressive cannabis policies. Today Fendrick remains dedicated to increasing women's involvement throughout all aspects of the legalization movement, including parenting and child custody issues. Carla Lowe is the founder of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM). She has been a volunteer anti-drug activist since 1977. Carla co-founded Californians for Drug-Free Youth and Californians for Drug-Free Schools. In addition, she chaired the Nancy Reagan Speakers' Bureau of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth. Lowe is a mother of five grown children, grandmother of nine, and former high-school teacher. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 39:08 none Legal Talk Network no Turning Legal Services into Products Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:20:55 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/08/turning-legal-services-products Lawyers often focus on how they can use technology to improve the efficiency and quality of their legal services. However, technology has additionally started to change what people in other professions provide to their clients, even to the point of changing the meaning of "services." Professionals are now creating products that provide revenue in the form of royalties, thereby exceeding what can be made in billable hours. These include books written about new forms of technology, tax guides, answers to common questions, convenient apps, and even software. Is this a "Big Idea" that lawyers should also be considering as they think about the ways they might use technology? In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how lawyers might begin "productizing" services, some ideas about how to create successful products, and the legal and ethical implications of providing this information. Kennedy explains that products such as books or apps providing tips on marketing, finance, general management, or technology are valuable to lawyers. Most often, the lawyer or firm has already done the research required, and simply needs to create a means for selling it. Kennedy recommends several ways lawyers should get started: analyze what other lawyers are doing successfully, look closely at the strengths within your firm, and learn by trying certain products even though they might fail. Mighell points out that the concept of creating products out of your firm is not a simple process, rather it requires a lot of thought and should not be gone into as a whim. After the break Kennedy and Mighell ask anyone who thinks they might be the right candidate to write a book providing information on technology for lawyers to reach out and let them know. They emphasize that many lawyers underestimate their own level of experience and offer to provide subject ideas. Tweet @DennisKennedy and @TomMighell or click the link below to download a proposal form. 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. Turning Legal Services into Products Lawyers often focus on how they can use technology to improve the efficiency and quality of their legal services. However, technology has additionally started to change what people in other professions provide to their clients, even to the point of changing the meaning of "services." Professionals are now creating products that provide revenue in the form of royalties, thereby exceeding what can be made in billable hours. These include books written about new forms of technology, tax guides, answers to common questions, convenient apps, and even software. Is this a "Big Idea" that lawyers should also be considering as they think about the ways they might use technology? In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how lawyers might begin "productizing" services, some ideas about how to create successful products, and the legal and ethical implications of providing this information. Kennedy explains that products such as books or apps providing tips on marketing, finance, general management, or technology are valuable to lawyers. Most often, the lawyer or firm has already done the research required, and simply needs to create a means for selling it. Kennedy recommends several ways lawyers should get started: analyze what other lawyers are doing successfully, look closely at the strengths within your firm, and learn by trying certain products even though they might fail. Mighell points out that the concept of creating products out of your firm is not a simple process, rather it requires a lot of thought and should not be gone into as a whim. After the break Kennedy and Mighell ask anyone who thinks they might be the right candidate to write a book providing information on technology for lawyers to reach out and let them know. They emphasize that many lawyers underestimate their own level of experience and offer to provide subject ideas. Tweet @DennisKennedy and @TomMighell or click the link below to download a proposal form. 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. 36:47 none Legal Talk Network no A Day in the Life of an E-discovery Case Manager Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:47:04 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/esi-report/2014/08/day-life-e-discovery-case-manager E-discovery is an intricate and complicated process where law and technology intersect to find solutions to complex litigation challenges. Lawyers and legal professionals going through the e-discovery process are often overwhelmed with data and information in varying systems in different stages of technological advancement. From millions of documents to tight production deadlines, no one understands the realities of the e-discovery frenzy better than an e-discovery case manager. On this episode of The ESI Report, Michele Lange interviews Joe Edlund and Matt Samet, two e-discovery case managers from Kroll Ontrack. Edlund explains that it is the job of a case manager to establish a working relationship with the lawyer, including training on the data software, explaining data sets and performance, helping to make deadlines, and generally decreasing stress. Samet describes some of the benefits to the legal professional of having an e-discovery case manager. They are able to see the client from beginning to end and organize data recovery systems, identify response documents, and be proactive about potential issues. Through an open and communicative relationship with engineers and project level support, case managers are able to make the hectic process of e-discovery easier and more manageable. Stick around to the end for a fun quiz about job descriptions. Joe Edlund is a Kroll Ontrack case manager who partners with law firms and corporate clients to provide sound advice and best practices in connection with e-discovery management. Matt Samet has experience as a case manager and is also a portfolio manager at Kroll Ontrack, also providing clients with e-discovery solutions. Special thanks to our sponsor Kroll Ontrack. A Day in the Life of an E-discovery Case Manager E-discovery is an intricate and complicated process where law and technology intersect to find solutions to complex litigation challenges. Lawyers and legal professionals going through the e-discovery process are often overwhelmed with data and information in varying systems in different stages of technological advancement. From millions of documents to tight production deadlines, no one understands the realities of the e-discovery frenzy better than an e-discovery case manager. On this episode of The ESI Report, Michele Lange interviews Joe Edlund and Matt Samet, two e-discovery case managers from Kroll Ontrack. Edlund explains that it is the job of a case manager to establish a working relationship with the lawyer, including training on the data software, explaining data sets and performance, helping to make deadlines, and generally decreasing stress. Samet describes some of the benefits to the legal professional of having an e-discovery case manager. They are able to see the client from beginning to end and organize data recovery systems, identify response documents, and be proactive about potential issues. Through an open and communicative relationship with engineers and project level support, case managers are able to make the hectic process of e-discovery easier and more manageable. Stick around to the end for a fun quiz about job descriptions. Joe Edlund is a Kroll Ontrack case manager who partners with law firms and corporate clients to provide sound advice and best practices in connection with e-discovery management. Matt Samet has experience as a case manager and is also a portfolio manager at Kroll Ontrack, also providing clients with e-discovery solutions. Special thanks to our sponsor Kroll Ontrack. 19:50 none Legal Talk Network no How do we fix the school-to-prison pipeline? (podcast with transcript) Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:30:09 +0000 http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/podcast_monthly_episode_53 How do we fix the school-to-prison pipeline? (podcast with transcript) 20:35 none Legal Talk Network no This Week on Legal Talk Network (8/4/14) Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/sr/This_Week.mp4 Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network.On Monday, host Michele Lange interviews Kroll Ontrack case managers Joe Edlund and Matt Samet about the benefits they offer legal professionals dealing with the often complex process of e-discovery on THE ESI REPORT.On Wednesday, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the idea of turning legal services into products or "productization," examples of this approach using technology and their tips to explore some of the possibilities on The Kennedy-Mighell Report.And on Friday, Lawyer 2 Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams talk to Sabrina Fenderick from NORMAL and Carla Lowe from Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) about the possible child abuse charges facing pregnant mothers who use marijuana products in states where it's legal but still against federal law.Here's a preview.So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. This Week on Legal Talk Network (8/4/14) Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network.On Monday, host Michele Lange interviews Kroll Ontrack case managers Joe Edlund and Matt Samet about the benefits they offer legal professionals dealing with the often complex process of e-discovery on THE ESI REPORT.On Wednesday, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the idea of turning legal services into products or "productization," examples of this approach using technology and their tips to explore some of the possibilities on The Kennedy-Mighell Report.And on Friday, Lawyer 2 Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogi and Craig Williams talk to Sabrina Fenderick from NORMAL and Carla Lowe from Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) about the possible child abuse charges facing pregnant mothers who use marijuana products in states where it's legal but still against federal law.Here's a preview.So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. 1:14 none Legal Talk Network no Why It’s Important for Lawyers to Build Expertise and Stand Out From A Crowd Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:46:18 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/legal-toolkit/2014/08/important-lawyers-build-expertise-stand-crowd/ In this increasingly saturated market, being a successful lawyer means standing out from the crowd and becoming the expert in a specific field. Due to economic pressures, it is now necessary for a lawyer to develop a powerful brand in order to make a good living. This means going above and beyond being a hard worker and a self-aware lawyer. Additional research in the field, networking, and self-promotion to garner awareness are all necessary actions required to thrive in the legal community. In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews internationally established marketing strategy consultant, Dorie Clark, about why it is important for lawyers to become subject matter experts, how they might realistically do so, and what the benefits of success are. Clark explains how many lawyers don't try to become experts because they don't believe it is possible, others think that expertise and success should fall into their laps due to hard work, and a third group think that it requires a genius level of intelligence. They should instead be expanding an expert niche, doing original research, combining ideas and fields, or creating a definitive guide to a system. Although expertise requires additional work, the benefits include a more trusting relationship with clients resulting in increased efficiency and results. Dorie Clark is the CEO at Clark Strategic Communications and is a frequent contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Entrepreneur. She has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her new book, Stand Out: How To Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, further delves into the topics discussed in this podcast. Why It’s Important for Lawyers to Build Expertise and Stand Out From A Crowd In this increasingly saturated market, being a successful lawyer means standing out from the crowd and becoming the expert in a specific field. Due to economic pressures, it is now necessary for a lawyer to develop a powerful brand in order to make a good living. This means going above and beyond being a hard worker and a self-aware lawyer. Additional research in the field, networking, and self-promotion to garner awareness are all necessary actions required to thrive in the legal community. In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews internationally established marketing strategy consultant, Dorie Clark, about why it is important for lawyers to become subject matter experts, how they might realistically do so, and what the benefits of success are. Clark explains how many lawyers don't try to become experts because they don't believe it is possible, others think that expertise and success should fall into their laps due to hard work, and a third group think that it requires a genius level of intelligence. They should instead be expanding an expert niche, doing original research, combining ideas and fields, or creating a definitive guide to a system. Although expertise requires additional work, the benefits include a more trusting relationship with clients resulting in increased efficiency and results. Dorie Clark is the CEO at Clark Strategic Communications and is a frequent contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Entrepreneur. She has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her new book, Stand Out: How To Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, further delves into the topics discussed in this podcast. 30:14 none Legal Talk Network no What Paralegals Need to Know About Information Governance, Social Media, and Data Security Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:48:57 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/paralegal-voice/2014/07/paralegals-need-know-information-governance-social-media-data-security Technology has changed the world of law firms and businesses, affecting the way lawyers are required to retrieve, record, and archive information. Instead of communicating entirely by email or phone, professionals are now also exchanging valuable information by instant message, collaboration systems, or social media. It is important for paralegals to understand the ways in which this data is stored and maintained as it can often result in expensive lawsuits. On this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews social business management expert Doug Kaminski about data recovery, ediscovery, regulatory requirements, and archiving information that is exchanged through new forms of communication like social media. He emphasizes the importance for paralegals to become technology savvy, not only to assist in relevant lawsuits, but also to expand their skill set. As communications evolve, Kaminski explains, there will be an increased amount of potential evidence passed through instant messaging and social media. Paralegals should be knowledgeable about the laws concerning data retention in order to inform on custodial interviews and depositions. And most importantly, paralegals and everyone should be aware of the consequences of online communications. Doug Kaminski, VP of Sales at West and Canada at Actiance, specializes in litigation, electronic discovery sales management, technology security, corporate compliance, corporate governance, information governance, archiving, social media, and enterprise software. He is requested as a speaker nationwide on topics including corporate compliance and governments, social media, security, and electronic discovery. Special thanks to our sponsors NALA and ServeNow. What Paralegals Need to Know About Information Governance, Social Media, and Data Security Technology has changed the world of law firms and businesses, affecting the way lawyers are required to retrieve, record, and archive information. Instead of communicating entirely by email or phone, professionals are now also exchanging valuable information by instant message, collaboration systems, or social media. It is important for paralegals to understand the ways in which this data is stored and maintained as it can often result in expensive lawsuits. On this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews social business management expert Doug Kaminski about data recovery, ediscovery, regulatory requirements, and archiving information that is exchanged through new forms of communication like social media. He emphasizes the importance for paralegals to become technology savvy, not only to assist in relevant lawsuits, but also to expand their skill set. As communications evolve, Kaminski explains, there will be an increased amount of potential evidence passed through instant messaging and social media. Paralegals should be knowledgeable about the laws concerning data retention in order to inform on custodial interviews and depositions. And most importantly, paralegals and everyone should be aware of the consequences of online communications. Doug Kaminski, VP of Sales at West and Canada at Actiance, specializes in litigation, electronic discovery sales management, technology security, corporate compliance, corporate governance, information governance, archiving, social media, and enterprise software. He is requested as a speaker nationwide on topics including corporate compliance and governments, social media, security, and electronic discovery. Special thanks to our sponsors NALA and ServeNow. 33:05 none Legal Talk Network no Growing up during BTK serial-killing spree informed author’s new crime novel (podcast) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:00:40 +0000 http://www.abajournal.com/books/article/podcast_episode_35 Growing up during BTK serial-killing spree informed author’s new crime novel (podcast) 19:49 none Legal Talk Network no Data Breaches, eDiscovery, and the Importance of Digital Forensics Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:57:46 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-detectives/2014/07/data-breaches-ediscovery-importance-digital-forensics Every law firm can run into incidents of employee misconduct, data breaches, and intellectual property theft. In the age of modern technology, data breaches, insider trading, and other security problems require extensive technological forensics. Partners and firm owners, as well as lawyers working within the firm, need to understand why a digital investigation is needed, what steps should be taken within an investigation, and who should be involved. Having this knowledge can save the firm thousands of dollars while uncovering the truth. In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview ediscovery and compliance attorney Patrick Oot about how attorneys should be prepared on technology issues when they start to investigate criminal and civil matters. Everyone leaves technology footprints, Oot explains. Whether dealing with an internal investigation or with client data, the most important asset is unbiased, comprehensive, and well documented research. When hiring a digital investigator, the firm should always find an outside expert who is experienced with data breaches, understands how data moves through the system, and can manage proper narrative to the regulators. Properly conducting a digital investigation can make the difference in the credibility and success of a law firm. Patrick Oot is a partner in the DC office of Shook Harty and Bacon LLC where he leads the practice on e compliance and digital investigations. He is one of the few ediscovery and compliance attorneys in the nation that possesses the tripartite experience of an in-house corporate counsel from a fortune 16 organization, a senior attorney at a federal regulatory agency, and a partner in a large law firm. Patrick has extensive experience advising on discovery and investigative matters involving commercial litigation, compliance, regulatory requests, antitrust matters, and personnel issues. Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRoom. Data Breaches, eDiscovery, and the Importance of Digital Forensics Every law firm can run into incidents of employee misconduct, data breaches, and intellectual property theft. In the age of modern technology, data breaches, insider trading, and other security problems require extensive technological forensics. Partners and firm owners, as well as lawyers working within the firm, need to understand why a digital investigation is needed, what steps should be taken within an investigation, and who should be involved. Having this knowledge can save the firm thousands of dollars while uncovering the truth. In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview ediscovery and compliance attorney Patrick Oot about how attorneys should be prepared on technology issues when they start to investigate criminal and civil matters. Everyone leaves technology footprints, Oot explains. Whether dealing with an internal investigation or with client data, the most important asset is unbiased, comprehensive, and well documented research. When hiring a digital investigator, the firm should always find an outside expert who is experienced with data breaches, understands how data moves through the system, and can manage proper narrative to the regulators. Properly conducting a digital investigation can make the difference in the credibility and success of a law firm. Patrick Oot is a partner in the DC office of Shook Harty and Bacon LLC where he leads the practice on e compliance and digital investigations. He is one of the few ediscovery and compliance attorneys in the nation that possesses the tripartite experience of an in-house corporate counsel from a fortune 16 organization, a senior attorney at a federal regulatory agency, and a partner in a large law firm. Patrick has extensive experience advising on discovery and investigative matters involving commercial litigation, compliance, regulatory requests, antitrust matters, and personnel issues. Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRoom. 21:51 none Legal Talk Network no This Week on Legal Talk Network (7/28/14) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/sr/THis_Week_on_LTN_7-28_Audio_Only.mp3 Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network. On Monday, Digital Detectives Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview ediscovery and compliance attorney Patrick Gout about how attorneys should be prepared on technology issues when they investigate criminal and civil matters. On Wednesday, Vicki Voison, The Paralegal Mentor, interviews social business management expert Doug Kaminski about data recovery, ediscovery, and archiving information that is exchanged through new forms of communication like social media. And on Friday, The Legal Toolkits' Jared Correia talks to marketing strategy consultant and author Dorie Clark about why it's important for lawyers to become subject matter experts and what they can do to become one. Here's a preview. So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. This Week on Legal Talk Network (7/28/14) Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network. On Monday, Digital Detectives Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview ediscovery and compliance attorney Patrick Gout about how attorneys should be prepared on technology issues when they investigate criminal and civil matters. On Wednesday, Vicki Voison, The Paralegal Mentor, interviews social business management expert Doug Kaminski about data recovery, ediscovery, and archiving information that is exchanged through new forms of communication like social media. And on Friday, The Legal Toolkits' Jared Correia talks to marketing strategy consultant and author Dorie Clark about why it's important for lawyers to become subject matter experts and what they can do to become one. Here's a preview. So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. 1:06 none Legal Talk Network no Spotlight on the Alabama State Bar Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:44:55 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/ringler/RR_061214_AlabamaBar.mp3 The Alabama State Bar was created in 1923 and has jurisdiction over the conduct of all attorneys and is charged with stimulating interest in improving the administration of justice. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Keith Christie join guest, Attorney Anthony A. Joseph, President of the Alabama State Bar, to discuss the initiatives for 2014, membership, the Alabama State Bar Code of Professional Courtesy and the important services the Alabama State Bar offers the profession. Spotlight on the Alabama State Bar The Alabama State Bar was created in 1923 and has jurisdiction over the conduct of all attorneys and is charged with stimulating interest in improving the administration of justice. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Keith Christie join guest, Attorney Anthony A. Joseph, President of the Alabama State Bar, to discuss the initiatives for 2014, membership, the Alabama State Bar Code of Professional Courtesy and the important services the Alabama State Bar offers the profession. 26:23 none Legal Talk Network no The New Pregnancy Drug Law in Tennessee Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:23:38 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/07/new-pregnancy-drug-law-tennessee On July 1st a new law took effect in Tennessee that allows prosecutors to pursue criminal assault charges if the mother uses illegal drugs during pregnancy. Although it had widespread bipartisan support and is designed to fight Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, some believe it to be an unconstitutional infraction on privacy, equal protection, and due process. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews Tennessee House Representative Mike Carter and Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee Thomas Castelli. Together they discuss maximum penalties, the law's effect on demographics, and treatment based defenses to punishment. Tune in to hear why the Tennessee General Assembly believes this law is their only option and the reasons the ACLU is fighting it. Thomas H. Castelli is the Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. Prior to joining the ACLU, he provided litigation counsel to businesses and law firms with Counsel on Call and was a founding partner with Castelli and Knox, LLP, a small general practice firm with an emphasis on employment discrimination and wrongful discharge. He also worked as an associate at Schulten, Ward and Turner, LLP as well as Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP, where he focused on employment, construction, bankruptcy and general business litigation. He is a native Tennessean who grew up in Murfreesboro. The Honorable Mike Carter is a House Representative in the Tennessee General Assembly. He is a life-long resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee and practiced law for twenty years before being appointed as Judge, now retired, in 1997 by then Governor Don Sundquist. In 2009, Mr. Carter served as Special Assistant to then County Mayor Claude Ramsey. In 2012, he ran unopposed as a State Representative to serve the people of the newly created 29th District of Tennessee. Carter serves on the House Civil Justice Committee, House Finance Ways and Means Committee, and the House Ethics Committee. He also serves on TACIR (Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations) and the House Judicial Oversight Panel. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. The New Pregnancy Drug Law in Tennessee On July 1st a new law took effect in Tennessee that allows prosecutors to pursue criminal assault charges if the mother uses illegal drugs during pregnancy. Although it had widespread bipartisan support and is designed to fight Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, some believe it to be an unconstitutional infraction on privacy, equal protection, and due process. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews Tennessee House Representative Mike Carter and Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee Thomas Castelli. Together they discuss maximum penalties, the law's effect on demographics, and treatment based defenses to punishment. Tune in to hear why the Tennessee General Assembly believes this law is their only option and the reasons the ACLU is fighting it. Thomas H. Castelli is the Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. Prior to joining the ACLU, he provided litigation counsel to businesses and law firms with Counsel on Call and was a founding partner with Castelli and Knox, LLP, a small general practice firm with an emphasis on employment discrimination and wrongful discharge. He also worked as an associate at Schulten, Ward and Turner, LLP as well as Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP, where he focused on employment, construction, bankruptcy and general business litigation. He is a native Tennessean who grew up in Murfreesboro. The Honorable Mike Carter is a House Representative in the Tennessee General Assembly. He is a life-long resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee and practiced law for twenty years before being appointed as Judge, now retired, in 1997 by then Governor Don Sundquist. In 2009, Mr. Carter served as Special Assistant to then County Mayor Claude Ramsey. In 2012, he ran unopposed as a State Representative to serve the people of the newly created 29th District of Tennessee. Carter serves on the House Civil Justice Committee, House Finance Ways and Means Committee, and the House Ethics Committee. He also serves on TACIR (Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations) and the House Judicial Oversight Panel. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 32:38 none Legal Talk Network no 6 Key Numbers Every Attorney Should Know Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:17 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/un-billable-hour/2014/07/6-key-numbers-every-attorney-know Many lawyers are hesitant to regularly look at their finances. In addition to the regular workload and marketing, maintaining a budget seems overwhelming and is often undervalued in time management. After all, when managing a business, there are so many different factors that can affect cash flow and finances: personnel issues, economy changes, client payment plans, marketing and advertising, clerical errors, and many others. Although it may seem difficult to organize and prioritize the finances of a law firm, there are six key categories that break down the budget so that it can easily be managed. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, host Christopher Anderson interviews financial analyst Brooke Lively about the six key numbers every attorney should know. Three are involved with the money that exists or has already been spent: cash position, budget, and accounts receivable. Lively emphasizes the importance of knowing how much the firm has, how much it is owed, and what is being spent. She recommends that an attorney then take these numbers and analyze them to provide cash projections, budget variance, and income variance. Any noticeable changes can lead to modifications to save the company unnecessary losses. By simply paying attention to these six numbers each month, the success of a lawyer's practice could greatly increase. Brooke Lively currently serves as a CFO to over twenty small and solo law firms around the country through her organization, Cathedral Capital. She focuses on fundamental analysis, firm modeling, and valuation backed by strong quantitative skills. She holds an MBA with a double concentration in Investments and Corporate Finance and has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst certification. 6 Key Numbers Every Attorney Should Know Many lawyers are hesitant to regularly look at their finances. In addition to the regular workload and marketing, maintaining a budget seems overwhelming and is often undervalued in time management. After all, when managing a business, there are so many different factors that can affect cash flow and finances: personnel issues, economy changes, client payment plans, marketing and advertising, clerical errors, and many others. Although it may seem difficult to organize and prioritize the finances of a law firm, there are six key categories that break down the budget so that it can easily be managed. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, host Christopher Anderson interviews financial analyst Brooke Lively about the six key numbers every attorney should know. Three are involved with the money that exists or has already been spent: cash position, budget, and accounts receivable. Lively emphasizes the importance of knowing how much the firm has, how much it is owed, and what is being spent. She recommends that an attorney then take these numbers and analyze them to provide cash projections, budget variance, and income variance. Any noticeable changes can lead to modifications to save the company unnecessary losses. By simply paying attention to these six numbers each month, the success of a lawyer's practice could greatly increase. Brooke Lively currently serves as a CFO to over twenty small and solo law firms around the country through her organization, Cathedral Capital. She focuses on fundamental analysis, firm modeling, and valuation backed by strong quantitative skills. She holds an MBA with a double concentration in Investments and Corporate Finance and has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst certification. 34:16 none Legal Talk Network no This Week on Legal Talk Network (7/21/14) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:47:57 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/sr/This_Week_on_LTN_7-21_Audio_Only.mp3 Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network. On Monday, New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews practice management experts Reba Nance and Bill Gibson about business steps new lawyers need to take to optimize their chances for success. Here's a preview- On Wednesday, Christopher Anderson from the Un-Billable hour interviews expert analyst Brooke Lively about the 6 key financial numbers that every lawyer should know. And on Friday, we finish the week with Lawyer 2 Lawyer - our host J Craig Williams interviewing Tennessee House Representative Mike Carter and Legal Director Thomas H. Castelli from the ACLU, discussing Tennessee's new law that adds criminal liability to mothers who do illegal drugs while pregnant. So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. This Week on Legal Talk Network (7/21/14) Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network. On Monday, New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews practice management experts Reba Nance and Bill Gibson about business steps new lawyers need to take to optimize their chances for success. Here's a preview- On Wednesday, Christopher Anderson from the Un-Billable hour interviews expert analyst Brooke Lively about the 6 key financial numbers that every lawyer should know. And on Friday, we finish the week with Lawyer 2 Lawyer - our host J Craig Williams interviewing Tennessee House Representative Mike Carter and Legal Director Thomas H. Castelli from the ACLU, discussing Tennessee's new law that adds criminal liability to mothers who do illegal drugs while pregnant. So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. 1:09 none Legal Talk Network no What You Should Consider When Starting A Solo Law Practice Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:59:16 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/new-solo/2014/07/consider-starting-solo-law-practice When starting a solo or small practice, a lawyer has to consider many new business details that were unnecessary while working for a larger firm. How do taxes differ for sole proprietorships versus other entity types? What are the necessary business or trust accounts for each individual lawyer? What is the most important thing to consider when paying taxes and acquiring insurance? Any lawyer who is starting a solo practice, confused by the options and information available, can make costly mistakes. In this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews Reba Nance and Bill Gibson, two experts in the field of law practice management, about what steps lawyers can take in the beginning of their solo practice to optimize their chance of success. Nance recommends several bank accounts with clear paper trails that are reconciled regularly, acquiring malpractice insurance even if the state does not require it, and not taking shortcuts when pressured by clients. Gibson encourages lawyers who have newly gone solo to seek help and talk to a CPA, pay taxes and automate their payroll systems, and not overlook general liability and workers comp insurance. Both practice management experts highly advise any lawyer to carefully read the professional conduct rules and ethical regulations of each state. Starting a new practice is difficult; no lawyer should be afraid to ask for help. Reba Nance is a law practice and risk management manager of the Colorado Bar Association. In addition to being a frequent presenter on topics such as legal technology and malpractice prevention, she is the first female chair of the ABA tech show. Bill Gibson has practiced personal injury litigation in Portland, OR since 1979. Working as a full-time neutral since 2000, he has also written several books on law practice management including one of the latest ABA books called Flying Solo. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. What You Should Consider When Starting A Solo Law Practice When starting a solo or small practice, a lawyer has to consider many new business details that were unnecessary while working for a larger firm. How do taxes differ for sole proprietorships versus other entity types? What are the necessary business or trust accounts for each individual lawyer? What is the most important thing to consider when paying taxes and acquiring insurance? Any lawyer who is starting a solo practice, confused by the options and information available, can make costly mistakes. In this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews Reba Nance and Bill Gibson, two experts in the field of law practice management, about what steps lawyers can take in the beginning of their solo practice to optimize their chance of success. Nance recommends several bank accounts with clear paper trails that are reconciled regularly, acquiring malpractice insurance even if the state does not require it, and not taking shortcuts when pressured by clients. Gibson encourages lawyers who have newly gone solo to seek help and talk to a CPA, pay taxes and automate their payroll systems, and not overlook general liability and workers comp insurance. Both practice management experts highly advise any lawyer to carefully read the professional conduct rules and ethical regulations of each state. Starting a new practice is difficult; no lawyer should be afraid to ask for help. Reba Nance is a law practice and risk management manager of the Colorado Bar Association. In addition to being a frequent presenter on topics such as legal technology and malpractice prevention, she is the first female chair of the ABA tech show. Bill Gibson has practiced personal injury litigation in Portland, OR since 1979. Working as a full-time neutral since 2000, he has also written several books on law practice management including one of the latest ABA books called Flying Solo. Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University. 32:14 none Legal Talk Network no The Role iPads Play for Lawyers Today Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:26:13 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/kennedy-mighell-report/2014/07/role-ipads-play-lawyers-today According to a variety of surveys, the sales of tablets now exceed the sales of laptops and desktop PCs. In a few short years, iPads have made huge inroads into the legal market and are often part of a lawyer's standard toolkit. In addition to using an iPad for texting, editing documents, consulting a calendar, and email, lawyers are using apps specifically designed for trial presentations and practice organization. In the third edition of his popular book, iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell teaches lawyers how to use their iPad effectively in their practice. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy interviews Mighell about his latest insights on the iPad, recommendations for lawyers and other legal professionals, and what might be next in the world of iPads. Mighell explains why lawyers might choose different tablets such as Android, Windows Surface, or the iPad and benefits of each one. It is important that lawyers pay attention to the main issues and changes with the latest iPad hardware such as new features in iOS 7 accessibility, Notification Pane, Control Panel, AirDrop, and using Siri to improve productivity. Kennedy and Mighell also discuss the reason they implement some "easy tips" that they read or hear about and why so many are ignored or forgotten quickly. 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 Role iPads Play for Lawyers Today According to a variety of surveys, the sales of tablets now exceed the sales of laptops and desktop PCs. In a few short years, iPads have made huge inroads into the legal market and are often part of a lawyer's standard toolkit. In addition to using an iPad for texting, editing documents, consulting a calendar, and email, lawyers are using apps specifically designed for trial presentations and practice organization. In the third edition of his popular book, iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell teaches lawyers how to use their iPad effectively in their practice. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy interviews Mighell about his latest insights on the iPad, recommendations for lawyers and other legal professionals, and what might be next in the world of iPads. Mighell explains why lawyers might choose different tablets such as Android, Windows Surface, or the iPad and benefits of each one. It is important that lawyers pay attention to the main issues and changes with the latest iPad hardware such as new features in iOS 7 accessibility, Notification Pane, Control Panel, AirDrop, and using Siri to improve productivity. Kennedy and Mighell also discuss the reason they implement some "easy tips" that they read or hear about and why so many are ignored or forgotten quickly. 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. 36:23 none Legal Talk Network no Heidi Alexander Interviews Lawducate Founder Kelli Proia at Mass LOMAP Conference Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:36:25 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/07/heidi-alexander-interviews-lawducate-founder-kelli-proia-mass-lomap-conference Heidi Alexander, co-host of The Legal Toolkit, interviews Kelli Proia, founder of the legal business training organization Lawducate, during Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference. She explains how a law firm is like any business, and recommends lawyers put effort into marketing and outsource necessary areas like creating a website. Lawducate, one of the co-sponsoring organizations at Mass LOMAP, teaches fundamental business marketing and sales techniques to lawyers. Heidi Alexander Interviews Lawducate Founder Kelli Proia at Mass LOMAP Conference Heidi Alexander, co-host of The Legal Toolkit, interviews Kelli Proia, founder of the legal business training organization Lawducate, during Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference. She explains how a law firm is like any business, and recommends lawyers put effort into marketing and outsource necessary areas like creating a website. Lawducate, one of the co-sponsoring organizations at Mass LOMAP, teaches fundamental business marketing and sales techniques to lawyers. 5:03 none Legal Talk Network no Jared Correia Interviews Legal Marketing Expert Joyce Brafford at the Mass LOMAP Conference Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:24:39 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/07/jared-correia-interviews-legal-marketing-expert-joyce-brafford-mass-lomap-conference Jared Correia, co-host of The Legal Toolkit on Legal Talk Network, interviews Joyce Brafford about marketing for lawyers at Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference. She recommends that lawyers choose one social media platform, maintain consistent engagement, and be sincere, especially in solo and small firms with more personal clients. Brafford is a Practice Management Advisor with the North Carolina Bar Association, making sure lawyers have access to the technology that can help them run their firms efficiently and professionally. Jared Correia Interviews Legal Marketing Expert Joyce Brafford at the Mass LOMAP Conference Jared Correia, co-host of The Legal Toolkit on Legal Talk Network, interviews Joyce Brafford about marketing for lawyers at Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference. She recommends that lawyers choose one social media platform, maintain consistent engagement, and be sincere, especially in solo and small firms with more personal clients. Brafford is a Practice Management Advisor with the North Carolina Bar Association, making sure lawyers have access to the technology that can help them run their firms efficiently and professionally. 8:41 none Legal Talk Network no This Week on Legal Talk Network (7/14/14) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:18:27 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/sr/This_Week_on_LTN_7-14_Audio_Only.mp3 Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network. On Monday, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway from the Digital Edge talk to expert Tom Spahn about the ethics involved when a law firm breaks up or a lawyer wants to leave. Here's a preview- On Wednesday, The Legal Toolkit's Jared Correa continues our Special Report series from the MASS LOMAP 4th Annual Super-Marketing Conference and interviews Joyce Brafford from NCBA on how to manage social media to improve client relationships. Thursday, Heidi Alexander returns to the conference to speak to Kelli Proia from Lawducate about the how to run and market your law firm like a regular business. And on Friday, we finish the week with The Kennedy-Mighell Report - our hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discussing the new 3rd edition of Tom's book "iPad in One Hour for Lawyers" - what's happening with the iPad now and what to expect in the future. So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. This Week on Legal Talk Network (7/14/14) Hello. This is Laurence Colletti for This Week on Legal Talk Network. On Monday, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway from the Digital Edge talk to expert Tom Spahn about the ethics involved when a law firm breaks up or a lawyer wants to leave. Here's a preview- On Wednesday, The Legal Toolkit's Jared Correa continues our Special Report series from the MASS LOMAP 4th Annual Super-Marketing Conference and interviews Joyce Brafford from NCBA on how to manage social media to improve client relationships. Thursday, Heidi Alexander returns to the conference to speak to Kelli Proia from Lawducate about the how to run and market your law firm like a regular business. And on Friday, we finish the week with The Kennedy-Mighell Report - our hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discussing the new 3rd edition of Tom's book "iPad in One Hour for Lawyers" - what's happening with the iPad now and what to expect in the future. So tune in. It's all right here . . . This Week on Legal Talk Network. 1:18 none Legal Talk Network no When Lawyers Get Divorced: Ethically Breaking up a Law Firm Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:52:25 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-edge/2014/07/lawyers-get-divorced-ethically-breaking-law-firm When a law firm breaks up or a lawyer leaves to start a new practice, there are always clients, contingency arrangements, and hourly cases to split up. It is important to know what ethical steps a lawyer or law firm should take when parting ways. If the firm splits up, who has the rights to the name, brand, clients, or even client files? How can both parties ethically allocate unfinished business, accounts receivable, or unsettled contingency prearrangements? An ethical and professional split is inevitably beneficial for the future of the law firm and the lawyer. On this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon D. Nelson and Jim Calloway ask legal ethics expert Tom Spahn about the proper way to professionally deal with the various situations that arise when a law firm splits up. He explains that lawyers and their firms should remain civil and open to negotiation before the lawyer has left. Firms have run into trouble while trying to penalize leaving employees on an individual basis. He discusses the ethically proper way to deal with unfinished business doctrines, document retention programs, and fiduciary duties to clients. Due to technology, there are new issues to consider including digital files or property ownership of domain names. Overall, however, Spahn emphasizes that every partner has a continuing duty to make sure every client is adequately served. Tom Spahn, often known as "Mr. Ethics" in Virginia, practices as a commercial litigator in the Tysons Corner office of McGuireWoods. He has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, and has spoken over 1,200 times on ethics and other topics in the United States and abroad. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. When Lawyers Get Divorced: Ethically Breaking up a Law Firm When a law firm breaks up or a lawyer leaves to start a new practice, there are always clients, contingency arrangements, and hourly cases to split up. It is important to know what ethical steps a lawyer or law firm should take when parting ways. If the firm splits up, who has the rights to the name, brand, clients, or even client files? How can both parties ethically allocate unfinished business, accounts receivable, or unsettled contingency prearrangements? An ethical and professional split is inevitably beneficial for the future of the law firm and the lawyer. On this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon D. Nelson and Jim Calloway ask legal ethics expert Tom Spahn about the proper way to professionally deal with the various situations that arise when a law firm splits up. He explains that lawyers and their firms should remain civil and open to negotiation before the lawyer has left. Firms have run into trouble while trying to penalize leaving employees on an individual basis. He discusses the ethically proper way to deal with unfinished business doctrines, document retention programs, and fiduciary duties to clients. Due to technology, there are new issues to consider including digital files or property ownership of domain names. Overall, however, Spahn emphasizes that every partner has a continuing duty to make sure every client is adequately served. Tom Spahn, often known as "Mr. Ethics" in Virginia, practices as a commercial litigator in the Tysons Corner office of McGuireWoods. He has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, and has spoken over 1,200 times on ethics and other topics in the United States and abroad. Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow. 26:40 none Legal Talk Network no CMS Medicare Set-Aside Review and Approval Process Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:41:38 +0000 http://traffic.libsyn.com/ringler/RR_051514_CMS-MSA.mp3 The Medicare Set-Aside Review Process dates all the way back way back to 1980, when The Medicare Secondary Payer Act was enacted. Fast forward to 2014, where the Insurance industry is still waiting for promised improvements. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen along with colleague, Tom Blackwell, Vice President and Program Director of Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. (RMS), take a look at CMS Medicare Set-Aside Review, the approval process and whether it is still relevant. CMS Medicare Set-Aside Review and Approval Process The Medicare Set-Aside Review Process dates all the way back way back to 1980, when The Medicare Secondary Payer Act was enacted. Fast forward to 2014, where the Insurance industry is still waiting for promised improvements. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen along with colleague, Tom Blackwell, Vice President and Program Director of Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. (RMS), take a look at CMS Medicare Set-Aside Review, the approval process and whether it is still relevant. 36:11 none Legal Talk Network no Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Religion, Contraception, and Regulation Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:33:39 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2014/07/burwell-v-hobby-lobby-religion-contraception-regulation The Supreme Court's recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby invokes passionate debates and fiery discourse. At the spearhead of exchange are questions about reproductive, First Amendment, and healthcare rights. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi brings light to these issues along with Emily Martin from the National Women's Law Center and Elizabeth Slattery from the Heritage Foundation. Together they discuss the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act vs. invoking a Constitutional argument centered around the First Amendment. Tune in to learn more about the 4 debated methods of contraception, Justice Ginsburg's dissent, and religious rights of corporations. Emily Martin is the Vice President and General Counsel at the National Women's Law Center, where she undertakes cross-cutting projects addressing women's health, economic security, and education and employment opportunities. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Martin served as Deputy Director of the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge T.S. Ellis, III, of the Eastern District of Virginia. She has served as Vice President and President of the Fair Housing Justice Center, a non-profit organization in New York City. Elizabeth Slattery is a senior legal policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. She researches a variety of issues such as the rule of law, the First Amendment, civil rights and equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions. Ms. Slattery also studies and writes about cases before the Supreme Court, judicial nominations, and the proper role of the courts. She manages the Meese Center's appellate advocacy programs, including moot court sessions to prepare litigators for oral argument before the Supreme Court. Ms. Slattery's analysis and commentary have appeared in The Washington Times and The Washington Examiner, as well as outlets including National Review Online, The Daily Signal, The Daily Caller and U.S. News and World Report. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Religion, Contraception, and Regulation The Supreme Court's recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby invokes passionate debates and fiery discourse. At the spearhead of exchange are questions about reproductive, First Amendment, and healthcare rights. On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi brings light to these issues along with Emily Martin from the National Women's Law Center and Elizabeth Slattery from the Heritage Foundation. Together they discuss the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act vs. invoking a Constitutional argument centered around the First Amendment. Tune in to learn more about the 4 debated methods of contraception, Justice Ginsburg's dissent, and religious rights of corporations. Emily Martin is the Vice President and General Counsel at the National Women's Law Center, where she undertakes cross-cutting projects addressing women's health, economic security, and education and employment opportunities. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Martin served as Deputy Director of the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge T.S. Ellis, III, of the Eastern District of Virginia. She has served as Vice President and President of the Fair Housing Justice Center, a non-profit organization in New York City. Elizabeth Slattery is a senior legal policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. She researches a variety of issues such as the rule of law, the First Amendment, civil rights and equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions. Ms. Slattery also studies and writes about cases before the Supreme Court, judicial nominations, and the proper role of the courts. She manages the Meese Center's appellate advocacy programs, including moot court sessions to prepare litigators for oral argument before the Supreme Court. Ms. Slattery's analysis and commentary have appeared in The Washington Times and The Washington Examiner, as well as outlets including National Review Online, The Daily Signal, The Daily Caller and U.S. News and World Report. Special thanks to our sponsor, Clio. 35:48 none Legal Talk Network no Do Silver Bullets Exist with Digital Marketing? Jim Schonrock Interviewed at the Mass LOMAP Conference Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:27:38 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/07/silver-bullets-exist-digital-marketing-jim-schonrock-interviewed-mass-lomap-conference The Legal Toolkit's Heidi Alexander interviews Jim Schonrock, VP of performance at FindLaw, live at Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference about his presentation "Do Silver Bullets Exist with Digital Marketing." Schonrock discusses the preconceived notions lawyers have about digital marketing and how customers search online. Rather than focusing on ranking in Google for specific phrases, law practices need to expand their social media presence in blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, and optimize their local profiles. However, he emphasizes, successful digital marketing must always be followed by a positive client experience. Do Silver Bullets Exist with Digital Marketing? Jim Schonrock Interviewed at the Mass LOMAP Conference The Legal Toolkit's Heidi Alexander interviews Jim Schonrock, VP of performance at FindLaw, live at Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference about his presentation "Do Silver Bullets Exist with Digital Marketing." Schonrock discusses the preconceived notions lawyers have about digital marketing and how customers search online. Rather than focusing on ranking in Google for specific phrases, law practices need to expand their social media presence in blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, and optimize their local profiles. However, he emphasizes, successful digital marketing must always be followed by a positive client experience. 7:37 none Legal Talk Network no Heidi Alexander Interviews Jack Newton Live at the Mass LOMAP Conference Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:25:27 +0000 http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/07/heidi-alexander-interviews-jack-newton-live-mass-lomap-conference Heidi Alexander, co-host of The Legal Toolkit on Legal Talk Network, interviews Jack Newton about his featured presentation, "Delivering a Cloud Experience" at Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference. In the presentation, he explains how cloud technology such as client portals, online document review, secure live communications, and online billing can improve how lawyers market their client experience. Newton is the founder and CEO of Clio, a company that provides web-based practice management systems and client collaboration platforms for small- to mid-sized law firms. Heidi Alexander Interviews Jack Newton Live at the Mass LOMAP Conference Heidi Alexander, co-host of The Legal Toolkit on Legal Talk Network, interviews Jack Newton about his featured presentation, "Delivering a Cloud Experience" at Mass LOMAP's 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference. In the presentation, he explains how cloud technology such as client portals, online document review, secure live communications, and online billing can improve how lawyers market their client experience. Newton is the founder and CEO of Clio, a company that provides web-based practice management systems and client collaboration platforms for small- to mid-sized law firms. 9:48 none Legal Talk Network no