Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

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2015 ABA TECHSHOW: Manage Your Documents by Manipulating Your PDFs

Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares interviews lawyer and litigator technology expert Mark Metzger at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Metzger, who gave a presentation at the conference on technological solutions for litigation, discusses the importance of turning files into, manipulating, and using PDFs. Along with suggesting apps like Keynote, Callout, and Trialpad, he addresses the issue of lawyers not wanting to pay for apps at all.

Mark Metzger is an attorney at the Law Office of Mark C. Metzger in the Chicago area. His firm practices business law and small business startup planning, estate planning, and real estate. A frequent speaker on the use of iPad and Macintosh technology in the practice of law, he has been involved in ABA TECHSHOW for 6 years.

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2015 ABA TECHSHOW: Online Legal Research with Carole Levitt

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews internet research expert Carole Levitt at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. Levitt discusses her book, “Internet Legal Research on a Budget” and her speaking event at the conference, “Bing, Google, Duck, Yahoo: How to search for anything and find it.” Tune in for tips on effective online research for lawyers.

Previously a law librarian, Carole Levitt is now president for Internet for Lawyers, which she started in 1999. Internet for Lawyers teaches lawyers how to do online investigations to find background information on people, their own parties, opposing clients, companies, and topics relevant to a case.

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2015 ABA TECHSHOW: The Authors of Your Favorite Legal Technology Books

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti and Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy interview legal technology authors Allison Shields, Dan Siegel, and Tom Mighell about the Author’s Track at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. Together, they discuss the challenges in writing for lawyers and what it was like to present during the Author’s Track at the conference. Shields, Siegel, and Mighell all urge lawyers to make a couple of changes in their technological processes in order to have a more efficient practice.

Allison Shields is the president of Legal Ease Consulting in Long Island, NY. She helps lawyers with the business end of their companies including marketing and development, fees, time management, and efficiency.

Dan Siegel is a practicing attorney from the suburbs of Philadelphia and a consultant who works with attorneys to help manage and improve their workflow. He is a nationally-known writer and lecturer about technology in law offices and in litigation.

Tom Mighell is vice president and senior consultant with Contorall, helping companies develop information governance and litigation readiness programs. Mighell is also the co-host of Legal Talk Network’s own Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast.

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2015 ABA TECHSHOW: The Legal Technology Audit with Casey Flaherty

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Casey Flaherty about his Plenary Session at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Flaherty, an Austin-based lawyer, is well-known for creating the Legal Technology Audit (LTA), a test of basic technological proficiency for lawyers and in-house corporate departments. In the interview, he discusses his path to creating the LTA, the ethical minimum of technological knowledge for lawyers, and why this is important for lawyers and clients.

Topics include:

  • Creating the LTA and developing it with Andrew Pearlman
  • The myth of the digital native
  • Recommendations for technologically deficient law students or lawyers
  • Flaherty’s new career as a legal department consultant
  • Using the velocity metric to calculate wasted time

After being in-house counsel at Kia Motors for four years, Casey Flaherty has recently started his own consultancy practice focusing on empirically based approaches to legal quality and legal spend management for in-house departments.

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2015 ABA TECHSHOW: The Ethical Duty of Technological Competence with Andrew Perlman

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti and ABA Journal legal affairs writer Victor Li interview plenary speaker Andrew Perlman at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Perlman discusses how the lawyer’s ethical duty of competence is evolving and what level of technological proficiency is reasonably expected today. He covers the most basic knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel to automated document assembly and cybersecurity.

Topics Include:

  • Basic/ethical competency with Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Training a law firm for future efficiency
  • Taking the Legal Technology Audit at any level
  • Digital marketing, social media, e-discovery, and new law

Tune in to hear why lawyers have an ethical responsibility to their clients and how this knowledge can increase success within their practice.

Andrew Perlman teaches civil procedure and professional responsibility at Suffolk University Law School where he also directs the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation.

The Florida Bar Podcast

Director Jonathon Israel on How the Practice Resource Institute Benefits Florida Lawyers

Many lawyers who are part of the Florida Bar do not realize what the Practice Resource Institute (PRI) has to offer. The PRI is an online resource for lawyers who need help with office technology, finance and accounting, marketing, management, or who need assistance with all aspects of starting a new practice. Much of the content is free to the public and there are additional services available to members.

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Jonathon Israel, director of The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute. Israel discusses how the PRI has developed to offer a myriad of new opportunities available to any lawyer (not just Florida Bar members). He describes the structure of the site and the types of information, resources, and tools you should expect from visiting the PRI website or becoming a member. In the future, Israel explains, the PRI will respond to member feedback to include more video and audio content, social media interaction, and aggregation.

Jonathon Israel is the director of the Practice Resource Institute. He has been with the Florida Bar for thirteen years, starting at the help desk and working his way up through the Information Technology Department. As long-time operations manager for the Bar’s IT department, he brings a strong technology background to the PRI.

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

Would your practice be prepared if something happened to you? These tips can give you peace of mind.

If the unthinkable happens, will your practice be ready for an intermediary to take over or help with a transition?  Do you know what would happen if you–or one of your colleagues–should suddenly die or become incapacitated? The ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with two experts about tools and systems you can put in place to give you and your clients peace of mind.

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ATL Converge: Online Reputation Management with Tasha Cooper

Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares interviews attorney and social media consultant Tasha Cooper at the 2015 Above the Law conference ATL Converge. Cooper discusses social media basics all lawyers should know and gives some quick and easy tips to managing an online presence. Tasha Cooper runs UpwardAction, a digital media buying and social media training company that helps lawyers leverage paid advertising on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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