Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

Special Reports

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 Pearlman

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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ATL Converge: The Benefits of Procurement with Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, a panelist at the ATL Converge conference and executive director of Buying Legal Counsel. Silverstein discusses how procurement helps streamline the purchase of legal (and other) services by making it more objective, transparent, and measurable. Buying Legal Counsel is an organization of procurement and operations professionals tasked with sourcing legal services and managing legal services supplier relationships.

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ATL Converge: Public Relations and Communication with John Hellerman

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews John Hellerman, partner at Hellerman Baretz Communications, about law firm public relations and media communication at the 2015 Above the Law conference ATL Converge. Hellerman discusses the differences between media exposure earned through the attention from mainstream media, paid media through sponsorships or advertisement, and owned media in the form of podcasts, white papers, and blogs. Tune in to hear about how each are important and where your law firm or practice should be focusing its energy. Hellerman Baretz Communications helps their clients identify and communicate with audiences through mainstream media.

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ATL Converge: Media Relations with Joshua Peck

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Joshua Peck about how law firms should interact with the mainstream media at the 2015 Above the Law conference ATL Converge. Peck explains that law firms need to openly and specifically communicate with journalists, victories in litigation, bankruptcy, corporate deals, and general firm advancements. Positive attention from niche legal and major business publications can increase firm reputation and attract the attention of prospective new clients. Joshua Peck is the senior manager of media relations at the Law Firm of Duane Morris and he co-founded Law Firm Media Professionals.

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Above The Law Editors Discuss Converge Panels

The 2015 Above the Law Converge conference featured discussions of four current legal topics: privacy, reputation, communication strategy, and emerging technical trends. Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with the Above the Law editors moderating each panel the day before the conference to talk about why each topic is relevant to today’s lawyers.

The following are moderators and their discussion topics. For the benefit of our listeners, we interviewed the panelists about these legal topics after each panel.

Staci Zaretsky: Online Reputation, Privacy, and the Law

David Lat: Pitching the Mainstream Media

Joe Patrice: Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices

Elie Mystal: The Future of Law

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