Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: A Fireside Legal Chat about Outsourcing and Project Management

What do outsourcing, Lean, and Agile mean for your law firm? Find out by listening to this Special Report with legal entrepreneurs Basha Rubin and Mirra Levitt plus Lean/Agile evangelist John E. Grant. Together they discuss their respective Clio Cloud Conference presentations with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti.

Tune in to hear where clients are searching for attorneys today, how the emoji lawyer problem affects your practice, and why lawyers need to adopt a culture for learning in their firms. In addition, hear Basha, Mirra, and John debate the merits of Agile principles as well as the minimally viable product concept in the legal profession.

Basha Rubin is CEO and Co-Founder of Priori Legal. She is also a speaker and writer on how technology is changing, will change, and the market for legal services. Her writing has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Inc, Women 2.0, and Under30CEO.

Mirra Levitt is general counsel and co-founder of Priori Legal. Before Priori, she worked as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP, a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and was a Henry Luce Scholar in the microfinance program in Save the Children’s Vietnam office.

John E. Grant is an attorney and Agile Certified Scrum Master who helps lawyers and legal teams improve their practices. He’s spent most of his career at the intersection of the legal, business, and technology worlds where he’s studied established techniques such as Lean, Agile, and Lean Startup which are designed to maximize productivity for the manufacturing, software development, product design, and entrepreneurship sectors.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Professionalism as a Survival Strategy with Jayne Reardon

Cloud based software platforms and Comment 8 on the ABA Model Rule 1.6 on Confidentiality of Information have sent shudders across state bars nationwide. The mounting pressures for innovation and increased technology competence have left many lawyers scrambling for answers. As uncertainty gives way to reason, the legal profession is starting to provide guiding parameters to attorneys trying to stay in compliance.

On this Special Report, Executive Director Jayne Reardon of the Commission on Professionalism to the Illinois Supreme Court sits down with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti. Together, they discuss the ABA Model Rules, possible changes thereof, and the erosion of jurisdictional practice boundaries. Tune in to hear more about alternative business structure law firms and how they might apply to Limited License Legal Technicians.

Jayne Reardon is the Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism to the Illinois Supreme Court. Prior to that, she was worked for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and as a Trial Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Knowledge Management with Connie Crosby

“As we know, knowledge is in people’s heads, so how do you manage that?” -Connie Crosby

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with knowledge management consultant Connie Crosby, who presented at the 2015 Clio Cloud conference in Chicago. Her presentation, titled ‘How to Manage Your Knowledge and Experience,’ focused on information “trapped” in law firm employees’ heads and how to initiate your firm’s management process before you even think about including technology.

In this Special Report, Connie suggests several ways lawyers can begin the process of knowledge and experience management, even for those who haven’t previously considered it. She talks about recording and manifesting precedent documents, emails and letters, research memoranda, and other information with potential future use. For those who are just starting, she recommends getting organized, making checklists, and discussing what information is valuable. Tune in to hear about implementing systems before you buy technology.

Connie Crosby is a knowledge management consultant based in Toronto, Canada. She also specializes in information management, records management, and library management. Previously a law firm manager, she now works with smaller firms and other organizations to help them get organized.

Legal Toolkit

Winning Local Search

Most lawyers think about search marketing in a broad way, trying to reach everyone on the internet. But focusing on local search, which involves targeting specific cities, states, and neighborhoods, can have better overall results. This area of marketing is often quite confusing, however. What is local search marketing, how does it affect Google rankings, and what can lawyers do about it?

In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews local search engine optimization industry leader Mike Ramsey about the components of an effective online marketing campaign, recent and upcoming Google algorithm changes, and specific actions lawyers can take today to improve their local search marketing. Ramsey discusses the importance of citations like Avvo and lawyers.com and why you should create a Facebook profile. Other significant factors include the quality and content of the business website, online reviews on Google and Yelp, and link building. Essentially, Ramsey explains, ranking for local search queries is important, but lawyers also need to control their online presence because potential clients are most likely searching before they buy. If nothing else, he says, build a very well optimized website and go out and be a good lawyer!

Mike Ramsey is the president of NiftyLaw and has taken part in the industry leading Moz Local Search Ranking Factors study for many years. He is a founding partner of the Google-sponsored Local University conference series. Ramsey is an active guest speaker at many internet marketing events such as Lawyernomics, Mozcon, SMX, Pubcon, and Search Fest. He has been quoted and featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Mashable, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, and many other leading internet marketing news sites.

Special thanks to our sponsor Amicus Attorney.

In-House Legal

How General Counsels Drive the Legal Profession

Bill Ide’s resume is packed with impressive positions, not the least of which includes ABA President and general counsel of Monsanto. But the rise to his current status didn’t involve a predictable path after law school. Opting out of working for a big law firm after receiving his J.D., he instead accepted a clerkship for a federal judge in the South during a very important time in civil rights. Throughout his career after that, Ide was presented with many potentially risky opportunities, leading him to his position as GC and a leader in the corporate legal industry today.

In this episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch interviews Bill Ide about his career path, the decisions he made along the way, and what it truly takes to be a leader in the legal industry. In-house lawyers can gain insight from his experience with corporate governance and the future of the profession as a whole.

Topics Include:

  • How clerkship transformed Ide’s career
  • Representing the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
  • Involvement in the American Bar Association
  • The obligation of being self-regulating lawyers
  • Solutions to the issue of access to justice
  • How general counsels are driving the profession
  • Respecting stakeholders in critical decisions
  • Approaching in-house counsel as a public company director
  • The future of board governance and corporate governance

Bill Ide, currently a partner at the global law firm Dentons, previously served as general counsel of Monsanto. He has clerked for a future United States Attorney General, served as the president of the American Bar Association, was counsel to the U.S. Olympic committee, and has been and remains a director on many public company boards. He is additionally a leading voice on the important topic of corporate governance.

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

Which practice areas are going to be the most lucrative in the future?

The market for legal jobs may be getting better, but it’s still not great. That being said, are there specific practice areas that need more attorneys to serve current and future needs? In this month’s episode of Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with legal search consultant Valerie Fontaine to find out what the best prospects are for a long-term, successful legal career.

Paralegal Voice

Research and Writing Your Way to a Better Paralegal Career

The National Association of Legal Assistants 40th Annual Convention featured a three-day Essential Skills Institute for paralegals. The institute focused on effective legal research, written communication, and judgement and legal analysis. Any paralegal is likely to further his or her career, become essential in their firm, and improve future job prospects by cultivating these abilities. But where can paralegals learn these skills?

On this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin, interviews Virginia Koerselman Newman, a faculty member on the Essential Skills Institute, about specific ways paralegals can improve their writing and legal research as well as learn to analyze legal cases and increase their own personal value.

Topics Include:

  • Lexis Nexis and Westlaw vs courthouse research
  • Research search parameters and search terms
  • Legal judgement and analysis: connecting facts to the rules
  • Using logic, not emotion, to solve problems
  • Analogical reasoning and inductive reasoning
  • Using (or not using) legalese in writing
  • Dos and don’ts in legal writing
  • How to effectively proofread your own work
  • Using terminology when representing the plaintiff versus the defendant

Virginia Koerselman Newman has been working in the legal profession since about 1970. She started as a legal secretary and then worked as a paralegal for nearly ten years. She was the first Nebraska paralegal to be certified by NALA. Newman then went to law school and practiced law for 26 years and has been teaching and writing about the legal profession ever since. She published the CP review manual, was on the CP certifying board, and then served as a consultant to the board.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Boston UniversityNALA, and ServeNow.

Legal Toolkit

Being Likeable and Building Relationships in the Legal Profession

Developing a good rapport with clients and trust among your fellow attorneys can lead to better case results, happier clients, and a more pleasurable work environment. Lawyers, and particularly trial attorneys, need to make emotional connections and be persuasive. But, all too often, these essential aspects of practice development are overlooked. So what should introverted lawyers do to improve networking, client and coworker relationships, and overall success in their careers?

In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews Jason Treu, former lawyer turned marketer and business coach, about building relationships, social engineering, and practical steps lawyers can take to improve their networking skills.

Topics Include:

  • Improving relationships to move the bottom line
  • Emotional connections to drive good leadership
  • Learning to understand human behavior through experience
  • Why a mentor is necessary
  • Preparing for engagement in conversations
  • Tips for networking at an event
  • Following up and optimizing relationships for referrals

Jason Treu, formerly a lawyer, is a business and executive coach, and a self-proclaimed social engineering and persuasion expert. He has written a how-to guide on social and professional relationships entitled “Social Wealth,” contributes to numerous publications, and spoken extensively about building professional relationships.

Special thanks to our sponsor Amicus Attorney.

Special Reports

ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services Hearing

In this four-part interview, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti talks with Tom Bolt, Robert Hirshon, Chris Zampogna, and Fred Headon about their contributions and ideas for the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services Hearing. Together they discuss possible updates to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, non-tech innovations to help the practice of law, how small firms and paralegals are helping with access to justice, and suggestions from the Canadian Bar Association for maintaining a vibrant and relevant legal profession.

Tom Bolt is the chair of the ABA Law Practice Division as well as founder and managing attorney at Bolt Nagi where he focuses on government relations, banking, real estate, real estate finance, and estate planning in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Robert Hirshon is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. In addition he is the Professor from Practice and Special Counsel to Developments in the Legal Practice from the University of Michigan Law School as well as internal counsel from Verrill Dana, a regional law firm in New England focusing on management issues.

Chris Zampogna is an ABA Delegate and immediate past president of the Bar Association of District of Columbia. Has his own small firm in D.C. primarily focused on litigation.

Fred Headon is in-house counsel for Air Canada in Quebec and past president of the Canadian Bar Association where he chaired the CBA’s Legal Futures Initiative to encourage more innovation, change regulation of the profession, and educate lawyers differently.

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