Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

Un-Billable Hour

The Habits of Success

Law firms, attorneys, and legal tech entrepreneurs require certain skills in order to successfully grow their business within the legal marketplace. In this episode of The Un-Billable Hour, host Chris Anderson talks with Habitude Executive Director Martin Hurwitz about his tips to help legal practitioners create processes and habits to better leverage their strengths and achieve their goals.

Martin Hurwitz is the Executive Director of Habitude and the founder of Transitioneering. He received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.

Legal Toolkit

Better Preparing Lawyers for the Practice of Law

Many young lawyers entering the legal marketplace are surprised to find that they are lacking the fundamental skills necessary to successfully practice law and stay competitive while seeking employment. In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, host Jared Correia talks with American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Rights & Responsibilities Commissioner Fred Rooney, Suffolk University Law School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ilene Seidman, Michigan State University College of Law Professor of Law in Residence Daniel Linna, and Stanford Law School fellow Margaret Hagan about their respective programs and the additional skills that law schools should teach students to better prepare them for the practice of law.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney and Scorpion.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

Defending Against DDoS Attacks

When discussing legal technology many attorneys perceive their cyber security risk as low and easily manageable. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the recently distributed denial of services attacks that disrupted hundreds of websites, what makes you vulnerable to these attacks, and how lawyers can better defend themselves.

In the second segment of the podcast, Dennis and Tom discuss an artificial intelligence concept known as “human in the middle” and how AI will augment the future practice of law. 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.

On the Road

ATL APP 2016: Yes, You Are Competing With LegalZoom

Even with the acceptance of legal technology by many lawyers and law firms, some attorneys are still skeptical about the benefits that emergent technology can bring to their law practice. In this report from On The Road, host Joe Patrice speaks with Avvo Director of Industry Relations Dan Lear, Rocket Matter founder and CEO Larry Port, and CuroLegal CEO Chad Burton about the importance of leveraging legal technology and the dangers to your business if you don’t.

Dan Lear is a lawyer, blogger and legal industry expert and is currently the Director of Industry Relations for Avvo.

Larry Port, Rocket Matter founder and CEO, is a speaker and award winning writer at the crossroads of the legal profession, cutting edge technology, and law firm marketing.

Chad Burton is a litigator and a pioneer in the legal industry, currently serving as CEO of CuroLegal.

Paralegal Voice

The Importance of Legal Project Management

When building a law firm there are many variables that an attorney must account for to ensure that their business runs smoothly and is successful. In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin chats with Brown & Associates, PLLC Certified Paralegal Alicia Mercer about legal project management, what the job entails, and why having a project manager is beneficial to the health and well being of any law firm.

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

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

The art of getting clients to pay

You landed someone you thought would be a great client, but now you’re finding out that the client isn’t great about paying the bill. What should you do?  In this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Bob Markoff, a Chicago lawyer who has done collections work for many years. Markoff, a past president of the National Creditors Bar Association, gives tips and advice on what you can do to recover the money you’re owed.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law

Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can’t Afford to Make

 

This episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law features Practical Law Startup & Venture Capital Senior Legal Editor Joe Green discussing common legal mistakes made by startup companies. Joe talks about his background working with tech startups and his current role creating legal know-how for practitioners advising startup companies. After setting the stage by defining what he considers a “startup,” he provides insights into why many startup companies fail. Joe covers what startups can do if a co-founder decides to leave early on and the benefits and potential pitfalls of providing equity compensation to employees. He closes the interview with his list of the three things that anyone representing startups should know and the best piece of advice that he’s ever been given.

Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law

Hot Topics in Employee Handbooks

 

In this episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Renee Karibi-Whyte speaks with Kate Bally, Director of the Practical Law Labor and Employment Service, about the importance of establishing workplace policies and documenting those policies in an employee handbook. Kate discusses the risks associated with not providing an employee handbook and failing to follow handbooks consistently. Kate then breaks down how several burgeoning social issues – accommodation, wage and hour, confidentiality, LGBT issues, and state nuances – impact today’s corporate world. She closes the interview with an explanation of why employee handbook acknowledgement agreements are vital and shares the best professional advice she’s ever received.

New Solo

6 Steps to Make Alternative Fees Profitable

Many attorneys are reluctant to try alternative billing methods because they fear that moving away from the billable hour will be complicated and less profitable. Furthermore, lawyers who are interested in billing alternatives often don’t know where to find resources to help them implement such changes in their own law firms. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks with Vandenack Weaver LLC founder Mary Vandenack about her six simple steps for any lawyer looking to successfully implement alternative billing methods in their law practice.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Solo Practice University and Clio.

New Solo

Implementing Alternative Billing in your Law Practice

In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks with Vandenack Weaver LLC founder Mary Vandenack about lawyers using alternative billing models. Mary defines alternative billing as any way of charging for a law firm’s services that isn’t the billable hour and talks about her experiences breaking away from a large firm and starting her own. She shares an interaction with a client that led her to consider alternative fees and explains that a common fear among lawyers when discussing alternative billing is under charging for your services. Mary advises attorneys to analyze their process, break those methods down into pieces, and to then price those pieces accordingly. She provides examples of different styles of alternative billing and closes the interview with an analysis of their pros and cons.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Solo Practice University and Clio.

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