Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

Law Technology Now

LegalX: Innovators from MaRS

If you think the legal industry’s future depends on small and big firms working together, you might be from MaRS. By MaRS, we mean the Canadian-based MaRS Discovery District (originally named Medical and Related Sciences) and its recent project to innovate the legal profession.

In this episode of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay interviews Aron Solomon and Jason Moyse, the co-founders of recent MaRS startup LegalX. Together, they talk about today’s transition from the big firm model of yesterday in favor of more nimble practices traditionally found in smaller firms and startups. Although there will always be a need for Biglaw on large, highly profitable matters, 80% of the U.S. market is priced out of legal services. That unmet need has become a primary driver in sweeping change to the legal industry.

So, what do these driving forces mean for the future of law? Monica, Aron, and Jason take turns answering that question with their forecasts of the legal market for the next 2-5 years. Not only will this near future continue to see big firms receding, but it will also usher in an era of innovation. Legal solutions made on one side of the globe will be solving problems on the other. Even more surprising, it is predicted that Biglaw will collaborate with small firms to produce more comprehensive offerings at lower prices. Tune in to hear more about the future of law as seen from MaRS.

Aron Solomon is the innovation lead at LegalX, a startup from MaRS Discovery District that specializes in connecting technologists, designers, engineers, and lawyers to drive innovation in the legal sector. Prior to that, he was ED at Ed, entrepreneur in residence at i.c. Stars, and co-founder and vision holder at SVBstance. In addition, Aron has served as Global Managing Partner at Futurlogic, CEO at Think Global School, and founder for The Mission Group.

Jason Moyse is the industry lead at LegalX, a startup from MaRS Discovery District that specializes in connecting technologists, designers, engineers, and lawyers to drive innovation in the legal sector. Prior to that, he was the manager of legal business solutions at Elevate Services, director of innovation execution at Cognition LLP, and director of service delivery at McCarthy Tétrault. In addition, Jason has been legal counsel and program manager to Xerox Canada.

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

How to get out of the office and make exercise part of your routine

Want to get outside, but work tethers you to your desk? Getting physical can increase both your productivity and personal happiness, and Kandis Gibson has some tips and tricks for how you can make exercise and outdoor activities part of your routine. Gibson, a senior associate at Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel in Washington, D.C., has not let her busy IP litigation practice stop her from competing in triathlons. She speaks with the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward in this month’s Asked and Answered to share how she did it, and how you can get your bosses on board with you getting out of the office more frequently.

Special thanks to our sponsors Amicus Attorney.

On the Road

2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: The Young Lawyers Division

In this Special Report, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division President Gordon Glover and Young Lawyers Division President-Elect Designate Katherine Hurst Miller speak with Laurence Colletti about their division, what young attorneys aspire to today, and what to expect in the coming year. Gordon explains that their division has 26,000 members and that young lawyers make up a quarter of all lawyers in the state. The division hosts monthly webinars, affiliate outreach conferences, and basic continuing legal education courses for their attorneys. Katherine explains their training succession plan for the president-elect designate and Gordon elaborates on the two themes of his presidency. They also analyze why more law students want to start their own practices coming out of law school and reveal that criminal, personal injury, and family law are the most common types of firms that young lawyers are establishing. Gordon and Katherine close the interview with a discussion of The Young Lawyers Division Moot Court Competition held at the annual conference and provide some insight into the case being debated and the teams that are attending this year.

Gordon Glover is The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division president. He’s a personal injury attorney who practices in Ocala and The Villages, Florida. Gordon was named University of Florida’s Outstanding Male Leader, the university’s most prestigious leadership award, and was selected for membership in the University of Florida Hall of Fame and Florida Blue Key. He is a member of the 5th Judicial Circuit’s and Middle District of Florida’s Grievance Committees, and a former member of The Florida Bar’s Code and Rules of Evidence Committee. Gordon is admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida, the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Katherine Hurst Miller is The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division president designate. Her practice focuses on commercial contract and tort disputes locally in Daytona Beach and statewide throughout Florida. She routinely handles matters involving corporate litigation, insurance defense, insurance agent defense, and condominium and homeowners association issues. Additionally, she provides advice to companies, associations, and individuals to help them minimize risk and avoid litigation. Katherine has experience in courtroom trials and motion hearings, depositions, appellate matters, administrative hearings,  and mediations and other types of alternative dispute resolution.

On the Road

2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Dueling Dragons Outreach Program

The Dueling Dragons of Orlando Dragon Boat Team is a partnership between at risk teens and police officers from the Orlando Police Department who team up in a cooperative and competitive boat racing event. The kids come from programs like City’s Operation Positive Direction, Parramore Kidz Zone, and the City’s Families, Parks and Recreation Department. Both police officers and kids participate as volunteers in the racing program. Dragon Boats have 20 seats, 41 feet of hull, and require 21 people to paddle. The premise is simple: only by working together will the racers get from point A to point B.

In this Special Report, host Laurence Colletti sits down with Andrea Eliscu, founder of Dueling Dragons of Orlando, which was the subject of her presentation at the Business Law Section and International Law Section Joint Luncheon during the 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention. Since the inception of her program, no participating kid has been arrested, lowered their GPA, or dropped out of school. In addition, no participating officer has been accused of misusing their power while performing their duties as a peace officer.

Financially managed by The Orlando Community and Youth Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Dueling Dragons of Orlando is funded by many generous contributions both in time and money. These donations are used to put on racing events and provide meals to participating kids on practice/competition days.

Charitable mentions:

  • Harris Rosen
  • NeuroSpine Institute (Dr. Robert Masson)
  • Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
  • BB&T Bank (They also let the kids job shadow with a banker)
  • TrakMedia Solutions
  • Nob Hill
  • Walt Disney World
  • Universal Studios
  • Frank Santos
  • Susan Potter Norton

Special mentions for police guests called to service:

  • City of Orlando Chief of Police John Mina
  • Evelyn Aponte (administrative specialist to the Chief)

Andrea Eliscu is the founder of Dueling Dragons of Orlando, a boat racing program which pairs at risk kids and police officers together in a cooperative activity designed to bring peace and understanding to its participants. Ms. Eliscu is a registered nurse and medical marketing specialist with decades of healthcare experience. She founded Medical Marketing Inc. and serves as its president where she provides leadership and guidance to its clients and serves as a resource to local and national industry trade organizations and media on health care related issues.

On the Road

2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Providing Legal Aid and Pro Bono Services

“Our country is a democracy because of the rule of law. When we don’t have justice for everybody, we don’t have justice for anyone.” – Bruce Blackwell

At the 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention, Kimberly Sanchez, Ericka Garcia, and Bruce Blackwell discuss legal aid and pro bono representation to help elderly, poor, veteran, disabled, and other legally vulnerable people throughout Florida. Ericka and Bruce work for The Florida Bar Foundation, a leader and funder for legal aid services around the state of Florida. They talk about the growing need for lawyers to offer pro bono services and why they should. Lawyers at the end of their lives don’t remember the big corporate cases, Bruce explains, they remember helping those in need keep a house.

Kimberly is the executive director of legal aid in central Florida. She talks about how her organization receives aid from The Florida Bar Foundation and provides need-based assistance in civil matters like housing, evictions, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and injunctions for domestic violence, among others. With only 45 lawyers on staff, Kimberly’s program relies heavily on Florida lawyers offering pro bono services to fill the gap. Stay tuned to hear how and why you may want to contribute your services.

Bruce Blackwell is CEO of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice. Previously, he was a trial lawyer for 40 years. Bruce is a 5th generation Floridian from North Central Florida.

Ericka Garcia is director of pro bono partnerships at The Florida Bar Foundation where she creates partnerships and collaborations. She started doing pro bono at age 15 as a voluntary day legal aid in Miami. Previously, she was the developmental disabilities attorney for the legal aid society in Orlando, Florida, representing foster children with disabilities.

Kimberly Sanchez is the executive director of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF). Kimberly is the former advocacy and deputy director of CLSMF, managing litigation and working to create organization-wide litigation goals and vision.

The Florida Bar Podcast

A Peek Inside The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute

At the 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention, Renee Thompson interviews Jonathon Israel, Rod Bruce, Eddie Lebranda, and Christine Bilbrey from The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Institute (PRI). The PRI is a free online resource for Bar members providing assistance in firm management, trust accounting, job acquisition and hiring, technology, and the details needed to start or close a law practice. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, director Jonathon Israel walks us through useful tools and resources the PRI offers, including technology CLEs and administrative forms. Practice management advisors Christine Bilbrey and Rod Bruce discuss how easily Florida lawyers can get assistance and answer some of the most commonly asked questions. Eddie Lebranda, an advisor for the career center, tells us about new opportunities the PRI offers including resume formatting, online career fairs, and more! Tune in to hear about how the PRI can help you.

Jonathon Israel is the director of the Practice Resource Institute, the practice management assistance service for The Florida Bar’s membership.

Rod Bruce is a practice management advisor for The Florida Bar PRI. He has a background of almost 20 years as a legal administrator and a paralegal.

Eddie Lebranda supports the career center. He consults and advises employers on how to best promote open positions and assists with job seekers navigating the PRI’s website.

Christine Bilbrey is a practice management advisor for The Florida Bar PRI. Previously she was a law firm administrator in Pensacola, Florida.

On the Road

2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention: Past, Present, and Future Bar Presidents

Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares interviews Ben Hill, Florida Bar president from 1991-1992, Ramón (Ray) Abadin, president from 2015-2016, and incoming Bar president Bill Schifino at the 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention. Adriana begins the podcast by having each president ask questions of the others. They discuss why it’s important to listen to their executive director, the growth and changes of the legal profession, and how to deal with the increase in online legal service providers in Florida. Although Ben, Ray, and Bill all differ in the way they approach leadership, they agree that they are all extremely committed to serving the bar members, their clients, and the public as a whole. The presidents urge young lawyers wishing to progress within the bar to get involved early and start in local positions and committees. Stay tuned to the end for the one thing each president would like to say to all bar members.

Ben Hill is a founding partner and chairman of the Tampa law firm Hill Ward Henderson. As a member of the litigation group, his practice is primarily focused in the areas of complex litigation including professional liability, products liability, and general commercial matters. Ben was president of The Florida Bar from 1991-1992, is a former president of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, and is currently board certified as a civil trial lawyer.

Ramón A. Abadin is a partner in the Miami office of Sedgwick LLP, where he focuses on complex commercial, insurance, and corporate litigation. He served as president of The Florida Bar Association for the 2015-2016 term and is also past president of the Cuban American Bar Association.

Bill Schifino is managing partner of the Burr & Forman LLP’s Tampa office and a board-certified specialist in the area of business litigation. His practice includes securities litigation and arbitration, professional malpractice litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation. In 2015, Bill was elected president of The Florida Bar and serves as president of the Bar starting in 2016.

Thinking Like a Lawyer - Above the Law

Summertime In Law Firms

Discussing the whole summer experience of Biglaw life. From summer associate etiquette to proper lunching locations, to living as a full-time associate in a world of summers, we discuss how to tackle the summer and reminisce about our own summer adventures.

ABA Law Student Podcast

Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in the Legal Profession

Between 21% and 36% of practicing attorneys exhibit drinking behaviors that could be considered hazardous, harmful, or possibly alcohol dependent. 28% of licensed and employed attorneys are struggling with either mild, moderate, or severe depression, and 19% are battling with clinically significant levels of anxiety. How prevalent are mental health and substance misuse issues in the profession and what can young lawyers do to help reduce these numbers?

In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Fabiani Duarte speaks with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professionals Program Director Patrick Krill about the prevalence of substance misuse and other mental health concerns within the occupation. Patrick explains his motivation for encouraging the creation of this study, mainly a lack of relevant drug use and mental health data, and explores possible reasons as to why so little research of this kind has been done on attorneys. He also explains the tools he used, like the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (Dass 21), to measure alcohol consumption and mental health concerns among the pool of 15,000 attorneys surveyed. The conversation then shifts to an analysis of the survey results which show that young attorneys within their first 10 years of practice have the highest rates of mental health issues and problematic drinking. Patrick expounds upon these statistics by revealing that 90% of the individuals surveyed identified alcohol as their drug of choice. He wraps up the interview with some suggestions on how drinking culture can be decoupled from the legal profession and provides tips for law students on identifying if they struggle with mental illness and substance misuse and resources for those seeking help.

Patrick Krill is director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Legal Professionals Program and a licensed attorney, board certified alcohol and drug counselor and graduate-level instructor in addiction counseling. He conceptualized, developed, and co-facilitated a nationwide joint research project between the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to survey the current rates of substance use, depression, and anxiety among attorneys throughout the country. Patrick also serves on the Advisory Board of the Dave Nee Foundation, is a member of the Nomination Review Committee for the PRISM Awards, and works closely with the Entertainment Industries Council. He earned his BA in political science and government from American University, his J.D. from Loyola Law School, and his LL.M. in international law from the American University Washington College of Law. Patrick also received his Master’s Degree in addiction counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

Improve Your “Email Hygiene”

Attorneys handle and process huge quantities of data each year. As data becomes more digital it will become even more important for legal professionals to have good, regimented email tidiness, or what we’re calling “email hygiene.” What are some data management best practices and how can lawyers maintain good inbox cleanliness?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell provide guidance principles to help lawyers improve their email hygiene. Tom challenges lawyers to identify how they perceive their emails, either as simple communications or possible business records, and encourages them to adopt an email retention policy. He emphasizes that keeping emails forever can be a liability, specifically if you are sued, and talks about the risks, costs, and productivity problems that can develop as a result of excess clutter. Tom and Dennis also analyze two types of email management styles; filing and piling, and explore practical ways to more efficiently search and manage their data for each style. They both end the first segment with application suggestions to help attorneys manage the clutter and helpful habits to keep the disorder at bay.

In the second half of the podcast, Dennis and Tom talk about what you can do to get rid of your old cords, adapters, and other miscellaneous computer parts. Tom admits that he has major cord clutter in his garage and that he replaces these types of items immediately if he can’t find them. Dennis shares his system of storage and identification for assorted computer parts and encourages others to donate old tech gear to charity. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

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