Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

So you want to practice overseas?

Have you ever daydreamed about having a career abroad? Before saying “bon voyage,” you should know what’s involved. In this month’s Asked and Answered podcast, moderator Stephanie Francis Ward will find out tips and advice on developing a practice beyond U.S. borders.

The Florida Bar Podcast

The Florida Courts E-Filing Portal

In 2013, the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) launched a statewide e-filing portal for civil, criminal, and Florida Supreme Court cases. As usually happens with technological changes, many legal professionals were caught off guard. Navigating drop-down menus and searching for the right documents can be very confusing. So what are some things Florida lawyers can do to make using the portal easier?

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Carolyn Weber, program manager for the design and implementation of the portal, and Tom Hall, lawyer and consultant to the FCCC. Together, they discuss the major issues lawyers have with the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal and tips on document requirements. Weber mentions the main subjects called in to support staff and suggests that lawyers watch the various YouTube videos that explain each page of the portal. Hall explains that attorneys, in fact, should give their documents generic names (most attorneys prefer to be specific). Listen to the end to learn about removing metadata properly or potentially revealing attorney-client privilege information.

Carolyn Weber has designed, developed, and implemented automated document production programs, electronic case filing, and case management systems for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida and the Orange County Clerk of Courts. In 2013, she joined the FCCC in November 2012 as Program Manager to help in the design and implementation of the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal.

Tom Hall is an appellate attorney with The Mills Firm in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also President of TLH Consulting Group and he currently serves as a consultant to the FCCC providing non-legal advice to the Portal Authority Board. Hall serves as vice chair of the Technology Committee of The Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 Commission.

New Solo

Agile and Lean: Methodologies to an Efficient, Better, and More Profitable Practice

A lean or similarly called agile law practice is one that prioritizes the delivery of a valuable project or service early and often. In order to do this, a law practice must create a system that improves time efficiency by removing excess waste. When a lawyer applies these lean processes to his or her workflow, they create services for which the client is happy to pay. But what does it mean to “remove excess waste”?

In this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews John E. Grant, an agile attorney consultant, about what it means to have a lean practice, how businesses have soared ahead of law firms in this way, and things every lawyer can do to add value to their services. Grant, a solo practitioner himself, discusses his move from the business world to the legal world and how he has seen the agile manifesto change the way that businesses work. He mentions ways lawyers can effectively streamline workflow processes and gives some specific suggestions of books and articles to read in order to learn more. Tune in for more details on how to make your clients happy by increasing your practice efficiency.

John E. Grant is a solo lawyer and runs Agile Attorney Consulting, a consulting company that works to make lawyers more productive, please clients, and increase revenue. He spent ten years in the business world working for a software company before he went to law school. Grant is an author, speaker, coach, consultant, and lawyer who practices on a lean workflow.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University.

Special Reports

20 Blawggers in 20 Minutes: Legal Blogs in 60 Seconds

Beer for Bloggers is a cooperative social event in its 8th year at ABA TECHSHOW between the ABA Journal and LexBlog, which celebrates law blogging and law bloggers. Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with 20 blogging lawyers to highlight their blog(s) in 60 seconds or less.

Below is a comprehensive list of the blogs mentioned, where to find them, their main topics, and the authors’ Twitter handles.

Twenty Legal Technology Bloggers:

ABA Journal: Law News NowAny breaking legal news that lawyers might find important.
Molly McDonough
@Molly_McDonough

The Legal Research & Writing Pro Blog – Legal writing tips, practice management, and other tips for solo and small firm attorneys.
Lisa Solomon
@lisasolomon

The Dallas Divorce Law Blog – Dallas and Texas family law issues.
Michelle O’Neil
@oneilattorneys

LawBiz Blog – Teaches lawyers how to work with clients and make money with less stress.
Ed Poll
@LawBiz

Katrina Brundage – Innovation, data, law, and technology. Legal technology events from a law student’s point of view and ways to use data analytics.
Katrina Brundage
@KBrun13

DennisKennedy.Blog – Legal technology, technology law, the future of law practice, podcasting, and social media since 2003.
Dennis Kennedy
@denniskennedy
@dkennedyblog

The Legal Ease Blog – Practice management, time management, tools, ethics, legal marketing, and social media for lawyers and law firms.
Allison Shields
@allisonshields

Inter Alia – Internet legal research, legal technology, personal technology, and technology with social media since 2002.
Tom Mighell
@TomMighell

Technology Toolbox – ACC Docket – Technology of the law rather than the law of technology (requires login).
Doing It Better – ACC Docket – Legal operations and success stories of improved legal departments.
Inside Counsel – How to run a legal department more like the business it serves.
Casey Flaherty
@DCaseyFlaherty

Legaler – Lifestyle blog for lawyers. What’s happening outside of your life in the law.
Jacqui Walker
@LegalerHQ
@JacquiLWalker

Ernie the Attorney – A personal blog about lawyers seeking efficient enlightenment.
Ernie Svenson
@ernieattorney

JASNWILSN – Legal publishing, legal technology, and various observations, musings, and ramblings.
Jason Wilson
@jasnwilsn

Thoughtful Legal Management – Practice management advice including technology and finance.
David Bilinsky
@david_bilinsky

ABA Journal: Law News Now – Breaking news on a wide range of legal topics.
Lee Rawles
@abajournal

Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog – Short, simple, and easy to read law practice tips for all lawyers.
Jim Calloway
@jimcalloway

Indy Franchise Law – Advice for responsible buying and selling of franchises or turning your company into a franchise.
Josh Brown
@indyfrchslaw

AvoidAClaim Blog – Helps lawyers avoid claims. Latest legal frauds.
Slaw – #1 Canadian legal blog with articles from lawyers all over Canada.
Dan Pinnington
@DanPinnington

Above the Law – Legal industry gossip about biglaw, government jobs, small practices, and anything else newsworthy in law.
AssociatesMind – Longest running professional development site for new lawyers.
Keith Lee
@associatesmind

Think Pink Law – The life of a law student in Boston.
Legally Blond BOS – Estate planning, family law, and fun stories.
Julie Tolick
@Thinkpinklaw
@legallyblondbos

InsideLegal – The insider’s guide to doing business in legal technology, news events, products, and market research.
Jobst Elster
@InsideLegal

Special Reports

2015 ABA TECHSHOW: Using Your iPad for Client Intake Through Trial

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judge Herbert Dixon, Jonathan Lomurro, and Bjorn Christensen, who spoke on the iPad Track during 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. During the track, presenters explained how to input documents, work with them, manipulate them, and then create a presentation, all on an iPad. Judge Dixon, Lomurro, and Christensen each discuss their favorite iPad features and apps for trial lawyers and analyze the growing influence of the iPad as a laptop-replacement tool.

Judge Herbert Dixon has been a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for 30 years, where he helps develop the technology-enhanced courtrooms. He is a former member of the ABA TECHSHOW Board and writes a technology column for the Judge’s Journal. With a keen interest in technology, he often finds himself involved in issues related to law and technology.

Jonathan Lomurro is a plaintiff, personal injury, and medical malpractice attorney from New Jersey. His love of technology has led him to lecture and write on it for many years.

Bjorn Christensen, a practicing lawyer from Manitoba, Canada, has gained such an interest in practice management that he advises many other local attorneys. As he says, “Technology is practice now. If you want to do practice management advice, you have to know technology.”

Special Reports

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.

Special Reports

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.

Special Reports

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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