Podcast category: Best Legal Practices
April 24, 2015
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.
April 23, 2015
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 Now – Any breaking legal news that lawyers might find important.
The Legal Research & Writing Pro Blog – Legal writing tips, practice management, and other tips for solo and small firm attorneys.
The Dallas Divorce Law Blog – Dallas and Texas family law issues.
LawBiz Blog – Teaches lawyers how to work with clients and make money with less stress.
Katrina Brundage – Innovation, data, law, and technology. Legal technology events from a law student’s point of view and ways to use data analytics.
DennisKennedy.Blog – Legal technology, technology law, the future of law practice, podcasting, and social media since 2003.
The Legal Ease Blog – Practice management, time management, tools, ethics, legal marketing, and social media for lawyers and law firms.
Inter Alia – Internet legal research, legal technology, personal technology, and technology with social media since 2002.
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.
Legaler – Lifestyle blog for lawyers. What’s happening outside of your life in the law.
Ernie the Attorney – A personal blog about lawyers seeking efficient enlightenment.
JASNWILSN – Legal publishing, legal technology, and various observations, musings, and ramblings.
Thoughtful Legal Management – Practice management advice including technology and finance.
ABA Journal: Law News Now – Breaking news on a wide range of legal topics.
Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog – Short, simple, and easy to read law practice tips for all lawyers.
Indy Franchise Law – Advice for responsible buying and selling of franchises or turning your company into a franchise.
AvoidAClaim Blog – Helps lawyers avoid claims. Latest legal frauds.
Slaw – #1 Canadian legal blog with articles from lawyers all over Canada.
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.
Think Pink Law – The life of a law student in Boston.
Legally Blond BOS – Estate planning, family law, and fun stories.
InsideLegal – The insider’s guide to doing business in legal technology, news events, products, and market research.
April 23, 2015
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.”
April 23, 2015
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.
April 23, 2015
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.
April 23, 2015
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.
April 22, 2015
Elie and Joe sit down with Ryan Morrison, aka The Video Game Attorney, to discuss the emerging legal issues in the video game industry and just how many genocide treaties humans breach in every video game ever.
April 21, 2015
On this special edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen chats with the new President of Ringler Associates, Geoffrey E. Hunt, about his goals and thoughts on the structured settlement industry in Ringler’s 40th Anniversary year.
Visit Ringler Associates to contact a consultant in your area about structured settlements.
April 17, 2015
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.
- 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.
April 17, 2015
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.
- 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.
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