Podcast category: Best Legal Practices

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Work-Life Balance for Lawyers with Jeena Cho

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jeena Cho, lawyer, author, and meditation teacher, at the 2015 Clio Cloud conference. Like many other lawyers, at one point in her career Cho found herself burnt out and overly stressed. She discusses tools she discovered to achieve healthy work-life balance. Through general awareness, regular self check-ins, and mindfulness, Cho explains, anxious lawyers can improve their quality of life. Stay tuned for a guided meditation at the end of the interview.

Jeena Cho is a partner at JC Law Group PC, a bankruptcy law firm in San Francisco, and the author of the forthcoming book “The Anxious Lawyer”. In addition to her law practice, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to lawyers and writes a blog for Above the Law.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Applied Lessons from Modern Data Operations

Clio’s lead scientist Fraser Newton and Vice President of Business Development George Psiharis stop by to discuss what law firms can learn from their data operations. During their interview, they share insights from their sales team and talk about applying key performance indicators to the business side of your legal practice. Although not every firm is the same when it comes to fee arrangements, area of law, and marketing budget, all must focus on return on investment to create growth.

George Psiharis is the vice president of business development at Clio. He specializes in customer development and data operations. George has worked extensively with law schools, bar associations, and other legal professionals to help make information on cloud computing and law firm economics increasingly accessible.

Fraser Newton is the lead scientist at Clio where he’s been since 2008, when he started as a senior software developer. He uses his training in both computer science and statistics to build better customer experiences through data insights and understanding.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Technology Trends and Firm Performance

In this Special Report, Billie Tarascio, Mary Juetten, and Duncan Stewart stop by to talk about measuring your firm’s performance as a business and predictions for future ways to interact with clients. Tune in to hear about net promoter scores, conversion rates, and the costs of acquiring new clients. In addition, they move on to discuss preferred technologies for millennials, print vs. digital for news and books, and when it’s appropriate to use the phone over an in-person visit.

Billie Tarascio is a family law attorney, legal innovator, and entrepreneur. She has created a DIY software for litigants that helps minimize legal costs. Billie is a frequent speaker and presenter on issues related to legal technology, practice management, law firm development, and family law.

Mary Juetten is the founder and CEO of Traklight and the co-conspirator behind Evolve Law. She specializes in helping companies in transition or startup to create sustainable, operational, and financial growth. Mary created the only self-guided software platform that creates a custom business risk strategy and automates the client question and issue-spotting process for businesses and IP attorneys.

Duncan Stewart is the director of TMT research for Deloitte Canada. He is a globally recognized expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise technology, media, and telecommunications trends. In his time as an investor, he deployed a cumulative two billion dollars of capital into global TMT markets.

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.

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