Podcast category: Legal Technology

Digital Detectives

A New Dawn for the Association of E-Discovery Specialists

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is a member organization that offers certification and a community for professionals working in the field of e-discovery, both in the public and private sectors. Recently, experienced e-discovery service provider and industry leader Mary Mack was named the executive director of ACEDS. What will change and what are her future plans for the organization?

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Mack about the history of ACEDS, why certification is important for e-discovery professionals, and future trends in e-discovery, information governance, and overall technological competence for lawyers.

Topics Include:

  • Attorney specialist certification and marketing
  • Teams and corporate training
  • E-discovery AND forensics, information governance, technological competence…
  • What’s happening with CLEs and in law school
  • ABA Model Rule 1.1
  • Functional and experience requirements for the certification test
  • Why Mack moved from providing services/software to education

Mary Mack, executive director of ACEDS, has over a decade of leadership and hands on experience in the eDiscovery community. Mary most recently served in a leadership role for ZyLab, a global provider of e-discovery and intelligent information governance software. Before that, she was with Fios, Inc., a provider of e-discovery services to Fortune 1000 corporations and major law firms.

The Florida Bar Podcast

Inside Tips on CLEs and Board Certification

Obtaining the required Continuing Legal Education credits is on the mind of every Florida Bar member. Many lawyers often ask where to report their credits, what other activities qualify for CLEs, and how to find online courses? Also, what are the benefits to becoming board certified?

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson interview Michelle Francis, the Education, Compliance, and Accreditation Manager at The Florida Bar, who handles CLE accreditations and ensures lawyer completion of minimum requirements. Francis discusses why lawyers should look into board certification, answers CLE questions frequently asked by Florida lawyers, and offers some useful advice about alternative ways to obtain CLE credits. Hint: chapter a book, present a program, or attend university courses.

Michelle Francis is The Florida Bar’s Education, Compliance, and Accreditation Manager. In this position, she handles all the accreditations for the CLE programs for attorneys and ensures attorneys do their minimum requirements for CLE and the Basic Skills Requirement. Additionally, her department handles the Board Certification program.

The Florida Bar Podcast

Get Involved with The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar

All Florida lawyers under the age of 36 and Florida Bar members in their first 5 years are automatically in The Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Consequently, the division includes over 27,000 members throughout the state. As we know, new lawyers must complete the Basic Skills Course Requirement, but there have been some recent changes in how to fulfill these requirements. Furthermore, there are tremendous additional opportunities within the YLD.

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson interview Katherine Hurst Miller, president-elect of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, about online course developments, why YLD member engagement is growing, interactions with affiliate groups, and how young lawyers can get involved. Tune in to hear about the health and wellness programs coming up in the next year and how your local or specialty bar can apply for YLD grants.

Katherine Hurst Miller is an attorney out of Daytona Beach, Florida, and a partner at the law firm of Cobb Cole. She has a civil litigation defense practice including Condo and HOA. Miller was recently sworn in as president-elect of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Special Reports

ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services Hearing

In this four-part interview, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti talks with Tom Bolt, Robert Hirshon, Chris Zampogna, and Fred Headon about their contributions and ideas for the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services Hearing. Together they discuss possible updates to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, non-tech innovations to help the practice of law, how small firms and paralegals are helping with access to justice, and suggestions from the Canadian Bar Association for maintaining a vibrant and relevant legal profession.

Tom Bolt is the chair of the ABA Law Practice Division as well as founder and managing attorney at Bolt Nagi where he focuses on government relations, banking, real estate, real estate finance, and estate planning in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Robert Hirshon is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. In addition he is the Professor from Practice and Special Counsel to Developments in the Legal Practice from the University of Michigan Law School as well as internal counsel from Verrill Dana, a regional law firm in New England focusing on management issues.

Chris Zampogna is an ABA Delegate and immediate past president of the Bar Association of District of Columbia. Has his own small firm in D.C. primarily focused on litigation.

Fred Headon is in-house counsel for Air Canada in Quebec and past president of the Canadian Bar Association where he chaired the CBA’s Legal Futures Initiative to encourage more innovation, change regulation of the profession, and educate lawyers differently.

Lunch Hour Legal Marketing

Summer of Lunch Part 4: Legal Blogging Tips from Kevin O’Keefe

Lawyers use blogs to improve legitimacy, show expertise in niche areas, bring in clients, and network with other lawyers. But many who wish to start blogging suffer from perfectionism, have problems with motivation, and are worried about lack of content or subject matter. So where do success-driven lawyers with writer’s block start?

In the 2015 Summer of Lunch series finale from Lunch Hour Legal Marketing, Jared Correia interviews Kevin O’Keefe, CEO of Lexblog, about how would-be legal bloggers should get started, the necessary level of professionalism, using blogs to network and build relationships, and setting beneficial goals. O’Keefe encourages lawyers to see blogging as a conversation with law experts and clients, and avoid the idea of content marketing. He gives advice on motivation, building a following, choosing a niche area, and writing content that is valuable to people.

Kevin O’Keefe is CEO of Lexblog, a blogging platform and network for lawyers and law firms. Lexblog’s LXBN network features the work of affiliated legal bloggers. Previously, Kevin was a trial lawyer for almost 20 years and he started Prairie Law, one of the first widely used internet communities for attorneys.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

Wild About Wearables: Fitbits, Apple Watches, and Your Legal Practice

From Fitbits and Apple Watches to robotic exoskeletons, we have entered the age of wearable technology. While this development has definite implications for a lawyer’s ethical duty of technology competence, it will also change how lawyers use technology in their practices. Having a health app can improve standard of living, but does your Apple Watch actually assist in practicing law?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the increase in development of wearable technologies, the benefits for early adopters, and how the nature of legal practice will change. Tom mentions cases in which Fitbit data was used as evidence and notes that ignoring wearable device data could negatively impact your practice. He also dives into a history of wearable technology dating back to a wrist calculator in the 1970s and the creation of bluetooth in 2000. Dennis discusses the health apps and dictation uses on his own Apple Watch and how it benefits his personal life, but maybe not his law practice. Looking into the future, he speculates about necklaces, the return of Google Glass, and even tattoo or piercing technologies to come. While Dennis and Tom differ on how wearable technologies can benefit lawyers, both agree that the age of wearable technology is here, bringing with it ethical considerations and practical uses.

In the second part of the podcast, Dennis and Tom revisit their 2015 resolutions, made in January. They discuss automation, organizing technology, blogging more, Tom’s Microsoft Pro 3, Dennis’ Apple Watch, and their progress in these goals. 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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Special Reports

Special Report from VANTAGE 2015: Worldwide User Conference

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Elisabet Hardy and Eric Suden from Thomson Reuters Elite at the Vantage Worldwide User Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They discuss the Elite portfolio including 3E, Business Development Premier, Enterprise, ProLaw, and MatterSphere Matter Management, how these softwares have developed to become more standardized and integrated, and what’s coming in the future.

Elisabet Hardy is vice president of product management and marketing at Thomson Reuters. She has extensive experience in product management, product marketing, and marketing for medium to larger software organizations.

Eric Sugden is chief technology officer for Thomson Reuters Elite. He has a strong background in enterprise architecture, user experience, software engineering, team building, and project management.

Digital Detectives

Hillary Clinton’s Emails and the Looming Issue of Shadow IT

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.”
– Jason R. Baron to the New York Times

On March 2nd, 2015, The New York Times published a breaking story about Hillary Clinton, who used a private email account to conduct government business. Due to The Freedom of Information Act, many people questioned whether Clinton acted inconsistently with her federally mandated record keeping obligations. Furthermore, is this a wakeup call for companies and governmental entities who are not controlling shadow IT, the practice of employees using private devices and softwares at work?

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Jason R. Baron, of counsel to Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP and co-chair of The Information Governance Initiative, about the Hillary Clinton controversy and the future of Shadow IT, BYOD, and information governance.

Topics Include:

  • Federal records collection and keeping policies
  • Unmarked classified information on Clinton’s private server
  • Federal, state, and other public figures using personal email for public purposes
  • Shadow IT and BYOD policies for companies and governmental entities
  • The bigger picture of big data and information governance
  • Whether Clinton’s actions were legal

Jason R. Baron is of counsel to Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, practicing in their Information Governance and eDiscovery Group, and is co-chair of The Information Governance Initiative, a think tank and vendor neutral consortium. Previously, he served as director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration, and as a trial attorney and senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Special Reports

Changes to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct in 2015

The Massachusetts Rules for Professional Conduct were officially and extensively revised for the first time since 1998 on July 1st, 2015. Many of these changes were heavily influenced by the 2013 revision to the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, due to a value recognized by lawyers and courts in having nationwide uniformity. Massachusetts lawyers, pay attention for the changes, what they mean, and practical applications to take in order to stay in compliance with the revised rules.

Jared Correia and Heidi Alexander, advisors at Mass. LOMAP and hosts of The Legal Toolkit, interview Connie Vecchione and James Bolan, experts on legal ethics in Massachusetts, about specific rules Massachusetts lawyers should review to ensure they don’t face malpractice and disciplinary issues. Tune in for specific advice that is easy to implement with regard to technological competence, online advertising, trust accounting, and more.

Constance Vecchione is chief bar counsel for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, an agency responsible for investigating, evaluating, and prosecuting complaints of ethical violations brought against Massachusetts attorneys.

James Bolan is a partner at Brecher Wyner Simons Fox & Bolan LLP, where he represents lawyers and law firms in Massachusetts Board Bar Overseers in malpractice matters, as well as providing counsel related to professional responsibility, practice and ethics, malpractice defense, and prevention and risk management. He was previously an assistant bar counsel at the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.

The Digital Edge

How to Attract Clients in the Digital Era

Legal marketing has changed dramatically in the past 20 years as we have reached “the digital era.” Some lawyers have embraced this new world of social media marketing, engaging website content, and cloud-based computing. But those who have not, particularly solo and small firm lawyers, are missing out on an opportunity for increased client base, client satisfaction, and competition with big law firms.

On this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview Sona Pancholy, a business development director, about the ways in which the digital age impacts law firm marketing, what mistakes lawyers should avoid making, where busy professionals should start, and some dos and don’ts of social media.

Topics include:

  • Technology leveling the playing field for law firms
  • Reduced barrier of entry into new markets
  • Increased efficiency in engaging potential clients, preparing pitch materials, etc.
  • Website content to help business development
  • Updating blogs and videos
  • Optimized website for mobile
  • Removing the legalese (yes, we know it’s hard)
  • Data mining and analytics to target your market
  • Bios, LinkedIn, and being familiar with social platforms
  • Technology as a tool, not a solution

Sona Pancholy is the director of business development at Stinson Leonard Street LLC. Based in Washington, D.C., Sona serves on the Education Board of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division and has spoken at previous ABA and Legal Marketing Association annual meetings. She has experience training lawyers, judges, lawmakers, and business professionals around the world. In her current role, Sona focuses on creating and supporting best practices and processes for the delivery of top quality business development support across the firm.

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