Podcast category: Legal Technology

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ABA Law Practice Division: Paulette Brown’s Advice for Women Attorneys

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews President-Elect of the American Bar Association Paulette Brown at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Brown explains the concepts from her speeches at the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association. She describes the need for female attorneys to not conform to expectations and seek out leadership roles within the legal profession. Brown also emphasizes the importance for all lawyers to find a balance in their lives including sleep, family, and finding something that helps clear the mind. She then gives her experience with the ABA, interaction with the current President William Hubbard, and why young lawyers should be involved. Paulette Brown has been a lawyer for 38 years, worked for Fortune 500 companies, owned a firm for 15 years, and is now a partner in the Morristown, New Jersey office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. She has been involved with the American Bar Association since she graduated from law school.

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ABA Law Practice Division: Marc Lauritsen on the eLawyering Task Force

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews eLawyering Task Force Co-Chair Marc Lauritsen at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. eLawyering is defined as providing legal services to clients through a secure online portal. The eLawyering Task Force, Lauritsen explains, stimulates conversation among practitioners about the future of law practice and how lawyers can use the internet to serve the unmet legal needs of the middle class. He and Linares discuss benefits the Task Force can provide to attorneys, how the profession is changing, and how to include law students. Mark Lauritsen started as a legal aid lawyer, became a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School, was directed towards legal technology, and now runs a consulting firm called Capstone Practice Systems, Inc.

 

 

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ABA Law Practice Division: Cheryl Niro on Negotiating for Lawyers

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Cheryl Niro at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Niro explains her negotiation training sessions at the Women Rainmakers Board Mid Career Workshop, and how law school does not have proper, in-depth negotiation training. She discusses gender-related issues and shadow negotiations, methods to overcome negative outcomes, and how to accept conflict as a facilitator of change. Cheryl Niro is the Senior Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director of the ABA, was the second woman President of the Illinois State Bar Association, started the Illinois Supreme Court Commision on Professionalism, and has been a practicing attorney across many fields of law.

 

 

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ABA Law Practice Division: Tom Mighell on Legal Publishing

The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy interviews host Tom Mighell at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Together they discuss how the Law Practice Division helps new authors publish legal issues through their webzine, blog opportunities, and even book authorship. Many exciting new book topics being published by the ABA include alternative fees, internet legal research, encryption, ethics, and legal technology. Kennedy and Mighell talk about their new book, Flying Solo, which helps solo practitioners with operations, marketing, and finance management. Mighell finishes by discussing how he has benefited from the Law Practice Division, why lawyers should get involved, and how anyone can be considered to write a book. Tom Mighell started as a practicing lawyer for a defense firm in Texas, became a legal technology support coordinator and is now a consultant at Contoural. He became involved with the ABA through the Techshow Board, has been Chair of the Board, and has been Chair of the Law Practice Division.

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ABA Law Practice Division: Linda Klein on Female Leadership in the Legal World

The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy interviews Linda Klein at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Klein discusses her involvement with the ABA and Women Rainmakers Board, the struggle for women in leadership roles, and how generational differences and technology are changing the path of female lawyers. In addition to her history of leadership positions at the ABA, Linda Klein has practiced law for over 30 years and is the managing shareholder at at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

 

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ABA Law Practice Division: Joan Bullock on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Joan Bullock at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Bullock discusses committee initiatives including building awareness, working with the Law Practice Today webzine, and reaching outside the ABA to see what is working in law firms and corporate legal departments. Bullock was a past Chair of the Law Practice Division, is Associate Dean for Teaching and Faculty Development and a Professor of Law at Florida A&M University College of Law, and has worked with law firms on practice management skills.

 

 

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ABA Law Practice Division: Reba Nance from the Colorado Bar Association

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Reba Nance at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Nance discusses the ABA Techshow, her unique view on how the division can work with State and Local Bars, and the benefits of legal professionals getting involved with the committees or sections. Nance is the Director of Law Practice Management/Risk Management at the Colorado Bar Association.

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ABA Law Practice Division: Rodney Dowell and Josh Poje on the Legal Technology Resource Center

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Rodney Dowell and Josh Poje at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Poje, Director of the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC), discusses online resources like the blog or webinars, and how lawyers can benefit from marketing and technology conferences and meetings. Dowell, Chair of the LTRC group, gives insights into quality content creation and questionnaires the group has devised to research what technology lawyers are actually using. Dowell also discusses being Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, an organization working with lawyers who struggle with mental health or stress issues.

 

 

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ABA Law Practice Division: John Bowers on the Law Practice Magazine

The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Law Practice Magazine Editor-in-Chief John Bowers at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Bowers gives examples of top themes covered such as data security and work/life balance, his favorite articles including one with Richard Susskind, and how lawyers and other legal professionals can subscribe to the magazine in print, online, or through the Law Practice App. John Bowers works with lawyers in business development and marketing. He was previously the editor-in-chief of the Law Practice Division’s Webzine and has been working with the division since 2006.

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ABA Law Practice Division: Anne Collier on Personality and Professional Development

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews Anne Collier at the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Collier describes her workshops for the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid Career Workshop. She discusses understanding your personality type through tests like Myers-Briggs, creating systems to help manage stress, and how women can use these skills to increase happiness and success. Anne Collier is a member of the Women Rainmakers Board and started Arudia, a coaching company to help lawyers and professionals with leadership, business development, and personal branding.

 

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