Podcast category: Legal Technology

Special Reports

How Do Electronic Communications Affect Employment Law Issues?

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews panelists from “Don’t Crash on the Information Highway: What Every Law Firm Needs to Know About the Impact of Technology on Employment Law Issues,” a seminar at The Florida Bar 2015 Annual Convention. In the first half of the podcast, Laurence talks to labor and employment law lawyers Gregory Hearing and Robyn Hankins about ethical problems for lawyers, the importance of knowing at least the basics of social media, and how electronic communications interact with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The world of online interaction is affecting labor laws and, since most lawyers are either employers or employees, they need to pay attention.

In the second half of the podcast, Laurence interviews Judge Alan Forst about his experience at the annual conference and the seminar. They also discuss why older generations of lawyers and judges still need to pay attention to the issues surrounding electronic communication and social media as they change Florida laws.

Gregory Hearing is managing partner of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, a labor and employment management law firm in Tampa, Florida.

Robyn Hankins practices labor and employment law at her firm, Law Office of Robyn S. Hankins, in Jupiter, Florida.

Judge Alan Forst is a judge on Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, the intermediate appellate court.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

From Surface Pro to Windows 10 and Beyond: What the Future Holds for Microsoft

Lawyers have been paying attention to the Microsoft Surface Pro and how the combo or hybrid laptop/tablet might be an ideal combination for a law practice. The release of Windows 10 is impending (skipping Windows 9) and some have called Windows 10 the “last release” of the operating system. What does this mean? As lawyers, what do we need to know about these new products?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look Microsoft and the Windows platform, what Windows-using lawyers can expect, and the potential pros and cons of using a Microsoft Surface Pro for your practice. Tom discusses the oscillating success of Microsoft operating systems, why lawyers are hesitant to make updates, and what we can expect from Windows 10. Dennis analyzes interface changes and how they affect user experience, the expectations of Windows 10 personal use versus law firm adoption, and speculates about the lack of release interest. Also on this podcast, after having the Microsoft Surface Pro for six months, Tom discusses the pros and cons of using the laptop-like tablet as a lawyer and how it works with apps like OneNote. Dennis mentions several additional benefits including the use of Microsoft Office and ease of use in meetings.

In the second part of this podcast, Tom and Dennis revisit artificial intelligence to analyze what lawyers can do now to avoid technology negatively affecting their futures. Dennis encourages attorneys to embrace technology, learn to use it, and think creatively about how it can fit into the profession. Tom is excited about what technologies like Google Now, Siri, and Cortana, can do, but is skeptical about how it can be applied to lawyering. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

Special Reports

Navigating Technology with the Practice Resource Institute

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jonathan Israel and Rod Bruce from the Practice Resource Institute (PRI) at The Florida Bar 2015 Annual Convention. Together they discuss the resources and tools the PRI provides, how Florida lawyers can get CLEs for technology, and the importance of knowing technology’s impact on the legal profession.

Jonathan Israel is director of the Practice Resource Institute at The Florida Bar. In this position, he ensures PRI obtains the necessary resources to help Florida attorneys improve their practices.

Rod Bruce is a practice management advisor for PRI. He helps attorneys when they have questions or controversies regarding technology, law practice management, trust accounts, staffing, starting a law firm, closing a law firm, and more.

Special Reports

How Technology Will Affect the Future of the Justice System

As technology continues to rapidly advance, not only are law firms and solo practices changing, but the justice system itself will embrace convenient technological solutions. Many lawyers are worried about the future of the legal profession and, more importantly, their jobs. While at The Florida Bar 2015 Annual Convention, Adriana Linares interviews keynote speaker Richard Susskind about technology and the future of the justice system, specific ideas he has about legal risk management and solutions, and what he recommends lawyers do today to avoid falling behind the curve. Richard Susskind analyzes, writes, and speaks often about how technology changes the way the law works. He has published several books including The End of Lawyers?, Tomorrow’s Lawyers, and The Future of the Professions, which is being released this year.

Special Reports

Lawyering Advice from Brian Tannebaum

Adriana Linares interviews attorney Brian Tannebaum about his practice and his new book at The Florida Bar 2015 Annual Convention. With over 20 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer and now representing lawyers in disciplinary matters, he has useful advice regarding technology, ethics, and client communication. Within The Florida Bar, Brian is also a former member of the Criminal Rules Committee, former chair of the Traffic Court Rules Committee, former member of the Grievance Committee, and currently serves on the executive council of the Criminal Law Section.

Special Reports

Experts in Legal Technology Discuss “InSession”

During its annual conference, The Florida Bar collaborated with Clio to create “InSession: Transforming Practices Through Technology,” a conference about legal technology featuring experts in the field. Afterwards, Adriana Linares sat down with Carolyn Elefant, Mark Britton, Jabez LeBret, Jack Newton, Toby Brown, and Ernest Svenson to analyze main topics about the conference. They discuss using technology to improve client relationships, fee transparency, and how lawyers should approach a paperless office.

In the second half of this fun podcast, Adriana invites the legal technology gurus to ask questions of each other, uncovering extremely useful nuggets of information. Topics include what a small firm website needs, targeting referrals as well as potential clients in your content, the Uber of lawyers, big firm collaboration in using technology, and more. Tune in for an inside scoop about what law tech experts think.

Carolyn Elefant is a practicing attorney in D.C. and she blogs at myshingle.com. During ‘InSession,’ she talked about using technology to make solo and small firm practices sustainable.

Mark Britton is the founder of Avvo, an online legal forum and directory. At ‘InSession,’ he spoke about using technology to deliver great customer service.

Jabez LeBret is the co-founder of GNGF, a business solutions provider for law firms. He talked about marketing and ethics involving technology competence at the conference.

Jack Newton is the CEO and founder of Clio. At ‘InSession,’ he spoke about cloud-based legal technology software.

Toby Brown is the chief practice officer for Akin Gump. He discussed legal pricing, profitability, and different approaches firms can take at the conference.

Ernest Svenson is a solo attorney running a paperless practice and he teaches other lawyers how to do the same thing.

In-House Legal

Copyright Issues, Intellectual Property, and Data Security in the Digital Age

Michael Fricklas is executive vice-president, general counsel, and secretary of Viacom Inc., a powerhouse in the digital content industry. Viacom, a global mass media company, owns Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Spike, Comedy Central, Channel 5 in the UK, and hundreds of other cable television networks. Because of the massive amount of media content it owns (mostly tv shows and movies), Viacom has been at the center of copyright issues involving YouTube/Google. Additionally, as a large corporation with many departments and outsourced legal work, cybersecurity and cyber attacks have become immensely important recently.

In this episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch interviews Michael Fricklas about his path to becoming general counsel of Viacom, his specific interest in technology law, and what it’s like to be general counsel in a company owned by lawyers. Fricklas also discusses the copyright infringement lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube, how he managed the corporation’s public reputation during that time, and what he predicts for the future of cybersecurity in law firms and corporate legal departments. Tune in for an inside look at how the digital age has influenced the job of general counsel.

Michael Fricklas has served in senior management of Viacom’s legal department since 1993 and has been general counsel and secretary, Viacom’s most senior legal position, since 1998. He has been deeply involved in the legal issues surrounding the digitization of content and, most recently, has become involved in cyber-security issues.

Lunch Hour Legal Marketing

The Summer of Lunch Part 1: Law Firm Marketing That Works!

Because there are no seminars over the summer, Lunch Hour Legal Marketing is releasing four interviews conducted during Mass LOMAP’s 5th Annual Marketing Conference in Boston. The first of these four is with Larry Port, CEO of Rocket Matter, a cloud-based law practice management system.

On this episode of Lunch Hour Legal Marketing, Jared Correia and Larry Port discuss the outdated landscape of legal marketing, how lawyers can effectively market their practice online, and the importance of measuring data and analyzing the right metrics. This fun interview will make you laugh, and you might learn something too.

Topics Include:

  • Law firm marketing as a mustache
  • Pogo sticking a web search
  • Why potential clients leave your site
  • Misleading vanity metrics
  • How effective social media is
  • Call to action
  • Keyword advertising (pay per click)
  • Content marketing

Larry Port, CEO of Rocket Matter, is also a speaker and award winning writer at the crossroads of the legal profession and cutting edge technology. He frequently discusses marketing, design and efficiency, and quality techniques in the software industry that can be leveraged by lawyers and legal professionals. He was named to the 2012 Fastcase 50 honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.

If you want to tweet about any of the Summer of Lunch podcasts, use the hashtag #SummerofLunch.

Special Reports

President Greg Coleman at the Florida Bar Annual Convention

The Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews Greg Coleman, president of The Florida Bar from 2014-2015, at The Florida Bar Annual Convention 2015. Together, they examine his year as president and his focus on educating Florida lawyers about technology. Coleman discusses the Practice Resource Institute, technology member benefits, the technology committee on the board of governors, and implementing technology in CLE requirements.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

Are Lawyers Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

“Artificial Intelligence is a means of designing a system that can perceive its environment and take actions that will maximize its success.” -Tom Mighell

Developments in Big Data, machine learning, IBM Watson, and other advancements in technology have brought back the cyclical discussion of what artificial intelligence might mean for lawyers. Has anything really changed, or have we just reached another round of the AI debate?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell analyze recent discussions about artificial intelligence and lawyers, try to separate myth from reality, and ponder whether AI can take over the work of lawyers. Together, they discuss the definition of AI, robotics, Technology Assisted Review, driverless cars, document assembly software, LegalZoom and how lawyers are assisted or threatened by these technologies. Dennis points out that lawyers are often worried about computer system mistakes but comfortable with the lower success rate of humans. Tom aptly explains that comfort in certain technologies stems from psychological acceptance.

In the second half of the podcast, Dennis and Tom revisit traveling with technology. As Dennis was just in Europe, and Tom is headed there soon, they talk about wireless routers, mobile wifi, headphones, phone chargers, backpacks, and the other various technology necessities to bring on your vacation. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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