Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jordan Furlong, Professor David Wilkins, and Professor Deborah Rhode, panelists from ‘Reporting Out with Reaction’ at the 2015 ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services at Stanford Law School. The panel involved the discussion of challenges in the delivery of legal services and practical solutions to these issues. Together they discuss impediments, opportunities, and taboo subjects within the ABA that affect the way that legal services are provided in the United States today.
Professor Rhode recommends that lawyers rethink legal education and open the market for various levels of legal representation. Professor Wilkins suggests different organizational structures of legal service delivery, which would require a new system of service valuation. Furlong discusses how private sector ownership of legal service providers would work. All three panelists agree that there are some major changes and many more discussions needed in the legal sphere.
Jordan Furlong is a legal market analyst, writer, speaker, and consultant for the legal profession. He works with Edge International and often speaks about opportunities to improve and enhance legal services.
David Wilkins is a professor at Harvard Law School and is the director of the Center on the Legal Profession. He has been studying the legal profession for 30 years.
Deborah Rhode is a professor of law, the director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and the director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become an incredibly popular term in marketing, but many lawyers (and most business owners) are still confused about what SEO is and how to hire the right SEO consultant. Furthermore, having an online presence is not all about SEO. Online marketing can be frustrating and confusing, but it is essential for almost all law firms today. So where should lawyers start?
In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview attorney and marketing consultant Jennifer Ellis about what SEO is, why it is so complicated and expensive, and steps lawyers and law firms can take to start marketing online. Fundamentally, she explains, SEO means optimizing your law firm’s website so that people searching for your services in your area will find you on the results page. For example, if you own a family law firm in Phoenix, you want people who are searching in Google or Bing for “How do I find a divorce lawyer in Phoenix?” to find your law firm in the results. Due to complicated Google, Bing, and Yahoo algorithms and factors like mobile-friendliness, valuable content, and anti-spam rules, Ellis estimates that high-quality SEO should cost from $3,000 to $10,000 a month. If you are a solo or small firm with a limited marketing budget, she gives several other online marketing suggestions including running Pay Per Click campaigns or boosting social media posts. Ellis has suggestions for any lawyer or law firm on any budget and she strongly advises lawyers to spend some time on their online presence.
Jennifer Ellis is an ethics and legal malpractice attorney with the personal injury firm of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. where she also manages the firm’s online presence. In addition, Ellis is a marketing consultant, assisting law firms with their websites, social media, and other aspects of their online presence.
In August 2005, Dennis and Tom took part in a discussion called “Between Lawyers Roundtable: The Future of Legal Blogging” on the ABA Law Practice Today website. This marked the burst of energy for legal blogging, or blawging, in 2005. Ten years later, lawyers have decided to examine the landscape of law blogs. Bob Ambrogi and Paul Horwitz at PrawfsBlawg started a discussion about how law blogging has changed since 2005. As Dennis and Tom have seen and been part of the law blogging scene from the beginning, they could not resist jumping into the conversation.
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss recent commentary on the last decade of blawging, the current state of blawging, and the future of online interaction and marketing for lawyers. They discuss whether legal blogs are still popular, how the online landscape has changed for legal professionals, and what might be replacing the personal law blog. Tom notes that due to podcasts, social media, and general writing exhaustion, individual lawyers are updating less often or have stopped all together. Dennis talks about how there are more law firm and group blogs that are SEO optimized and targeted for marketing. They both agree that blawging is not dead, but has changed remarkably in the past ten years.
In the second section of the podcast, Dennis and Tom discuss Jeena Cho’s Above the Law article, “ABA TECHSHOW: A White Man Affair” and a similar comment by the Lawyerist’s Sam Glover. With 65% of the speakers at ABA TECHSHOW white and male (and many middle aged), the hosts have decided that this is the right time to talk about diversifying the legal technology field. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti, The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway, and ABA Journal legal affairs writer Victor Li interview three presenters from the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. Jeff Richardson recommends some fun and productive apps for iOS devices. In talking about his favorite Android apps, Rick Georges mentions that any app or technological device that makes a lawyer more efficient and productive in life makes him/her a better attorney. Ben Schorr dives into Windows apps but takes the broader view of the mobile ecosystem for lawyers including hardware and software.
Jeff Richardson is a litigator in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP and writes a blog called iPhoneJD.
Rick Georges practices real property, corporation, wills, trusts, and estates law in Pinellas County, Florida and writes the FutureLawyer column.
Ben Schorr is CEO of Roland Schorr & Tower, a professional consulting firm headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona, a technologist, and the author of several books and articles on technology.
New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Clerk of Court Chuck Diard about his courthouse that is run entirely off of Macintosh devices at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. Diard talks about issues he encountered, benefits of using Macs, and what it was like to teach judges, clerks, and support staff to use the new devices. Chuck Diard is the Clerk of Court in Mobile Alabama.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Chad Burton and Nicole Bradick from Curo Legal at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Together, they discuss Chad’s conference presentation on eliminating email and running a virtual law office. Cloud based tools mentioned include Basecamp, Box, Dropbox, Drive, Slack, Yammer, Clio, Rocket Matter, MyCase, and Intake 123. Chad Burton runs Burton law, a virtual law firm, and is CEO of CuroLegal, a practice management consulting company. Previously a litigator, Nicole Bradick is the Chief Strategy Officer at CuroLegal.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jeff Taylor, Catherine Sanders Reach, Craig Bayer, and John Simek, speakers at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Jeff, Catherine, and Craig talk about using Mac, PC, and Android devices and how to keep them in sync. John identifies the privacy dangers for lawyers’ mobile devices on public networks and what to do to help prevent breaches of confidential client information. Topics include:
Cloud-based agnostic apps
Security and password managers
Google apps and Microsoft 365
The best web browser for multiple devices
A paperless practice
Jeff Taylor is a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City and writes the Droid Lawyer Blog.
Catherine Sanders Reach is the director of law practice management and technology for the Chicago Bar Association.
Craig Bayer is a legal technology consultant in Louisiana. He installs software for law firms.
John Simek is the vice president of Sensei Enterprises where they do digital forensics, information security, and information technology. He is also the host of the Digital Detectives podcast on Legal Talk Network.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti and New Solo host Adriana Linares conduct separate interviews with Ivan Hemmans, Barron Henley, and Dan Pinnington about their speeches on using Microsoft Office properly in your law firm. Hemmans focuses on the basics of Outlook, Ribbon, Calendar, and Search. Henley talks about how to save time utilizing advanced features in Word while Dan Pinnington gives tips on how to save time and be more efficient in your law practice using Excel.
Ivan Hemmans is the Manager of Technology Development and Communications at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Barron Henley is a lawyer and partner with Affinity Consulting Group and often speaks on law practice management and technology.
Dan Pinnington is the vice president of claims prevention and stakeholder relations at the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) in Canada.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Debbie Foster, a technology consultant for lawyers, about the practice management track at the ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Foster discusses using technology to make regular processes for your law firm that eliminate waste and mistakes. Debbie Foster is the managing partner of Affinity Consulting Group’s Tampa Bay office and is an active member of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section.
In 2013, the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) launched a statewide e-filing portal for civil, criminal, and Florida Supreme Court cases. As usually happens with technological changes, many legal professionals were caught off guard. Navigating drop-down menus and searching for the right documents can be very confusing. So what are some things Florida lawyers can do to make using the portal easier?
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Carolyn Weber, program manager for the design and implementation of the portal, and Tom Hall, lawyer and consultant to the FCCC. Together, they discuss the major issues lawyers have with the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal and tips on document requirements. Weber mentions the main subjects called in to support staff and suggests that lawyers watch the various YouTube videos that explain each page of the portal. Hall explains that attorneys, in fact, should give their documents generic names (most attorneys prefer to be specific). Listen to the end to learn about removing metadata properly or potentially revealing attorney-client privilege information.
Carolyn Weber has designed, developed, and implemented automated document production programs, electronic case filing, and case management systems for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida and the Orange County Clerk of Courts. In 2013, she joined the FCCC in November 2012 as Program Manager to help in the design and implementation of the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal.
Tom Hall is an appellate attorney with The Mills Firm in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also President of TLH Consulting Group and he currently serves as a consultant to the FCCC providing non-legal advice to the Portal Authority Board. Hall serves as vice chair of the Technology Committee of The Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 Commission.