Podcast category: Legal Technology

ABA Journal: Asked and Answered

How artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers practice law

Artificial intelligence has long been a tool for lawyers to perform their tasks more efficiently. However, the technology has advanced to the point where computers can now perform many of the tasks that were once the exclusive domain of humans. In this month’s Asked and Answered, the ABA Journal’s Victor Li talks to freelance writer Julie Sobowale about how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the practice of law.

Lunch Hour Legal Marketing

The Dollars and Sense of Legal Marketing

The only thing more expensive than hiring a lawyer is advertising as one.

For example, a recent study of online advertising found that 78 of the top 100 most expensive Google advertising terms are fought over by lawyers looking for clients. It can cost a lot of money to market a law firm. Worse, most law firms cannot track whether their expensive advertising is actually producing clients.

In this session, learn from Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence at Clio, about the numbers you should be tracking when it comes to legal marketing.

Learn about:

  • How much marketing costs your firm should carry;
  • Calculating Return on Investment (ROI) for each method of advertising you use in your firm; and
  • Tools to measure revenue from cases against your advertising costs.

Joshua Lenon is an attorney who currently serves as lawyer-in-residence for Clio, providing legal scholarship and research skills to the leading cloud-based practice management platform.

Law Technology Now

Working Abroad: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Global Travel

Many large companies have global business interests that require employees to travel to multiple countries within the same year. However, several of these same companies find it difficult to navigate the shifting rules pertaining to business visas as they cross national boundaries. How can these businesses continue to have a global presence while avoiding the potential pitfalls that can come with frequent international travel?

In this episode of Law Technology Now host Monica Bay sits down with Tracker Corp. and Pearl Travel Tech Founder Julie Pearl to discuss how tech can improve the business travel and immigration process. Julie begins by giving insights into her background and why she created her law firm and tech company. This exploration of her history gives way to an analysis of several key issues, such as communicating in real time and understanding requirement differences between countries, that global employers have relating to immigration. Julie then wraps up the conversation with an explanation of her work with, and her passion for, helping women get involved in science, technology, engineering and math.

Special Reports

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Practicing Law in an Age of Mass Surveillance

What has changed for lawyers in this “post-Snowden” world? Although this topic could be discussed for days, we lightly touch on the main themes in this Special Report with David Lat, Ben Wizner, and host Sharon Nelson. Lat and Wizner summarize their ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presentation titled “Can They Hear Me Now? Practicing Law in an Age of Mass Surveillance.” Ben opens the conversation with a comparison of old methods lawyers once used to secure their files, such as locking files in cabinets, and how the new digital communication landscape poses unforeseen data security challenges for law firms. David then expounds upon this point by expressing how many lawyers aren’t thinking about securing their data and could be facing huge ethical problems. The conversation then focuses on an analysis of whether lawyers should use the cloud and how, in certain instances, it could be more secure for law firms to do so.

Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. For nearly 15 years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law, an online publication that critically analyzes and reports on legal news. Lat graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and spent the first part of his career as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New York.

Special Reports

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Collaboration Tools That Save You Time

Let’s face it. Email is inefficient when collaborating with multiple people on documents or projects. There are now independent collaboration tools that streamline processes and reduce the time you spend searching for information. Jonathan Tobin discusses these new tools with Jared Correia during ABA TECHSHOW 2016. One of the hosts of the presentation, “Realtime Collaboration Isn’t Just for Conference Rooms Anymore,” Tobin talks about how lawyers who work together in systems like Google Docs rather than sending emails back and forth can really save time.

Jonathan Tobin graduated from UCLA School of Law. He studied intellectual property, business and international law and served as one of the two editors-in-chief of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. Jonathan received his J.D. from the University of California School of Law.

Special Reports

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Cloudy with a Chance of Automation

Legal technologists often recommend automation for lawyers, so they can use their valuable time practicing law rather than on data entry. In this Special Report, Jared Correia interviews Heidi Alexander, Joseph Bahgat, John Mayer, Larry Port, Jack Newton, and Andrew LeGrand, and presenters at ABA TECHSHOW 2016. They have a few laughs while giving listeners some quick tips on how to get started, even if they are beginners in automation. From using the cloud to text expansion, you will leave this podcast with a new trick for efficiency and a smile on your face.

Heidi Alexander is a Law Practice Management Advisor at the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (MassLOMAP), where she advises lawyers on practice management matters and provides guidance in implementing new law office technologies. Heidi is also the co-host of The Legal Toolkit.

Joseph Bahgat is a practicing attorney focusing on Internet, media, and intellectual property litigation, and is passionate about the ways technology is forcing change upon an industry and culture so resistant to it.

John Mayer is the executive director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. CALI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of over 200 U.S. law schools and many law firms, legal studies, legal aid programs and law libraries.

Larry Port, Rocket Matter founder and CEO, is a speaker and award winning writer at the crossroads of the legal profession, cutting edge technology, and business processes.

Jack Newton is the founder and CEO of Clio, one of the pioneers of cloud-based practice management. Jack has spearheaded efforts to educate the legal community on the security-, ethics- and privacy-related issues surrounding cloud computing, and has become a nationally recognized writer and speaker on these topics.

Andrew LeGrand is the founding partner at Spera Law Group, LLC and counsels Small Business Owners on the wide array of challenges they face. He is also a speaker and technology consultant for PaperlessChase, a New Orleans based group that help lawyers make their practices more efficient.

Special Reports

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Using Excel in Your Law Office

Excel is a powerful tool that is often underutilized in law offices, but lawyers shouldn’t be intimidated by it. Hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek interview ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presenters Ivan Hemmans and Allan Mackenzie about how beginners and experts can better use Excel to improve their law practice. The conversation opens with both presenters providing keyboard shortcuts to help make your Excel experience more efficient. They then share tips and insights to help you more smoothly maneuver through the spreadsheet and it’s features. From pivot tables to sorting subtotals these tips will help you better utilize Excel in your law office.

Ivan Hemmans is the manager of technology development and communications at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where he uses his extensive experience with information technology to help people find ways to solve everyday problems with the many available tools at their disposal. Ivan often speaks about legal technology at law firms and conferences. He writes a blog and occasionally for legal technology publications like Peer to Peer Magazine.

Allan Mackenzie is a 25-year veteran of the legal technology world. His experience ranges from that of a former night-shift word processor to a Wall Street IT director with a specialty in litigation technology. He has helped many firms of many sizes figure out what they need in terms of practice management and case management systems.

Special Reports

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: The Mac Power Users

Are you looking for ways to improve your Mac skills to increase efficiency and productivity in your practice? In this Special Report, John W. Simek interviews Macintosh experts Katie Floyd, Jeff Schoenberger, and David Sparks about their presentation at ABA TECHSHOW 2016. The conversation opens with tips to help you better manage your email use, maximize your scheduling efficiency, and curb annoying notifications. From key board shortcuts and reading services to best third party programs and best practices the guests give you the tools to be a Mac power user today.

Katie Floyd is a litigator and co-creator and host of the Mac Power Users Podcast. She’s also a consultant on Apple and other technology related topics. Katie has presented sessions for the National Business Institute, Macworld Expo, and the American Bar Association. She was also a contributor to Macworld Magazine and writes a monthly article for ScreenCastsOnline Monthly Magazine.

Jeffrey R. Schoenberger, Esq. is an attorney and consultant for Affinity Consulting. He specializes in HotDocs document assembly software, desktop office software, and Apple Macintosh and iOS hardware and software. Jeffrey received a B.A. in History from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Virginia.

David Sparks is an Orange County, California, business attorney. He’s also an author, podcaster, and blogger who writes about finding the best tools, hardware, and workflows for using Apple products to get work done. David also writes for Macworld magazine and speaks about technology.

Special Reports

ABA TECHSHOW 2016: Creating Compelling Podcast and Video Content

Have you been listening to podcasts and watching online videos and think you have valuable content to share with your peers or clients? In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Legal Talk Network CEO Adam Camras and legal technology expert Tom Mighell about creating valuable content, what equipment you might need, and steps you can take today to get started. Tom opens the conversation by explaining what a podcast is and just how easy it is to create your own video or podcast content. Adam then discusses how you can extend your brand and have a distributed network to disseminate information through podcasting. The conversation then concludes with both guests explaining how anyone can become a podcaster today and emphasizing the importance of being authentically you.

Adam Camras is the chief executive officer of Legal Talk Network. He has been involved in the legal industry for over a decade and enjoys learning about the latest technology and trends affecting the industry. Adam travels the country for speaking engagements, to attend conferences, and to meet with members of the legal community.

Tom Mighell has been at the front lines of technology development since joining Cowles & Thompson, P.C. in 1990. Mighell is a published author, noted legal technologist, and runs his own blog, “Inter Alia.” He is currently senior consultant for Contoural, Inc., working with corporations to improve their records management and e-discovery practice, and he has served as chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section.

Paralegal Voice

What Paralegals Need to Know About Going Paperless

Going paperless seems to be one of the top new trends among law firms due to cheaper and better hardware and software, refined processes, and effective consulting. And it is especially important for paralegals to know the do’s and don’ts of implementing a paperless office as they may be the ones in charge. So why are so many firms going paperless and how is it done effectively?

In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews practice management advisor and former paralegal JoAnn Hathaway about why law firms should go paperless, the risks and perils of improper execution, and the important role paralegals play in this process.

Topics include:

  • JoAnn’s journey from paralegal to practice management advisor
  • Can a law firm or business actually go completely paperless?
  • Gaining the competitive edge with efficiency and organization
  • What hardware, software, and processes you need
  • Mobile lawyering and cloud computing options
  • Implementation risks and the ten perils of bad policy
  • Assigning specific tasks to law firm staff members
  • Why and how to get everyone on board
  • The importance of having a paralegal intricately involved
  • Synchronization and compatibility of hardware and software

JoAnn L. Hathaway works for the State Bar of Michigan as a practice management advisor. She previously worked as a litigation paralegal, a legal liability claims director and risk manager, and a legal administrator. JoAnn is an Adobe Acrobat Certified Expert, and holds software certifications in LexisNexis Time Matters and Billing Matters software.  She is active in the ABA Law Practice Management Division, serving on the Publications Board and the State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. JoAnn is a frequent speaker on law firm technology, insurance, and risk and practice management topics.

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