Podcast category: Legal Technology

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ABA Law Practice Division: Robert Young on Highlights From the Fall Meeting

The Digital Edge host Jim Calloway interviews Robert Young about the 2014 American Bar Association Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Young explains the rebranding of the division from the law practice management section of the ABA and the four core groups now included: marketing, technology, finance, and law firm management. He suggests that every lawyer be a member and gives some examples of available resources from the Legal Technology Resource Center. Robert Young has been a personal injury defense litigator for 25 years and is the current Chair of the Law Practice Division.

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ABA Law Practice Division: Brett Burney on the Techshow

Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews ABA Techshow Board Chair Brett Burney at the 2014 ABA Law Practice Division Fall Meeting. Burney explains how the Techshow is a 2½ day conference focused on providing lawyers with technology information. He encourages all lawyers, legal professionals, and law firm employees to attend to learn about technology such as iPads or going paperless on an individual level from devoted speakers. Burney and Colletti also discuss the Expo Hall setup, his board’s contribution to the event, and succession planning. In Addition to being the Chair of the ABA Techshow Board, Brett Burney is Principal of Burney Consultants LLC, and is very active in the Mac-using lawyer community.

 

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ABA Law Practice Division: Tom Bolt on Membership and Benefits

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Tom Bolt, Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division at the 2014 Fall Meeting. Bolt discusses the all-encompassing nature of the division including legal marketing, management, finance, and technology, and opportunities to network nationally and internationally. The division is expanding local outreach to law schools and local communities and he is pleased with the connection to the Women Rainmakers Board. As Chair-Elect, Tom Bolt has many ideas about the future of the Law Practice Division in 2015.

 

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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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