Podcast category: Legal Technology

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Special Reports

Wearable Technology, Client Experience, and the Courtroom

In March 2015, Legal Talk Network went to ABA TECHSHOW and interviewed many knowledgeable lawyers and legal technology experts. As a follow-up to the conference, we interviewed criminal defense attorney and self-proclaimed technology junkie Robert Sisson about wearable technology and the future of technology in the courtroom.

On this episode of Special Reports, Laurence Colletti and Robert Sisson discuss smartphones, smartwatches, and other forms of wearable technology. Sisson explains how these technologies save lawyers time and money, improve the client experience, and allow him to practice anywhere. He delves into the way smartwatches will change mobile technology, security concerns, and what to consider before buying one. While lawyers are now benefitting from wearable technology in the courtroom, Sisson believes the future will bring virtual reality technology.

New Solo

Effective Online Marketing Strategy for Solo Law Firms

One of the most important steps in starting a solo practice is marketing. This can also be one of the most difficult, because these lawyers depended on their previous firm for incoming business. And it’s not like they taught marketing a firm in law school. Since solo lawyers have smaller budgets than large law firms, online marketing is usually the most practical avenue. But where do we start?

In this episode of New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews internet marketer Jason Marsh about the most effective marketing process for lawyers beginning a solo practice, how much they should spend on a website, and what it means to optimize your business for the search engines.

Topics include:

  • Focusing your business to target a niche audience
  • Prioritizing your marketing
  • Buying and building an impressive website
  • High-quality site content
  • What is Search Engine Optimization
  • Earning links
  • What to expect from your online marketing
  • Paid advertising

Jason Marsh is the founder of Orlando-based internet marketing agency MARSH8. He frequently writes and speaks on how law firms can implement better online marketing strategies to acquire new clients. He has been working in advertising and marketing for over ten years.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Solo Practice University.

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