Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate sits down with Laurence Colletti, producer for Legal Talk Network. Together, they discuss the isolation of the Supreme Court and difficulty getting in front of that tribunal. Dahlia suggests that a certain type of lawyer with a certain type of case stands a much better chance of attaining an appearance for their client. In addition, Dahlia and Laurence talk about decorum within the court, political leanings of the justices, and whether or not the last session leaned left or right. Tune in to hear Dahlia’s predictions for the upcoming session as well as her favorite SCOTUS author.
Discussed in this Episode:
Isolation of the Supreme Court
Decorum of the Court
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate where she writes the Supreme Court Dispatches and Jurisprudence columns. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary. She’s made appearances on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, and the Rachel Maddow Show. She is currently the host of Slate’s Amicus podcast which covers the U.S. Supreme Court and is working on a book about the four women justices on that tribunal.
Apple recently announced the new and larger iPad, Pro which many in the tech community are considering a direct competitor to the Microsoft Windows Surface Pro 3. With Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 available soon, is this a new battleground for Apple and Microsoft? Which of these devices makes more sense for lawyers in their personal or professional lives?
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell examine the features of these new devices, leverage Tom’s expertise on both platforms, and help listeners determine which choice might make the most sense for them.
Hardware versus ecosystem competitions
Which platform app developers are interested in
iPad Pro as a productivity tool over content consumption
Which is best for heavy Microsoft Office users
Screen size, Stylus/Pencil, keyboards
The use for artists, architects, doctors, and musicians over lawyers
Side-by-side apps and litigation
iPad Pro or Microsoft Windows Surface Pro in small and big law firms
Are Dennis or Tom going to buy one?
In the second half of the podcast, the hosts talk through Dennis’ recent decision to purchase the newest MacBook after a crisis in confidence pushed him to consider the Air or Pro instead. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots: that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.
Most lawyers think about search marketing in a broad way, trying to reach everyone on the internet. But focusing on local search, which involves targeting specific cities, states, and neighborhoods, can have better overall results. This area of marketing is often quite confusing, however. What is local search marketing, how does it affect Google rankings, and what can lawyers do about it?
In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews local search engine optimization industry leader Mike Ramsey about the components of an effective online marketing campaign, recent and upcoming Google algorithm changes, and specific actions lawyers can take today to improve their local search marketing. Ramsey discusses the importance of citations like Avvo and lawyers.com and why you should create a Facebook profile. Other significant factors include the quality and content of the business website, online reviews on Google and Yelp, and link building. Essentially, Ramsey explains, ranking for local search queries is important, but lawyers also need to control their online presence because potential clients are most likely searching before they buy. If nothing else, he says, build a very well optimized website and go out and be a good lawyer!
Mike Ramsey is the president of NiftyLaw and has taken part in the industry leading Moz Local Search Ranking Factors study for many years. He is a founding partner of the Google-sponsored Local University conference series. Ramsey is an active guest speaker at many internet marketing events such as Lawyernomics, Mozcon, SMX, Pubcon, and Search Fest. He has been quoted and featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Mashable, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, and many other leading internet marketing news sites.
Automation is a wonderful tool created by technology to make the lives of lawyers (particularly solos) easier. Many are intimidated to approach this potentially massive change in their practice, but it’s actually quite easy and inexpensive when you start small, and you will begin to save time immediately. How, you ask?
In first of a two-part New Solo, Adriana Linares interviews Andrew Legrand, a solo lawyer who started his practice immediately out of law school using technology to increase efficiency. His tips start with something as small as an autocomplete for your signature to auto filling forms he regularly uses. Tune in for great application and automation advice that applies to novices and tech gurus alike.
Andrew Legrand is general counsel to small business owners, helping clients start new businesses, draft operating agreements, employment contracts, review leases, and file for trademarks. After graduating law school, he started a paperless, technology-driven solo practice in an effort to be more efficient. Two years later, he started working with another attorney and law school classmate on a partnership. In August of 2014, they renamed the law firm Spera Law Group.
The 2015 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey and the 2015 ABA Legal Technology Survey results are in! These surveys highlight the interest of IT professionals and lawyers in current technology. Listeners can use these results to analyze where they stand when it comes to technological proficiency and what competitors might be focusing on. Paying attention to trends in mobile, security, records and document management, social media, and the cloud could benefit solo and biglaw lawyers alike.
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss key results from these important legal tech surveys, highlight the most interesting trends, and discuss ways that lawyers can use these results to inform and tailor their technology plans for the coming year. Although both Tom and Dennis agree that lawyers are behind the curve of technological adoption, they see an increased interest in security, big data, information governance, cloud computing, and overall proficiency. In most of these areas, however, they mention that lawyers are not as far progressed as they should be, and both hosts believe that those in the legal profession have become technologically complacent.
In the second half of this podcast, Tom and Dennis talk about their experiences with the Amazon Echo personal digital assistant. Although this product provides little in the way of professional assistance, there are many practical hands-free household uses. Tune in to hear what direction the hosts think dictation might go. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.
Do lawyers still need to blog? Do I really need to spend time on Twitter? Let’s take a look at the common marketing trends in 2015, and what must have marketing trends we feel will carry through into 2016. Mark will share the trends he and the GNGF team have seen this year, with a focus on digital.
Mark Homer is the CEO of GNGF, a law firm marketing agency, and co-author of the best-selling book Online Law Practice Strategies (now in it’s 4th edition), which he offered in Kindle form to all our live attendees for free (thank you, Mark!).
Drawing upon twenty years of technology, marketing, and consulting experience, Mark leads the GNGF team to deliver targeted and efficient results with high-touch service. Mark gained in-depth business technology expertise at IBM and online marketing experience as a co-founder of the marketing technology leader eshots, inc. He also has experience in the legal industry from his years in Product Marketing for iManage (now HP Autonomy).
Mark has delivered presentations to business owners of all kinds, from dozens of CLEs across the country to crowds of Fortune 500 executives. When not managing the day-to-day operations at GNGF, Mark can usually be found coaching little league or trying to brew up another batch of craft beer.
Lawyers and paralegals are likely using social media in law firm marketing and are most likely on social media in their personal lives. As such, they should understand how Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and even Pinterest are affecting their cases, marketing, and ethical responsibilities. Many paralegals work with lawyers to create an attractive online profile that is updated regularly. Additionally, internal hiring and firing policies need to be adapted to ensure compliance with federal labor laws.
In this episode of The Paralegal Voice, Vicki Voisin interviews Ethan Wall, lawyer and authority on the way social media interacts with the law. Wall explains the differences between the main social media channels, where a novice should start, and the posts you can and can’t consider when you are hiring or firing an employee.
The effect of new technology on the law
Facebook: the personal and family platform
Twitter: to connect with people who have similar interests
LinkedIn: for professional connection and profile
Why you should care about Instagram and Pinterest
Picking just one platform to start
Using teamwork for social media management
What’s illegal under the National Labor Relations Act
What to specify on your social media policy
Don’t forget to stay tuned for Vicki’s News and Career Tips segment at the end of the podcast.
Ethan Wall is a social media law attorney, author, professor, consultant, and keynote speaker in Miami. He is a widely recognized authority on the effect of social media on the law. In addition to authoring two books on the subject, he writes a blog about the effect of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media on the law. Ethan has served as a source for social media and the law on several high profile news organizations, including CNN, NPR, and Thomson Reuters.
After the disaster that was Windows 8, many lawyers are hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10. But for those of you with Microsoft operating systems, the change is likely inevitable. Furthermore, Windows 10 has a free upgrade for a year! So what do lawyers need to know about the new OS? Are rumors of high bandwidth use and computer sharing true?
In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview technologist and Microsoft expert Ben Schorr about the price, benefits, and downfalls of Windows 10 and what lawyers specifically need to know.
What happened to Windows 9
The start menu and live tiles on desktops without touch screens
Microsoft Edge versus Internet Explorer
The quality of Cortana
Rumors of peer-to-peer networks and bandwidth use
New and existing hardware and software compatibility
Whether lawyers should download the operating system and when
How much Windows 10 costs
Ben Schorr is a technologist and chief executive officer for Roland Schorr & Tower, a professional consulting firm headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is also the author of several books and articles on technology including “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Outlook”, “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word” and “OneNote in One Hour”. Ben has been a Microsoft MVP for more than 18 years and involved with management and technology for more than 25.
When an individual is injured in the workplace, there is not only a long-term physical impact, but a financial one. Workers’ compensation is paid on a periodic basis in weekly payments, so a structure is simply another way of delivering benefits. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen joins colleague, Peter Early and special guest, Alan S. Pierce from the firm Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano, to talk about choosing a structured settlement in a workers’ compensation case, the benefits, the process and educating clients on the long-term impact of going with a structured settlement.
Visit Ringler Associates to contact a consultant in your area about structured settlements.
If you’re curious as to why Above The Law would start its Academy for Private Practice, you’re not alone. After all, they’ve certainly made their way cozying up to Biglaw and its outtakes. So why start an online resource to help those who wish to practice in a small firm or solo? In this Special Report, Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal interview their Vice President of Business Development, Hsiaolei Miller and Director of Research, Brian Dalton. Together, they discuss the rationale for helping small firms and solos, the migration from Goliaths to Davids, and the deep bench of APP’s Advisory Board. Tune in to hear about future resources to come, including podcasts, blog posts, social channels, and eBooks.
Hsiaolei Miller is the vice president of business development for Breaking Media, the company that launched Above the Law. Prior to that, she was the global marketing director for Vault.com and worked in sales for 4 years. Hsiaolei is also a graduate of New York University.
Brian Dalton is the director of research for Breaking Media, the company that launched Above the Law. Prior to that, he was the director of research and consulting at Vault.com, received his JD from Fordham University School of Law, and graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in History.