Podcast category: Legal Technology

Digital Detectives

Catalyst’s Free E-Discovery Practicum for Law Schools

Although electronic discovery is increasingly important for court lawyers, only about 30 law schools nationwide offer e-discovery courses. To address the gap, Catalyst, an e-discovery service provider based out of Denver, has developed a practicum that aims to give law students the necessary experience to enter the workforce with adequate fundamental knowledge. So how does the program work and why is it important for future lawyers?

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Bill Hamilton, executive director of the UF E-Discovery Project at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, about their use of the Catalyst practicum. They discuss the curriculum’s components, the program’s pedagogical design, and what this means for the future of e-discovery education in law schools.

Topics include:

  • What a practicum is
  • Digital evidence and students using e-discovery software
  • Instructional videos, structured exercises, and quizzes with feedback
  • Catalyst’s interest in education and their cloud-based platform
  • Testing to strengthen retrieval capacity rather than as an assessment tool
  • Applying the case law to concrete situations
  • Grading process: low stakes testing and evaluation
  • The need for law schools to provide more practical training

Bill Hamilton is the executive director of the UF E-Discovery Project at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He teaches introductory and advanced e-discovery classes on campus and online.

Robert Half Legal Report

Cybersecurity Issues Demand Proactive and Collective Management Strategies from Legal and IT Teams, Part One

In episode one of this two-part series, host Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal, and industry experts, Thomas BarnettRocco Grillo and Joel Wuesthoff, examine data privacy and security issues that are demanding the attention of legal and IT teams across industry sectors. Learn about the particular risks law firms and legal departments face and the prevention strategies legal teams and their IT counterparts are implementing.

Listen to part two of the program here.

Thomas Barnett, Special Counsel, eDiscovery and Data Science, Paul Hastings http://www.paulhastings.com/professionals/details/tombarnett

Rocco Grillo, Managing Director, Global Leader, IR & Forensics Investigations, Cybersecurity & Privacy Services, Protivit http://www.protiviti.com/en-US/Pages/Professional-Bio-Rocco-Grillo.aspx

Joel Wuesthoff, Esq., senior director, consulting solutions, Robert Half Legal http://www.roberthalf.com/legal/client-services/ediscovery-services/team/our-leadership-team/joel-wuesthoff-esq

Host:

Charles Volkert, Esq., executive director, Robert Half Legal http://www.roberthalf.com/legal/client-services/ediscovery-services/team/our-leadership-team/charles-a-volkert-iii-esq

Kennedy-Mighell Report

Return of The Ad Blockers

On the Internet, content may be king, but monetization through advertising runs a close second. But today’s ads seem more aggressive, intrusive, and annoying than ever. We’ve recently seen a return to a category of tools long known as ad blockers. What are the implications of ad blockers to lawyers and will they change the consumer’s Internet experience?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the return of ad-blocking technology, whether advertisements are still important in the online marketplace, and what this might mean for lawyers. They discuss the different types of ads from full page overlays, hard to find automatic sounds, Twitter or Facebook promotions, and the many pop-ups that are easy to accidently click on and hard to close. In the past, Dennis says, pop-ups became excessive and many people were using ad-blocking technology, but as browsers adapted, the need for ad blockers was reduced. Dennis also talks about the effect on bloggers, malware and security, and the alternatives he would like to see in the increasingly personalized Internet of 2015. Tom explains how YouTube, Google, and Apple are effectuating change and how he would like the option to pay for no advertisements, like in free versus paid apps. Finally, they discuss significance for lawyers with regard to ethical rules and technology competence and potential evidence for court.

In the second half of this podcast, Tom gives an early report on his new Windows Surface Book. Dennis chimes in to mention the similarities and differences of his Macbook. 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

Clio Cloud 2015: The Globalized Market of Legal Services

As globalization changes the legal marketplace, solo and small firm lawyers are scrambling to keep up. Why are so many attorneys resistant to embrace new technology? Should technological competence be the responsibility of law schools, the American Bar Association, or individual lawyers?

In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares and John Stewart, lawyer and legal techspert, interview Michele DiStefano and Michael Mills, presenters at the 2015 Clio Cloud conference. Michele, a law professor and founder of LawWithoutWalls, talks about globalization, the changing nature of legal services, and the responsibility law schools have to teach technological competence. Michael, a lawyer and founder of Neota Logic, Inc., discusses collaboration and interstate business models, eradicating the term “non-lawyer”, and how state bars and the ABA can encourage progressive change.

Michele DeStefano is a professor of law at the University of Miami and the founder and director of LawWithoutWalls, a part-virtual collaboratory of about 750 change agents including entrepreneurs, lawyers, academics, business professionals, and venture capitalists. In 2015 to 2016, she will be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and visiting faculty lead of Harvard’s Center on the Legal Profession.

Michael Mills is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Neota Logic Inc., developers of a no-code software platform with which lawyers and other professionals build expert systems to automate guidance, documents, and processes. Before Neota Logic, Michael was a biglaw lawyer and a law firm IT and manager.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Technology Trends and Firm Performance

In this Special Report, Billie Tarascio, Mary Juetten, and Duncan Stewart stop by to talk about measuring your firm’s performance as a business and predictions for future ways to interact with clients. Tune in to hear about net promoter scores, conversion rates, and the costs of acquiring new clients. In addition, they move on to discuss preferred technologies for millennials, print vs. digital for news and books, and when it’s appropriate to use the phone over an in-person visit.

Billie Tarascio is a family law attorney, legal innovator, and entrepreneur. She has created a DIY software for litigants that helps minimize legal costs. Billie is a frequent speaker and presenter on issues related to legal technology, practice management, law firm development, and family law.

Mary Juetten is the founder and CEO of Traklight and the co-conspirator behind Evolve Law. She specializes in helping companies in transition or startup to create sustainable, operational, and financial growth. Mary created the only self-guided software platform that creates a custom business risk strategy and automates the client question and issue-spotting process for businesses and IP attorneys.

Duncan Stewart is the director of TMT research for Deloitte Canada. He is a globally recognized expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise technology, media, and telecommunications trends. In his time as an investor, he deployed a cumulative two billion dollars of capital into global TMT markets.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Innovational Law Practices and Lasting Digital Brands

In this Special Report, Peter Carayiannis of Conduit Law, David Sparks of Mac Power Users, Shantelle Argyle of Open Legal Services, and Julie Tolek of Think Pink Law stop by our table to discuss their presentations at the Clio Cloud Conference. During our interview, the conversation migrates from efficiency tools like Slack, Sanebox, and Lexicata to the three P’s of building digital brands—passion, personality, and persuasion. Tune in to hear how much time you should be spending on social media marketing, the importance of providing value in your posts, and why you need to stay on a schedule when you share.

Peter Carayiannis is the president and founder of Conduit Law, an alternative model law firm based in Toronto, Canada that serves a wide variety of corporate clients. Since leaving the traditional Big Law environment, Peter has focused on finding more efficient and effective ways of working with his clients.

David Sparks is an Orange County, California business attorney and self-proclaimed geek. He is also a podcaster, blogger, and author who writes about finding the best tools, hardware, and workflows for using Apple products to get work done. David writes for Macworld magazine and regularly speaks about technology. Having been a business attorney for over 21 years, David is now challenging himself further by opening a solo law firm.

Shantelle Argyle is an attorney and the co-founder and executive director of Open Legal Services, a nonprofit modest means law firm in Utah. Previously, Shantelle worked for several private law firms and as a public defender. She practices criminal and family law, and has worked on cases ranging from child custody to murder. She is passionate about the OLS mission, and will tell anyone she can about the revolution in affordable legal services. Shantelle attended law school at the University of Utah and is admitted to practice law in Utah.

Julie Tolek is an attorney, mediator, and founder of Think Pink Law, and of counsel to Skylark Law & Mediation, P.C. Equal parts geek, lawyer, entrepreneur, and marketing maven, Julie provides her clients with convenient access to the law by harnessing technology and keeps things real with a human touch.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: The Experts Discuss Online Marketing Strategies for Law Firms

There is no lack of advice when it comes to legal marketing, but it can sometimes be overwhelming. What are the basics in a law firm’s online presence and where should lawyers focus their time and money?

In this short podcast, Adriana Linares and Jason Marsh interview three law firm marketing specialists about their areas of expertise. Gyi Tsakalakis, founder of AttorneySync, discusses the blurring lines of the real and online worlds and how local search engine optimization plays its part. Allen Rodriguez and Eva Hibnick, founders of One400, talk about the fundamentals for streamlining your law firm’s marketing and sales process.

Essential Marketing Topics Discussed:

  • Local search
  • Overall service quality
  • Reviews
  • Social media
  • Experiential marketing
  • Remarketing
  • Optimizing for receiving service
  • Content marketing
  • AdWords

Gyi Tsakalakis is a former lawyer and the founder of AttorneySync, an online legal marketing agency, to help lawyers be where their clients are looking.

Previously an attorney and marketing manager at General Assembly, Eva Hibnick co-founded One400, a digital agency focusing on helping law firms build products, create inbound marketing channels and acquire clients.

Allen Rodriguez, another co-founder of the One400 digital agency, has 15 years experience marketing for lawyers and legal tech startups.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: A Fireside Legal Chat about Outsourcing and Project Management

What do outsourcing, Lean, and Agile mean for your law firm? Find out by listening to this Special Report with legal entrepreneurs Basha Rubin and Mirra Levitt plus Lean/Agile evangelist John E. Grant. Together they discuss their respective Clio Cloud Conference presentations with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti.

Tune in to hear where clients are searching for attorneys today, how the emoji lawyer problem affects your practice, and why lawyers need to adopt a culture for learning in their firms. In addition, hear Basha, Mirra, and John debate the merits of Agile principles as well as the minimally viable product concept in the legal profession.

Basha Rubin is CEO and Co-Founder of Priori Legal. She is also a speaker and writer on how technology is changing, will change, and the market for legal services. Her writing has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Inc, Women 2.0, and Under30CEO.

Mirra Levitt is general counsel and co-founder of Priori Legal. Before Priori, she worked as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP, a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and was a Henry Luce Scholar in the microfinance program in Save the Children’s Vietnam office.

John E. Grant is an attorney and Agile Certified Scrum Master who helps lawyers and legal teams improve their practices. He’s spent most of his career at the intersection of the legal, business, and technology worlds where he’s studied established techniques such as Lean, Agile, and Lean Startup which are designed to maximize productivity for the manufacturing, software development, product design, and entrepreneurship sectors.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Professionalism as a Survival Strategy with Jayne Reardon

Cloud based software platforms and Comment 8 on the ABA Model Rule 1.6 on Confidentiality of Information have sent shudders across state bars nationwide. The mounting pressures for innovation and increased technology competence have left many lawyers scrambling for answers. As uncertainty gives way to reason, the legal profession is starting to provide guiding parameters to attorneys trying to stay in compliance.

On this Special Report, Executive Director Jayne Reardon of the Commission on Professionalism to the Illinois Supreme Court sits down with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti. Together, they discuss the ABA Model Rules, possible changes thereof, and the erosion of jurisdictional practice boundaries. Tune in to hear more about alternative business structure law firms and how they might apply to Limited License Legal Technicians.

Jayne Reardon is the Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism to the Illinois Supreme Court. Prior to that, she was worked for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and as a Trial Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois.

Special Reports

Clio Cloud 2015: Leveraging APIs for Better Practice Management

An application programming interface (API) is a system that connects software applications to each other, providing more functionality for users. For example, a password manager might interface a LinkedIn App, allowing for easy sign-in. So what does this technology mean for lawyers?

At the 2015 Clio Cloud conference, Adriana Linares interviews panelists Dan Lear, Debbie Mignola, and Sam Redlich about their session, titled ‘Clio as a Platform: Leveraging Clio’s API.’ Together, they discuss employing the API in your daily practice, using automation to improve client experience, and how long it will take lawyers to learn to use and implement the tools.

Dan Lear is the director of Industry Relations at Avvo, the online legal marketplace, and a legal technology facilitator and blogger.

Debbie Mignola is the founder and CEO of Intake 123, an online form designer application that integrates with Clio software.

Sam Redlich is a practicing attorney in New Jersey who works with software companies, technology companies, and internet companies doing IP and contractual work.

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