Podcast category: Legal Technology

Special Reports

ATL APP: Are Branded Networks the Future for Solo Lawyers?

In the current legal marketplace, branded networks have emerged as client intake channels for many solo lawyers. These online listings offer lawyers to those in need, often for one flat fee. But from the lawyer’s perspective they aren’t always the same. So what questions should we be asking before signing up for a branded network and what are the benefits to getting in early?

During Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice, Legal Talk Network hosts Elie Mystal and Jared Correia interview Heather John from LawGo, Susan Cartier Liebel from Solo Practice University, and Joshua Lenon from Clio about using branded networks and technology in general as a solo or small firm lawyer. Tune in for a surprisingly down-to-earth answer to the question, “when should lawyers start integrating technology into their practice?”

Heather John started as an attorney in a large firm then ran a practice as a solo practitioner for several years before starting LawGo, a consumer-facing legal services platform based in New York City.

Susan Cartier Liebel is the founder and CEO of Solo Practice University®, the only online educational and professional networking community for lawyers and law students who want to create and grow their solo/small firm practices.

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.

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ATL APP: Blogging, Social Media, and Security

The age-old question of whether lawyers should be blogging presents itself again at Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice. In this Special Report, conference panelists Jeff Bennion, Jeena Cho, and Lisa Solomon talk with Thinking Like A Lawyer hosts Elie Mystal and Joe Patrice during the event. Together, they discuss which lawyers should blog and why, how social media can replace legal blogging, and how much personal information you should share.

Jeff Bennion is of counsel at Estey & Bomberger, LLP, a firm specializing in catastrophic injury and mass torts. In 2014, Jeff was appointed to the Executive Committee for the State Bar of California Law Practice Management and Technology section, where he serves on the education subcommittee and the electronic newsletter subcommittee to provide guidance to California attorneys on how to run their practices more efficiently using technology.

Jeena Cho is co-founder of JC Law Group PC, a bankruptcy law firm in San Francisco. She offers training programs on using mindfulness and meditation to reduce stress while increasing focus and productivity.

Through her two companies, Lisa Solomon, Esq. Legal Research & Writing and Legal Research & Writing Pro, Lisa Solomon assists attorneys with all their legal research and writing needs. This includes preparing and arguing appeals, drafting dispositive motions and trial memoranda, and showing other lawyers how to start and run successful practices as contract attorneys.

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ATL APP: Managing Solo Practice Workflow with Technology

Being a solo practitioner is not easy. It is important for solo and small firm lawyers to ask questions about management and marketing in order to succeed. In this two part interview from Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice conference, Joe Patrice talks to Jared Correia, Nikki Black, Carolyn Elefant, and Jennifer Ellis about ways lawyers can leverage technology for success. Together, they discuss billing, cloud computing, management resources, wearable technology, ethics, and the overall encouragement needed to start a solo practice.

Jared Correia is the assistant director and senior law practice advisor at LOMAP, an organization that helps attorneys licensed, or soon to be, in Massachusetts to implement professional office practices and procedures. He is also a host of The Legal Toolkit on Legal Talk Network.

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the legal technology evangelist at MyCase.com, a law practice management software company. She has authored numerous articles and regularly speaks at conferences regarding the intersection of law, mobile computing and Internet-based technology.

Carolyn Elefant is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. with an energy regulatory practice and also a national author and speaker on solo and small firm law practice. In December 2002, Carolyn launched the blog, MyShingle.com – the longest running and most comprehensive blog on solo and small firm practice.

Jennifer Ellis is a legal ethics attorney with the Philadelphia firm of Lowenthal & Abrams, PC. A frequent author and speaker both in Pennsylvania and nationally, Jennifer lectures and writes on issues including social media, legal ethics, and technology for law firms.

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ATL APP: Luncheon Remarks by Monica Bay

In this Special Report, Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal talk with former editor in chief of Law Technology News Monica Bay. Together, they discuss her 30+ year collection of observations about the legal profession and technology, the shrinking prominence of equity partners, non-representation of clients in civil matters, and how things fall into place when you love what you do.

Monica Bay is a fellow at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and a consultant and freelance journalist. She recently retired from ALM, where she was editor-in-chief of Law Technology News.

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ATL APP: First Thing’s First…

For many leaving the big firm to start their own legal practices, certain administrative tasks and overhead expenses can be a big surprise. What used to be automatic and perhaps taken for granted now becomes part of the weekly grind. Fortunately, there are affordable and scalable services that can put needed help into place.

In this Special Report, Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal talk with John Balestriere, Nicole Black, Rochelle Washington, and Gaston Kroub. Together, they discuss the art of outsourcing for receptionists, secretaries, payroll, and yes… even office space. Tune in to hear what clients think about the cost of fancy offices and their invoice.

John Balestriere is an entrepreneurial lawyer who tries cases, conducts investigations, and argues appeals. He represents companies and individuals in commercial, business, criminal and regulatory matters. John’s services include negotiations and internal investigations for his clients. Among many areas of experience, he has handled matters in street crime, white collar crime, organized crime, fraud, business tort, class action, civil rights, qui tam, and defamation.

Nicole Bradick is chief strategy officer at CuroLegal, a company that works with lawyers to launch and grow next-generation firms through its consulting services, operations support, and flexible staffing solutions. Prior to that, she was the founder and CEO of Custom Counsel, a nationwide network of freelance attorneys, which was acquired by CuroLegal in 2015. Nicole is a regular writer and speaker on the legal marketplace, law firm business models, and technology. For her work in this area, she was named a 2012 ABA Journal Legal Rebel and was named to the Fastcase 50 list of global legal innovators in 2014.

Rochelle Washington is the senior staff attorney in the Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS) of the D.C. Bar. She assists lawyers with starting and managing law firms through sessions, programs, and seminars. Prior to that, Rochelle was a sole practitioner in the areas of family, bankruptcy and personal injury law. She has also served as a volunteer attorney providing pro bono legal services in juvenile proceedings and family cases involving domestic violence.

Gaston Kroub is a registered patent attorney and founding partner of Kroub, Silbersher & Kolmykov PLLC, a boutique intellectual property law firm in New York City. He is also a principal at Markman Advisors LLC, which services buyside investors concerned about patent litigation. Gaston writes the weekly “Beyond Biglaw” column for Above the Law and “Markman Note” newsletter forMimesislaw.com. Prior to that he spent five years as a partner at Greenberg Traurig and Locke Lord.


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ATL APP: Thinking Like a Lawyer and Thinking Like a Person

Fastcase founder Ed Walters goes introspective about sapere vedere on this Special Report with Joe Patrice and Elie Mystal. Simply put, sapere vedere means learning to see. In it, Ed recalls the lessons learned from his high school art teacher and applies them to legal practice. Attorneys should remember the viewpoint of others when they communicate or work. What’s meaningful to the client is often very different from what the lawyer believes. By learning to see the perspective of others, advocates will enhance the value of the services they provide.

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C. Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling where his practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies, sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The University of Chicago Law Review, The Green Bag, and Legal Times, and has spoken extensively on legal publishing around the country. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches The Law of Robots.

Digital Detectives

A New Dawn for the Association of E-Discovery Specialists

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is a member organization that offers certification and a community for professionals working in the field of e-discovery, both in the public and private sectors. Recently, experienced e-discovery service provider and industry leader Mary Mack was named the executive director of ACEDS. What will change and what are her future plans for the organization?

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Mack about the history of ACEDS, why certification is important for e-discovery professionals, and future trends in e-discovery, information governance, and overall technological competence for lawyers.

Topics Include:

  • Attorney specialist certification and marketing
  • Teams and corporate training
  • E-discovery AND forensics, information governance, technological competence…
  • What’s happening with CLEs and in law school
  • ABA Model Rule 1.1
  • Functional and experience requirements for the certification test
  • Why Mack moved from providing services/software to education

Mary Mack, executive director of ACEDS, has over a decade of leadership and hands on experience in the eDiscovery community. Mary most recently served in a leadership role for ZyLab, a global provider of e-discovery and intelligent information governance software. Before that, she was with Fios, Inc., a provider of e-discovery services to Fortune 1000 corporations and major law firms.

The Florida Bar Podcast

Inside Tips on CLEs and Board Certification

Obtaining the required Continuing Legal Education credits is on the mind of every Florida Bar member. Many lawyers often ask where to report their credits, what other activities qualify for CLEs, and how to find online courses? Also, what are the benefits to becoming board certified?

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson interview Michelle Francis, the Education, Compliance, and Accreditation Manager at The Florida Bar, who handles CLE accreditations and ensures lawyer completion of minimum requirements. Francis discusses why lawyers should look into board certification, answers CLE questions frequently asked by Florida lawyers, and offers some useful advice about alternative ways to obtain CLE credits. Hint: chapter a book, present a program, or attend university courses.

Michelle Francis is The Florida Bar’s Education, Compliance, and Accreditation Manager. In this position, she handles all the accreditations for the CLE programs for attorneys and ensures attorneys do their minimum requirements for CLE and the Basic Skills Requirement. Additionally, her department handles the Board Certification program.

The Florida Bar Podcast

Get Involved with The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar

All Florida lawyers under the age of 36 and Florida Bar members in their first 5 years are automatically in The Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Consequently, the division includes over 27,000 members throughout the state. As we know, new lawyers must complete the Basic Skills Course Requirement, but there have been some recent changes in how to fulfill these requirements. Furthermore, there are tremendous additional opportunities within the YLD.

In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson interview Katherine Hurst Miller, president-elect of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, about online course developments, why YLD member engagement is growing, interactions with affiliate groups, and how young lawyers can get involved. Tune in to hear about the health and wellness programs coming up in the next year and how your local or specialty bar can apply for YLD grants.

Katherine Hurst Miller is an attorney out of Daytona Beach, Florida, and a partner at the law firm of Cobb Cole. She has a civil litigation defense practice including Condo and HOA. Miller was recently sworn in as president-elect of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Special Reports

ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services Hearing

In this four-part interview, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti talks with Tom Bolt, Robert Hirshon, Chris Zampogna, and Fred Headon about their contributions and ideas for the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services Hearing. Together they discuss possible updates to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, non-tech innovations to help the practice of law, how small firms and paralegals are helping with access to justice, and suggestions from the Canadian Bar Association for maintaining a vibrant and relevant legal profession.

Tom Bolt is the chair of the ABA Law Practice Division as well as founder and managing attorney at Bolt Nagi where he focuses on government relations, banking, real estate, real estate finance, and estate planning in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Robert Hirshon is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. In addition he is the Professor from Practice and Special Counsel to Developments in the Legal Practice from the University of Michigan Law School as well as internal counsel from Verrill Dana, a regional law firm in New England focusing on management issues.

Chris Zampogna is an ABA Delegate and immediate past president of the Bar Association of District of Columbia. Has his own small firm in D.C. primarily focused on litigation.

Fred Headon is in-house counsel for Air Canada in Quebec and past president of the Canadian Bar Association where he chaired the CBA’s Legal Futures Initiative to encourage more innovation, change regulation of the profession, and educate lawyers differently.

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