Podcast category: Legal Technology

Special Reports

Clio Cloud Conference: Carla Caldwell on Training for Technology

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Carla Caldwell about her speech and experience at the 2014 Clio Cloud Conference. Caldwell discusses her position as the director of education at Xero, a company that makes online accounting software that integrates with Clio, and how important training is for legal technology. Her speeches at the conference discussed law practice finances and making management reports work for your practice.

 

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Clio Cloud Conference: Bob Ambrogi Interviews Mark Britton About Lawyers and Customer Service

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Mark Britton about customer service and a law firm at the 2014 Clio Cloud Conference. Although lawyers are best at being legal technicians, Britton explains, they need to listen to their clients, ask for feedback, and create fantastic interactions. Providing a great experience builds client confidence and feeds word of mouth marketing. Mark Britton is the founder and CEO of Avvo, a member of the board for Orbitz Worldwide, and a member of the board of regents for Gonzaga University.

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Clio Cloud Conference: Blogging and Social Media with Kevin O’Keefe

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Kevin O’Keefe about his speech at the Clio Cloud Conference. O’Keefe discusses lawyers connecting with real people through blogging or social media in order to find their preferred clients and cases. He also explains how Clio can be very successful as a platform that connects with other applications and services. After practicing law for 17 years, Kevin O’Keefe started Lexblog, a pioneer and leader in helping lawyers network online through blogs and marketing.

 

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Clio Cloud Conference: Sam Glover on Technology Trends in Law

Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares interviews Lawyerist Editor in Chief and founder Sam Glover at the 2014 Clio Cloud Conference. He summarizes his speech about technology trends for solo and small firms; there is a difference between current trends and catching up. Glover has been writing about law technology, management, marketing, and other interesting topics since 2007 in his online resource, Lawyerist.com.

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Clio Cloud Conference: Alison Monahan on Compromising Generational Differences

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Alison Monahan about her speech at the 2014 Clio Cloud Conference. Monahan explains the difference between generational preferences and business necessities in a law firm and how things like email versus texting or timeframes on feedback can be sticking points. She also describes her personal experience in law school and co-founding the online resource, Girls Guide to Law School. Her other projects include Law School Toolbox, Bar Exam Toolbox, Trebuchet Legal, and the Catapult Legal Career Conference.

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Clio Cloud Conference: Adriana Linares Interviews Chad Burton

New Solo host Adriana Linares interviews Curo Legal co-founder and CEO Chad Burton at the Clio Cloud Conference. Together they discuss Burton’s speech about virtual communication and collaboration and highlights of the conference so far. In addition to co-founding Curo Legal, an outsource practice management company for law firms, Burton founded the virtual law firm, Burton Law.

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Clio Cloud Conference: Richard Susskind on his Keynote Address

Joshua Lenon, lawyer and resident to Clio, interviews Professor Richard Susskind after his keynote address at the 2014 Clio Cloud Conference. Susskind discusses how technology and collaboration benefit small law firms and businesses adopting a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. Richard Susskind is an author, speaker, and advisor to various firms, governments, and in-house legal departments around the world.

The Digital Edge

Lawyers Love New Apple Products: iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch

There are many exciting new Apple products available now or launching in the near future. Many lawyers love to use Apple products in their practice and personal lives and are often eager to learn about the newest change in the technology or services. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8 were released in September 2014, Apple Pay launches in October 2014, and the Apple Watch is set to be released in the spring of 2015. If attorneys want to know about what’s new, there is one lawyer who is an expert on all Apple products: Jeff Richardson.

On this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview attorney and iPhone J.D. blog writer Jeff Richardson about the new Apple products and services, what he recommends for lawyers, and predictions for the future of technology. Richardson starts by describing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, differences from previous iPhones, and size and storage recommendations for lawyers using a smartphone in their practice. He gives some suggestions for essential accessories including a case, external battery, additional cables, and bluetooth headphones. Richardson then describes new iOS 8 features such as predictive text and interactive notifications, how the Apple Watch will change the future of wearable technology, and what Apple Pay means for consumers and vendors. Although Apple is always coming out with new products, it is a particularly exciting time for lawyers and technology.

Jeff Richardson is a partner in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP. His practice focuses on defending companies sued in class actions and complex litigation, as well as appellate litigation. Richardson publishes iPhone J.D., the oldest and most comprehensive website for attorneys who use iPhones and iPads.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer

Wrongfully Convicted: William Dillon and His Life in Prison

Imagine being 20 years old and being investigated for a murder you didn’t commit. Would you know what to say or do? Failure to react correctly could cost you a lifetime in prison. Sound far-fetched? It might surprise you to learn that it happens more often than we think, and for somewhat predictable reasons. In this special edition of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews William Michael Dillon, a man who spent nearly 30 years behind bars in one of the country’s most dangerous prisons for a crime he did not commit, and Seth Miller, one of the attorneys who helped overturn his conviction. Tune in to hear how false confessions, eyewitness misidentification, and corrupt jail-house snitches are costing innocent people their freedom, and learn why William isn’t angry today and how finding a voice through writing music helped him find hope.

William Dillon served 27 years and 8 months of a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. The State of Florida released him in 2008 when DNA testing proved he was not linked to a key piece of evidence used to convict him. He is a singer and songwriter whose work was inspired by his long incarceration in Florida State Prison. Today, he advocates for organizations, including the Innocence Project of Florida, that were instrumental in setting him free.

Seth Miller is one of the attorneys who helped exonerate William Dillon. He works for the Innocence Project of Florida where he has dedicated himself to exonerating the innocent since 2006. His organization receives nearly 2,000 requests to review convictions per year. Mr. Miller’s focus is on post-conviction cases that have DNA in evidence.

Specail thanks to our sponsor, Clio.

 

Legal Toolkit

Virtualization of a Law Practice

There has recently been an increase in virtualization of law practices and the rate at which firms are beginning to adopt internet-based technology solutions. There are significant advantages attached to those programs including mobility, flexibility, ease of installation and management, and decreased setup cost. But most lawyers don’t know what a virtual office entails, are wary of trusting a remote server, or worry about the security of working through a browser. What is virtualization, how does it apply to law firms, and why should lawyers be adopting this new technology now?

On this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Jared Correia interviews AbacusLaw CEO Alessandra Lezama about cloud-based case management systems and why lawyers should virtualize their firms. Lezama explains the difference between desktop as a service (DaaS) and software as a service (SaaS), the benefits of virtualization, and how to choose a company to help with this process. The encrypted remote servers should have geographic redundancy, regular and thorough security audits, and have local data centers. Lezama points out that lawyers are hesitant towards virtualization due to anxiety of the unknown or lack of time, resources, or knowledge but they must adopt new technology as a matter of ethical compliance. Because there are so many intricacies to this process, many lawyers do not know where to start. Lezama encourages attorneys to invest time, perform due diligence, and seek a good partner to help guide the process. In the long run, the relief of IT burden will more than pay off.

Alessandra Lezama is the chief executive officer of Abacus, a legal technology solution company that designs, installs, and manages virtual practice systems. Before joining Abacus, she was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of two Blackthorn Investment Fund companies, chief operating officer and CEO at American Internet Services, and has held key leadership roles in sales, marketing, and operations for Comsat International.

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