Podcast category: Legal Technology

Kennedy-Mighell Report

And The Legal Technology Surveys Say…

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.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

Lunch Hour Legal Marketing

Law Firm Digital Marketing Trends for 2015-2016

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.

Law Firm Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 from LegalTalkNet

Paralegal Voice

How to Properly Use Social Media in Your Law Firm

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.

Topics include:

  • 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.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Boston UniversityNALA, and ServeNow.

The Digital Edge

Windows 10: What Lawyers Need to Know

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.

Topics Include:

  • 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.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ServeNow and CloudMask.

Ringler Radio

Choosing a Structured Settlement in a Workers’ Compensation Case

 

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.

Special Reports

ATL APP: What is Above the Law’s Academy for Private Practice?

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.

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.

Special Reports

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.

Special Reports

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.

Special Reports

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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