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The Digital Edge

The Digital Edge, hosted by Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway, provides listeners with tips and tools for career success, as well as cutting-edge technology news. Nelson and Calloway invite noted authors, speakers, and legal technologists to discuss topics at the intersection of law and technology.

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Mar 14, 2018
The ABA Journal: Legal Journalism in the Digital Age

Molly McDonough talks about news stories lawyers want to read and how the ABA Journal has adapted to changes in media consumption.

Feb 13, 2018
Expanding Access to Justice through Online Dispute Resolution

Colin Rule explains how online dispute resolution works and how it has the potential to fill access to justice needs.

Jan 19, 2018
Preview of ABA TECHSHOW 2018

ABA TECHSHOW 2018 co-chairs Debbie Foster and Tom Mighell talk about this year’s conference.

Dec 21, 2017
When the Bell Tolls for Thee: Disaster Planning and Recovery for Law Firms

Tom Bolt, whose firm was hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria, talks about how lawyers can prepare for natural disasters.

Dec 4, 2017
‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2017

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss a wide range of products, from doorbells to submarines, to help you brainstorm gift ideas for everyone on your list.

Oct 17, 2017
The Apple Product Cheat Sheet for Lawyers

Brett Burney talks about the latest Apple products and how they can serve lawyers.

Sep 12, 2017
How Augmented Intelligence and Cognitive Computing Serves the Legal Profession

Brian Kuhn, global co-leader for the IBM Watson legal practice, talks about why lawyers should be interested in cognitive computing (or augmented intelligence).

Aug 10, 2017
Teaching the Technology of Law Practice to Law Students

Guest Darin Fox talks about how he sees technology functioning in legal education including the program he oversees at the University of Oklahoma.

Jul 10, 2017
Evernote for Lawyers: Manage Your Research, Marketing, and Process

Heidi Alexander talks about Evernote and how it can help lawyers organize thoughts, research, and marketing.

Jun 12, 2017
Low Bono Legal Services: Working to Provide Access to Justice

Shantelle Argyle discusses low bono legal services and their impact on the access to justice movement.

May 8, 2017
Is Law Really A Buyer’s Market? And If So, Now What?

This legal podcast covers the shift of the legal industry from a seller's to a buyer's market.

Apr 14, 2017
Defining Artificial Intelligence as a Legal Tool

This legal podcast defines artificial intelligence and what its growing popularity means for lawyers.

Mar 31, 2017
Running with the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law

Andrew Arruda, CEO of ROSS Intelligence, talks about how artificial intelligence assists lawyers, not replaces them.

Feb 9, 2017
The Importance of Legal Writing

Sharon and Jim discuss legal writing with Gary Kinder, founder of the editing program WordRake.

Jan 12, 2017
Will Alternative Business Structures in U.K. Law Firms Cross the Pond?

David Beech, CEO of Knights discusses his professional services firm with a successful alternative business structure (ABS) in the U.K.

Dec 7, 2016
‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2016

Struggling to find the perfect gadget for that tech savvy attorney in your life? Sharon and Jim share their top tech toys and gifting goodies for the holidays.

Nov 23, 2016
Trust Accounting for Lawyers

Practice Management Advisor Sheila Blackford advises lawyers on client trust account management.

Oct 21, 2016
Analysis of the ABA Report on the Future of Legal Services

The ABA Future of Legal Services commission, the data found in that study, and how those findings can help lawyers improve and prepare for the future of law.

Sep 19, 2016
Attaining Law Firm Diversity

John Mitchell, a law firm diversity coach, talks about the difference between diversity and inclusion and explains diversity fatigue.

Aug 31, 2016
Metadata Management and Daily Best Practices

PayneGroup CEO Donna Payne talks about ways attorneys can better handle their metadata.

Aug 3, 2016
Tips for Managing Technology from a Chief Information Officer

Sharon and Jim speak with Legal Technology Consultant Andrew Adkins about his time as chief information officer for the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

Jun 24, 2016
The Benefits and Challenges of Implementing a Firm-Wide Strategic Plan

Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk with The Remsen Group President John Remsen, Jr. about the benefits of creating a firm-wide business plan.

May 20, 2016
What Lawyers Should Know About Cloud Computing Security Standards

Jack Newton and Larry Port discuss cloud computing and the new cloud security standards for legal professionals released by the Legal Cloud Computing Association.

May 4, 2016
How Technology Has, and Will, Impact the Practice of Law

Friend of the show Linda Klein talks about how she has used technology in her legal practice over the years and why lawyers should pay attention now.

Apr 1, 2016
The Law is Not Copyrightable: Fastcase Sues Casemaker

Recently, the legal publishing company Fastcase received a takedown notice from the parent company of another publishing company, Casemaker, claiming they had exclusive rights to distribute, for commercial use, the Georgia Administrative Rules and Regulations. Fastcase CEO Ed Walters was surprised by this demand, because public law is not copyrightable. As a response, Ed decided...

Mar 10, 2016
The Lawyer’s Duty of Technology Competence

In 2009, the American Bar Association created the Commission on Ethics 20/20 to examine in depth how changes in technology affect the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The commission made many recommendations and, most notably, the ABA modified Rule 1.1 regarding lawyer competence. In the new version, Rule 1.1 Comment 8 reads “To maintain...

Jan 27, 2016
ABA TECHSHOW 2016: An Interview with Chair Steve Best

30 years ago, the legal community began to see the value in the intersection between technology and the law. Lawyers are now using new software and tech devices more than ever in their practices and the courtroom, making the ABA TECHSHOW’s 30th anniversary valuable to anyone working in the legal field. So what’s going on...

Jan 19, 2016
The Future of the Professions: An Interview with Richard and Daniel Susskind

“The question is not can a machine exhibit empathy or judgement but instead for what problems are empathy, judgement, or creativity the solution?” -Richard Susskind After years of writing and thinking about the future of the legal profession, Richard Susskind began to run into legal professionals whose careers are being affected by technology. In addition...

Jan 4, 2016
What’s Hot in Cybersecurity for Law Firms

With the data breaches and ransomware that has plagued law firms (and other companies) of all sizes recently, clients and firm managers alike are seeking more advanced data security. Certifications like the ISO 27001 provide guidelines and standards for how to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information your firm holds. But what...

Dec 17, 2015
The Internet’s Role in Client Development

How do people find lawyers these days? Although many attorneys believe they are discovered through a Google or Bing search, legal service consumers are actually still taking recommendations from people they know and trust. But technology has added a multitude of new ways that people perform research and journey to find lawyers. Potential clients will...

Nov 11, 2015
‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2015

And we’re back with another year of gift ideas for the tech savvy lawyer. Whether you are looking for a Star Wars drone for… ahem… your children, a computer or printer that you can fit in your pocket, or a whiskey glass to bring to Mars, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway have the inside tip....

Oct 12, 2015
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...

Sep 10, 2015
Results-Oriented Financial Management for Lawyers

Due to the changing landscape of legal services, small to medium sized law firms need to consistently update their financial management processes. Essentially, these firms need to provide affordable services to their clients while ensuring the owners get the compensation they believe they deserve. But without necessarily having an in-house financial manager, how do they...

Aug 27, 2015
How to Attract Clients in the Digital Era

Legal marketing has changed dramatically in the past 20 years as we have reached “the digital era.” Some lawyers have embraced this new world of social media marketing, engaging website content, and cloud-based computing. But those who have not, particularly solo and small firm lawyers, are missing out on an opportunity for increased client base,...

Jul 27, 2015
How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time

Many lawyers work far more than 40 hours a week and still lack the time to work on firm marketing, practice management, and spending time with friends and family. Furthermore, with increases in technology, it seems as though lawyers should be more efficient, but this isn’t always the case. What are we doing wrong and...

Jun 10, 2015
The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services

The legal service industry has been changing rapidly, causing many lawyers to worry about the future of their practice. Many potential clients are now looking online for solutions to legal problems. Despite this, there is still a large percentage of the population without access to the legal services they need. In order to deal with...

May 12, 2015
Website Wizardry: The Right SEO for Your Law Firm

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become an incredibly popular term in marketing, but many lawyers (and most business owners) are still confused about what SEO is and how to hire the right SEO consultant. Furthermore, having an online presence is not all about SEO. Online marketing can be frustrating and confusing, but it is essential...

Apr 21, 2015
Why the iPad is the Best Tablet for Litigators

Most lawyers who listen to The Digital Edge are already aware of many benefits of tablet use in the courtroom. There are apps for note taking, document review, legal research, and, of course, trial presentation. But this is just the beginning! Having a tablet opens up many avenues of convenience for litigators, trial prep and...

Mar 10, 2015
Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer

Ten years ago, dictation and speech recognition were clunky, inefficient, and inaccurate softwares. As the technology emerged, lawyers tried programs like Dragon Dictation, but most decided that speech solutions were not practical or worth using. Today, these softwares are much more accurate and useful for many lawyers, but maintain a similar reputation. How have dictation...

Feb 17, 2015
The Ethical Misadventures of Luddite Lawyers

Luddite: a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology. As we’ve heard time and time again, many lawyers are averse to becoming knowledgeable about modern technology. Older attorneys often do not want to learn a computer-based management tool and feel as though they can hire someone to manage the security and encryption of their...

Jan 7, 2015
ABA TECHSHOW 2015: Don’t Miss It!

The ABA TECHSHOW is an annual legal technology conference in Chicago, sponsored by the Law Practice Division of the ABA. The goal of the conference is to educate lawyers, legal professionals, and law firm employees on using technology in their practice. The 2015 conference will be held April 16th through the 18th, and will feature...

Dec 11, 2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The Tablet That Really Can Replace a Laptop

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has been released and, according to these lawyers, it finally lives up to the standards of a laptop. It is lighter and more mobile than even the lightest laptop, which makes it better for travel. However, this tablet can download the software and applications that many lawyers use in business...

Nov 19, 2014
Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014

Are you a lawyer who always has the newest tech products and apps? Do you already have a drone even though most people think they are only in sci fi movies? Are you looking for a holiday gift for your tech junkie spouse? In this edition of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway...

Oct 21, 2014
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...

Sep 29, 2014
Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers is Here!

Lawyers now have the option to purchase Microsoft Office 365 for their small, medium, or big law firms. Microsoft Office 365 is a collection of products and services that can be purchased individually or in bundles known as stockkeeping units (SKUs). The products available include Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Lync, Yammer, Office Suite 2013,...

Sep 4, 2014
The Future of Wearable Technology for Lawyers

Wearable technology like the smartwatch is the next in a long line of new technological advancements that are embraced by some, but viewed skeptically by most lawyers. Judges already discourage smart phones in court and many clients worry about a decrease in information security. But if used properly, a smartwatch can actually increase the productivity,...

Jul 14, 2014
When Lawyers Get Divorced: Ethically Breaking up a Law Firm

When a law firm breaks up or a lawyer leaves to start a new practice, there are always clients, contingency arrangements, and hourly cases to split up. It is important to know what ethical steps a lawyer or law firm should take when parting ways. If the firm splits up, who has the rights to...

Jun 23, 2014
Tips and Tricks for Lawyers Using PowerPoint in Trial Presentations

Many attorneys now use PowerPoint in trial to preview, highlight, and sum up the evidence for their arguments and organize their presentations. Effective PowerPoints garner the attention of court personnel and jury members and enhance their overall presentation. However, ineffective PowerPoints can be confusing, difficult to read, or distract the audience from the presentation’s overall...

May 14, 2014
The Best of Legal Tech for Solos and Small Firms 2014

There are a multitude of technology options to help run small firms and solo practices, but deciding on which ones can be a daunting endeavor. Mac vs. PC, practice management systems, and encryption of client data are among numerous issues attorneys must resolve. On this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim...

Apr 4, 2014
Headlines from ABA TECHSHOW 2014

Breaking all of its previous attendance records, ABA TECHSHOW 2014 will certainly go down as one of the most successful. True-to-form, many of the attendees were from small firms and solo practices. With the introduction of How-To sessions, lawyers will be getting more out of ABA TECHSHOW for many years to come. On this episode...

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Sharon D. Nelson

Sharon D. Nelson is president of the digital forensics, information technology, and information security firm Sensei Enterprises. In addition...

Jim Calloway

Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program, Jim Calloway is a recognized speaker on legal technology issues,...

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