Legal Business

    • 18 Nov 2011

    Have you heard about "Twitterology?" It's the latest hot new science.

    Ben Zimmer is a self-described all-around word nut. He is the former On Language columnist for The New York Times Magazine, the executive producer of VisualThesaurus.com (an entirely useful tool when you're looking to add color to your prose) and vocabulary.com . In a recent New York Times Sunday Review column where he claims that "Twitterology" is the latest hot new science, he writes that "Twitter...
    • 8 Nov 2011

    Online Tools for Law Blogs and Other Website Owners | Alexa

    Last week on VirtualMarketingOfficer.com I wrote about How To Promote Your Law Blog and it turned out to be a pretty popular post, so I figured there are enough readers who are looking for ideas in this regard-thanks to all who re-tweeted the post; Twitter was driving a lot of the traffic according to my WordPress Stats. Over the weekend, I thought, hey, I wonder how many blogger/readers are using Alexa ? (I have...
    • 4 Nov 2011

    The Social Media conversation we should be having - Part 1.

    There is still a lot of hand-wringing about social media by law firm partners. A surprising number of firms still don't have approved policies - they are in permanent "draft" mode, perhaps because they don't really want to commit to anything they don't fully understand. I have given several presentations to partners and marketers recently about social media. Not the typical "how do...
    • 26 Oct 2011

    Should you use social networking to develop new business? – Part 2 of 2

    The internet is full of testimonials and case studies from lawyers who have had marketing success with social media (online tools for sharing and discussing information) and social networking (groups of people with common interests mixing together on social networking sites to build relationships). For example, in an article in Law Practice , Ernie Svenson (author of the widely read blog Ernie the Attorney ) explained...
    • 19 Oct 2011

    Should you use social networking to develop new business? – Part 1 of 2

    Of all the topics discussed in my new book on legal business development , the role of social networking in legal marketing is the most controversial. Some experts believe that social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogging and more are transforming the way lawyers develop new business, and that people who ignore the role of new media are making a huge mistake. Others feel that the hype for...
    • 13 Oct 2011

    Hasta la vista baby – the termination of the legal profession

    Later this week I'm running a session for a group of leading technology lawyers which will explore the future of the profession. Why I think this will be particularly interesting topic for this group is that I believe technology will be the single biggest driver of change for the legal sector in the long term. Sure, globalisation, outsourcing, commoditisation, changing procurement patterns are all shaping...
    • 29 Sep 2011

    Martindale's Counsel to Counsel Forum - Managing Investigations, Compliance and Audits in Today's Tough Markets

    I have facilitated Martindale Counsel to Counsel forums all over the world since 2000. These discussions are "best practice" exchanges by corporate counsel and law firm lawyers about a particular topic. Consistently, they are the best received CLE programs by buyers of legal services and senior law firm partners of any I've seen. Yesterday's program in New York was a popular one - it always...
    • 12 Sep 2011

    One of the next big things in law firm websites: Video done right.

    Everyone who knows Adam Stock , the Director of Marketing and Business Development at California law firm Allen Matkins , understands that he is an early adopter of most things technology. He's a capable developer, program and website designer and, in his spare time, he is Chair of the upcoming 2011 Legal Marketing Technology Conference in San Francisco - September 15, 2011. I wanted his opinion about a new...
    • 31 Aug 2011

    Always Connected | A day in the digital life

    WHAT'S IN YOUR DIGITAL LIFE? Me. Well, I recently moved and do not have an extra outlet at my bedside so I've been recharging my iPhone at night beside my desk-in another room. The difference is noticeable. Before I used to wake up in the middle of the night and look at the email. Then before I got out of bed in the morning I'd check my email and chat. Now, I open my eyes, step out of bed, open my...
    • 30 Aug 2011

    65% of All Adults Use Social Media

    Only 5% of all adults used Social Media in 2005 when Pew Research first asked, and as of August 2011 Pew now reports more than 65% of all adults use Social Media . To be more precise about what going on with online adults here's the daily breakdown from another Pew report : 92% use search engines 92% send or read email 76% get news online 71% buy a product online 65% use Social Media So even though 65% of users...
    • 12 Aug 2011

    Happy 20th Birthday World Wide Web!

    August 6, 2011 was the twentieth birthday of the first website being launched. For the hundreds of millions of hourly web users across the world, the day came and went without so much as a piece of cake or a candle. As Mark Giangrande noted in his August 10 Law Librarians Blog post, the anniversary "didn't have enough impact to justify a Google doodle." Tim Berners-Lee , a physicist or engineer...
    • 1 Aug 2011

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    Integration is a term loosely used by legal technology companies. So you might ask, what is integration and why does it matter? Let's start with defining what integration means. According to http://dictionary.refrence.com integration is the act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole. Integration matters because many times what is being called an integration is actually a link. And the experience...
    • 20 Jul 2011

    Social Media and Legal Ethics | No New Restrictions, Just Clarification

    The jury is (almost) in. We do not, thankfully, anticipate a Casey-Anthony-super-sized-post-verdict outrage when the American Bar Association codifies its Commission on Ethics 20/20 proposed amendments to the Model Rules in 2012. According to the Commission's recent proposal and report , lawyers are almost certain to avoid any new draconian restrictions on social media activity as were feared by some. We do...
    • 11 Jul 2011

    My Technology Wish List

    By Scott Kadish Technology has revolutionized our practice. Faxes used to be the greatest thing ever, and we have moved way past faxes in the last 10 years. Technology will continue to evolve. My wish list: 1. Phones as we know them are eliminated . All phone calls will be video calls over the computer, screen to screen (or tablet to tablet, or PDA to PDA, or any one of these to another.) 2. The keyboard...
    • 22 Jun 2011

    Social Media Secrets Revealed

    Raise your hand: How many of you are stuck in the PUSHING TOO MUCH INFORMATION trap of social media? Right, just as I expected...too many. Pushing information on social media is like using a garden rake to comb your hair. It's the wrong tool for the job. Just today, while explaining the finer details of a successful Twitter presence to a #lawyer, I emphasized the old don't-toot-your-own-horn let others...
    • 16 Jun 2011

    While timesheets rule but chargeable hours suck

    There was something deliciously ironic about me trying some new time recording software this week. It's many years after I left life as a private practice lawyer but I can still remember that huge sense of freedom at escaping the tyranny of the timesheet. The feeling of being able to work on what mattered most and be judged on results rather than be measured purely on how much time I had spent working on client...
    • 15 Jun 2011

    Cloud Computing May Be Bad for Marketing

    With cloud computing being all the rage, be very cautious about thinking that you can undertake your business development activities from behind your desk utilizing only your computer. It is true that the "clouds" may actually increase efficiency in handling and collaborating with your client on a case or transaction. The danger arises when it comes to marketing in that such efficiency also reduces face...
    • 8 Jun 2011

    Facebook for Lawyers: Don’t overlook the efficiency and power of a network on Facebook

    The other day, I added a "new" Friend to my Facebook network, someone I see maybe once a year at a professional gathering. I thought: This is great. Can it get any easier to stay in touch and up to speed on what's going on in her life so that the next time we meet we can immediately ease into a relevant conversation? No, it can't. I love what Facebook brings to the flow of my professional (and ...
    • 1 Jun 2011

    The crowd in the cloud

    These days, your knowledge is not enough to stand out from the crowd. But before I explain why that's the case, and what you can do about it, let me quickly explain how this post came to be... Charlotte, the senior partner in the Family law team spent hours gazing at the clouds trying to guess the weather for the department picnic One of the benefits of Twitter is connecting with a whole heap of like...
    • 25 May 2011

    Are You [A] Lawyer Online?

    David Fraser (@privacylawyer) is not just a lawyer online; he's a Canadian privacy lawyer-online. Participating on a panel with David last Friday, it was immediately obvious that he "gets social media" when he flat out told a Canadian Bar Association group of Intellectual Property lawyers that ...being a lawyer online does nothing for you. Being anything too broad; and you're going to get lost...
    • 4 May 2011

    Proskauer Rose goes Mac daddy? | Attorneys to be Outfitted with iPads

    The AmLaw Daily reports that Proskauer Rose announced on Wednesday that the firm plans to supply the bulk of its 700-plus lawyers with iPad 2′s. I'm a straying out of my comfort zone in this post today-I am not a hardwired techie-but I am all for technologies that enrich our lives and improve the way in which we do our work, whatever that may be. So, I found it interesting, in fact, exciting that a...
    • 1 Feb 2011

    LexisNexis Firm Manager

    So I demoed LexisNexis Firm Manager the other day. It's a web-based app like Clio and Rocketmatter , built on the Microsoft Silverlight platform. And I have to say ... I was impressed. Here's what you can expect from Firm Manager: Dashboard View : A quick, centralized view of cases, appointments, meetings, tasks, recent messages, and more. Smartphone Integration : Firm Manager syncs with Microsoft®...
    • 1 Feb 2011

    LexisNexis Announces Public Beta Release of LexisNexis Firm Manager

    LexisNexis today announced the public beta release of LexisNexis ® Firm Manager TM , an innovative new online legal practice management application for solo practitioners and small law practices. Developed in collaboration with more than 150 attorneys, the Firm Manager application is designed to meet the needs and budgets of independent lawyers, helping them to keep their practices organized and on task - from any...
    • 15 Nov 2010

    SQL Express,Time Matters 10.0,Time Matters 9.0,Time Matters Install/Upgrade,Time Matters configuration,Time matters support

    We work with large firms running TM on SQL servers doing replication to ensure consistency across the U.S. but we also work with solo's and small firms running TM on desktops. Keep in mind that Time Matters does need SQL server which will utilize about 1.5GB of RAM at almost all times. So having a desktop with a minimum of 4GB of RAM is advisable in a peer to peer environment. When setting up the desktops make...
    • 27 Jul 2010

    Should Lawyers Check Their Blackberries Hourly?

    In our fast-paced world, it seems like such availability is expected. Certainly, a partner at a BigLaw firm apparently thinks associates should, sorta. You can read about it on ABA Journal's Law News Now and Above the Law . In a nutshell, a partner asked an associate to send a fax to a client before the latter left the office, but junior forgot to check his emails and never got the word. My question to that partner...