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Most small-firm lawyers waste time, energy, and money on mindless drudgery. Not surprisingly, they feel frustrated. But, even worse, is they’re losing major ground because… Digital technology is rapidly eliminating every kind of low-level work. And it’s massively disrupting every modern business—including law. WARNING: If you waste time, energy & money on mindless drudgery that can be automated or outsourced you’ll be disrupted and marginalized. But if you focus on doing more high-level KNOWLEDGE work and you’ll survive (maybe even thrive). Learn to work “smarter” You need to learn how to make digital technology work FOR you, not against you.…
A third state could soon join the two that require technology training as part of a lawyer’s obligation to undergo continuing legal education. Two states currently require mandatory tech CLE. In 2016, Florida became the first state to do so, when it adopted a rule requiring lawyers to complete three hours of CLE every three years “in approved technology programs.” In 2018, North Carolina followed suit, requiring all lawyers there to complete one hour per year of CLE devoted to technology training. One other state has given what I described at the time as a “tepid nod” to tech…
Don’t pour thousands of dollars into student recruitment staff training. Check out these five simple steps to take your higher ed admissions team to the next level. For some higher ed institutions, problems with inexperienced staff have plagued recruitment efforts for years. Now, as students become more and more selective about where they attend school, a lack of experience in student recruitment is a problem that must be solved.  While many higher education businesses can afford to pour tens of thousands of dollars into training their salesforces, most universities simply lack the resources and knowledge to do the same. And…
Are you a loan officer marketing to Realtors? Here’s how to position your mortgage business so that real estate agents actually enjoy sending clients your way. Every loan officer knows that real estate agents can be a goldmine of client referrals. In fact, up 21% of all mortgage referrals come from point-of-sale advisors, including real estate agents. Problem is, it’s not easy to get a steady flow of Realtor-generated referrals coming your way. Taking real estate agents out for lunch and exchanging business cards just won’t cut it anymore. The competition is too fierce, and agents are getting tired of…
In April I reported on the release by the Global Legal Tech Report of its report on Australia, the first in a planned series of regional reports on legal tech worldwide, which will culminate in a global report in November. Now, the GLTR has released reports covering Asia and New Zealand. When considered alongside the Australia report, they provide an overview of the state of legal tech across the Asia-Pacific region. Taken together, the GLTR’s reports on Asia, Australia and New Zealand show that the majority of legal tech companies in the region are providers of integrated solutions rather than…
Corporate legal departments and law firms have reached the point in the pandemic where they must start to move beyond triage to the first steps to moving forward. The path from where we are to where we want to go starts with a solid understanding of where we actually are. And there is no time like the present. The path from where we are to where we want to go starts with a solid understanding of where we actually are. For forward-looking legal innovation leaders and top-level executives (especially in corporate law departments) who must evaluate existing and planned innovation…
The Biggest Disconnect in the Legal Industry? (COVID-19 Version) We seem to be living in a time when what is most important today already seems like old news tomorrow. It’s difficult, on so many levels. The seeming comfort of a “return to normal” appeals more than the discomfort of change and innovation. However, either/or is a false choice, and we all know that. Like you, I’ve spent many hours on online videoconferences in the last few months. Since I retired from Mastercard, my Zoom calls have not been so much about specific work issues, but with groups of legal innovators—in-house…
Last week Carolyn Elefant joined me as we kicked off a new series on behalf of LexBlog of live conversations with leading legal bloggers. Tomorrow the series continues with a live interview with Jim Walker, publisher of Cruise Law News, a maritime-law blog where the motto is, “Everything the cruise lines don’t want you to know.” No doubt, there’s been a lot they don’t want you to know of late, providing plenty to write about for Walker, a Miami lawyer who has been involved in maritime litigation since 1983 and who has been blogging about it since 2009. The…
Litera continues to focus on the features and functionality our customers have requested. Simplifying vendor relationships, purchasing, and the lawyer’s workflow has always been a priority. This quarter, Best Authority joins the Litera Desktop ribbon, and Metadact reaches feature parity with Workshare Protect while also gaining an “Attachment Manager” feature that eliminates the need for yet another separate product. We also made headway on interoperability in our products, giving users the ability to access content from Forte in Clause Companion. Plus, our latest and highly requested integration between Clause Companion and iManage makes it easier than ever to find and…
In a year of so many challenges and difficulties, an unexpected highlight for me has been the opportunity to participate as a host on Litera TV, a daily live stream of interviews, educational programs, and tips around legal tech and legal practice produced by the document technology company Litera. Every Wednesday morning since April 8, I’ve had the honor of having Zoom coffee with a who’s who of legal industry leaders, sitting down with them for free-flowing, half-hour conversations about technology, innovation and the impact of the pandemic. This week, Litera TV is marking its 300th episode, and…
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog EntryFor Immediate Release: (Chicago, IL):  July 1, 2020: The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) announces its Industry Participant program. Effective July 1, 2020, ILTA is pleased   to offer legal technologists a new way to interact with ILTA: Industry Participant Status. Industry Participants will have access to ILTA webinar and podcast recordings, live virtual events, Peer to Peer quarterly magazine, newsletters, White Papers, ILTA Surveys, member discounts, career center resources, [More]
I’ve been curious for some time about the various methods for controlling content access based on country of origin. If you’ve browsed the European internet or tried to access US video from Canada, you’ve probably experienced a geo fence. It’s different from a paywall and serves a different purpose. I’m using it on this site now, which shows how it can operate without visitors being aware, if they’re not impacted. The biggest challenge is to gather information from the visitor’s browser in order to determine what country they are from. As I say, whether you spoof your country in browser…
Joanna Goodman recently asked me for some tips on how firms can go about balancing the need to control costs and manage the expectations of their partners and staff with investing in innovation to retain and win business and maintain competitive advantage as lockdown is lifted. What should firms’ (especially mid-sized firms) priorities be for driving and leveraging innovation? A few of my tips appeared in her great new article, “The Great Leap Forward,” in the Law Society Gazette. I wanted to share all of the tips I came up with in this blog post. It’s part of…
From : Blog Entry>>Daniel’s Blog Entry“The bane of our existence.” That is how one law firm general counsel described outside counsel guidelines (OCGs) at last year’s Law Firm General Counsel Forum at the Aon Law Firm Symposium. Bane or boon, if you work in a law firm environment, OCGs are a daily fact of life. Clients use OCGs use to communicate expectations regarding the handling of their matters. Ensuring that OCGs make it to the right people is critical. Accuracy in timekeeping along with a proper understanding of correct phase/task/activity [More]