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Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. *****   Think before you post to social media lest you face 6-month suspension If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: think before your post. This recommendation applies to everyone, of course. But if you’re a lawyer, then you’d best heed my advice and tread lightly when posting commentary online on social media sites or elsewhere. Otherwise you run the risk of running afoul of your ethical obligations and unleashing the wrath of your bar’s disciplinary body. At the very least, you’ll…
[Note: This is the second of an exclusive two-part series on lawyer marketplace UpCounsel, which – 16 months after new owners rescued it from shutting down – is now launching a crowdfunding campaign. In part one, I wrote about UpCounsel came back from the brink of closing down and rebuilt its business.]  Sixteen months after UpCounsel announced it would shut down, it is not only alive and well, but showing double-digit revenue growth, consistent profitability, and accelerating demand for legal services through its lawyer marketplace. Now it is launching a crowdfunding campaign with the mission of bringing legal to…
With all the analytics companies being bought up recently, I made the above comment to Doug Austin in discussing his column a few weeks back on the new NIST standards for developing trust in Artificial Intelligence programs. (https://ediscoverytoday.com/2021/06/29/nist-publishes-new-study-establishes-model-for-trust-and-artificial-intelligence/ ) But maybe the analogy isn’t a good one. A better one may be that this is a case where we DO want to see the sausage being made. I’ve talked about this before  ( https://www.digitalwarroom.com/blog/is-ai-the-fight-club-of-legal-technology-and-ediscovery ) but the NIST paper dives into some detailed analysis. NIST talks about trust as a key element in getting lawyer buy in on AI.…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Here’s why your firm needs to be in the cloud If you’re familiar with my column you know that I have been urging lawyers to learn about – and use – technology for over a decade now. I always stress how important it is for lawyers to educate themselves about the technologies available for use in their law practice and to make informed decisions regarding which tools to invest in for the long haul. The reason it’s so important for lawyers to understand…
This post was originally published twelve years ago today. However, as I ponder the topic posed by Northwestern Law Professor Michael Zuckerman about how law students shouldn’t use automated writing technology because they will miss out on learning how to do initial drafts, this post seems as relevant now as ever. – GL] I read a lot. But, I don’t usually read the same book twice (because I already know how it is going to end!) But, I do love me some SciFi and Vampires and Humor, so when I get that all rolled into one, I make an…
[Note: This is the first of an exclusive two-part series on lawyer marketplace UpCounsel, which – 16 months after new owners rescued it from shutting down – is now launching a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign opens to the public July 28, but readers of this blog can access the private friends and family campaign, with early investor benefits including a lower valuation cap. Part two of this series, coming Monday, is an exclusive LawNext interview with UpCounsel’s CEO KJ Erickson and Chief Revenue Officer Paul Drobot.] On Feb. 3, 2020, the death knell sounded for lawyer marketplace UpCounsel.…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Will lawyers continue to be averse to technology post-pandemic? As the pandemic recedes and we head into the “new normal,” no one is exactly sure what law offices will look like post-pandemic. Will lawyers work remotely more often than before? Will the “face time” requirements of year’s past fall by the wayside as remote work increases? Will law firms continue to adopt new technologies into their firms in order to facilitate new ways of working? Only time will tell how these questions will…
We lawyers need to to grasp how to run our law business better. We need to think of ourselves as “” competing against other knowledge workers (as opposed to lawyers competing against other lawyers). Obviously, technology is an important element in our law businesses. But there‘s something else that’s even moreimportant… Which is: . The more complex the problem (or, the more valuable the solution is to your clients) the more you can charge and the more profit you’ll reap. But solving complex problems requires you to
This article was coauthored by Kendra Abercrombie and Mark C. Palmer. Today’s legal profession demands a practice-ready generation of new legal talent. To meet this demand, legal education has found itself pivoting to provide innovative curricula and expand learning options for students. The next generation of lawyers requires more than substantive legal knowledge when entering the profession, as concepts such as the Delta Model Lawyer (a three-pronged competency structure that includes The Law, Business & Operations, and Personal Effectiveness Skills) demonstrate. Although the “big five” classes—civil procedure, contracts, criminal law, property, and torts—still make up the foundation of law school…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. Mitchell B. Goldberg is the Administrative Partner of Litigation and Regulatory Practice Groups at Lawrence Kamin, LLC. With significant experience representing business and financial services clients, Mitch primarily focuses on litigation and risk management. He has advocated before Illinois state and federal courts on matters including securities fraud, contract disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, and more. How do you use technology in your litigation and risk management work? Our firm utilizes technology to make our processes more efficient, our work product better,…
Lou Andreozzi, the former chairman of Bloomberg Law and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, has been appointed to the board of directors of global managed services provider Integreon, the company said today. The news comes a month after Integreon was acquired by the private equity firm EagleTree Capital. Integreon said that Andreozzi will serve on the board in a non-executive capacity, consulting with Integreon CEO Bob Rowe and other senior Integreon managers, as well as with the EagleTree Capital investment team, on strategic initiatives including potential acquisitions and partnerships. “We are thrilled to welcome Lou to…
Suffolk Law Professor Shailini George joins us to talk about her new book, The Law Student’s Guide to Doing Well and Being Well. Professor George talks about the need for law students to take better care of their mental and physical health in order for them to not only do well in law school but to be better lawyers once they enter the profession. Whether it is stopping task switching, setting boundaries on their time, or allowing themselves to be bored, she lays out a guide for students to do better, by being better to themselves. She shares some…
With the recent rise of renewable energy, it’s not surprising that the solar business has quickly become one of the fastest growing industries in the US. More and more people are buying into the idea of clean, renewable energy, while also noticing the potential savings of going solar.  Exciting as this may be, solar companies of all sizes are at risk of being left behind in this supply and demand surge. Using Shape Software such as Shape Solar CRM to manage your clientele will always be necessary, but don’t disregard the first step of the process—generating leads. With a growing…
  From starting the loan origination to completing the loan request, the process for a loan can be messy, especially without proper organization. Loan officers know this well, which is why ICE Mortgage Technology created Encompass, a Loan Origination System (LOS) capable of integrating with CRM software such as Shape’s Mortgage CRM, to help organize the process of applying for a loan. What is a Loan Origination System (LOS)? A Loan Origination System (LOS) is a software used by loan officers to manage the steps of a mortgage loan transaction, starting with the origination of the loan. Once the origination…
Instead of overthinking and overanalyzing associate return to office policies, why not let associates decide where and when they should work based on what needs to be done, the type of work they are doing and the needs and demands of the client and the partner with whom they are working?   Lots of chatter recently about how big law firms and, to a lesser extent, in-house legal departments should manage the return of their associates to the office as the pandemic ebbs. Should everyone be “strongly encouraged” to return to work every day (wink, wink, nod, nod)? Should the…
For many lawyers, the administration associated with the deal process is cumbersome, tedious, and stressful. Collaborating with multiple parties through back-and-forth emails involves running endless comparisons, attaching large files (that hit firewalls and bounce back), manually tracking the status information in a checklist and—perhaps worst of all—constantly searching your inbox for the latest version of a document. Oh! And don’t forget the constant calls and emails from clients asking about deal status.…