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From : Blog Entry>>Steve’s Blog EntryQuality Control and Shredding Documents The payback for scanning paper documents is never fully released until shredding occurs. Continuing to distribute, store and manage paper physically after it is made digital is inefficient, posing a risk to your clients and ultimately the firm. Unfortunately, the decision to shred is a big one for a firm and so is often delayed indefinitely seeking that “perfect” time or set of circumstances to make such a move. A carefully defined, quality control [More]
Passwords and password management are evergreen topics. It’s one of those things that, while everyone uses passwords, they arrive at password management in different ways and at different times. Password management can be confusing because there are so many different ways to do it. I’ve touched on password management before. How storing them in a web browser can lead to them being exposed if someone else accesses the browser. How I prefer offline password managers over online ones. This was top of mind recently when an online password manager was backdoored. Any password management tool you use requires…
Are you a startup founder wondering what type of business entity to create? Or maybe you have a question about the best structure to raise seed capital. The answers to these and many other questions can be found in a digital hub launched yesterday by the Emerging Companies Practice of the Palo Alto-based law firm Wilson Sonsini. Designed to provide founders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists with access to a range of free legal resources and insights, the hub centers around a knowledge bank where the firm’s attorneys provide answers to more than 200 common questions. Categories covered in the…
This week’s guest is Jennifer Leonard, Chief Innovation Officer at The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the Executive Director of the Future of the Profession Initiative (FPI) at Penn Law. Jennifer joins us to talk about her work with FPI, the record $125M donation to Penn Law from the W.P. Carey Foundation, and the amazing Board of Advisors and people behind FPI. The multidisciplinary approach that FPI takes toward shaping the future of the practice brings together the wealth of schools there at Penn, including the Wharton School, Penn Engineering, the School of Nursing, and more.…
Most people think an ESI exchange protocol is simply a load file that is automatically included with documents that you produce or receive. In actuality, the term means much more than that. First and foremost, it’s the required result of a required process. FRCP 26(a)(1) requires initial disclosures and FRCP 26(f) dictates a “conference of the parties” (also known as the “meet and confer”) to discuss, among other things, including a requested format for production of documents. Opposing counsel can propose their own format for delivery and that’s where the ESI protocol comes in – it is designed to formalize the…
From : Blog Entry>>Victor’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post authored in both English and Portuguese from Victor Cabral Fonseca, Innovation Specialist, TozziniFreire Advogados. In his book “Tomorrow’s Lawyers”, Prof. Richard Susskind introduces us to what he calls the “more-for-less challenge”. According to the book, which analyzes current transformations in law and its effects on the future, there is a growing pressure in legal departments and law firms for stricter cost controls and greater efficiency in carrying out legal [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Victor’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post authored in Portuguese and English from Victor Cabral Fonseca, Innovation Specialist, TozziniFreire Advogados. Em seu livro Tomorrow’s Lawyers , o Prof. Richard Susskind nos apresenta o que chama de “desafio mais-por-menos”. De acordo com a obra, que analisa as atuais transformações no Direito e seus reflexos no futuro, há nos departamentos jurídicos e nos escritórios de advocacia uma crescente pressão por controles de custos mais rígidos e maior eficiência na execução [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Tanya’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post from  Tanya Houseman , Senior Data Analytics & Reporting Specialist,  Fenwick & West . Analytics is measuring what matters: Did we make our goals? How can we do better? Where do we need to pivot? It sounds so simple and yet some people treat analytics as if they were getting their teeth pulled without anesthesia. There are many books written on data readiness and the various stages businesses can work through. This is a high-level overview is for those who are not [More]
This week, David Lat, who founded the blog Above the Law in 2006, and who earlier, in 2004, started the anonymous blog Underneath Their Robes, and who left blogging two years ago to take a job as a legal recruiter, is returning to writing as a full-time livelihood. But this time, Lat will not be publishing his writing on a blog. Instead, he will be publishing a newsletter on Substack, hoping that enough subscribers ante up $5 a month to support him in his craft. As someone who gained near-celebrity status in the legal world through blogging, Lat’s choice…
I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won’t include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles published from April: Manage your bankruptcy law practice with this software – ABA Journal The Fate Of Midsize Firms In A Post-Pandemic World – Above the Law When Bar Associations Innovate, Everyone Wins – Above the Law Managing, Motivating, and Retaining Remote Law Firm Teams – MyCase Blog Discover New
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Top Gadgets for Lawyers Working From a Home Office It’s been more than a year since the start of the pandemic, and what a year it’s been! The good news is that as we head into the spring, the light is finally visible at the end of the tunnel as vaccination rates increase. As a result, sometime in the near future we may finally be able to head back to our offices on a full or part-time basis. Of course, we’ll be returning…
Not surprisingly, the pandemic drove greater use of electronic payments across all industries, with the volume of electronic payments up 11.2 % in the first quarter of 2021 over the prior year. Law firms were no exception to this trend, as they realized that the old way of collecting payments via paper checks was impacting their cash flow, according to a report published today by the practice management platform PracticePanther. Notably, for law firms that adopted e-payments and offered clients the ability to pay online, the benefits were tangible, the report finds. With e-payments, the time it took firms…
Easy success is better than the kind that requires a lot of work. That’s Warren Buffet’s mantra about avoiding unnecessary hardships in running a business. He said, in business you don’t get extra credit for solving a hard problem (and you usually make less money). So, if there’s an easier way to make money, do it the easy way. In my experience, marketing is an area where most small business owners make things harder and more complex than necessary. To make things easier, start with what’s most fundamental in marketing… Trust Building Trust is what you need to build up…
Most recognize that cloud computing will be the new norm for lawyers, if it’s not already. But not just because of the usual cited reasons of accessibility, efficiency or security.   I chat periodically with David Carns, Chief Revenue Officer of Casepoint, to find out what his company is up to. But also to get his take on what’s going on in the legal tech world.  Casepoint is an e-discovery cloud-based provider. It offers data-based intelligence and full-spectrum eDiscovery, including cloud collections, and review and customizable productions. It also data processing, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence service. I have written…
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog EntryOn Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the ILTA Podcast series, “ Getting a Seat at the Table ”, was recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts as a Communicator Award winner .  The podcast for ILTA’s Women Who Lead program, won during the 27th Annual Communicator Awards, under the category for Diversity and Inclusion, and recognized ILTA for a being an industry-leader in audio and podcast excellence. ILTA professional staffers Beth Anne Stuebe, Director of Publications and Press; Kendall [More]
Rian Gauvreau, who in 2008 cofounded practice management company Clio with Jack Newton, has left the company, where he most recently held the position of chief people officer. He continues to serve on the company’s board of directors. A company spokesperson said that Gauvreau decided to step down from his position at the company in order to spend time with his family. “Rian decided to step down from his role as chief people officer to spend time with his growing family,” Sasha Perrin, Clio’s director of communications, said in an email. “He will remain an integral part of…