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Most lawyers now appreciate that an online presence and online marketing efforts are important for client development for most law practices. Your marketing efforts typically cost both time and money. Our latest Digital Edge podcast is How to Win Clients Online for Free! Our guest is Gyi Tsakalakiss, a former lawyer and the founder of AttorneySync, an online legal marketing agency that helps lawyers be where their clients are looking.            Gyi Tsakalakis Gyi stresses that some of the best ways to gain clients won’t cost you anything but time. Personally I am always surprised at how many small  law…
From : Blog Entry>>Cecilia’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post authored by Cecilia Celeste Danesi , AI and Law researcher and professor (IG @ceciliadanesi, LK Cecilia Celeste Danesi, www.ceciliadanesi.com ).  Nowadays we can find artificial intelligence everywhere: to fight against the Covid-19, to predict our music preferences, to grant a loan or a university vacancy…just to name a few. But why is AI everywhere to be found? And, yet most importantly, does AI have any risk? Can it affect our rights? Let’s see. AI pertains [More]
The past year has forever shifted how attorneys and firms work. But with unprecedented challenges came new lessons and opportunities. Featured this week in the LawSites Resource Center is a whitepaper by NetDocuments that addresses the unique challenges that now face the legal industry and how professionals can meet them. Topics addressed in the whitepaper include: Four major themes revealed during 2020. Top challenges small to medium sized law firms face in a post-2020 workplace. Five strategies to thrive in 2021 and beyond. Download the report for free. Be sure to check out the full array of free materials…
Thanks to everyone who has contributed their views so far. If you have not yet had a chance to participate, lease take a few minutes (less than 5) to share your experience and insights with your colleagues. The survey will be open through March 1st. Here is a link to  the original post about the survey. Respond to the survey at this link.  …
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Commissioner and First District Appellate Court Justice Mary Ellen Coghlan will receive the Hon. Mary Heftel Hooton Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI). The Award will be presented virtually at the WBAI’s 22nd Annual Judicial Reception on Friday, March 5. The WBAI honors members of the judiciary with the Mary Heftel Hooton Award for their exceptional leadership, professionalism, and efforts in advancing women in the law. In addition to Coghlan, former Commissioner Judge Jorge Alonso will also be honored with the Mary Heftel Hooton Award…
A lack of diversity and inclusion has plagued the legal profession for decades. Despite incremental progress in hiring, law firms haven’t been successful in retaining women of color lawyers in the associate ranks or promoting them to partner. While the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the stark realities of the legal profession’s diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges it may offer a catalyst for positive change—if the right steps are taken. COVID-19’s Impact on Women According to the Women in the Workforce Report by McKinsey & Co. and Lean In, in the five years preceding the pandemic women and men…
From : Blog Entry>>Ragav’s Blog EntryDoes your organization securely share files? In today’s digitized and connected workplace, sharing documents is an easy task, but securely sharing a file is a different matter. The dynamic, fast-paced business environments can put large workloads and pressure employees to meet their deadlines and unrealistic expectations. This excessive pressure may lead to skipping necessary security checks meant to protect their organizations against data breaches. For most industries, especially in the legal [More]
In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3040, creating the Texas Commission on Judicial Selection to study the “fairness, effectiveness, and desirability” of partisan elections for judicial selection in Texas and the merits of other judicial selection methods adopted by other states. On December 30, 2020, the Commission submitted its report to the governor and legislature recommending, by majority vote, against the current partisan elections method. However, Commission members did not agree on an alternative method for judicial selection. Commission members overwhelmingly support increasing judicial qualifications and placing monetary limits on elections. Representative Todd Hunter, the author…
From : Blog Entry>>Karen’s Blog EntryUnstructured data is but one consequence of many firms’ relatively late adoption of Information Governance policies and concepts. Many of us struggle to absolve ourselves of the ‘sins of the past’ and establish control of the content of legacy shared network drives or file sharing services that were put in place without policy to govern how and how long data is stored. In this upcoming short story series, a couple authors will examine ideas about how to start to establish structure, gain buy in, [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Rachita’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post authored by Rachita Maker, Head of Legal Operations and Compliance, Tata Communications . The CLOC 2020 Survey found that 67% of the companies surveyed state that the Legal Operations team is perceived as a strategic partner within the Legal Department.  However, not many Legal Operations leaders set clear strategy for their own department.  Not having a clearly articulated plan can lead you to be reactive and focus on tactical aspects, whereas a truly progressive [More]
Atlanta-based Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms, has named Jairam Padmanabhan to the newly created position of chief product officer. In this new role, Padmanabhan’s primary objective will be to accelerate the company’s worldwide innovation across its entire product suite. Padmanabhan is a veteran product management leader with more than 30 years experience in software strategy, marketing, and development, with a particular focus on the professional services market. He has substantial knowledge of cloud-based machine learning and artificial intelligence technology, Aderant said. Before joining Aderant, Padmanabhan was chief product officer at XCM Solutions, a…
I wrote a blog post last fall about the grant that Hanzo received from Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund and how we were planning to use the funds. These grants seek to support and rebuild businesses in the UK that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For our part, we’re looking for ways that we can extend Hanzo Hold, our purpose-built Slack ediscovery tool, to address the new workplace risks that accompany the abrupt transition to remote work. …
Most of us in the legal industry did not think of the employment market as being anything close to stable in 2020. However, as we are witnessing from the AmLaw 100/200 firm revenue numbers being released, many firms had record revenue and profits. In fact, recent reports show that the industry actually added some 5,000 jobs recently. Geoff Zodda, Chief Solutions Officer of IT Search at PearlCare Search Group, talks with us about what happened in the legal market surrounding the technology, information, analytics, and knowledge workers in 2020, and the projections for these types of professions as…
At this point, it’s fairly trite to begin writing with a comment about the impact COVID-19 has on our lives and our legal system. But it’s an inescapable truth that the pandemic has forced us to rethink so much about how we do things and why—and one of the places where we’ve seen huge shifts is with the bar exam. It became clear last spring that the July 2020 bar exam—if it was going to be held at all—was going to look a lot different than it ever had before. Some states decided to remotely administer exams, some created rules…
From : Blog Entry>>Ragav’s Blog EntryA featured blog post for the ILTA Unlocked Campaign highlighting volunteer opportunities. Writing thought leadership blogs and articles are not just for professional bloggers, writers, speakers, and journalists –  they  can be  for anyone as   an important part of educational writing, promotion ,  and much more. Inspirational and aspirational articles  submitted to the  ILTA  B logs  can serve as  an  effective  source  to inspire and persuade  ILTA  community members to adopt [More]