Law libraries license and purchase content and access. The costs of those things are volatile. Sometimes a publisher ships more or fewer items. Sometimes those items, no matter how numerous, cost more. The point is that a budget is not meant to be ESP. So when funders come to us at year end and extract money, it can create unnecessary pain. A couple of government law libraries are going through that right now. They rob Peter to pay Paul. Minnesota has a filing fee funded law library system. The law library fee is $10 or $15 depending on…
Just in time to help you level up your LinkedIn game for 2020, here are 47 tips from Allison Shields Johs and me. There are plenty of practial tips for each essential building block of your LinkedIn efforts – Profile, Connections and Participation. Both networking and your network have never been more important than they are today. Level up you game before the end of the year with these great tips. Want even more? Allison and I’s book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals, is available on Amazon.  …
Lawyers are often concerned about the ethics rules requirements of understanding “the risks and benefits of relevant technology.” But you do have to competently protect your clients’ digital information and you would be wise to protect your own digital information, particularly your online financial accounts. One of the major steps in protecting digital information is using multi-factor authentication for the online services you use. Fool is a strong word. But read this great column by these two legal tech experts to see why they used it. What Kind of Fool Am I (That Doesn’t Use MFA)? by Sharon D. Nelson,…
As videoconferencing exploded in 2020, Zoom went from something most lawyers had never heard of to something many used every day. Zoom became a verb and, after months of a changed business environment with many videoconferences, many people now complain of Zoom fatigue. While there are many video conferencing tools, Zoom zoomed to prominence for two reasons: 1) It was very easy to operate and 2) the free version was very useful. But there is big money in business videoconferencing and we are going to see quite a battle between Zoom and Teams (at least on the small business level.)…
More lawyers and law firms are placing PDF files online for clients and potential clients to read or download. The conventional wisdom has always been to avoid placing too much information in PDF files on your website because Google and other search engines wouldn’t index them well or at all, so you wouldn’t get “credited” for your online content. It turns out that is not so true now and there are many ways to make your PDFs posted online much more SEO friendly. As more law firms place more PDF’s online this is good information. Check out 13 Tips to
I know an Oklahoma lawyer who doesn’t understand why so many lawyers use high-powered computers. He and his staff use Chromebooks. That just wouldn’t work for me. I’m a heavy multitasker that uses speech recognition and other resource hogging tools. But for law firms who need to send staff to work from home, it is a wise and security conscious decision to send them home with a law firm laptop rather than having them use a home computer and if finances are tight, Chromebooks are very inexpensive. But before you make that decision, you need to understand what Chromebooks are…
Soon after Britain’s initial vote to leave the European Union, then-prime minister Theresa May proclaimed, “Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.” At the time, her government was optimistic that they would hit their target March 2019 exit deadline, negotiate a favorable trade deal with the EU and find a solution […] The post Brexit Is Coming: How GCs Can Prepare for Immigration Uncertainty appeared first on Exigent.…
We’re advised not to do this when we’re young. And as adults, we no longer question this advice. But it’s wrong. Shortcuts are incredibly useful. But many people have a misconception about what a shortcut is, and dismiss the very notion. Which is too bad, because then they have to work harder to get what they really want. Let me give you a concrete example. When I was eight years old I saw the Beatles play on the Ed Sullivan show and became obsessed with the idea of playing the guitar. More specifically, I wanted to learn to play popular…
On October 15, LexisNexis announced and launched Juris 3.0. Juris 3.0 is the latest generation of LexisNexis’ billing, accounting, and financial management software for law firms.   Juris’s three major updates are: An integration with ClientPay for online payment acceptance to streamline credit card and e payment processing better. An improved reporting module that provides firm leaders real-time view of billing and payment information. Upgrades to the email template to improve email billing workflows.   Usually, I don’t get too excited about back-office software and platforms for law firms since I focus more on the practice of law. But…
We are back today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable, where we discuss and dissect the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but usually includes: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase. Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider. Victoria Hudgins, reporter for Legaltech News. Victor Li,…
The role of the GC is changing – faster than ever. By building a data-driven culture within legal, GCs can demonstrate greater commercial awareness and take their seat with the CEO and CFO. There’s a saying that if you play by the old rules, you won’t win the new battles. Never has that been truer […] The post It’s Time to Build a Data-Driven Culture Inside Legal appeared first on Exigent.…
From : Blog Entry>>Liz’s Blog EntryLiz started her career in private practice with a focus on patent law.  She moved into corporate law with Honda Patents & Technologies North America, LLC. Liz found her next move as general counsel and privacy officer with a start up company. Currently, Liz is with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an Antitrust attorney. Throughout her 12 year career, Liz has been active in professional organizations and community involvement. Liz loves travelling and spending time with her two dogs. Article [More]
Finding purpose in our lives is more important than ever. From the global pandemic, to the death of George Floyd, to the contentious election, 2020 has been beyond unpredictable and dispiriting. Yet, as the Buddhist teacher and author Pema Chodron asks, “What if rather than being disheartened by the ambiguity, the uncertainty of life, we accepted it and relaxed into it?” For lawyers, one way to relax into unpredictability is to take control of what we can. Attorneys can realize our value by supporting our community in ways that only we can. I think finding our purpose through pro bono…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke. Chief Justice Burke discusses how the judiciary has adapted to the pandemic, the Court’s increased collaboration with communities across the state, and how the Court is promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the judicial branch. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:37 – What major changes have you made to the judiciary as a result of the pandemic? 2:08 – Which changes may become a permanent part of the way we serve the public moving forward? 3:28…