While many lawyers pride themselves on client service, few enjoy losing their nights and weekends to client calls and emails. Lawyers must balance their need for personal time with the importance of providing great client service, advises Erik Mazzone (pictured), director of the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association in Cary. That said, "being a lawyer is a hard job and having the time to recharge your batteries allows you to be better at your job," Mazzone says. "I'd go home and ask my spouse: ‘Do I need boundaries?'"Read More »
I am generally an early adopter of technology, and, admittedly, a bit of a gadget snob. I can't believe this little gem escaped my radar for almost two years. I've just purchased my first Livescribe Pulse Digital Smartpen. As a compulsive note-taker, this pen changed my life (sounds ridiculous, I know) and it will change the way you practice law. Professional note-takers like lawyers and paralegals know that organizing notes can be an insurmountable task. Not anymore.Read More »
We have frequently written about how computer technology is a two-edged sword that can offer cost-efficient advantages to the law firm that leverages it, or can be the death knell to the law firm that does not keep pace. Nowhere was this duality been better illustrated than in a recent story in The New York Times. Its headline alone should give any member of the profession pause: "Armies of Expensive Lawyers Replaced by Cheaper Software."Read More »
Last month, along with thousands of others, I attended LegalTech New York in Manhattan. This annual conference is sponsored by American Lawyer Media with the goal of helping lawyers, law firms and their staff learn about the latest advances in legal-related technology. E-discovery and related issues are always a big focus at this conference. However, in recent years, seminars addressing both social media and cloud computing issues have become increasingly prevalent.Read More »
Technology has revolutionized many parts of the legal industry, and trial presentation is no exception. Not long ago, hiring a trial presentation company was necessary for even the simplest needs due to high costs and the expertise required to operate software programs. Times have certainly changed. Now, myriad do-it-yourself solutions have hit the market, Microsoft PowerPoint is widely popular and hardware costs continue to shrink, all making it more feasible for law firms and corporate counsel to craft homespun solutions for their trial presentation needs.
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Who's the next potential U.S. Supreme Court justice on Obama's list? Why does your firm need a social media policy - and an employee handbook? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this year's edition of "20 Things Lawyers Need to Know," complied by Lawyers USA, Lawyers Weekly's national sister paper. From the hottest technology tools to the latest tips for marketing your practice, we give you the insight you need to run a better law practice in the year ahead.Read More »
By NICHELLE NICHOLES LEVY, Special to Lawyers Weekly email@example.com Open-source software is software for which the developer has broadly licensed the underlying human readable source code version of the software to end users, generally on a royalty-free basis, for ...Read More »
By SYLVIA HSIEH, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly firstname.lastname@example.org As any parent of a child wielding a Wii remote can tell you, video captivates like nothing else. It can persuade, entertain, inform and – perhaps ...Read More »
By TONY OGDEN, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly email@example.com Laptops, smartphones and flash drives allow lawyers to carry around thousands of pages of paperwork and legal documents with ease. Yet they also create security risks ...
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By SYLVIA HSIEH, Lawyers USA, the national sister paper of Lawyers Weekly firstname.lastname@example.org The generation of jurors known as the “net generation” or “digital natives” – those who were born in the digital age and know nothing of life ...Read More »