A lot of interesting stuff from around the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are a few of my favorites:
Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse published a short article on the importance of taking your clients’ satisfaction “temperature” each morning and addressing the small problems before they become big ones.
Josh Poje writing for Law Technology Today shared three options for easily and inexpensively encrypting your firm’s backup files.
Ron Friedmann of Prism Legal shared a live post from a knowledge management conference in which three law firm leaders discussed how to foster innovation in law firms. It’s a short post and the most interesting part (to me, anyway) is what they have to say about failure and vulnerability.
On the iOS front, Jeff Richardson of iPhone, J.D. wrote about a new feature in iOS 7 that allows apps automatic app updates and whether or not it is a good idea for lawyers to enable the feature. Also included is an amusing anecdote from Senator John McCain questioning Apple CEO Tim Cook in what may have been Congress’ single biggest accomplishment in 2013.
Managing email continues to be a challenge and Julie Fleming writing for Innovate contributed some great tips for efficient email processing. Also on email, Tom Lessard writing for the Online Privacy Blog works through the pros and cons of using an anonymous email address.
“Free” is a concept near and dear to many lawyers’ hearts. Catherine Sanders Reach writing for Slaw highlights some terrific free resources online to use to find cutting edge legal analysis. Several sites to bookmark in here.
Law firm “pedigree” is becoming less important to general counsel in choosing outside counsel; Kevin O’Keefe makes a convincing argument that this trend makes blogging even more important for lawyers hoping to serve as outside counsel.
Last but not least, there is a proliferation of apps that allow electronic document signing. Tim Baran shares one such app – SignEasy – on the Legal Productivity blog. Available for both Android and iOS, Tim says SignEasy distinguishes itself by its ease of use. Score one for truth in marketing.
As my German grandmother, who evidently learned to speak English from watching cartoons, used say: that’s all folks. Have a great week.
Security, productivity, project management and some iOS and Android news – there was a lot of interesting stuff in the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are some of my favorites:
Does Your Law Firm Website Attract the Right Clients? Allison Shields writing on her Legal Ease blog shares some helpful tips. Also on the topic of firm websites, Russell Alexander’s Website Security and the Modern Moat published on Small Firm Innovation is a good reminder that your firm website also needs to be kept secure.
Jeffrey Taylor’s review of CaseManager for Android is worth a read – it may cost you $20 though when you head to the Google Play store to purchase CaseManager after reading it.
Carolyn Elefant wrote an excellent review of branded networks (or platforms) and dissects whether it makes sense for solos to explore these burgeoning new platforms.
A lot of lawyers, as the French delicately put it, of a certain age are interested in exploring selling their law practices. Roy Ginsburg’s piece for Lawyerist, What You Need to Know in Order to Sell a Law Practice, is a great place to start.
The choirs of angels gathered to herald the coming of Microsoft Office to the iPad should keep those trumpets on ice for now. Jeff Richardson’s iPhone, J.D. reports that while there is official confirmation that Office is coming to the iPad, it’s not clear when. He also includes a great recap of all the other resources available now for word processing on the iPad.
Google Docs (or is it Drive now?) aficionados will appreciate Tim Baran’s 20 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs Power Users published on the Legal Productivity site.
GTD nerds (if you had to click on the link for that acronym, move on to the next blurb) will be interested to read Heather Morse’s review of the Get It Done app – a productivity app designed expressly to help you get stuff done.
Last, but not least, Josh Poje’s article on Practice Encryption is a must-read for any lawyer who stores confidential information on a USB drive.
See you next week.
Some interesting stuff in the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are a few of my favorites:
Robert Bohn writing for Attorney at Work suggests five ways to put your best foot forward on LinkedIn. The tips range from quick fixes to strategies for joining groups. A good recap or primer.
Sam Glover of Lawyerist penned (pardon the anachronism) a great guide for optimizing your computer monitor set up at your desk. Detailed, thorough, and with excellent suggestions about what to buy and how much to spend.
Richard Granat shared a slide deck from a recent presentation by Bob Ambrogi to the National Association of Bar Executives. The presentation is called 10 Ways Technology is Rewiring Law Practice. Not quite the same as getting to hear Bob speak in person, but the deck is packed with insights and worth a look.
Nicole Black contributed a great article and infographic to the My Case blog; the article focuses on billing practices and is part of their excellent Things You Didn’t Learn in Law School series.
The third annual Evernote Conference was held last week and lamentably I didn’t get to go. Never to fear, Tim Baran published tips on Legal Productivity on how to use Evernote to write blog posts using Postach.io. Also on the Evernote topic, Allison Shields shared five ways to use Evernote as a legal marketing tool on the always excellent Canadian legal magazine, Slaw.
Always one to cut through hype, Brian Tannebaum’s column on Above the Law is about his month using an iPad. Spoiler alert: it didn’t dramatically transform his law practice, but is probably worth keeping around. I think he’s right on the money.
Mike Ramsey contributed another strong article to Attorney at Work as part of their local marketing series. This one is about how to track and test online marketing efforts and is a fantastic primer if you’re looking for a place to start improving your law firm website performance.
Jordan Furlong’s Risk and Outrunning the Bear on Small Firm Innovation is a great reminder that you don’t have to camp out on the bleeding edge to make some strategic improvements. As a friend of mine says, they call it the bleeding edge because people get hurt out there. Good advice here from Jordan.
Last but not least, Sharon Nelson of Ride the Lightning posted a link to a video of a guy shooting a .50 caliber rifle at an iPhone 5s. What does this have to do with practice management and legal tech? Well, nothing. But it is weirdly compelling to watch stuff be blown up in slow motion. I guess we can all thank John Woo for that.
Have a great week!
There was a ton of good stuff written in the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are some of my favorites:
Sam Glover posted an excellent review of cloud-based time and billing app Freshbooks on the Lawyerist. He also included a link to a previously written article distinguishing Freshbooks from QuickBooks.
Sharon Nelson and John Simek contributed an article to Slaw on metadata in digital photos, and what do about it.
Mark Springfield, writing for the NC Law Blog, wrote about the “technology” of collaborative conflict resolution, comparing it to the advent of desktop computers in law firms in the 1980′s.
Carolyn Elefant spotted an important new trend in her article called “Clio Cloud 9: The Rise of the Lawyer User Conference?“
Also in Clio-related news, they launched (some would say, “finally launched”) a native iPhone app, with Android and iPad versions to follow. In doing so, they join RocketMatter and MyCase in offering mobile apps for their practice management software.
Speaking of RocketMatter, Tim Baran writing for Legal Productivity highlighted some of his favorite features of Apples new mobile operating system, iOS 7. If you have been holding off downloading iOS 7, this is worth a look.
Andrea Cannavina contributed Five Ways to Use Twitter Lists to the collaborative blog, Attorney at Work. Great basic tutorial if you have not yet experimented with Twitter lists.
Lee Rosen shared the helpful, “Is Your P&L Useful to You?” on his Divorce Discourse blog. In it Rosen shares what he uses in his P&L statements and advice on how to simplify yours.
Last but not least, Richard Granat wrote a thoughtful article on Limited Licensing of Legal Technicians, drawing in part on the ABA’s draft Report Recommendations on the Future of Legal Education. A bit long but worth the time.
Have a great weekend.
A lot happened this week in the LPM-o-sphere. Here are a few of my favorites:
Online privacy has become an even hotter topic in the post-Snowden world. Sarah Downey of The Online Privacy Blog offers 5 Simple Privacy Tips for Instant Improvements.
Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse explains his reasoning for which cloud-based practice management system you should choose.
As the Affordable Care Act looms, Attorney at Work featured an “Ask the Experts” column in which firm administrator, Jude Dainton, shares a helpful checklist for how law firms can get ready for the ACA.
Sharon Nelson, publisher of the electronic evidence and information security blog Ride the Lightning, has some insights on a recent revelation that Dropbox peeks at your files and what to do about it.
Brian Tannebaum’s column for Above the Law shared some great advice on the importance of patience and consistency in networking efforts.
Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 7, rolled out this week. Jeff Richardson’s always informative iPhone, J.D. features an article with some thoughts on whether to update to iOS 7 right away or wait for a bit. The article also bundles several of the most recent and helpful reviews of the new iPhone 5s for those of you who are ready to upgrade your hardware.
Jim Hassett of Legal Business Development has been doing a study on value and profit in the nation’s largest law firms. Jim’s article, Value and Profitability: Confidential Insights from the Managing Partner of an AmLaw 100 Firm shares some of the challenge of figuring out what “value” means to your clients, strategies for increasing profitability, and the rising importance of legal project management training.
Carolyn Elefant published a story on My Shingle with some sobering anecdotes about lawyers colliding with advertising laws for their marketing efforts (0ne firm fax spammed accounting firms and another faked Yelp reviews.) She also takes bar associations to task for failing to meaningfully and timely police the online marketing space. If you are doing any marketing of your firm online, make the time to read this.
Last but not least, Law Practice Today ran a nice quick tutorial by Alison Shields on how to set up a LinkedIn page for your law firm.
Have a great week.
I’ve been a user of both Evernote and Google Chrome for some time. I spend a lot of time on the internet reading about technology and law practice management and my research style is disorganized and desultory. While I’m working on one subject, I often come across items I want to come back to later.
Evernote, and in particular its browser extension, Web Clipper, are a perfect match for me. Except for one thing: the Web Clipper was clunky and difficult to use. Until now. The new Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome works beautifully and does more than I could ever make the original extension do.
It essentially combines the functions of the original Web Clipper, the now no longer necessary extension Evernote Clearly, and the markup functionality of Skitch, and brings them all together in one intuitive and elegant extension.
Click the image below to get a better view of the interface.
Type of Clip
The first change I noticed with the new Web Clipper is that it features an easy to use menu for the type of clip you’d like to make:
- article – the full article with the items in the background grayed out
- simplified article – a cleaned up, reformatted version of the article appearing against a blank background, similar to the way Readability works
- full page – clips the entire web page as it appears normally
- bookmark – a small format clip of the article title, hyperlink address, and first couple of lines
- screenshot – a shot of the visible portion of the screen
Each of the types of clips hyperlinks to the original source so your Evernote note is a click away from the source page.
A couple of years ago, Evernote purchased a company called Skitch, which was a highly-reviewed Mac application for annotating and sharing images. The Web Clipper now contains much of the functionality found in other annotation tools, including:
- zoom in/out
The tools are intuitive and available right in the main window of the Web Clipper extension, so no more hunting and opening multiple windows. Just navigate to the article you want to clip, press the icon for the Web Clipper and then make the annotations you want.
Filing and Sharing Notes
Last, the Web Clipper includes a simple interface to choose the Evernote notebook in which you want your clip your article, as well as add any tags you like to keep it organized. For folks who like to share the contents of their Evernote notebooks, you can also share right out of the same panel to the usual line up of social media.
Overall, the new Evernote Web Clipper is a quantum improvement over the last iteration. If you are an Evernote and Chrome user, definitely check it out.
There was some excellent commentary and insight from the LPM-o-sphere this week:
Erik Heels contributed a great piece to Attorney at Work called Free Your Law Practice’s Computing Budget. Erik discusses the multitude of free desktop and cloud software available along with what is worth paying for.
Heather Morse, publisher of The Legal Watercooler, gets into the ROI on a legal blog in her article, How NOT to Measure the Value of a Legal Blog. a thoughtful discussion using SCOTUSblog as an example.
Attorney at Work was killing it with great content this week, as Neil Squillante, publisher of the excellent TechnoLawyer, shared Top Five Trends in Time-Billing Software. If you are starting to look at new time & billing software this is worth a look.
In practice management software news, Clio added search functionality and updated their integrated Document Automation feature. Bob Ambrogi summarized updates from MyCase (which added QuickBooks integration) and RocketMatter (which upgraded its client portal feature). Check it out the details on Bob’s LawSites Blog.
It would have been hard to miss the new Apple iPhone announcement this week. Jeff Richardson of iPhone, J.D. tells you what you need to know in Why Lawyers Will Love the iPhone 5s.
Brian Tannebaum, writing for Above the Law, gives a funny and on-point lesson in how not to react to unwanted email in Last Friday’s Lesson in Unwanted Email. Dissecting the aftermath of an ABA listserv malfunction, Brian’s article is a good reminder of how to handle a little digital adversity.
Bruce MacEwen wrote Lessons from a Museum for his blog, Adam Smith, Esq. – it’s a pretty fascinating read comparing changes in the legal marketplace to the challenges facing museums. Long article but worth it for the shakabuku effect.
Last but not least, David Whelan writing for Slaw discusses the options for mobile printing in Fit to Print.
Have a great week!
Some great stuff from the LPM-o-sphere this week:
The importance of social media for lawyers continues to fuel conversation. Ernie Svenson of Ernie the Attorney offers a pointed counter argument to the risk-avoidance-above-all strategy of social media non-participation; Real Lawyers Have Blogs notes that social is now the most important factor for high search results; and Allison Shields offers a couple of good tips on avoiding ethics issues on LinkedIn.
There was a terrific article on metrics and your firm’s financial dashboard in the current issue of Law Practice Magazine from the ABA Law Practice Management Section. Long but worth the time.
Outlook users, Inbox Zero aspirants and GTD nerds will appreciate this review of the eeminders Outlook plug-in from Deborah Savadra writing for Lawyerist.
Using legal technology to make your law firm more efficient can be a daunting task. Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse suggests that the first step should be investing in document automation software.
It was hard to miss Samsung’s big announcement of their Galaxy Gear smartwatch this week. David Canton writing for Slaw shares some thoughts on smart watches as the next tech trend.
The MyCase Blog makes a strong case for cloud-based practice management software as a key part of your business continuity strategy in the event of a natural disaster – which seems to be getting more common and more devasting.
Those folks thinking about hiring a virtual assistant will find value in Andrew Legrand’s article for Small Firm Innovation on his experience using Zirtual to outsource some of his work.
Finally this week, if you haven’t ever attended a legal technology conference, Scott Giordano’s Five Things I Learned at ILTA may help nudge you towards trying one out. I haven’t been to ILTA yet, but I block my calendar every year to attend ABA TECHSHOW which never fails to send me home with new ideas and insights.
There was a ton of great stuff from around the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are a few of my favorites:
Generating great content for a legal blog or law firm website doesn’t happen accidentally. Julie Fleming offers five ideas for streamlining powerful content creation.
Also on the theme of website content, Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse has some quick ideas about what kind of website content draws visitors.
Got a LinkedIn page for your law firm that needs a little help? This article from Real Lawyers Have Blogs offers some tips on how to optimize your firm’s LinkedIn page (drawing some great information from this Kansas City Business Journal article on the same topic).
A lot of lawyers of, as the French say, “a certain age” become keenly interested in the idea of selling their law practices. Roy Ginsburg writing for the Lawyerist details how to determine if your practice is worth anything.
Does your insurance policy cover the loss of electronic data in a data breach? Sharon Nelson of Ride the Lightning reminds lawyers to know exactly what is and isn’t covered by their insurance policies.
Past ABA TECHSHOW chair Paul Unger offers a quick tip on how to organize Powerpoint slides using sections. Published on Law Technology Today.
A lot of lawyers use Dropbox to store, backup and share digital information. Here are 5 steps to secure your Dropbox account, courtesy of Legal Productivity.
Jim Hassett of Legal Business Development offers some key questions lawyers should ask to improve legal project management.
Jared Correia wrote a terrific article for Attorney at Work detailing some thoughtful updates to improve your fee agreement. Covering technology applications, file disposition and scope, this article is worth a read.
Staying safe online remains a key concern for all of us. Dennis Kennedy, drawing on a fascinating article from How-To Geek, reminds lawyers of 5 key problem areas on which to stay vigilant.
Last but not least, if you need a little extra help but aren’t ready or interested in adding another person to your payroll (and I don’t blame you a bit), Ed Poll wrote on Small Firm Innovation about the benefits of law firms outsourcing to virtual assistants, contract lawyers and IT capability.
From social media to mobile platforms to email encryptions, there were a lot of strong articles in the LPM-o-sphere this week. Here are some of favorites:
Cloud-based practice management software solution RocketMatter has had a native iOS app for some time. This week, they rolled out the native RocketMatter Android app. Well done.
A lot of folks who are serious about managing their social media efforts rely on HootSuite to help them make order from the chaos. Law Technology Today featured some great tips on how to use HootSuite effectively.
Keeping a legal blog well organized using categories and tags is a great service to your readers. Real Lawyers Have Blogs offers some best practices (drawn from a Nonprofit Times article) on how to use tags and categories to get your legal blog organized.
Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson of the Digital Edge podcast take on the issue of ghost blogging a legal blog, while guest Kevin O’Keefe helps make for a lively and informative show. Worth a listen before you decide ghost blogging is for you. 28 minutes.
Divorce Discourse author Lee Rosen gets down to brass tacks on how to make a virtual practice work. Regular readers of Lee’s blog knows he doesn’t pull punches, and this post is no exception – it involves a discussion of why he believes most virtual practices won’t work out.
Want to make your iPhone or iPad battery last longer? MacLawyer (and frustratingly strong Words With Friends opponent) Ben Stevens gets to the bottom of what you can do to keep that battery going longer and which tips are pure fiction.
Android users praise the platform’s customizability, and one of the features they like to customize is the keyboard. The Droid Lawyer wrote a nice post comparing and contrasting SwiftKey and Google Keyboard.
Choosing the right legal technology consultant is an expensive and difficult decision for a lot of law firms. In his excellent blog, Does it Compute?, John Heckman offered some great advice on how to select a consultant that will be an asset to your firm.
Attorney at Work featured an article on some of the nicest email features included in MS Outlook 2013. Of particular interest to me was that the forgotten attachment detector functionality is now baked in.
Last but not least, the MyCase blog spotlights a PDF annotation app called PDF Expert. The annotation features are terrific, making the app worth the hefty $9.99 price.