Carolyn Elefant

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As regular readers of my website are aware, I’ve long been concerned about the impact of expensive court transcripts on access to justice. So I was excited to learn about Verbit, a company that has leveraged AI to expedite the time, and reduce the costs of producing a transcript. Here’s our e-interview with Tom Livne, the company founder. Q: Please tell us your name, the name of your company and what it does. A:…
Last week, the American Bar Foundation released a Survey of Legal Tech for Non-Lawyers, authored by MacArthur Fellow, Professor Rebecca Sandefur. Sandefur’s exhaustive study identified 322 technology tools for non-lawyers that offer assistance with a range of criminal and civil problems. As shown on the chart, most of the tools serve one of three functions: providing information, connecting users to lawyers or assisting users in producing documents.  A few tools help users compile…
As I wrote a few year’s back, there’s been a surge in co-working spaces for lawyers – a trend that my colleague Nicole Black predicts will continue. But lawyers need not limit themselves to lawyer-specific co-working spaces – which are not yet available in all cities.  And in fact, as one large law firm found, establishing a presence in a mixed co-working space, alongside non-lawyers can lead to new business.  As Law.com reports, the UK-based global…
In recent months, many lawyers and firms have started to embrace artificial intelligence, recognizing that it won’t displace all lawyers but instead, free them up to do higher value bespoke work that requires creativity and judgment.  But believe it or not, AI and other technologies can actually help create jobs for lawyers by helping to aggregate tiny law problems in one place so that the ensuing economies of scale justify the cost of a lawyer.…
Today, we’re honored to host a guest post from Dina Eisenberg, a lawyer turned Outsourcing Strategist and founder of  OutsourceEasier.com .  Dina’s varied background includes legal practice, consulting to Fortune 500 ranked companies as well as being a guest lecturer at Harvard University Law School.  Today, Dina helps lawyers who are doing well but overworked and feeling overwhelmed to automate and boost their revenues using delegation strategies. You can learn more about Dina’s current program Streamline…
For those who regularly follow my blog, you may have noticed that it’s been a long, long time since I’ve written critically about legal technology trends.  Several reasons for that. For starters, whether it’s because I’m a woman or write about the solo and small firm space or actually practice law or don’t tow the party line on tech, few people bother to read or comment on what  I have to say — and though…
Recent news articles and blog posts are — somewhat ironically — now cluttered with articles about the so-called queen of decluttering, Marie Kondo — star of the Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Now, you can add this post to the pile.  Because today’s tip for Make Money Mondays is to declutter your law office. Online subscription services are one of the first places to look to declutter.  With new tech tools being…
If 2019 is the year you decided to start or plan your law firm, MyShingle has some additional resources to support you.  We’ve updated our Facebook page here where you’ll find daily articles and videos on starting a practice. We’ve also uploaded our daily video series to YouTube, where you’ll find videos on a bunch of different aspects relating to starting a practice, from creating a quick and dirty logo in under 10 minutes [embedded…
In the online world, joint venture marketing is commonplace.  From affiliate marketing (not my personal cup of tea) to partnering to produce webinars and other online programs, entrepreneurs leverage collaboration for mutual financial success. The same, however, isn’t true for most lawyers who are so focused on what can go wrong with joint ventures — that lawyer will steal my business! or what if a joint venture on ads gives rise to an implied partnership…
One of the most frequently-asked questions by lawyers starting their own firm is “how much should I charge?”  And believe it or not, the answer isn’t that old lawyerly stand-by of “it depends.” Instead, the correct response to the question of how much to charge is “whatever you want.” Let me explain. Price is all about context. Many consumers are loathe to pay for drinking water and rely on water fountains or tap water when…