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Here’s a draft article I’m working on for intended publication at LLRX.com in July. The issues we dealt with on the eLawyering Task Force concerning the use of technology to better provide legal services to consumers have continuing relevance. I welcome reactions/suggestions from entrepreneurs who are still struggling today with similar issues in the fields of AI and other cutting edge technologies. I’d love to include quotes from those on the current front lines: ===================== Sometimes…
Matt Timko, our newest NewIdeasLegalTech.com contributor has lots of good ideas on time management. There is another way lawyers can improve their effectiveness: Take care of their own fitness needs first. The book The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness, edited by Stewart Levine, addresses this important topic. The Digital Edge podcast has an interview with Levine. Are lawyers who take care of themselves being selfish?…
When I first began working primarily from home in March of 2020 due to COVID 19, I felt confident that this would be the start of the most efficient year of my life. I would have no commute, I would be able to schedule meetings (rather than have “drop-ins”), and I would have more comfort working from home and my personal workspace. Soon I realized, much to my chagrin, that my focus on a “lighter…
Reviewed by Jerry Lawson   Conrad Saam’s Own the Map: Marketing Your Law Firm’s Address (ABA 2020)  is an intriguing new book that will cause many lawyers to think about marketing in new—and better—ways. Many, especially lawyer marketing service vendors, will find Saam’s ideas controversial. Saam’s primary thesis is that most lawyers should concentrate appealing to potential clients near the lawyer’s location. He develops this thesis convincingly but many will find his sometimes stunningly useful ideas about other…
Kudos to the Virginia State Bar for their excellent online CLE conference, VSB Techshow 2021. This series gets better and better every year. This year, organizers Chris Fortier, Sharon Nelson, and John Simek turned Covid 19 lemons into lemonade, taking advantage of increased popularity of online conferencing to bring in many nationally known experts who would never have flown to Richmond. A PDF copy of the program is available. Missed the live version? You can…
Conrad Saam writes in his new book Own the Map; Marketing Your Law Firm’s Address that “[I]n general, social media as a direct-to-consumer marketing channel for the legal industry is ineffectual.” He explains that this is primarily because social media marketing requires building personal relationships with potential clients. Most lawyers lack the time or skill to accomplish this. Amy Griggs, a partner in Regan Zambri Long, PLLC, a Washington, DC based firm that…
Unfortunately, Tom Mighell is no longer updating his pioneering legal tech blog, Inter-alia.net . He may be too busy with the excellent Kennedy-Mighell Report, but for whatever reason, his blogosphere voice is missed.  However,  the Inter-alia archives contain lots of useful materials, including last year’s thoughtful  three part series , Getting and Using a Password Manager: Part 1: Intro to Password Managers Part 2: Requirements Part 3: My Recommendations Password manager software and two…
Stephen Terrell’s article in ABA’s Experience magazine has good advice on self-publishing, a topic discussed here previously. An excerpt: What does it cost to self-publish a book? The surprising answer is not much. To actually publish a book both in print and ebook through Amazon’s KDP Publishing, there’s no up-front cost except for proofs and author copies you order. None. If you take the quality of your self-published book seriously, there can be costs.…
I’m pleased to have known Kevin O’Keefe since way back when. He made his first big splash on the Internet with Prairielaw, an innovative website based on the concept of lawyers networking directly with consumers of legal services. Conventional legal businesses that wanted to co-opt a potentially dangerous competitor bought him out. It was just as effective as trying to stop the tides by yelling at the ocean. The trend to do what Kevin had…