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Ordering real estate title in Illinois just became a lot easier for Smokeball clients. Thanks to an integration with Chicago Title and its online portal, Castle Connect, a title order that previously would have taken days to finish can now be completed in minutes.   Traditionally, an Attorney Agent (or Seller’s Attorney) orders title from a title company, waits for a manual search package, and performs core title services to […] The post Real estate software that gets you closing faster appeared first on Smokeball.…
The first fully remote bar exam of the year happened last week, and it did not go well.   Trouble started early in the testing process – participants in the Michigan state bar exam found themselves locked out of the second of five test modules for roughly an hour, unable to retrieve the password they needed to access the next section […] The post A rocky start to the online bar exam era appeared first on Smokeball.…
When McHenry County law firm Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC began their search for new practice management software, they needed something to streamline their firm and bring it into the modern world. They wanted something that would work for all areas of law that the firm took on – with cases ranging from personal injury to […] The post Cloud-based legal software: One PI law firm’s all-in-one solution appeared first on Smokeball.…
Louisiana—at the time of writing this—became the fifth state to grant “diploma privilege,”a method of being admitted to a state bar without taking and passing a state bar exam. Louisiana cancelled its most recently scheduled in-person bar exam for July. Many states, likewise, have cancelled their in-person exams—some through early fall—putting thousands of job seekers’ […] The post Should diploma privilege replace the bar exam? appeared first on Smokeball.…
This year, the New Jersey Bar Exam will be conducted remotely for the first time ever. From a public health standpoint, this seems to make perfect sense – candidates will avoid spending extended time indoors with a large group of people, and thereby any unnecessary risk of COVID-19. But from an equity standpoint, it may not be the impartial solution exam proctors hope for.  A recent Jurist article took […] The post How a remote bar exam could contribute to inequality appeared first on Smokeball.…
Eleanor (Nora) Endzel is the owner and principal attorney at Endzel Law, LLC. Growing a law firm doesn’t have to mean hiring additional employees; sometimes it means implementing the right legal software to increase efficiency and capacity. Endzel Law, LLC has expanded and thrived as a solo practice thanks to Smokeball’s robust automatic time […] The post Using legal software to thrive as a small law firm appeared first on Smokeball.…
Lawyers may find themselves in high demand in 2020. Historically, economic downturns such as the one caused by COVID-19 have resulted in an upswing of litigation and arbitration, and business owners are frantically trying to stay in compliance with employment laws and shifting guidelines while protecting their employees and profits. At the same time, the […] The post Will the new normal include more pro bono work?  appeared first on Smokeball.…
Earlier this month Harvard Law School announced that its 2020 Fall Term would be taking place entirely online, and it’s unlikely to be the only school making such an announcement. While law firms have started reopening around the country and states are relaxing their protective measures, the next few months are uncharted territory – as […] The post Law schools are holding remote classes this fall, but will the ABA approve? appeared first on Smokeball
According to the law blog Law360, May saw a growth of 0.3%, or 3,200 jobs, in May. The data was compiled from a combination of U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, both issued on June 5. While the bump marks a potential trend toward a return to “normal,” the overall numbers […] The post May numbers up, but unemployment still a concern for law firms appeared first on Smokeball.…
The first half of 2020 has been anything but normal. Law firms—like most other businesses—began working remotely in March; closing their physical locations in April; and weathering court closures, furloughs, and other financial uncertainties by May. You’ve read all of this before; even more, you’ve lived it. But parallel storylines have been playing out simultaneously […] The post What is the “new normal” for law firms? appeared first on Smokeball.…