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Southern District of Florida Blog

Southern District of Florida Blog

Provides news and notes regarding federal practice in the Southern District of Florida. By David Markus

http://sdfla.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 25

    "I'm kind of just fading away."

    "I'm kind of just fading away."
    That's current 11th Circuit Clerk of Court John Ley on his retirement. If you are interested in becoming the new 11th Circuit Clerk, check out the announcement here.  Salary is in around $165k.  Alyson Palmer covers the story…
  • Nov 24

    More en banc new from the 11th Circuit

    More en banc new from the 11th Circuit
    This time it's from Judge Rosenbaum's barbershop case, which the blog covered here.  The order granting hearing en banc is just a one-liner vacating the panel decision.The panel decision started this way:It was a scene right out of a…
  • Nov 21

    Sorry for the slow blogging

    Sorry for the slow blogging
    It's been a crazy week, but we've had some great guest posts.  Thanks for those!We'll end the week with a post about judges starting to question these fake stings.  From the NY Times:“Stash-house stings” like this one in…
Rank this Week: 68

In Search of Perfect Client…

In Search of Perfect Client Service

Covers client communications, client service, billing, and more. By Patrick Lamb.

http://www.patrickjlamb.com/
  • Nov 25

    It is the season for miracles!

    It is the season for miracles!
    It is that season again, just as it is every year.  Everywhere around us, miracles will be occurring.  All we have to do is open our eyes to see. You probably think this has something to do with Christmas.  Nope. …
  • Nov 17

    Still thinking: More things I think I think

    Still thinking: More things I think I think
    The wheels in my brain are still slowly moving, so here’s more of what’s on my mind. I hate it when lawyers or firms “publish” “articles” that refer to “reports” without identifying them or…
  • Oct 30

      I have the great privilege of…

      I have the great privilege of presenting with Nancy Jessen, Managing Director of Huron Consulting, in a webinar on November 10, 2014.  The program is Disrupt Law: Keys to Employ ‘Disruptive’ Legal Service Strategies…
Rank this Week: 90

Life of a Law Student: All Feeds

Life of a Law Student: All Feeds

Covers law foundations of Canadian Law. From McGill University's Neil Wehneman and Erin Morgan.

http://www.lifeofalawstudent.com
  • Jul 11

    Common Sense: Alcohol with Energy Drinks Is Dangerou

    Common Sense: Alcohol with Energy Drinks Is Dangerou
    I started writing this article the other day for an attorney law blog and realized how silly it sounded. I put in all of the work and then realized that probably everyone knows that sipping on that Red Bull and Vodka isn’t any good…
  • Dec 4

    Court-Appointed Ad Litem: Are They Helpful?

    Court-Appointed Ad Litem: Are They Helpful?
    A court appointed ad litem (often referred to as guardian ad litem in Raleigh) refers to a court-appointed advocate for children involved in court proceedings.  These guardian ad litem volunteers represent the best interests of the child…
  • Nov 26

    Bag the “Ag Gag” Bill

    Bag the “Ag Gag” Bill
    You’ve probably seen the shocking videos of de-beaked chickens shoved thirty to a cage at a factory farm, or rats running rampant at a food processing plant. Such things are upsetting to see- but as a member of the public, you…
Rank this Week: 113

Outside Counsel

Outside Counsel

Occasional notes on a glamor profession. By Bill Altreuter.

http://outsidethelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 25

    Naturally I have been thinking about the…

    Naturally I have been thinking about the grand jury's failure to issue a true bill in the Darren Wilson case. I’ve never done any grand jury work, but as a trial lawyer I know this: a good way to lose a case is to over-try it. Three…
  • Nov 23

    I don't do a great deal of appellate work,…

    I don't do a great deal of appellate work, although I enjoy it. I was rusty when I appeared before the 4th Department last month, but I felt okay about it because I know and respect the judges who were on the bench, and therefore had  a…
  • Nov 22

    This semester I helped a Buffalo State…

    This semester I helped a Buffalo State PolySci professor coach two moot court teams for a tournament that will be taking place this weekend. Unfortunately, snow happened, and they aren't able to get out and go to Ohio for the competition. I'm…
Rank this Week: 124

Ms. JD - Changing the Face of the…

Ms. JD - Changing the Face of the Legal Profession

A forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and aspiring lawyers.

http://ms-jd.org/blog/
  • Nov 21

    An Interview with Jessie Kornberg—First Female CEO of Bet Tzedek

    An Interview with Jessie Kornberg—First Female CEO of Bet Tzedek
    Jessie Kornberg, who previously served as Ms. JD’s executive director, recently was named the first female CEO of legal services nonprofit Bet Tzedek. Ms. Kornberg will leave her position with Los Angeles-based firm Bird Marella in…
  • Nov 21

    Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending November 21, 2014

    Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending November 21, 2014
    When Deborah Misir requested a trial delay due to her high-risk pregnancy, the judge questioned her travel plans and her request has now been denied. In recent months, we’ve also seen a judge refusing to postpone a hearing forcing an…
  • Nov 19

    The Protégé Effect: Teaching as a Study Tool in Law School

    The Protégé Effect: Teaching as a Study Tool in Law School
    My poor husband, a lawyer, has had the misfortune of experiencing law school twice. First, he actually completed it himself, and now he lives through it again as I explain endless legal doctrines to him each semester at home. He's a good…
Rank this Week: 187

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Court-Martial Trial Practice

Covers military law for trial practitioners and military members. By The Law Office of Philip D. Cave.

http://www.court-martial-ucmj.com/
  • Nov 24

    Up periscope under the radar

    Up periscope under the radar
    On 29 August 2014, the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense issue a report, Evaluation of DoD Compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. In connection with the U.S. sex offender registry’s, there is now…
  • Nov 22

    Thinking upgrade

    Thinking upgrade
    “Adolescents, more than adults, tend to discount the future and to afford greater weight to the short-term consequences of decisions.” Kim Taylor-Thompson, States of Mind/States of Development, 14 STAN. L. & POL’Y REV.…
  • Nov 21

    Test

    Test
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Rank this Week: 213

Legal Profession Blog

Legal Profession Blog

Edited by S. Alan Childress, Michael S. Frisch, Jeffrey M. Lipshaw and Nancy B. Rapaport.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/
  • Nov 25

    Stroke That Wasn't Leads To Increased Reciprocal Discipline

    Stroke That Wasn't Leads To Increased Reciprocal Discipline
    The Maryland Court of Appeals has ordered an indefinite suspension with possible reinstatement after one year as reciprocal discipline based on sanctions imposed in Delaware. Notably, the sanction in Delaware was a public reprimand. The…
  • Nov 24

    Suspension Proposed For Blogging On Probate Matter

    Suspension Proposed For Blogging On Probate Matter
    An Illinois Hearing Board has proposed a suspension of three years of an attorney who it found had made false statements concerning the integrity of the judges, knowing they were false or with reckless disregard for their truth or falsity,...
  • Nov 24

    Mixing Business And Personal Did Not Violate Rules (But With A Dissent)

    Mixing Business And Personal Did Not Violate Rules (But With A Dissent)
    The Maryland Court of Appeals has agreed with the trial judge that an attorney engaged in no misconduct in his alleged solicitation and representation of a client. The attorney first met the client in a courthouse where she was filling...
Rank this Week: 229

What About Paris?

What About Paris?

Features ideas and thoughts on servicing business clients as valued customers in American law firms. By Dan Hull.

http://www.whataboutclients.com/
  • Nov 25

    On Thank You Notes.

    On Thank You Notes.
    The Governess, 1739, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) In case your Governess never told you, you're from Mountain Grove, Missouri* or you were stoned all seven years at Hotchkiss, remember that when thanking anyone for something…
  • Nov 25

    Evergreen Post: On Thank You Notes.

    Evergreen Post: On Thank You Notes.
    In case your Mother or Governess never told you, you're from Utah, or you were stoned the whole seven years at Hotchkiss, let us remind you to never thank anyone for something truly important--a meeting, referral or a dinner--with anything...
  • Nov 24

    Happy Birthday to the Other Wild Bill.

    Happy Birthday to the Other Wild Bill.
    No American has had a better command of the English language, or has reveled in the joy of words, as he did. Happy Birthday to the world-changing conservative and libertarian--he called himself both--the late William F. Buckley, Jr., who…
Rank this Week: 222

idealawg

idealawg

Law practice information and ideas. From Stephanie West Allen of Allen & Nichols Production.

http://westallen.typepad.com/idealawg/
  • Nov 21

    How'd this lawyer get to be a terrific negotiator? By using an unusual practice

    How'd this lawyer get to be a terrific negotiator? By using an unusual practice
    Anyone who has sincerely tried to improve in some area of personal or professional life probably understands the value of feedback. But what this lawyer did to get feedback is rare and perhaps surprising. From Sherwood Park News: How do you…
  • Nov 16

    Want a life free of stress? Let's hope not!

    Want a life free of stress? Let's hope not!
    Is stress bad for you? Not all of it. In fact, a life without stress would be neither healthy nor enjoyable. You do NOT want to wake up to days that are stress-free. Your clients don't want that for you either. With the right stress, you are…
  • Nov 2

    Interested in mediation or collaborative law in trust and estates and other related family matters?

    Interested in mediation or collaborative law in trust and estates and other related family matters?
    I call to your attention two no-fee teleseminars being offered this month by the Purposeful Planning Institute; one or both might be worth your time. Take a look below for all the information. If you want to join either call, get your…
Rank this Week: 223

Legal Andrew

Legal Andrew

Law practice and law school tips and information. From Andrew Flusche.

http://www.legalandrew.com
  • May 7

    Avoid Losing your Health Insurance Coverage after Divorce

    Avoid Losing your Health Insurance Coverage after Divorce
    Guest post by Scott Morgan Going through a divorce can be a very traumatic experience. You feel like your world is collapsing, so it is hard to think clearly. It is important that you do not lose your health insurance coverage. You never know…
  • Dec 26

    Why I Use Ruby as my Virtual Receptionist

    Why I Use Ruby as my Virtual Receptionist
    I’ve written about Ruby Receptionist quite a bit. They handle the overflow calls for my law firm. Some people might say that voicemail is good enough for their business. But here’s why I pay Ruby instead of letting calls go to voicemail:…
  • Oct 9

    Lawyer Pokes the Bear Over Disclaimer

    Lawyer Pokes the Bear Over Disclaimer
    Richmond lawyer Horace Hunter is fighting the Virginia State Bar on the issue of website disclaimers. Unfortunately, I’ll bet he’s going to lose. (Thanks to Carolyn Elefant for pointing the story out!) According to a Washington Post…
Rank this Week: 221

The Greatest American Lawyer

The Greatest American Lawyer

Covers alternative billing, marketing, office space and small office technology.

http://greatestamericanlawyer.typepad.com/greatest_american_lawyer/
  • Mar 22

    Newsletter Unsubscribe Friday

    Newsletter Unsubscribe Friday
    Most people don't really understand the CAN-SPAM Act or spam laws. As long as the header and other information is not misleading in the email, and you provide for an opt-out, you are likely not in violation of most spam...
  • Mar 5

    One Lawyer’s Perspective: Getting organized in the morning

    One Lawyer’s Perspective: Getting organized in the morning
    There are so many ways to get organized. Software technology creates all sorts of lists, tasks, categories, tabs, flags, reminders…and on and on and on. But sometimes it is easy for a lawyer to get lost in all the various...
  • Mar 4

    Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers by Ernie Svenson

    Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers by Ernie Svenson
    For someone that has been blogging actively since 2004 and driven more web content than probably any lawyer or law firm in the world, I love the following series of posts by Ernie the Attorney where some of the top...
Rank this Week: 239

TechnoLawyer Blog

TechnoLawyer Blog

Covers legal technology and practice management news.

http://blog.technolawyer.com/
  • Nov 25

    Runaway Billing Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

    Runaway Billing Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week
    Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc.…
  • Nov 21

    Equil Smartpen 2: Read Our Exclusive Report

    Equil Smartpen 2: Read Our Exclusive Report
    Originally published in our free TL NewsWire newsletter. Instead of reading TL NewsWire here, sign up now to receive future issues via email. YOUR DIGITAL PAPER MATE Handwritten notes remain a fixture of legal practice. They have largely…
  • Nov 21

    Review of TrialPad 4 in a Trial; PDF Security for E-Filing; 4K Monitors; Question of the Week

    Review of TrialPad 4 in a Trial; PDF Security for E-Filing; 4K Monitors; Question of the Week
    Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles: Patrick Lanius, Review: TrialPad 4 in a Medical Malpractice Trial (Defense) John Mueller, Tip: How to Secure PDF Documents for E-Filing Tom Trottier, 4K Monitors Have Arrived Question of…
Rank this Week: 285

InhouseBlog

InhouseBlog

Covers corporate, employment law, environmental, forms, insurance, IP, litigation and more. By Geoffrey G. Gussis.

http://www.inhouseblog.com
  • Nov 25

    Holiday Gifts for Lawyers – 2014 Guide

    Holiday Gifts for Lawyers – 2014 Guide
    Struggling to find holiday gifts for lawyers? Fortunately, the venerable Reid Trautz has done it again – and assembled a list that will make your online or (gasp) offline shopping a snap: “Well, the holidays are upon us, so…
  • Nov 20

    Psychiatric ward attendant, emptying garbage cans among first jobs of Top Corporate Counsel winner

    Psychiatric ward attendant, emptying garbage cans among first jobs of Top Corporate Counsel winner
    Sometimes an in-house counsel’s current job is like the first job of other in-house counsel: “The Milwaukee Business Journal’s Top Corporate Counsel winners may be at the top of their lofty profession, but that…
  • Nov 18

    10 Commandments for External Counsel (from an In-House Counsel)

    10 Commandments for External Counsel (from an In-House Counsel)
    by Tig Pocock, Guest Contributor While technical skill is important in selecting an external lawyer, in most cases there will be a number who can do the work. So how to stand out? 1. Understand my business and goals This is the most…
Rank this Week: 280

Accolades & Achievements

Accolades & Achievements

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to recognize noteworthy events in the lives of its alumni through the Accolades & Achievements Blog.

http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements
  • Nov 24

    Janet Steinmayer, '80, Shares Her Vision as the New President of Mitchell College

    Janet Steinmayer, '80, Shares Her Vision as the New President of Mitchell College
    On the job for five months, Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer has a clear vision of where the small, liberal arts school will be in a few years. Original…
  • Nov 12

    Bo Rutledge, '97, Named Dean of Georgia Law

    Bo Rutledge, '97, Named Dean of Georgia Law
    Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge, a leading scholar in the fields of international dispute resolution, arbitration and the U.S. Supreme Court, has been named dean of the University of Georgia School of Law. …
  • Nov 11

    Abner Mikva, '51, To Receive Medal of Freedom

    Abner Mikva, '51, To Receive Medal of Freedom
    Abner Mikva, 88, will receive the medal — bestowed for contributions to U.S. security, world peace and culture — at the White House on Nov. 24. Original…
Rank this Week: 292

Lawyerist

Lawyerist

Covers law practice management, marketing, technology and legal careers.

http://lawyerist.com
  • Nov 25

    Lawyerist Joins the ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame

    Lawyerist Joins the ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame
    The ABA Journal adds Lawyerist — in the Blawg 100 since 2009 — to its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame!
  • Nov 25

    Inbox Zero for Lawyer

    Inbox Zero for Lawyer
    Inboxes are meant to be emptied, not used for long-term storage. That goes double for your email inbox, which is far more useful if you empty it on a regular basis.
  • Nov 24

    How to Use a Colon

    How to Use a Colon
    From Columbia Journalism Review: Just as colon the organ, um, moves things along, so does colon the punctuation mark. It signals to a reader that what follows is a list, an elaboration or definition, or something else that continues the…
Rank this Week: 325

Law Department Management Blog

Law Department Management Blog

Covers managing in-house counsel groups. By Rees Morrison.

http://www.lawdepartmentmanagementblog.com/
  • Aug 4

    General Counsel of Fortune 500 companies, company revenue and law school rank

    General Counsel of Fortune 500 companies, company revenue and law school rank
    Let’s look at the Fortune 500 companies broken into equal-sized revenue categories and see if there is any pattern about the law school of their top lawyers. The plot below shows 20 revenue categories increasing from $4.8 billion for…
  • Jul 29

    A Shepard’s diagram of the three legal services companies can enlist

    A Shepard’s diagram of the three legal services companies can enlist
    A Shepard’s diagram typically describes the composition of soil in terms of three materials: clay, silt, and sand. The pyramid labels each portion according to the respective proportions of those materials in a particular clump of soil.…
  • Jul 28

    Leveling off of law school rank and number of general counsel of Fortune 500 companie

    Leveling off of law school rank and number of general counsel of Fortune 500 companie
    Setting aside the number of students in each class of the ranked law schools, is there any pattern in the number of graduates who are Fortune 500 general counsel according to the law school’s rank? The plot above shows the number of…
Rank this Week: 326

Adam Smith, Esq.

Adam Smith, Esq.

An inquiry into the economics of law firms. By Bruce MacEwen.

http://www.adamsmithesq.com/
  • Nov 22

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving
    On Thanksgiving Day, it seems only fitting to mention to you, Dear Readers, how thankful I truly am for your interest, support, and loyalty. Without question the most emotionally and professionally satisfying benefit I’ve derived from…
  • Nov 18

    “Growth is Dead” Will Be an E-Book

    “Growth is Dead” Will Be an E-Book
    Yes, coming soon to a Kindle or iPad near you: The complete 12-part Growth is Dead series from Adam Smith, Esq. as an e-book. We’re doing this partly in response to popular demand. Requests for “reprints” of the series have far exceeded…
  • Nov 16

    Growth is Dead: Part 12-The S-Curve

    Growth is Dead: Part 12-The S-Curve
    As we come to the final installment of the Growth is Dead series, I hope the challenge I’ve laid out for us is clear. Excess capacity Stagnant demand Cut-throat or “suicidal” discounting Unprecedented pressure on prices, from all…
Rank this Week: 382

My Shingle

My Shingle

Covers client relations, ethics, malpractice, legal research, marketing and solo practice trends. By Carolyn Elefant.

http://myshingle.com/
Rank this Week: 417

Legal Underground

Legal Underground

Covers the politics of litigation. By Evan Schaeffer.

http://www.legalunderground.com/
  • Nov 20

    "Lawyer" or "Attorney"?

    "Lawyer" or "Attorney"?
    Which do you prefer? According to Garner's "Dictionary of Modern American Usage," the two "are not generally distinguished even by members of the legal profession." Once upon a time, a lawyer was defined as a person who practices law,…
  • Nov 17

    Time Out for Deposition Question

    Time Out for Deposition Question
    I can write seriously too: see "Anatomy of a Good Deposition Question," an article I did for Lawyerist, published today.
  • Nov 13

    Advice to Young Lawyers #24

    Advice to Young Lawyers #24
    Dear Mr. Schaeffer: I’m in a terrible bind. There’s a partner in our 1,127-attorney firm named Mr. B who everyone is scared of, including me. Unfortunately, I got assigned to his practice group yesterday. Even though I’m a…
Rank this Week: 463

DennisKennedy.blog

DennisKennedy.blog

Covers legal technology, technology law and other musings. By Dennis Kennedy.

http://denniskennedy.com/blog/
  • Oct 30

    Reflections on 2014 College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference

    Reflections on 2014 College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference
    A few weeks ago, I was honored to be inducted as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management, joining a group full of people I have long admired and gotten the opportunity to speak, write and work with over the years. Even better, I…
  • Sep 29

    New Blog Design

    New Blog Design
    This post is a test of my new blog redesign. A big thank you to Aaron and Dylan Lopez at Inno Software for the redesign and revamping of my blog and website and for being so great to work with. There’s still work for me to do, but the…
  • Sep 29

    New Blog Design

    New Blog Design
    This post is a test of my new blog redesign. A big thank you to Aaron and Dylan Lopez at Inno Software for the redesign and revamping of my blog and website and for being so great to work with. There’s still work for me to do, but the…
Rank this Week: 479

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Nov 25

    Putting Union Security Clause First Amendment Law in a Broader Context: Charlotte Garden’s Meta Right

    Putting Union Security Clause First Amendment Law in a Broader Context: Charlotte Garden’s Meta Right
    Charlotte Garden, Meta Rights, 83 Fordham L. Rev. 855 (2014).Joseph SlaterMeta Rights is a thought-provoking article that addresses concerns about labor law rules governing agency fee payments in public-sector employment by comparing these…
  • Nov 24

    Transmitting Retirement Accounts: Getting It Right

    Transmitting Retirement Accounts: Getting It Right
    Stewart E. Sterk & Melanie B. Leslie, Accidental Inheritance: Retirement Accounts and the Hidden Law of Succession, 89 N.Y.U.L. Rev. 165 (2014).Anne-Marie RhodesArticles routinely appear that serve up a simple, everyday scenario that has…
  • Nov 21

    When is Sexual Abuse Within the Scope of Employment?

    When is Sexual Abuse Within the Scope of Employment?
    Martha Chamallas, Vicarious Liability in Torts: The Sex Exception, 48 Val. U. L. Rev. 133 (2013), available at SSRN.John GoldbergMartha Chamallas’s Monsanto Lecture, Vicarious Liability in Torts: The Sex Exception, is timely…
Rank this Week: 516

The Mac Lawyer

The Mac Lawyer

Covers legal technology with a focus on using Macs in the law office. By attorney Ben Stevens.

http://www.themaclawyer.com/
  • Oct 21

    Importance of Technology in Divorce Case

    Importance of Technology in Divorce Case
    Our family law attorneys at The Stevens Firm are very tech savvy. In fact, Ben Stevens has given presentations on legal technology issues to attorneys all across South Carolina and the country, and he is widely regarded as one of the thought…
  • Oct 19

    Participate in the 4th Annual “Apple in Law Offices” Survey

    Participate in the 4th Annual “Apple in Law Offices” Survey
    The good folks at Clio are currently running their 4th annual “Apple in Law Offices” survey now through Wednesday, October 23rd. I hope that all of my readers will join me in participating in this survey. It should take less…
  • Oct 1

    Discover iOS 7

    Discover iOS 7
    Apple’s iOS 7 was released about two weeks ago, and everyone seems to have an opinion about it. I downloaded it the first day, and I like it overall. Sure, there are some things that take a little getting used to, but that’s the…
Rank this Week: 521

Build A Solo Practice, LLC

Build A Solo Practice, LLC

Covers solo practice, marketing and work/life balance. By Susan Cartier Liebel.

http://susancartierliebel.typepad.com/build_a_solo_practice/
  • Nov 29

    You’re An Attorney, But Are You An Entrepreneur?

    You’re An Attorney, But Are You An Entrepreneur?
    The very first business I ever owned was a babysitting service. Yeah, I know, everyone is a babysitter when they are 16. But I figured out that I could charge more for my services if I went a little further than the other sitters. So I cooked…
  • Nov 27

    Evolutions of a Solo Practice – Part 3

    Evolutions of a Solo Practice – Part 3
    (You can read Evolutions of a Solo Practice – Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already. Remember, all events are real though the names are made up!) Landlord-Tenant Evolves Into Real Estate/General Practice
  • Nov 26

    Digital Asset Management – Guest Lecture with Deborah Gonzalez

    Digital Asset Management – Guest Lecture with Deborah Gonzalez
    Everyone dies.  Often unexpectedly. But there is power in dead hands.  We are the country with the greatest control of our assets after death.  However, most never consider, let alone manage, their digital legacy.  How do we handle,…
Rank this Week: 502

the (new) legal writer

the (new) legal writer

A collection of resources for lawyers, who write. By Raymond Ward.

http://raymondpward.typepad.com/newlegalwriter/
  • Nov 24

    How can legal writing help you develop business?

    How can legal writing help you develop business?
    Mark Herrmann has some advice about that.
  • Oct 20

    Next up on my reading list: “The Sense of Style”

    Next up on my reading list: “The Sense of Style”
    Today I received my copy of Steven Pinker’s book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. Judging by the notes on the dust cover, it should be good. Pinker is a cognitive scientist...
  • Oct 10

    10 writing tips for young lawyers—and old one

    10 writing tips for young lawyers—and old one
    In this month’s ABA Journal, Bryan Garner offers 10 useful tips for better legal writing. His tips are directed primarily toward younger lawyers, but more experienced lawyers may find a refresher beneficial.
Rank this Week: 579

Law Practice Tips Blog

Law Practice Tips Blog

Covers law practice management, the Internet and technology. By Jim Calloway.

http://jimcalloway.typepad.com/lawpracticetips/
  • Nov 23

    Webinar: Never Drop the Ball: Electronic Checklists for Lawyer

    Webinar: Never Drop the Ball: Electronic Checklists for Lawyer
    On November 24, I am doing a webinar for the ABA titled "Never Drop the Ball: Electronic Checklists for Lawyers." I'm very excited about this program and this topic for two reasons: 1) This is one of my favorite topics...
  • Nov 20

    'Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014 Digital Edge podcast

    'Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014 Digital Edge podcast
    It's the holiday season and time for our annual Tech Toys for the Holidays 2014 Digital Edge podcast. Sharon Nelson and I have researched far and wide to find the most fun new gadgets and electronic devices that a lawyer...
  • Nov 11

    Thinking About Tomorrow

    Thinking About Tomorrow
    I've spend a lot of time thinking about tomorrow-the legal profession's tomorrow. This week at the Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting, I get to spend several hour teaching and learning at a CLE program I organized called Tools for…
Rank this Week: 565

Ross Ipsa Loquitur Blog

Ross Ipsa Loquitur Blog

Offers thoughts on law practice management and technology issues. By Ross Kodner and the MicroLaw team.

http://rossipsa.com
  • Apr 16

    Ross Ipsa Loquitur Blog – Guest Review: Thinkpad’s New Twist by Ari Morse

    Ross Ipsa Loquitur Blog – Guest Review: Thinkpad’s New Twist by Ari Morse
    Welcome to guest blogger, Ari Morse.  Ari is a licensed private investigator (www.bestpi.com) and forensic genealogist (www.findanheir.com), based in Central Florida.  He is the fourth generation in a family business that…
  • Apr 16

    Ross Ipsa Loquitur Blog – Guest Review: Thinkpad’s New Twist by Ari Morse

    Ross Ipsa Loquitur Blog – Guest Review: Thinkpad’s New Twist by Ari Morse
    Welcome to guest blogger, Ari Morse.  Ari is a licensed private investigator (www.bestpi.com) and forensic genealogist (www.findanheir.com), based in Central Florida.  He is the fourth generation in a family business that…
  • Apr 15

    Guest Review: Thinkpad’s New Twist by Ari Morse

    Guest Review: Thinkpad’s New Twist by Ari Morse
    Welcome to guest blogger, Ari Morse.  Ari is a licensed private investigator (www.bestpi.com) and forensic genealogist (www.findanheir.com), based in Central Florida.  He is the fourth generation in a family business that…
Rank this Week: 581

Attorney at Work

Attorney at Work

Covers legal careers, client service, and marketing.

http://www.attorneyatwork.com/
  • Nov 25

    HIPAA-Compliant File Sharing for Lawyer

    HIPAA-Compliant File Sharing for Lawyer
    Cloud-based file-sharing services like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive may help streamline the way we store and share sensitive documents, but they require an additional layer of security to ensure that confidential files stay safe. Recently,…
  • Nov 24

    Effecting Misuse Can Affect the Effectiveness of Your Writing: Sound-Alike

    Effecting Misuse Can Affect the Effectiveness of Your Writing: Sound-Alike
    Similar-sounding words can have very different meanings. Sound-alike words have tripped up many a scribe. Because you may be spelling the word correctly but misusing it for the context, spell-check is of no help. Watch out! Incorrect usage…
  • Nov 21

    Five Things We’re Celebrating at Attorney at Work

    Five Things We’re Celebrating at Attorney at Work
    How long have you been a subscriber to Attorney at Work? Those of you who have been with us from the very beginning have been receiving “one really good idea every day” since December 2010. By our count, today marks 1,000 really…
Rank this Week: 727

the [non]billable hour

the [non]billable hour

Covers client service, law office economics, marketing and the practice of law. By LexThink's Matt Homann.

http://www.nonbillablehour.com/
  • Oct 10

    The Weekender #1

    The Weekender #1
    Welcome to the first edition of the NBH Weekender!  I’ve been saving up lots of stuff to share with you this week, so here you go: Five simple emails you should send every week. A better brainstorming method from Google that…
  • May 20

    Ask Better Interview Question

    Ask Better Interview Question
    Online retailer Zappos is well known for its commitment to company culture and customer service, going so far as to offer new hires $2000 after their first few weeks on the job to quit if they don’t like their new jobs.…
  • May 17

    When do your biz clients update you?

    When do your biz clients update you?
    There’s a web-based serviced called UpdateMyVC, which purports to automate a startup’s communication with its investors. What I really liked is the list of questions that get answered in the monthly update.  Here are a few:…
Rank this Week: 725

1234Tips on Time Matters

1234Tips on Time Matters

Offers step-by-step instructions showing how to get more out of Time Matters software.

http://www.activepractice.com/1234tips/
  • Jul 30

    Share Documents Securely

    Share Documents Securely
    You can share documents securely with clients and others using Time Matters 13 and later. Two aspects of this service set it apart from alternatives: (1) It makes receiving documents really easy for your clients. (2) It allows you to send…
  • Jul 29

    PDF File from a Word Document

    PDF File from a Word Document
    Create a PDF File Fast in Time Matters You can quickly create both a PDF file and a Document record from a Word document using a handy Time Matters feature. Right-click on any Word document listed on the Document tab of a Contact or Matter.…
  • May 29

    ActionStep Pronouns in Document Template

    ActionStep Pronouns in Document Template
    ActionStep has powerful options for inserting pronouns into merged documents. Pronouns (he, she, her, theirs, etc) depending on the gender and number of participants (contacts).
Rank this Week: 705

Counsel to Counsel Blog

Counsel to Counsel Blog

Focuses on career and marketing issues facing associates or partners. By Stephen Seckler.

http://www.seckler.com/blog/
  • Feb 25

    Building Your Practice Through Non-Profit or Civic Involvement

    Building Your Practice Through Non-Profit or Civic Involvement
    There are many ways to build your reputation as a lawyer and cultivate relationships that can turn into referral sources.  The important thing is to stay involved in activities you enjoy, otherwise, you will find yourself making excuses…
  • Jan 22

    It’s Never too Late to Set New Goal

    It’s Never too Late to Set New Goal
    If you are like most of your colleagues, the New Year has come and gone and so have your New Year’s Resolutions.  Change is hard and in the high pressured field of law, resolving to spend more time on non-billable work may be…
  • Nov 21

    Documenting Your Networking Meeting

    Documenting Your Networking Meeting
    I was speaking to one of my clients the other day and he described for me what he does any time he makes a court appearance.  At the end of the day, he goes back to his office and takes a few minutes to document what happened.  He…
Rank this Week: 750

Law21

Law21

Dispatches from a legal profession on the brink

http://www.law21.ca
  • Nov 7

    Law firm ownership and lawyer independence

    Law firm ownership and lawyer independence
    Malcolm Mercer, who’s been a driving force in the debate around legal service regulation changes in Canada, wrote a terrific post at Slaw titled “A Different Take on ABS – Proponents and Opponents Both Miss the…
  • Oct 31

    What leadership really mean

    What leadership really mean
    I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Kain, managing partner of Kain C + C Lawyers in Adelaide, Australia. John’s company (it’s an incorporated legal practice, not a firm), which specializes in high-end corporate,…
  • Oct 16

    Partner compensation: Start making sense

    Partner compensation: Start making sense
    I was chatting recently with a U.S. law firm managing partner, who asked me about the Canadian health-care system and how I’d compare it to its American counterpart. Stepping carefully around that minefield, I did…
Rank this Week: 797

KM Space

KM Space

Covers knowledge management, technology and the practice of law. By Doug Cornelius.

http://kmspace.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 6

    LinkedIn and Compliance for Private Fund

    LinkedIn and Compliance for Private Fund
    At the recent NRS Fall Compliance Conference I was talking with another attendee about LinkedIn and the SEC rules on advertising. The basic question was can her employees use it. That became a more nuanced discussion of the various…
  • Nov 4

    Vote!

    Vote!
    The United States fought hard for a constitutional democracy, but came short by initially limiting the vote to white men. It’s been the voting since then that has resulted in a broader section of the population having the right to vote.…
  • May 6

    What Compliance Officers Really Do

    What Compliance Officers Really Do
    It’s an old meme, but it made me laugh.
Rank this Week: 874

The Nutmeg Lawyer

The Nutmeg Lawyer

Discusses the Trials & Tribulations of Law Practice. By Adrian Baron.

http://www.nutmeglawyer.com/
  • Aug 13

    How is Dumping Ice Water on Your Head Supposed to Cure ALS?

    How is Dumping Ice Water on Your Head Supposed to Cure ALS?
                              This article can also be viewed at our new site thenutmeglawyer.com Like most days, I spent my morning perusing cat videos on Facebook when I…
  • Aug 11

    Metadata and the Legal Profession. How Ignorance Can Lead to Disaster

    Metadata and the Legal Profession. How Ignorance Can Lead to Disaster
    This article can also be viewed at our updated site thenutmeglawyer.com Your office always engages in the best practices when it comes to your clients' confidentiality, this goes without saying. You've got the latest anti-virus software…
  • Feb 9

    Mr. Baron Goes to Washington

    Mr. Baron Goes to Washington
     This past Friday, I was invited to take part in a day of meetings at the White House with various community leaders from across the United States.  As an American citizen, the honor was overwhelming. As a kid, I had visited the…
Rank this Week: 848

Tillers on Evidence and Inference

Tillers on Evidence and Inference

The evidence blog of Professor Peter Tillers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

http://tillerstillers.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 25

    Is fuzzy logic passé?

    Is fuzzy logic passé?
    Lotfi A. Zadeh to BISC-Group *********************************************************************Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing…
  • Nov 5

    National Academies Press: Eyewitness Identification

    National Academies Press: Eyewitness Identification
    See new report on eyewitness identification published by the National Academies Press. &&& The dynamic evidence page Evidence marshaling software MarshalPlan
  • Sep 19

    Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award

    Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award
    Peter Tillers will be the recipient of the Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s (Jan. 2015) AALS meeting; the presentation will be made during our section’s joint luncheon with the Criminal Justice section. Thanks to…
Rank this Week: 980

Federal Bar Association - New…

Federal Bar Association - New Orleans Chapter

Lists bar association news and events.

http://nofba.org/
  • Nov 17

    LUNCH WITH THE COURT ON DEC. 4 — JUDGE STANWOOD DUVAL, JR.

    LUNCH WITH THE COURT ON DEC. 4 — JUDGE STANWOOD DUVAL, JR.
    The next Lunch With the Court will be with Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr. of the Eastern District of Louisiana.  The lunch, which is arranged by the Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association, is open to FBA members at no…
  • Nov 13

    2014 Holiday Party

    2014 Holiday Party
    The post 2014 Holiday Party appeared first on New Orleans Federal Bar Association.
  • Nov 13

    Thank you to our 2014 Federal Judges Reception Sponsor

    Thank you to our 2014 Federal Judges Reception Sponsor
    Special thanks to Alliance Overnight Document Service, L.L.C. The post Thank you to our 2014 Federal Judges Reception Sponsors appeared first on New Orleans Federal Bar Association.
Rank this Week: 993

Litigation Support Industry News…

Litigation Support Industry News and Information

Provides business information about the litigation support and electronic discovery industry.

http://litigationsupportblog.com/
  • Oct 16

    DTI Acquires Denver based Falcon Discovery

    DTI Acquires Denver based Falcon Discovery
    ATLANTA, GA and DENVER, CO--Oct 16, 2014) - DTI, the largest privately held legal process outsourcing (LPO) company in the U.S. providing eDiscovery, managed services and litigation support, today announced the acquisition of…
  • Oct 10

    Microsoft to buy Israeli based Equivio for $200M

    Microsoft to buy Israeli based Equivio for $200M
    The Wall Street Journal reported on October 7 that Microsoft has signed a letter of intent to acquire an Israeli text-analysis vendor, Equivio.The Journal said Microsoft may pay $200 million for the startup.Equivio has been working with…
  • Oct 10

    Advanced Discovery Acquires DC Based Responsive Data Solution

    Advanced Discovery Acquires DC Based Responsive Data Solution
    Austin, Texas -- October 07, 2014 Advanced Discovery, a leading provider of electronic discovery services and software for law firms and corporations worldwide, today announced that it has acquired Responsive Data Solutions (RDS), based in…
Rank this Week: 1044

eLawyering Blog

eLawyering Blog

Covers online legal services, document automation, and virtual lawyering. By DirectLaw.

http://www.elawyeringredux.com/
  • Aug 11

    Update on North Carolina Bar’s Resistance to Change

    Update on North Carolina Bar’s Resistance to Change
    In a previous post, I discussed the North Carolina’s Bar fight against an amendment to the definition of the practice of law that stated: “(b) The phrase “practice law” does not encompass any of the…
  • Jul 7

    North Carolina Lawyers Oppose Access to the Legal System

    North Carolina Lawyers Oppose Access to the Legal System
     A bill was introduced in the North Carolina legislature that would narrow the definition of the “practice of law” to exclude sell-help legal materials, including books, software, and legal information. [ See House Bill 663…
  • Jun 3

    vLawyer and William McNeil have a Credibility Problem

    vLawyer and William McNeil have a Credibility Problem
    In a widely distributed press release to announce his coaching service in virtual lawyering, Attorney and co-founder of vLawyer Consulting, William McNeil makes this statement: vLawyer defines a virtual law practice as a blending of a…
Rank this Week: 1018

The Common Scold

The Common Scold

Covers legal technology, law firm management, business travel and the New York Yankees. By Monica Bay.

http://commonscold.typepad.com/commonscold/
  • Jun 22

    Texas Ethics Opinion Strips Professionals of CIO, CTO Title

    Texas Ethics Opinion Strips Professionals of CIO, CTO Title
    I'm still reeling over the news that the Texas State Bar's ethics committee has declared that law firms in that state can no longer use the words "officer" or "Prinicipal" in job titles for nonlawyer employees, including…
  • Jun 22

    Deja Vu — The Common Scold is Back!

    Deja Vu — The Common Scold is Back!
    Time sure flies, doesn't it! I confess, I've been a bit absorbed with other tasks, so it's fun to get back to The Common Scold! And ironically, my first return post addresses the same issue as my last one: It's time for LegalTech West Coast!…
  • May 20

    Come Join Us @ The Westin Bonaventure

    Come Join Us @ The Westin Bonaventure
    Hope to see you at LegalTech West Coast, which opens Tuesday morning at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown L.A. Money tight? Check out the $50 special pass that buys you keynotes, plenary sessions, and other programs, as well as full access…
Rank this Week: 1055

Leadership for Lawyers

Leadership for Lawyers

Covers client service, creativity, leadership, marketing, operations and research. By Mark Beese.

http://leadershipforlawyers.typepad.com/leadership_for_lawyers/
  • Mar 23

    Signs of the time

    Signs of the time
    A few interesting notes: The ACC GC Survey confirms that in-house legal departments continue to expand internally. 83% hired new lawyers when they needed staff. 64% created new positions last year. One GC I met last year said it is...
  • Mar 23

    Building Insight

    Building Insight
    Great article on "Reading a Room" and building insight for leaders.
  • Mar 23

    Growth is Dead e-book

    Growth is Dead e-book
    If you missed reading Bruce MacEwen's posts about the post-recession legal economy, you can either scroll through his blog or read it as an e-book (which is what I did, so I could read it on a plane on the...
Rank this Week: 1047

Baby Barista - Times Online

Baby Barista - Times Online

Fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar.

http://www.babybarista.com/
  • Nov 23

    Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoon

    Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoon
    This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for…
  • Nov 22

    Weekend video: Lord Bingham and Shami Chakrabarti – The Rule of Law

    Weekend video: Lord Bingham and Shami Chakrabarti – The Rule of Law
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  • Nov 19

    Book recommendation: More Uncommon – by A.P. Herbert

    Book recommendation: More Uncommon – by A.P. Herbert
    The second of two volumes which explore the humorous side of English law, written by a former lawyer and independent MP. Whether writing about the possibility of Brigitte Bardot becoming an MP, or whether a cheque can be written on an egg,…
Rank this Week: 1184

Fastcase Legal Research Blog

Fastcase Legal Research Blog

Discusses legal news, law office technology, culture and legal research.

http://www.fastcase.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Check Statute Currency on Fastcase

    Check Statute Currency on Fastcase
    Anytime you’re researching statutes, or anything else, it’s important to know that the research you’re doing is up to date. Fastcase makes that information easy to check, with currency information for every jurisdiction…
  • Nov 13

    Free CLE webinars for South Carolina attorneys — first one TODAY!

    Free CLE webinars for South Carolina attorneys — first one TODAY!
    Can’t make our live training today in Greenville? No problem. Sign up for our free online webinar happening at the same time (2p) and learn how to use Fastcase to research smarter. We’ve scheduled three webinars just for South…
  • Nov 4

    Live CLE Trainings to Welcome South Carolina Attorneys to Fastcase

    Live CLE Trainings to Welcome South Carolina Attorneys to Fastcase
    You may have seen our earlier post about how to log into Fastcase, but what do you do once you’re all logged in? Why not learn from the experts and get some free CLE credit at the same time? We’re heading to Greenville and…
Rank this Week: 1128

Strategic Legal Technology

Strategic Legal Technology

Covers the application of technology to law practice and law business. By Prism Legal Consulting.

http://prismlegal.com/blog/
  • Nov 20

    Task Management Re-Visited (with Todoist)

    Task Management Re-Visited (with Todoist)
    I struggled a long time to find task management software I like. That struggle has ended: Todoist has been meeting my needs for 2 months now. Let me start with some context. At Fireman & Company we have tried several…
  • Nov 5

    Big Law – Still a Buyer’s Market

    Big Law – Still a Buyer’s Market
    This week Altman Weil released its 2014 Chief Legal Officer Survey. It confirms the buying power of general counsels remains strong. The survey presents a range of interesting results. I call your attention to two findings that explain…
  • Oct 23

    Legal Market and Large Law Firm Trends from TRI COO – CFO Conference

    Legal Market and Large Law Firm Trends from TRI COO – CFO Conference
    This is a live blog post from the Law Firm COO & CFO Forum by Thomson Reuters. The opening session is The Market Setting – Trends Driving New Approaches to Legal Practice, which covers large law firm trends and the legal market..…
Rank this Week: 1122

A Harvard Lawyer In Magic City

A Harvard Lawyer In Magic City

By Jared Beck.

http://beckandlee.wordpress.com
  • Nov 6

    An Open Letter To President Obama: Please Remove Cannabis From Schedule I

    An Open Letter To President Obama: Please Remove Cannabis From Schedule I
    Dear Mr. President: I know your administration has much to think about in the wake of Tuesday’s midterm elections, which by any account were a difficult event for your party.  But one issue, at least, should be…
  • Nov 6

    An Open Letter To President Obama: Please Remove Cannabis From Schedule I

    An Open Letter To President Obama: Please Remove Cannabis From Schedule I
    Dear Mr. President: I know your administration has much to think about in the wake of Tuesday’s midterm election, which by any account was a difficult event for your party.  But one issue, at least, should be a…
  • Nov 4

    When Winning Isn’t Enough

    When Winning Isn’t Enough
    Amendment 2 has received 57.5% yes votes at latest count, with over 95% of the votes recorded.  It takes over 60% to amend the Florida Constitution.  This means that Amendment 2 will not pass, and cannabis will not be legalized…
Rank this Week: 1336

The Namby Pamby, Attorney-at-Law

The Namby Pamby, Attorney-at-Law

I get paid to dress pretty, go to court and talk to crazy people.

http://thenambypambyblog.com/
  • Mar 19

    The prodigal blogger returns (with a story!)

    The prodigal blogger returns (with a story!)
    The radio silence, I am sure, has been deafening. For the last three plus months, gone are the attempted humorous musings from my daily struggle to be a successful lawyer. The reason? I had to serve a small jail sentence for a…
  • Dec 31

    Sex or Home Improvement?

    Sex or Home Improvement?
    Picture if you will it being two in the morning and you are in a deep slumber. It’s precisely at this moment you wake up to the sounds of something being pounded into the wall. It’s two in the freaking morning meaning that no…
  • Dec 10

    Further proof that I am a cautionary tale

    Further proof that I am a cautionary tale
    Colleagues far more experienced than I have told me that when you are trying a case in front of a jury that it is essential that every thing you do has a purpose. Don’t stare at the jurors, don’t be a nuisance in the courtroom…
Rank this Week: 1186

Law Space Match Blog

Law Space Match Blog

Provides information for lawyers on space sharing arrangements.

http://blog.lawspacematch.com/
  • Jan 14

    Commercial Real Estate Recovery Boosted in Atlanta

    Commercial Real Estate Recovery Boosted in Atlanta
    According to Douglas Sams, Commercial Real Estate Editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, referencing commercial real estate brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle, says Atlanta's economy is rebounding! According to Sams, the region's second-largest…
  • Jan 8

    LawSpaceMatch: A Sponsor for the Run for Justice

    LawSpaceMatch: A Sponsor for the Run for Justice
    As a sponsor for Run for Justice facilitated by Atlanta Legal Aid Society, LawSpaceMatch was a part of the 1,200 participants raising $25,000 for the general operating fund of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. The run was on November 10, 2012,…
  • May 1

    Creative Attorney Space Sharing Arrangement

    Creative Attorney Space Sharing Arrangement
    With the road paved for sharing office space, attorneys seek options for finding suitable space with great amenities and a place for exchanging expertise with other like-minded professionals.
Rank this Week: 1147