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4 Dec 0001, 4:00 pm by Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law
By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law Too many people go to law school with goals that are not necessarily, in my humble opinion, conducive to being happy, productive member of the legal community.  Before considering spending money to become an attorney, no matter the path, young people in the United States should ask themselves, “Why do I want to be a lawyer?”  Law can be a difficult profession, not at all like what you might see in television and the movies.  One thing… [read post]
4 Dec 0001, 4:00 pm by Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law
By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law Yesterday, I posted this appearance by “the Sword” on August 21, 1989 at the Mayor and Common Council hearing: PUBLIC COMMENTS – THE SWORD A citizen identifying himself as the Anti- Christ Spiritual Leader of the House of Ying, also known as the Sword, appeared before the Council with a mask. He stated that the mask is to prevent a robbery, not to commit one. He spoke regarding time allotted at Council Meetings for public comments. City Attorney… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 7:00 am by beverlym
One of the more interesting ideas discussed at ABA TECHSHOW was the concept of crowdsourcing legal research using Casetext or Mootus: “On Casetext, judicial opinions and statutes are annotated with analysis by prominent law professors and attorneys at leading firms, giving … Continue reading → [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 3:00 am by The Editors
Question: After several networking lunches and casual meetings with a potential client, she invited me to come meet with her and her staff to “tell us what you can do for us.” What should I do to make sure I stand out and get the work? Stacy Smith: Congratulations, your networking has paid off and you’ve secured the business development meeting that may result in a new client! Now, how do you distinguish yourself in a cluttered market? Focus on the client. Know the client. Who is… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 3:00 am by The Editors
Question: After several networking lunches and casual meetings with a potential client, she invited me to come meet with her and her staff to “tell us what you can do for us.” What should I do to make sure I stand out and get the work? Stacy Smith: Congratulations, your networking has paid off and you’ve secured the business development meeting that may result in a new client! Now, how do you distinguish yourself in a cluttered market? Focus on the client. Know the client. Who is… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 7:57 am by Colleen Heine
Law offices working with sensitive information including wills and estates require a practice management system that stands out from the pack and supports the many needs of their practice area. When engaging with clients, personal information such as the deed to their house or private banking details are brought to your office demonstrating trust and respect from your client. Estate planning attorneys must have a solution in place that nurtures their practice of law in order to continue to… [read post]
13 Apr 2014, 1:51 pm by Mitch Kowalski
I was in my wife’s favourite Chinese bakery the other day searching for red bean buns. The décor is nothing special, but the baked goods are exceptionally well done and insanely fresh! It’s no wonder then that we’re willing to travel a little bit out of our way to go there. And judging by the line-ups, many others feel the same way. There are other places we can go to in Chinatown for baked goods, but we choose this one because of the quality of their goods. And they can… [read post]
13 Apr 2014, 6:49 am by JWT
In theory, a law firm is responsible for all the actions (and omissions) of all its lawyers, all its staff, and even its temps and contract staff (lawyers, paralegals, or whatever).  And, also in theory, the client is bound by the law firm’s actions on its behalf, with rare exceptions.  Even if everyone knows that mistakes can be made, including errors in supervising staff or miscommunications, the implications of allowing a client to distance itself from its law firm or allowing law… [read post]
12 Apr 2014, 7:51 pm by Jared Correia
Tax (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013) April 15 is just around the corner; and, you know what that means: It’s again time to pay the taxman. One of two certainties of existence comes around again. But, if you opened your own law practice this year, you’re not only filing taxes for last year: you’ll also need to start paying taxes for this year. When someone else is paying you as an employee, they’re (hopefully) taking out your taxes, Social Security and Medicare contributions for… [read post]
11 Apr 2014, 7:24 am by In-house Access
Guest Blogger: Aliya Ramji is legal counsel at CSA Group in Canada and focuses on international and intellectual property issues. She is a member of the Aga Khan Education Board for Ontario and a member of the Junior Achievement of Central Ontario’s YGC Board. She can be contacted at aliyaramji@gmail.com. In a 2011 survey conducted by CSA Group’s in-house legal team, 53 percent of the survey respondents wanted training on the legal services available to them and their respective teams.… [read post]
10 Apr 2014, 7:00 am by beverlym
For the last two weeks, I have been featuring a potpourri of posts gleaned from tweets posted during the ABA TECHSHOW.  Today we explore cyber security with extra bonus tips for good measure. Cyber Security – Numbers, Trends, Protecting Your … Continue reading → [read post]
10 Apr 2014, 5:40 am by Cari Rincker
I get contacted from time-to-time from those interested in being a food and agriculture lawyer or hanging their own shingle in any area of law.  I wanted to note a book that I recently read titled “The Happy Law Practice.”  I have a few colleagues that were involved with putting this book together including Amy Neiman from A Simplified Life, LLC and Vikram Rajan from Phone Blogger.  The book was compiled with Ann Jenrette-Thomas from Esquire Coaching. The book is a nice… [read post]
9 Apr 2014, 7:00 am by beverlym
Good question! Fortunately, we can glean a lot of good ideas from the 2014 ABA TECHSHOW: Security, Ethics, and Questions to Ponder Snoops, Thieves, and Idiots – The Weak Links in Cloud Storage via @betabeat – @JackSmithIV RT @VIIVOkey Securing … Continue reading → [read post]
9 Apr 2014, 3:00 am by Natasha Chetty
How well do most law firms understand and address reputational risks? Last week, I referenced the extreme example of Dewey & LeBoeuf, a bankrupt global firm that ignored reputational risk to the point where it now serves as the profession’s poster child for what-not-to-do. This week, I’ll be more constructive. Why pay attention to reputational risk? It’s said that we’re now operating in a reputation economy where “who you are” matters more than “what you… [read post]
8 Apr 2014, 7:09 am by Editorial Board
On March 24, six agencies issued a proposed rule that would implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies (AMCs). An AMC is an entity that serves as an intermediary between appraisers and lenders and provides appraisal management services. The minimum requirements in the proposed rule would apply to states that elect to establish a licensing agency with the authority to register and supervise AMCs. An AMC is barred from providing… [read post]
8 Apr 2014, 7:00 am by beverlym
Yep, it’s day 7 from the best of ABA TECHSHOW.  Today we tackle presentation faux pas, starting with: 10 Essential Tips for Improving Your Presentations Figure out where your strengths are – don’t use tech if you’re not comfortable using … Continue reading → [read post]
7 Apr 2014, 7:00 am by beverlym
To start out the week I have more great tips from the 2014 ABA TECHSHOW.  To begin:  “Think before you post” on social media @bobambrogi – @Westlaw [good advice!] The Whys and Wherefores of Having a Facebook Page Does a … Continue reading → [read post]
7 Apr 2014, 3:00 am by Ryan Sullivan
Loyal adherents to the professional dress code shudder at the arrival of warmer weather. Spring — especially that first 65-degree day — is the time when normally well-dressed lawyers are tempted to throw off their woolen suits and play hooky, at least where their wardrobes are concerned. Even a fleeting disregard for professional attire can take a toll. While every spring fling inevitably comes to an end, the images of inappropriately clad attorneys are forever burned into the… [read post]
7 Apr 2014, 3:00 am by Ryan Sullivan
Loyal adherents to the professional dress code shudder at the arrival of warmer weather. Spring — especially that first 65-degree day — is the time when normally well-dressed lawyers are tempted to throw off their woolen suits and play hooky, at least where their wardrobes are concerned. Even a fleeting disregard for professional attire can take a toll. While every spring fling inevitably comes to an end, the images of inappropriately clad attorneys are forever burned into the… [read post]
4 Apr 2014, 5:32 pm by Lisa Solomon
Sherpas guide Himalayan climbers to mountain peaks and carry their equipment. As a freelance lawyer, I help my clients reach new levels of success in their practices by shouldering part of their workload on an as-needed basis. Because all of my work involves collaborating with other lawyers, and because technology has always been the key to my ability to do that on a remote (virtual) basis, I’ve also long served as a guide, introducing my clients to new and more efficient ways to collaborate.… [read post]