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The importance of technology competence when communicating electronically

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** The importance of technology competence when communicating electronically I’m sure that by now you’ve already seen the now infamous cat filter court hearing video. If not, Google it and watch it. I’ll wait. Now that you’re back, let’s talk about how you can avoid replicating that unfortunate predicament. The short answer? By maintaining technology competence when using electronic methods to comm...
Tags: Google, New York, Law, Ethics, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Florida Bar, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


What’s A Guy Got To Do To Lose His Honorary Classroom? — See Also

Mercer University, Lin Wood's Last Refuge: President Underwood is living up to his name and remaining "Under Wood" when it comes to keeping the embattled lawyer's name on a law school mock courtroom. Even if no one else wants the school mired in his issues. It's-A Me, Mario!: Biglaw partner places plumber on retainer for employees dealing with winter storm crisis. Now they need an electrician and modern power grid and they'll be all set. Pandemic Schmandemic: The ABA has told law school deans ...
Tags: Law, Aba, Underwood, Dominion, See Also, Mercer University Lin Wood


Toughen-Up Buttercup: Flight of Women Lawyers From Private Practice

In the article, “Toughen Up, Buttercup” versus #TimesUp: Initial Findings of the ABA Women in Criminal Justice Task Force, Professor Maryam Ahranjani writes about the flight of women lawyers. In her article, Professor Ahranjani cites a Canadian study by Dr. Madon. In the study, titled “The Retention of Women in the Private Practice of Criminal Law (2016)”, it is revealed that women are 141% more likely to leave private practice than women in other private practice areas. The reasons given for th...
Tags: Law, North America, Aba, Madon, Practice Of Law, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Practice of Law: Marketing, “Toughen Up, Flight Of Women Lawyers, Plight Of Women Lawyers, Maryam Ahranjani, Ahranjani, Robin J Ely Irene Padavic


What’s on the Horizon for Law Firms in 2021?

Jim Calloway, Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Program, frequently speaks with us about the future of law. Recently, Jim recorded a Legal Talk Network podcast with Sharon which bears the same name as this article. You can find the podcast at https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-edge/2020/12/whats-on-the-horizon-for-law-firms-in-2021/. The authors continue the discussion below. We were glad to see the backside of 2020. But 2021 carries many uncertainties with it and ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Legal Technology, Aba, Jim, MFA, Sharon, Yubico, Jim Calloway, Yubikey, Jack Newton, Oklahoma Bar Association 's Management Program


Announcing the 15 Winners of the 2021 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition

The results are in. Readers have been voting to select the 15 legal technology startups that will get to participate in the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021, which will be held virtually March 8-12, 2021. These 15 will face off in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW, with the conference’s attendees voting to pick the top winner. The first-place winner gets a package of marketing and advertising prizes. In November, we issued a call fo...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Bill, Aba, Startup Alley, Turbotax, Aloe, Della, Avvoka, ClauseBase ClauseBase, Syntheia Syntheia, Della Simple, Motionize Motionize, Avvoka Avvoka


Deadline Is Friday To Vote For ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Finalists

The deadline is Friday to vote to help pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021. Your votes determine the 15 companies that will be selected to face off in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW. In November, we issued a call for entries. From all the entries we received, a panel of judges narrowed them down to 25 semifinalists. Your votes now pick the final 15. See the full ballot...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Aba, Startup Alley


The internet is forever, so behave accordingly

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** The Internet is Forever My fellow lawyers: let's talk. Now let me just say at the outset that I am absolutely thrilled to see all of you using technology, whether it's social media, video conferencing, or cloud computing. For more than a decade now I've been encouraging lawyers to embrace internet-based tools and educate themselves about the possibilities and many benefits of interacting, engaging...
Tags: New York, Law, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, COVID


NYSBA provides ransomware guidance for lawyers

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** NYSBA Provides Ransomeware Guidance For Lawyers The pandemic has impacted so many different aspects of our lives, from where and how we work to how we communicate and interact with loved ones. The work-from-home requirements necessitated by COVID-19 have been one of the most noticeable effects of the pandemic. This increase in working from home has also led to another notable trend: an escalation i...
Tags: New York, Law, Fbi, Ethics, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, U S Secret Service, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, NYSBA


Is It Time to Rethink Lawyer Licensing, Including the Bar Exam in Ontario?

In an article by Slate.com, Pilar Escontrias proclaims “It’s time to see the bar exam for what it truly is: the relic of a racist club.” The bar exam in the United States has a “sordid history as one of the many racialized gatekeeping mechanisms into the practice of law. The legal profession was a virtually unregulated, open field of practice for generations until immigrants, Black, and Jewish people started applying for bar admission in the late 19th century”. Suddenly the bar exam emerged. One...
Tags: Utah, Technology, Law, California, Harvard, United States, Fca, States, American Bar Association, Aba, Ontario, Licensing, Shepherd, Abraham Lincoln, Jordan Furlong, Practice Of Law


ICYMI: Legaltech Week 1.29.21 – New This Week: Panelists’ Rants and Raves

We introduce a new segment this week: panelists’ rants and raves, a lightning round of what made us mad or glad this week. Other stories we discuss include: a look-ahead to virtual Legalweek, an ABA ethics opinion on responding to negative online criticism, ROSS’s litigation gambit calling Thomson Reuters a monopoly, whether virtual firms are here to stay, and ODR comes to Manhattan small claims court. Listen to the audio above or watch the video below. Our panelists this week are: Nicole Bla...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Manhattan, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Ross, ABA Journal, Victor Li, Bob Ambrogi, Legaltech News, Nicole Black, MyCase, Zach Warren, Joe Patrice, ODR, Stephen Embry


Lawyers: Take a look at these two social media platforms

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Lawyers: Take a Look at These Two New Social Media Platforms As you plan for a successful 2021 for your law firm, don’t forget to consider how you plan to use social media to forward your firm’s marketing and business development goals in the coming year. Importantly, you may want to think about whether you should broaden your presence to additional social media sites. You might be wondering why y...
Tags: New York, Law, Social Media, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Clubhouse, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, YouTube Audio, These Two New Social Media Platforms


ABA offers ethical guidance on responding to negative online reviews

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** ABA Offers Ethical Guidance on Responding to Negative Online Reviews Now that we live in a digital world, online reviews are becoming increasingly useful tools for consumers. Using these reviews, consumers are able to make more informed decisions when making purchasing decisions about products or services. Online reviews are great for consumers, but for business owners, navigating the world of o...
Tags: New York, Law, Social Media, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Evan, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black, American Bar Association ABA, First the Committee


My Mixed Review On The ABA Ethics Opinion On Responding To Negative Reviews

Many lawyers have objected to the ABA’s Opinion as an unfair encroachment on speech that could harm lawyers – particularly solos – by leaving them defenseless from an unjustified attack.
Tags: Law, Aba, Small Law Firms


The ABA Addresses How To Deal With Negative Online Criticism In An Unsurprising And Probably Unfair Way

The committee’s 'best practices' recommendations are seldom likely to get the results the attorney wants.
Tags: Technology, Law, Aba, Small Law Firms, American Bar Association / ABA, Steven Chung


Texas Bar and Paladin Partner to Launch Statewide Pro Bono Portal

A free online portal launched today in Texas is designed to help lawyers find volunteer opportunities and assist residents of the state find help with their legal needs. The new portal, Pro Bono Texas, was launched as a partnership between The State Bar of Texas and the justice tech company Paladin. The portal provides volunteer lawyers and law students with a centralized location to search and sign up for pro bono opportunities across the state. “Texas lawyers are committed to assisting Texans ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Uncategorized, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, American Bar Association, Aba, Coo, State Bar of Texas, Paladin, New York State Bar Association, State Bar, Texas Access to Justice Commission, Texas Bar, Kristen Sonday Paladin, Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation


Time to Vote: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW 2021

We need your vote! You can help pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2021. Fifteen companies will be selected to face off in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW. In November, we issued a call for entries. From all the entries we received, a panel of judges narrowed the applications down to 25. Now your votes will select the final 15. The 15 startups with the most votes will get t...
Tags: UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Singapore, Uncategorized, US, Eu, Fbi, Chicago, Pandora, Connecticut, Microsoft Office


Understanding Treason, Sedition, Insurrection, Rioting, Conspiracy in the United States

How does one describe the legal dimensions of what happened last week as a violent rightwing mob incited by the American President assaulted the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.? What words or phrases can one even begin to apply to such a wide range of criminal acts committed that day? An acquaintance of mine quipped last week: “What can the rioters be charged with? Do you have a copy of the US Code?” There are many resources from American scholars, legal analysts and independent sources such as t...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, US, United States, Ohio, Pentagon, Naacp, Donald Trump, Aba, US supreme court, Trump, National Security Archive, Ku Klux Klan, George Washington University, U S Supreme Court


My Interview with SCOTUSblog Cofounder Amy Howe

Since its founding in 2002, SCOTUSblog has developed into the preeminent source for Supreme Court news, commentary and research. In 2012, when the Supreme Court handed down its opinion on Obamacare, the blog had more than 900,000 concurrent readers. It has received the ABA’s Silver Gavel award, the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media, and various other honors. Lawyers Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe, also husband and wife, founded SCOTUSblog as a way of marketing their fledgling Supreme ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Aba, Lyle Denniston, Howe, Denniston, Amy Howe, Tom Goldstein, This Week in Legal Blogging


The Geek in Review Ep. 100 – Jennifer Bluestein on Stepping It Up: A Guide for Mid-Level Law Firm Associates

Welcome to the 100th episode of The Geek in Review. We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to the podcast as much as we’ve had in making it. We talk with Jennifer Bluestein, Chief Talent and HR Officer for Perkins Coie in part one of a two-part interview. Jennifer’s new book, Stepping It Up: A Guide for Mid-Level Law Firm Associates helps associates, partners, HR, and professional development personnel better understand the needs of those second to sixth-year associates as they move from learning how...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, Jack Nicholson, Law, Molly, Uncategorized, Training, United States, New Jersey, Professional Development, Law Firms, Aba, Sheppard Mullin, Jen, Greg, Associates


Remembering those the Legal Tech Community Lost in 2020

One year ago today, at 11:27 p.m. Eastern time, I received a text from my long-time friend Kevin O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of LexBlog. It said simply, “Jill just passed surrounded by family holding onto her.” Jill was Kevin’s wife of 39 years, mother of their five children, a caring nurse for four decades, and, to my memory, a friend in her own right who always greeted me with a welcoming warmth and a broad smile that seemed to stretch beyond the limits of her face. She was also, as Kevin him...
Tags: Chuck, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Chicago, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Manhattan, Ohio, American Bar Association, Aba, Harley Davidson, Steve, Gayle, Cincinnati, Rose


20 For 2020: The Legal Tech Trends that Defined the Year

Whoa, what the f*&% just happened? This was a year few of us will ever forget. It brought untold hardships for many and unfamiliar challenges for all of us. To those who suffered losses of loved ones or illness, to those who lost their jobs or their homes, to any and all who suffered scars this year, I offer my heartfelt condolences. But in the world of legal technology and innovation, the phrase I heard often repeated this year was “silver lining.” It was a silver lining in the form of an accel...
Tags: Utah, New York, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, California, Massachusetts, New York City, Israel, Uncategorized, America, San Francisco, United States, Arizona, New Zealand, Wisconsin


ABA Ethics Opinion on Working Remotely

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** ABA Ethics Opinion on Working Remotely In 2020, the pandemic changed just about everything. One of the biggest areas impacted was the way that work was performed. Out of necessity, it was the year of working remotely for businesses across the country. And with increasing COVID-19 surges across the country and vaccine availability for the general population at least 6 months away, working remotely...
Tags: New York, Law, Ethics, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers 2020 has been quite the year, and it’s been anything but easy. No doubt, you’re ready for this unprecedented year to end so that we can look forward to a new, hopefully much less eventful 2021. In the meantime, the holidays are upon us and you may still have presents to buy. If so, you’re in luck! I’ve pulled together a last-minute holiday gift guide for lawyers...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Law, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, NBlack, Nicole Black, First up Amazon


NYC Bar On the Ethics Lawyers Appearing in Court During the Pandemic

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** NYC Bar On the Ethics Lawyers Appearing in Court During the Pandemic In October, I wrote about an opinion issued by the New York State Bar that addressed the ethical issues presented when a lawyer sought to withdraw as counsel due to health-related concerns regarding in-person court appearances during the pandemic. As I reported in my article, the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Profe...
Tags: New York, Law, Ethics, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, New York State Bar Association, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, NBlack, Nicole Black, Committee on Professional Ethics, New York State Bar


Final Deadline Friday for Startup Alley Applications

Pass the word to your favorite legal tech startup. This Friday is the final deadline for applications to compete in the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW. Applications will not be accepted after midnight Pacific time on Dec. 18. Fifteen startups will be selected to participate in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW. In addition to the pitch competition, the 15 finalists will be highlighted on a special Startup Alley section of the conferenc...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, American Bar Association, Aba, Startup Alley, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, Startup Alley Applications


Round Up: Remote Working, Virtual Conferences, and Cloud Computing

I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won't include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Apologize for the delay in posting this roundup, but in addition to my job with MyCase, I've been busy writing the annual update for the New York criminal law treatise I co-author for Thomson Reuters. In any event, here are my posts and articles published from November: 2...
Tags: New York, Law, Cloud Computing, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Daily Record, Law & Technology, NBlack




Case shows why lawyers must encrypt e-communications

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Case shows why lawyers must encrypt e-communications Whenever your firm’s employees work remotely during the pandemic (and beyond), electronic communications will increase out of necessity. If those communications aren’t encrypted, you run the risk of inadvertently disclosing confidential client data. That’s why it’s imperative that your firm takes steps to encrypt online communications if it isn’t...
Tags: New York, Law, Cloud Computing, Court, West Virginia, Web/Tech, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Frum, First the Court, Respondent, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack


Can the pandemic provide an excuse for sanctionable conduct?

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** As we enter our ninth month of the pandemic and COVID-19 numbers are surging across the country, lawyers and judges alike are bracing for newfound full or partial shutdowns. If and when the shutdowns occur, our court systems will undoubtedly slow down, creating a bottleneck effect, just like what happened in the spring. And when that occurs, litigators run the risk of losing track of, or access to, ...
Tags: New York, Law, Court, Michigan, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Kohl, Court of Appeals, District Court, Rochester New York, United States Court of Appeals, Saenz, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, NBlack



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