2021

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Top 5 Tips: Taking Depositions in a Post-Pandemic World

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While much of the world stopped last year, depositions didn’t. Cases forged ahead and lawyers scrambled to establish new ways of taking depositions and handling proceedings that, for decades, had been routine. As we emerge out of the pandemic, many of the pivots intended as bandages for uncertain times will become permanent changes to the way we conduct and prepare for depositions.

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No-Code Legal Automation Startup Josef Raises $2.5M

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Josef , an Australia-based, no-code software platform that enables legal professionals to automate common tasks, has raised $2.5 million. The funding round was led by Australian venture firm Carthona Capital , with participation from U.S. investors, including The LegalTech Fund. Added to the startup’s $1 million seed round in 2019, this brings its total funding to $3.5 million.

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‘Talk Justice’ seeks to amplify ‘unexpected’ voices in support of civil legal aid

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Aiming for a wider reach and audience, the civil legal aid podcast Talk Justice has joined the Legal Talk Network. Produced by the Legal Services Corporation , the podcast features a rotating lineup of hosts covering civil legal aid funding and access to justice. LSC views the podcast as a way to better communicate with legal aid providers and with public officials, the public, and the business community.

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Handling Questions: A Presenter’s Guide

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OK, you have gotten through the body of your presentation satisfactorily. Time to relax, right? Nope. There is one hurdle left: The question and answer period. This is when some presenters wilt and others shine. With a few tips, some experience and a modicum of intestinal fortitude, you can shine every time. Jerry Lawson's extensive experience as a speaker is put to good use in this article as he provides best practice advice for each stage of your presentation.

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Visibility Into the Strategy & Supporting Documents of Major US Law Firms

Law Firm Intelligence by Trellis aggregates state trial court data across the Trellis platform enabling users to: look up a particular metric related to a specific law firm (such as, how many cases a law firm had or has against another law firm), and see the actual dockets and documents supporting the metric. Trellis data is maximized in a revolutionary and unique way to provide users an exclusive look into a law firm litigating in state trial courts.

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Podcasting Tips for Lawyers

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Considering a podcast for your law firm? Here are some podcasting tips to get started. Although podcasting has been around since 2005, it seems like it has suddenly become “a thing” for lawyers. The big spike in the number of podcasts left some of us wondering what they are, why they are so popular — and whether it’s too late to start a podcast of our own.

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Woman-Led Remote Litigation Startup Raises $1 Million Seed Round

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Lightning Law Technologies , a Seattle startup developing software for remote testimony and legal proceedings, has raised a $1 million seed, which the company will use to accelerate development of its platform. Founded by Seattle trial lawyer Alisa Brodkowitz , the startup is developing an end-to-end platform for remote testimony, mediations and legal proceedings.

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New Ethics Principles Call for Proficiency in Technology, Caution in Social Media, for Canadian Judges

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Two years ago, I wrote a column calling for the duty of technology — which applies to lawyers in 39 states — to be extended to judges. While that has not happened in the United States, it has now happened in Canada. Yesterday, the Canadian Judicial Council published a new and modernized edition of its Ethical Principles for Judges, a set of ethical guidelines for federally appointed judges, originally published in 1998, that cover issues of independence, integrity and respect, diligence and comp

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Pro Bono Net and Legal Aid Groups Partner To Launch Eviction Resource For N.Y. Tenants

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At a time when many are predicting a tsunami of eviction cases resulting from the pandemic, the organization Pro Bono Net , in collaboration with several legal aid organizations, has launched TenantHelpNY.org , an online resource designed to help tenants in New York understand their housing rights. The new site provides resources to help tenants understand their legal rights and connect with volunteer attorneys to obtain legal assistance.

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Flipping Bird During Zoom Hearing Costs Lawyer $3,000

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These days, the duty of technology competence requires lawyers not only to know how to use Zoom, but also to remember that it can record you. It seems a lawyer inconveniently forgot that fact when he flipped the bird during his opponent’s appellate argument on Zoom, and then denied it. It was an expensive lesson, as the combination of those two acts — of flipping the bird and then denying it — cost him $3,000.

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Attorney Burnout: 4 Traps to Avoid

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The road to attorney burnout is the same as the road to success — the difference is attitude and perspective. I burned out after 27 years of being a trial attorney. I thought I was doing everything right. Not so. I was working longer and longer hours and enjoying my practice less and less. I couldn’t sleep and, as a result, I was irritable. I suffered from stress, anxiety and depression, and I felt exhausted mentally, emotionally and physically.

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Stay On Top of Newly Filed State & Federal Litigation: Curated Just for You!

With Daily Filings Report by Trellis you will receive an email and csv file daily with all new cases filed in the jurisdictions you're tracking. Each new case will include all case metadata like judge, parties, counsel, practice area, and even direct links to the full docket and complaint. Trellis Daily Filings Reports provide direct access to newly filed state and federal litigation curated just for you.

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Lawyer Tech Tips: Online Business Development Ideas to Try Today

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Get ready to refresh your online business development toolkit. Our experts have recommendations. During the pandemic, lawyers have experienced changes in how they connect with people — including those who might need their services. So what are some of the best online business development options lawyers have been using, and that you could be using too?

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Fastcase Names Its 11th Annual Class of Fastcase 50 Innovation Honorees

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If you are wondering where the innovators are in law, look no farther than the Fastcase 50, the annual award doled out by the legal intelligence company Fastcase that honors 50 of the law’s “smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.”. Fastcase today announced its 11th annual Fastcase 50 honorees, which adds up to 550 innovative leaders in law over the lifetime of the awards.

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ILTA Reveals Final Attendance Numbers for Its Hybrid ILTACON

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Much uncertainty surrounded attendance at this years ILTACON , the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association, and the first hybrid version of the conference, as the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cause some to reconsider in-person attendance. Last week, two major vendors announced that they were withdrawing their staff from attending in person, while continuing to support and participate in the conference virtually. iManage was first to withdraw, followed by Lite

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Storytelling: Your Most Powerful Connection to New Clients

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Storytelling is powerful. There are few things people love more than a good story. Stories inspire; they can evoke powerful emotions and unleash our imaginations. Great Marketers Understand the Power of Storytelling. Great marketers use storytelling as a tactic to build their businesses. In the legal world, this means developing a narrative around your firm that builds feelings of attachment, emotional investment and a strong connection with your target clients.

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Why I’m Pulling My Chips Out Of Attending ILTACON In Las Vegas

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It is fitting that Las Vegas is a major mecca of gambling, given that, next week, several hundred people will take a gamble on their safety to attend the physical portion of the first-ever hybrid ILTACON, the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association. While I’d planned to be among them, I have decided to hedge my bets and attend virtually.

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Intapp, Tech Provider to Legal and Financial Firms, Files Papers for IPO

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Palo Alto, Calif., based Intapp , a major provider of cloud-based business applications for larger law firms and financial services firms, filed papers Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. For the legal technology industry, where IPOs have been few and far between, the news is significant.

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As Companies Plan for Return to Work, These New Resources Help You Advise Them On the Law

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As companies plan for safely returning to the office, two new resources — including one that is free — are available to help legal professionals advise them with access to comparative federal and state legal requirements and case law. One of these new back-to-office resources is an expansion of the COVID-19 State & Federal Compare Smart Chart , a comprehensive, free resource that Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. first launched shortly after the onset of the pandemic as a way of sup

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Now You Can Listen to Legal News as Law360 Adds Audio Versions of All Stories

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Law360 , the legal news service owned by LexisNexis, is today introducing audio versions of every story it publishes. For every story published on Law360, readers will now see an icon they can click to listen to an audio version of the article, read by a relatively lifelike male or female “newscaster” voice. Rachel Travers , vice president and general manager of Law360, said this is the first legal news service to offer this feature. “We know that the legal profession has many

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ABA Issues Ethics Guidance On Lawyers Investing In Alternative Business Structures

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With both Arizona and Utah now allowing nonlawyers to deliver legal services through alternative business structures, the American Bar Association today issued a formal ethics opinion that addresses the question of whether lawyers outside those states may passively invest in an ABS. The issue hinges on ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.4 , which prohibits lawyers from sharing fees with nonlawyers or practicing in an entity in which a nonlawyer has an ownership interest.

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5 Organizational Skills for Lawyers

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When you think of organizational skills for lawyers, you probably think first of the physical things: an uncluttered office, pristine case files, and the ability to find exactly what you’re looking for exactly when you need it. But critical organizational skills also include time management, strategic planning, the ability to set priorities, and self-care.

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Setting Boundaries in the Office (or Home Office)

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Many of us struggled with balancing our work responsibilities and personal lives even before the pandemic destroyed our regular routines and norms. With technology allowing 24/7 work-from-everywhere access, setting boundaries was a challenge. During the pandemic, however, boundaries seemed to disappear as we worked alongside our families or housemates at home, and all professional, educational and personal activities happened in the same timeframe and physical space.

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Litera Acquires UK Goal-Setting Software Company Objective Manager

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The Chicago-based legal technology company Litera has acquired Objective Manager , a UK company that provides a SaaS platform for law firms to use in strategic planning, performance measurement and talent engagement. The purpose of the platform is to enable firms to accelerate their strategic and performance agendas by aligning their people to the firm’s strategic objectives.

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Office Dogs Improve Law Firm Morale

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Catch up on Ruth Carter’s posts here. Have you met my Lucy Jane? She is a basset hound mix that I began fostering in late April, and we finalized her adoption a few weeks later. She’s come to the office every day since she came into my life, and the entire office is better for it. Insisting on a Dog-Friendly Office. When my current firm, Venjuris, invited me to join them, I said, “Great!

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ILTA to Launch Legal Innovation Hub to Bring Together Investors, Founders and Buyers

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Aiming to create a community that brings together developers, investors and buyers of legal technology products in order to expand opportunities for all three groups, the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) will launch the ILTA Innovation Hub Aug. 22 during its annual ILTACON in Las Vegas. “ILTA sits at the center of the legal services ecosystem,” says a brochure describing the Hub.

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Everlaw Becomes Legal Tech’s Latest Unicorn, with $202M Raise at $2B Valuation

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E-discovery company Everlaw today became one of the few legal technology companies to join the elite ranks of unicorn status — companies valued at over $1 billion — with the announcement of a $202 million Series D funding at a valuation of over $2 billion. The news follows a year in which the company experienced 80% year-over-year growth. The company says that total cases on its platform have more than doubled since its $62 million Series C round in March 2020, and that its platform is now used

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Heidi Alexander On Why Flexible Work Should Forever Be the Norm In Law

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I reported here last week on a statement issued by a committee of Massachusetts’ highest court recommending that law firms and other legal employers permanently adopt flexible working options as their standard, rather than as the exception. Maintaining flexibility in individual working arrangements serves the dual purposes of enhancing lawyer well-being while also advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, the committee said.

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Personal Injury Law Firm Claims to be First to Set Up Office in the Metaverse

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Even if you had never before heard of the metaverse, you could no longer ignore it after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in October that his company was changing its name to Meta, revealing his vision for the future of online interaction. Ever since, as The Verge writer Casey Newton said , “The metaverse is having a moment.” Well, if companies will now be flocking to the metaverse, it only makes sense that a personal injury firm should get there ahead of them, ready to pursue

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Supreme Court Justice Ann Timmer on Arizona’s Sweeping Regulatory Reforms

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Last August, Arizona became the first state to eliminate the ban on non-lawyer ownership of law firms. In ordering that change, as well as a package of additional reforms, the Arizona Supreme Court acted on the recommendations of a task force that had called for fundamental changes in the regulation of legal services, all with the goal of enhancing access to justice.

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Lawyer Tech Tips: Ways to (Really) Get Away This Summer

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Whether you travel near or far, physically or virtually, here are some tips from our tech experts on getting away from it all. Summer’s here and the country’s reopening around us. A time like this will inspire many lawyers and staff members to take a family road trip, spend time off at a nearby beach town, or hop a plane to a farther-away dream spot.

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New ‘Legal News Hub’ Adds Breaking News In 76 Practice Areas To Lexis+

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Subscribers to Lexis+. the premium legal research platform that LexisNexis launched last year , will now have access to breaking legal news headlines across 76 practice areas with the introduction today of the Legal News Hub. The Legal News Hub provides subscribers with access to headlines and summaries of current news stories from the LexisNexis-owned Law360 and Law360 Pulse news services.

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Exclusive: Legal CRM Company Lawmatics Raises $10M, Aiming to Change How Lawyers Drive Business

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Lawmatics , a company whose platform provides client relationship management (CRM), client intake and marketing automation for attorneys, has closed a $10 million Series A financing round, it is announcing today. The financing follows the San Diego-based company’s raise of a $2.5 million seed round in October 2020. Matt Spiegel , cofounder and CEO, said Lawmatics aims to change the way lawyers drive business. “Today’s consumer expects a seamless user experience with instant gratifica

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Winners Named for 2021 American Legal Technology Awards

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Winners have been named for the second annual American Legal Technology Awards , a competition launched last year to honor exceptional achievements in legal technology. This year, the competition added the announcement of a runner up and honorable mention in each category. A series of videos showcasing the winners in each category will be posted to the ALTA site between now and Nov. 10.

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Florida Supreme Court Doubles Down on Rule Banning Quotas in Forming CLE Panels

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For those of you who still can’t get enough of watching panels of white men droning on about developments in the law, here is reason to celebrate: The Florida Supreme Court has doubled down on a rule it adopted earlier this year that prohibits the use of quotas in selecting participants for CLE courses. But for anyone else who hoped to see the occasional woman or person of color or LGBTQ panelist, welcome to the 1950s.

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After WSJ’s Explosive Exposé on Judges’ Financial Conflicts, Free Law Project Posts the Data For All to See

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In an explosive exposé last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that 131 federal judges broke the law by hearing cases where they had a financial interest. To uncover those violations, reporters reviewed the financial holdings of some 700 federal judges and compared them against tens of thousands of court cases. The data the Journal used was compiled by the Free Law Project , a non-profit that works to provide free and open public access to court data, opinions, filings and other information.

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Survey: 92% Of Firms Say They Were Prepared For Full-Scale Remote Work

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Ninety-two percent of law firms worldwide say they were completely or somewhat prepared for full-scale remote work at the pandemic’s onset, a survey released this morning finds. Even so, most firms plan to increase their budgets for technology and process software and adopt more cloud-based technologies, the survey reports. Published for the fourth consecutive year by Aderant , a global provider of business management software for law firms, the Business of Law and Legal Technology Survey