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Does your State have a Security Breach Notification Law? With the continuing onslaught of data breach stories, every lawyer should be aware whether their state has such a law on the books and what it requires in the event of a breach. The National Council of State Legislatures has compiled a chart of which states and territories have such laws and links to them as well.
from: Nerino Petro's  10/09/2015
Boosting Your Productivity in 2011 With the New Year just around the corner, soon many of us will resolve to improve our law practices in 2011. To help with those resolutions, the ABA Inside Practice newsletter has published Tips for Boosting Productivity at the Office from our book. The list has a dozen practical ways to improve productivity within a [...]
from: The Busy Lawyer's Guide to Success  10/09/2015
Office Sharing: The Promise and the Pitfalls Today's feature at Attorney@Work is Five Things to Look for in Shared Office Space. The piece was written by a real state professional and I enjoyed reading it. But I would hate for a lawyer to use this article as...
from: Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog  10/08/2015
New 100 Best Android Apps List: Just in time for ABA TECHSHOW! ABA TECHSHOW is fast approaching and in addition to all of the other sessions, there are a number of sessions for Android users. And just in time for TECHSHOW, has come out with their new list of the Best 100 Android Apps. There are a number on the list that can make lawyers lives easier such as Anti-virus and security apps, secure text messaging and communication apps and more.
from: Nerino Petro's  10/07/2015
Ten Tips to Supercharge Your Online Presence . . . is the title of my article I co-authored with Jim Calloway and Nerino Petro in the February issue of Law Practice Today that was just published last week. Jim, Nerino, and I selected these tips from our presentation 60+ Best Marketing Practices for Lawyers in 60 Minutes. The tips focus on web-based marketing, including social [...]
from: The Busy Lawyer's Guide to Success  10/07/2015
5 basic steps for building a solid social media brand There is a great post on the Social Media Examiner blog today. It asks the question: “What message does your brand convey to socially engaged customers?” I think too many people (and their SEO consultants) try to take the tact that you need to be all things to all people in all channels.  Unless you [...]
from: The Busy Lawyer's Guide to Success  10/07/2015
The Long Tail..Innovation in Legal Services ♫ Where you lead, I will follow Anywhere that you tell me to If you need, you need me to be with you I will follow where you lead..♫ Lyrics and music by Toni Stern and Carole King, recorded by Carole King. Lawyers, I surmise, believe with their long history and experience that they are the […]
from: Thoughtful Legal Management  10/04/2015
Something New: My Shared Reading Room I read a lot of online content related to law office management and technology. Some I save for later use and some I share. I follow some really great experts on Twitter who recommend great content and I retweet a...
from: Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog  10/02/2015
Effective Client Intake and the Rise of Firm Pricers Effective client intake and law firm pricing may not seem like closely connected topics, but they are connected and will be even more connected in the future. My column in the September Law Practice Magazine is Effective Client Intake and...
from: Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog  10/01/2015
Ambrogi: Is LinkedIn Losing Its Luster for Lawyers? Blogging about someone else's blog post seems a bit redundant. So I rarely do it. But my friend Bob Ambrogi's post Is LinkedIn Losing Its Luster for Lawyers? struck such a cord with me that I had to note it...
from: Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog  09/30/2015
Announcing 2009 International Human Rights Award Recipient The recipient of the Section of Litigations 2009 International Human Rights Award is Edwin Rekosh. The Award will be presented during the ABA's Annual Meeting in Chicago at The Fairmont Hotel on Friday, July 31, 2009. Learn more about Mr. Rekosh and the International Human Rights Award.
from: ABA Section of Litigation: Online Resources for Litigators  09/29/2015
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Addresses the Section of Litigation Concerning State Court Judicial Campaign Contributions and Disqualification The Section of Litigation is pleased to present audio recordings of the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor who spoke on January 9, 2009 in Scottsdale, AZ to a plenary gathering of Section members. Justice O'Connor led a panel discussion concerning state court judicial campaign contributions and disqualification, a subject of great interest to the legal community in light of Caperton v. Massey, currently pending before the United States Supreme Court and on which oral arguments were heard on March 2, 2009.
from: ABA Section of Litigation: Online Resources for Litigators  09/29/2015
Can Email Create Personal Jurisdiction over a Foreign Defendant? A recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, finding that email and telephone communications are insufficient to establish personal jurisdiction over a foreign defendant in a lawsuit asserting tort and contract claims, is causing litigators to once again consider the importance of forum selection clauses.
from: ABA Section of Litigation: Online Resources for Litigators  09/29/2015
How Long Should You Take to Return Phone Calls? ♫ One ringy-dingy…two ringy-dingies…♫ Ernestine/Miss Tomlin (Lily Tomlin on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in). How long should you wait before you return a telephone call?  According to Debra J. Schmidt, Loyalty Leader: “Returning phone calls used to be a common courtesy. Now, busy people claim they don’t have the time. I don’t buy that excuse. I’ve found that the […]
from: Thoughtful Legal Management  09/27/2015
The 2015 Pacific Legal Technology Conference On Friday Oct 2, 2015 in Vancouver, BC, the ninth Pacific Legal Technology Conference will take place. But it can also take place right in your office.  This year 13 sessions will be real-time webcast (the keynote will be recorded and made available for viewing after the conference due to logistical issues) allowing both in person and […]
from: Thoughtful Legal Management  09/27/2015
FIXED – Internet Explorer Bug-Of-The-Day Here is a great video and post with steps on how to protect yourself form the IE moonster affecting ALL versions of IE that has been making news this week. Steve Gibson created the inital steps but left out a few things. Terry Cole from Cole Informatics added these and created the video and post. If you're running Windows XP, you especially need to check this out. See here.
from: Nerino Petro's  09/25/2015

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