Untangling the mess.
October is a perfect month to frighten a few (um, all) of those problem clients. On All Hallows' Eve, the lawyers of the world (1.3 million of them)1 will make a collective decision to devote their days to yarn bombing around the world. Officials will be confused then overrun with calls to cut through this new red tape. A black market for scissors will quickly develop and rumors will rage that the International Space Station is next. As lawyers perfect their guerilla knitting tactics, clients the world over realize they are really in a tangle now.
Policy and law adapt as new technologies emerge.
Self-driving cars, 3D printing, and the all-encompassing Internet of Things (IoT) are exciting, futuristic frontiers. As with other mass-market technology introduced in the previous century, these advances are fraught with unknowable legal and ethical consequences. It is often left up to the courts and legal professionals to untangle and make sense of this ever-changing landscape.
Hop on the AI wave.
Classic science fiction is full of inaccurate predictions. Humans haven't colonized Venus, families don't own personal rocket ships, and time travel remains a distant dream. But whether we like it or not, machines (like the ones in old sci-fi stories) have taken over millions of human jobs.
Organize, prioritize, and prosper.
Docketing is a critical process for any law firm, from the solo proprietor who only handles real estate closings, to the mega-firm with a broad range of complex areas of practice. The docket function does not produce billable hours; it is invisible to clients. Nevertheless, an incomplete process or failure to follow established protocols can result in claims that harm your firm's reputation and bottom line.
Expand your knowledge. Or just have a quick laugh.
We've combed the news outlets, journals, and professional (and not-so-professional) law blogs to collect the best ideas, news, and hot topics. We've done the legwork so you don’t have to.
Roll with the changes.
The digital landscape is constantly evolving; can your law firm keep up? Check out our infographic for more on the ever-changing world of technology and how it affects the legal profession.
Don't ignore the power of Snapchat evidence.
In "The Art of War," Sun Tzu wrote, "If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." From case to case, technology changes alliances. Emails, Internet history, and text messages reinforce one argument and destroy the next.
How to use “big data” for your firm.
It’s no secret that the legal field seems to be behind on data trends. Apart from its effectiveness in measuring the basics—like cutting costs, increasing efficiencies, and evaluating marketing results—data hasn’t had a significant presence in the court room. But the industry is evolving, and the world as you know it is changing.
Always leave a paper trail.
Too often, attorneys cite great client relationships as their reason for not using official letters. But even long-time clients may second-guess your work or the outcome of a legal issue. If you rely on handshakes and verbal agreements, you may lack crucial documentation to help defend your reputation and career against claims.
Resolve to connect with people and causes.
The new year has begun, and chances are, you’ve already created an epic list of New Year’s resolutions designed for self-improvement. Perhaps you’ve resolved to eat better, sleep more, or procrastinate less. A commitment to bettering yourself is commendable, but what if you could adopt resolutions that helped improve your own life as well as the lives of others?