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Get To The Point

Cure Bad Speech Habits: “It’s, Like, Y’know, Amazing!”

By | Apr.21.14 | 0 Comments

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If I hear an awards show red-carpet doyenne say “Your gown is amazing” one more time, I think I will puke on my tray-table. How about “terrific” or “magnificent” or “stunning”? How about getting a thesaurus?

Your vocabulary is probably better than the average reality-show star, but if, you know, you are addicted to “amazing,” or find yourself, like, okay, wanting to, like, break some of your, uhm, bad speech habits, this post is for you.

Maybe you think you have no annoying speech habits. Put that to the test by asking friendly folks you live, work or hang out with if that is true. READ MORE

The Friday Five

Your Next Big Step: Career Experts’ Advice

By | Apr.18.14 | 1 Comment

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The legal world really is starting to work differently. And while the path is uncertain, change is certainly creating opportunities for new career directions. For our “New Math, New Money” download, legal careers expert Wendy Werner asked a few smart people for their best advice in response to this question: “What’s the one thing a new lawyer should do right now to prepare for tomorrow’s law jobs?”

For this Friday Five, we have their smart answers, plus Wendy’s own wisdom for new lawyers. READ MORE


Play to Win

Marketing to the Bar

By | Apr.17.14 | 1 Comment

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I have spent a good deal of my career trying to get lawyers to spend less time with other lawyers and more time with clients and prospects. In many cases, a lawyer’s business development and networking efforts are more effective when spent in industry or business-related organizations than bar association groups. However, there are certainly times when relationships with other lawyers can lead to client development opportunities, especially when those lawyers don’t do what you do. It all depends on your practice.

Targeting other lawyers can very effective particularly if you have a niche practice. Consider the following examples … READ MORE


Law Practice Management

Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit?

By | Apr.16.14 | 1 Comment

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Every lawyer knows mismanaging a trust account (IOLTA) can have terrible consequences. However, most lawyers receive little or no training in how to manage a trust account before opening one of their own. Law schools don’t address this in enough detail — at least based on the blank looks received when I mention trust accounting to new grads. And only the enlightened bar associations conduct a hands-on, mud-up-to-your-elbows trust accounting class for all new lawyers. (I think they need to turn it up a notch and get a little muddier.)

Recently, Megan Zavieh wrote here about the possibility of enforced random trust account audits in California. All of which begs the question, “Are your trust accounting practices sufficient?” … READ MORE


PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT Q&A

MyCase GM Matt Spiegel: What Are You Working On?

By | Mar.28.14 | 0 Comments

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In our Spotlight Q&A, Attorney at Work interviews leaders in the legal technology industry to find out what makes them tick as entrepreneurs and businesspeople — and what they’re planning next. MyCase’s Matt Spiegel was a busy practicing lawyer before digging in full time to launch MyCase in 2010. While Matt’s law firm continues to thrive, these days he focuses mainly on his role as Founder and GM of MyCase, leading the overall direction of the company and its namesake practice management software. READ MORE


Product Spotlight Q&A

NetDocuments’ Bradlee Duncan: Creativity at Work

By | Mar.26.14 | 0 Comments

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In Attorney at Work’s Spotlight Q&A, we talk with the people inspiring, driving and creating the next new things in the legal technology industry — like NetDocuments’ Product Manager Bradlee Duncan.

During his dozen-plus years with NetDocuments, Bradlee has held a few titles: Quality Assurance Engineer, Customer Support Tech, Professional Services Consultant and Trainer. “The cross-functional knowledge has helped me understand our users as well as our infrastructure requirements when evaluating a new feature request,” he says.

READ THE INTERVIEW