Friday Five Trending
In this new monthly Friday Five feature, we’ll be zeroing in on what’s trending each month in the business of practicing of law. To kick things off, Kandy Hopkins distills the “word on the street” (okay, make that on the web) about the ReInvent Law NYC conference.
Founded by two Michigan State University College of Law professors, ReInvent Law Laboratory is all about promoting innovation in the profession. One of the key ways it’s doing that is through a series of conferences that keep gaining buzz — including the recent ReInvent Law NYC.
The daylong conference in New York City gathered more than 800 attendees who watched nearly 40 speakers, in an event “devoted to law, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the legal services industry.” The word on the web from those who attended? While the conference didn’t answer exactly how or when technology will transform the legal industry, it did offer two things not often seen in the industry: hope and possibilities. Here’s some scoop on more things bloggers and others are sharing about the conference and its innovation theme. … READ MORE
Ask the Experts
Question: “We’re all using personal tablets, smartphones and laptops, but there’s worry about the threat it poses to our law firm’s IT systems and infrastructure. What can we do to keep firm and client data secure from outside threats while using our personal technology for work?”
In this edition of “Ask the Experts from the Association of Legal Administrators,” law firm IT veterans Glen Boyer and Rick Rusch provide a few good safety tips to follow. READ MORE
Get It Done!
No matter how technologically advanced we are as a society, we still follow a tradition that goes all the way back to the 1600s, when calling cards made their debut. Over the next centuries, calling cards were used to announce the impending arrival of prosperous or aristocratic people, or as a means of formal introduction — leading us to business cards.
Format-wise, business cards have been a little slow to adapt to our always-online culture. It seems that exchanging paper cards at networking events is still the quickest way to get someone’s contact information. But therein lies the challenge: What happens after the event, when you get back to the office with a stack of cards? … READ MORE
The Welcome Mat
Once someone contacts your law firm, everything — from the receptionist’s demeanor to the conference room decor — can affect whether that person will sign on as a client. So does your practice project a welcoming image — or are you sending a different message to prospective clients? In this new series, Oklahoma attorney Noble McIntyre offers tips on rolling out the welcome mat.
Until new clients sign on that dotted line, they are looking for reasons why your law firm is — or is not — the right fit. Some things you can’t control (your location or area of expertise, for example). But why let the things you can control trip up your efforts to get new clients?
In all situations, one thing is critical: You don’t waste clients’ time. That includes on the telephone. … READ MORE
What if you had completed all of the requirements to become an attorney admitted to practice law but, despite your best efforts to rectify the situation, were in the United States without a valid visa? That is exactly the question the Supreme Court of California took up recently in a first-of-its-kind case, In re Sergio C. Garcia On Admission. And its ramifications could be far-reaching for lawyers across the country. … READ MORE
The Friday Five
Fortunately, the discussion of websites in the legal industry has mostly changed from, “Do you have a website for your firm?” to “Have you leveraged the latest technology and best practices to fully optimize your site?”
Here are five trends shaping the new standard for law firm websites, so you’ll know smart ways to improve your firm’s site in 2014. … READ MORE