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
Play to Win
In the legal industry, there is much discussion but scant implementation on the issue of client feedback. Research shows that few firms make the attempt to gather client feedback in any meaningful or systematic way.
Should law firms be interviewing or surveying clients? Indisputably. But, regardless of what the “firm” is doing, every lawyer should be having feedback conversations as well. Whether the target is a good client or a regular referral source, asking for input signals that you are interested in learning what people think, knowing what’s going on in their businesses and finding out what needs to be changed, all of which are important to long-term relationships. … READ MORE
Marketing & Business Development
The practice of law is stressful. And complicated. And, at times, frustrating. Legal marketing and business development need not be. Here are a few back-to-basics tips designed to improve your relationships with clients and colleagues. … READ MORE
The best law firm SEO results come from doing really good authentic marketing. While most people scour the web for the latest magic trick to drive more search traffic to their sites, the real magic SEO bullet for lawyers was cast long before the Internet even came into existence.
Pretend, for the moment, that we are living in 1985. The Internet’s Domain Name System is created (though you probably don’t care at that point). Actress Keira Knightley is born in March (you may not even care in 2014). U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time (I hope you care about that). And what else? A notable difference (or dearth) in the kind of marketing tools lawyers use today.
No Google. No Bing. No Yahoo. … READ MORE
The firm I work in is Windows-based, just like the vast majority of North American law firms. When our firm upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows XP, I became a much less grumpy techie. Windows XP delivered the holy grail of computing for me — stability! It wasn’t nearly as crash-and-burn-y and blue screen of death-y as its predecessors.
We lived in XP land for a long, long time. It was a lovely place to live and soon became the standard throughout the Windows business world. But those days are gone. In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft is done with Windows XP. At least it’s done with it as of April 8 (along with Microsoft Office 2003). Essentially, XP will become April Fools’ software because, after the 8th, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for the XP operating system (Service Pack 3) — and no more hot fixes or support either. Nada. Nothing. Out of luck. … READ MORE