Daily Dispatch


On Balance

How to Handle a State Bar Letter Questioning Your Fitness to Practice

On Balance Legal Ethics

In my last column, I discussed how you can relocate to another state without sitting for another bar exam. One question that naturally stems from that discussion is what to do if you make a mistake in your relocation, and you fail to do something required by your new state’s bar. Receiving a letter from the state bar questioning your fitness to practice, or whether you have followed all the rules permitting you to practice, induces panic. Here is how to handle it.Read The Rest

Get to the Point!

Contronyms: Context Controls Comprehension

Get to the Point

Sanctions. That word has always troubled me. It’s a contronym, a word that has opposite meanings. Lawyers know that a motion for sanctions asks the court to penalize an adversary’s bad act. But other English speakers define a sanction as a blessing. No wonder your client is confused.

English has plenty of contronyms.
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The Analog Attorney

Beyond the Bullet Journal: How to Hack Your BuJo

bullet journal

Since Ryder Carroll put his original Bullet Journal video on YouTube, his technique for using a running, minimal, bullet-point-based paper notebook has taken over the web. There are countless dedicated groups on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Vloggers have broadcast their experiences using the Bullet Journal (BuJo for short). Leuchtturm offers a preformatted notebook designed by Ryder. BuJo is huge.
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The Friday Five

Top Five Ways Lawyers Use Dictation Technology

dictation technology

For many young lawyers, dictation evokes images of dusty credenzas covered with tape recorders and microphones. But while today’s lawyers tend to be much more tech-savvy than past generations, they still use their voices to accomplish a lot every day. Dictation has evolved and become an active part of productive law firms. In fact, modern dictation tools are both easily available and completely intuitive as apps for smartphones or tablets.

Here are five ways dictation technology can help you to operate more efficiently and improve your billable hours.Read The Rest


Access to Justice

State of the Group Legal Services Industry: Things to Know

legal insurance

Earlier this year, I attended the Group Legal Services Association annual meeting in Arizona. The highlight was the spirited “State of the Industry” panel. While the panel reported that the industry isn’t yet seeing change at a disruptive rate, plans and platforms alike are evolving and creating opportunities for lawyers. However, the concept of legal services plans still seems relatively unknown. To start, here’s an overview.Read The Rest


lawyer startups

10 Minutes With Legal Technology Entrepreneur Fred Cohen

Fred Cohen

Technology enthusiast Fred J. Cohen took a detour from tech opportunities to study the law and then practice for a few years. Instead of settling for the practice management and marketing tools he had, Fred dreamed of ways to make them better. It’s the quest for the better mousetrap…Read The Rest


Content Under Pressure

Niche Blogs: Why 100 Readers Can Be Better Than 1,000

Content Marketing

A whopping 91 percent of in-house counsel rate an attorney’s articles and speeches as very to somewhat important when evaluating who to hire, according to the latest data from Greentarget. Just as important, 77 percent rated relevant blog posts as such.

The key word is “relevant.” How to become so? By becoming a singular voice. And this means niche blogging. Why? Clients don’t hire generalists. They hire specialists. So be one.Read The Rest