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An open letter to future lawyers

I wanted to begin this week’s column by sharing a poem I wrote, an open letter to future lawyers: I entered law school fearful and proud – yet knowing who I was But the metamorphosis rudely and abruptly began. As ...

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Print media must evolve in order to survive

One of my favorite social media gurus is Gary Vaynerchuk. He really knows his stuff, and presents information in a format – video – that is universally appealing. Vaynerchuk has a personality that is larger than life and his enthusiasm ...

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Be a benevolent custodian of the law

Last week I attended the Canadian Bar Association’s “Law Firm Leadership Conference.” The conference’s theme was “Change Management,” and, accordingly, the focus was on ways in which law firms can innovate and thereby alter the course of the profession. One ...

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Is cloud computing really less secure?

Cloud computing, defined at Webopedia.com as the “sharing [of] computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications,” is a buzzword that has many lawyers up in arms. Examples of cloud computing used by many lawyers ...

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Does cloud computing compromise clients?

I predict that within about two to three years, lawyers in most jurisdictions will communicate and collaborate with clients using some type of an encrypted network. A number of states, including Massachusetts and Nevada, already have passed laws or regulations ...

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Real-time Web a game changer for legal profession

You’ll have to forgive me for having online technologies, including social media, on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been speaking about social media for lawyers quite a bit in recent months and am now enmeshed in the process of ...

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Still more social media for lawyers: Participate!

My thoughts continue to be focused on social media because of two upcoming speaking engagements on lawyers and social media. The first is sponsored by Gotham Media Ventures, to be held Thursday in New York City. I’ll also be speaking ...

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Lawyers must make their own happiness

“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!” -From “Hotel California,” The Eagles For the most part, lawyers are not a happy bunch. Our profession’s depression rates are among the highest, as are our rates ...

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Promote conferences with social media

Attendance has been down this year for many legal conferences, in large part due to budget cuts at law firms due to the economic recession. Legal conference planners need not despair: Individual lawyers can be convinced to cough up their ...

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Should lawyers be wary of SaaS?

Online services for lawyers are becoming increasingly common and, for many lawyers, are an attractive alternative to the traditional law practice management software installed and maintained on a local server within a law office. Online services available to attorneys now ...

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