Year-End Tax Planning for Lawyers
A little planning goes a long way. It is actually pretty easy to stay on top of your taxes if you start the year with good estimates and end the year fine-tuning your liability with the help of your accountant.
The Case Against Owning a Smartphone
Jared Correia doesn’t own a smartphone, but that doesn’t stop him from being a tech guy at the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program. Here’s an excerpt from his argument for why.
Show Your Client You Are Earning Your Fee
At Unwashed Advocate, Eric Mayer explains what is means to go through the motions of zealous advocacy.
A Call for Track Changes at the Supreme Court
At the National Law Journal, Professor Richard Hasen thinks the Supreme Court should be a bit more transparent when it makes changes to published opinions.
Legal Hackers, LLC, Seeks to Trademark LEGAL HACKERS
"The term “Legal Hackers” is currently pending trademark registration with the USPTO [by Legal Hackers, LLC]." Wait, what? That sounds like bullshit.
Why Are Lawyers So Expensive? I’ll Tell You Why
There is a lot of discussion lately about the need for lower-cost legal fees. This is an important discussion for lawyers to have, but I think it is also important to stop and reflect on why hiring a lawyer is so expensive in the first place.
Facebook Goes on the Offense on Passwords
It's pretty awesome that Facebook is doing this, and I hope more companies will follow suit.
John Oliver Finds a Way to Put Cameras in the Supreme Court — Sort Of
Don't watch this unless you want to see Scalia depicted as an actual bulldog, Alito as a poodle, and the court reporter as a chicken.
Q: Doesn’t My Password Protect My Computer?
A: No. There are basically two “doors” to your computer. Your password only protects one.
It’s Time for Lawyers to Re-Think the Cloud
If you don’t use appropriate technology, you are doing your clients and your ethical obligations just as much a disservice as if you use inappropriate technology. Sometimes, the cloud is the right tool for the job, and sometimes it isn’t.
Attorney Brings Newborn to Court Because Judge Says Maternity Leave is “No Good Cause” to Postpone Hearing
From the Associated Press Staci Zaretsky at Above the Law:1 An immigration judge in Atlanta denied an attorney’s request to delay a hearing that fell during her six-week maternity leave and then scolded her in front of a packed courtroom when she showed up with her 4-week-old strapped to her chest and the infant began […]
Nice Try, but Claiming Copyright Won’t Save You from Discipline
Don't bother suing the ethics board for copyright infringement for using your unethical blogs posts in its ethics complaint.
How to Cite Walter Sobchak on Prior Restraint
First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza has found a gem: an opinion from the Texas Supreme Court quoting Walter Sobchak in “The Big Lebowski” on prior restraint.
Dropbox Wasn’t Hacked, but You Should Probably Change Your Password
Dropbox says the login information being passed around are actually from other services for which the users used the same usernames and passwords.
Podcast: Essentials for Starting a Law Practice
At this year’s Clio Cloud Conference, I sat down with Adriana Linares to talk about what you need to spend money on at the start of a new law practice.