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Podcast #54: Open Access to Law, with Sarah Glassmeyer & Ed Walters

Sarah Glassmeyer is trying to get to the bottom of open access to law, and Ed Walters is trying to build a company based on access to that law. Both share their frustrations and wishes for open access on today’s podcast. Plus, lawyers are terrible at client intake. News at 11. Law-Firm Intake: Lawyers Dropping […]

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Podcast #53: Putting Access to Justice into Practice, with Billie Tarascio

Billie Tarascio started out trying to build a firm that furthers access to justice, and wound up building a pretty innovative law firm with a software backbone that allowed her to deliver legal services at every price point—and it didn't work. You'll find out why in today's podcast, but first, don't forget that clients and customers are looking for very different things.

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Podcast #52: Local Marketing, with Gyi Tsakalakis

Gyi Tsakalakis on what local marketing is, why it matters, and how to do it effectively. Local Marketing, with Gyi Tsakalakis The Internet is great for a lot of things, but the vast majority of potential clients still find a lawyer by asking a friend, family member, or colleague for a referral. But according to […]

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Podcast #51: Legal Tech Trends That Defined 2015, with Bob Ambrogi

Bob Ambrogi has had his finger on the pulse of legal technology for a long time, and in this episode he talks about the ten trends that defined 2015. Plus, a reluctant preview of the trends that might define 2016.

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“I Have a Dream”

Why courts are closed today.

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Podcast #50: Stuff You Should Know About Computers but Probably Don’t, with Adriana Linares

Adriana Linares trains lawyers to use technology, but she often has to back up and teach basic skills. In this episode, she goes over some of those basic skills and how to master them. The second tip alone is worth the download. Before that, Aaron gushes about Making a Murderer. If you’re watching, too, discuss […]

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Nominate the Best Law Firm Websites, 2016 Edition

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help us find the best law-firm websites.

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Podcast #49: Law Firm Website Best Practices, with Karin Conroy

Karin Conroy is back to talk about law firm websites. This is also, you might notice, our last podcast of 2015. Call it the end of Season 1. But don’t worry, we’ll be back in 2016, thanks in large part to your contributions. Law Firm Website Best Practices, with Karin Conroy In Karin’s last podcast, […]

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Podcast #48: Law Firm Data Security, with Sharon Nelson and John Simek

On today's podcast, we ask security experts Sharon Nelson and John Simek things like how hard is it, really, to hack into someone's email? And what's the greatest security threat for lawyers? Plus, our favorite posts and podcasts of 2015.

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Lawyerist’s Most Popular Lab Discussions in 2015

Every day in the Lab, our community of solo and small lawyers connect and discuss how to start, run, and market their practice. These were were the most popular discussions in the Lawyerist Lab in 2015.

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Lawyerist’s Most Popular Articles from 2015

Assuming none of our articles hit the viral lottery by 2016, these are the articles you clicked on and shared the most over the past year. Dig out your favorite reading app — we're fans of Instapaper or Pocket — for something to read over the holidays.

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Podcast #47: Automating Your Documents, with Barron Henley

Want to automate your documents? Step one is *not* shopping for software. Barron Henley talks about how to get started — without purchasing a thing. Before that, we say goodbye to two Dropbox services we loved.

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Podcast #46: How to Figure Out if Your Online Marketing is Working, with Dan Weeks

Here's why cost-cutting measures aren't catching on with firms: many clients care more about the size of the discount than the size of the bill. Plus, how do you know whether the money you are spending on online marketing is getting the results it should?

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Podcast #45: CEO John Suh on Why Lawyers Should Love LegalZoom

In this episode we skip the introductory banter in order to get straight to the conversation with John Suh, CEO of the legal-industry bogeyman, LegalZoom. Not only would Suh like to change that, he’s got a strong argument for why lawyers should learn to love his company. Ceo John Suh on Why Lawyers Should Love […]

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Podcast #44: Typography for Lawyers, with Matthew Butterick

Why should you care about typography? That’s like asking why you should practice for an oral argument or wear a tie to court. If you aren’t already using Matthew Butterick’s typography guide for lawyers, you’ll snap up a copy after you listen to this podcast. Crowdfunding Lawsuits Crowdfunding is all the rage, these days, and […]