Lisa Needham

Lisa Needham

Lisa Needham teaches legal writing and skills courses at William Mitchell, is the Editor-in-Chief of Bitter Lawyer and Bitter Empire, and still believes in the Oxford comma.

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Posting Attorney-Client Communications On The Internet Is A Very Bad Idea

When you first see the headline “Lawyer Is Suspended for His Response to Internet Criticism,” it is easy to assume that a tech-hating functionary sitting in a professional responsibility office somewhere fundamentally misunderstood the internet and hung some poor lawyer out to dry. Yeah, not in this instance. After doing the run-of-the-mill sorts of things […]

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How to Accept Credit Cards from Clients

Accepting credit cards is more convenient for clients and a more reliable way to get paid for lawyers.

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States That Require a Bona Fide Office

A few state bars have issued ethics opinions explicitly affirming your right to go virtual, but more states retain the "bona fide office" rule, which says you have to have an actual physical office in order to practice in the state. Here's where all fifty states (and the District of Columbia) stand on the issue right now.

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Science Proves Jerk Lawyers Beget More Jerk Lawyers

Se we learned a while ago that an unwarranted percentage of lawyers are essentially high-functioning psychopaths. You might be telling yourself you dodged that psychopath bullet because you are just not that awful. You are nice to your spouse, children, kittens, stray dogs, etc. It is just at work that you are a ball of stress and anger. […]

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5 Ways To Keep Your Client Occupied During Mediation Downtime

Let's spice things up with some much better ways to pass the time when you're locked in a room with someone (with whom you may only have a nodding acquaintance personally) for hours at a time.

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jEugene Might Free You From The Tedium Of Proofreading Contracts

If you have been laying awake nights worrying about whether you will be replaced by a robot, you may find the existence of jEugene somewhat jarring. jEugene (nope, no idea why that is its name) is a web-based app that proofs your contracts for you. jEugene is basically an automated proofreader crossed with that first-year associate that […]

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The Death of EZ-Filing Bankruptcy Software

If you are a bankruptcy attorney and are attached to using EZ-Filing Bankruptcy Software, it is time to switch because EZ-Filing is shutting down. The desire to provide quality products and services to our customers is our top priority. The extensive time it takes to research, develop and implement the new federal form changes across […]

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Hacking Chaos: The Cornell Method of Note-Taking

It isn't an exaggeration to say that the Cornell Method helps me in every note-taking situation I've encountered in my professional life.

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CosmoLex Law Practice Management Software

CosmoLex is cloud-based practice management software for lawyers. It encompasses timekeeping, calendars, reminders, and, as of its most recent set of updates, billing and accounting. Its goal is to try to eliminate the time attorneys often spend — and the errors attorneys inadvertently create — manually moving data from billing to accounting and back again. Index […]

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With Dmail, This Email Will Self-Destruct In Five Minutes

Do you use Gmail? Do you use Chrome? Are you ever so slightly paranoid about your email communications? If you are not paranoid, do you instead often find yourself wishing that you could un-ring some bells and make some sent mails disappear off into the ether? Then perhaps Dmail is for you. Dmail allows you […]

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Every Legal App For Android

There are plenty of Android apps for lawyers including apps for case management, billing, trial preparation, and legal research. This list includes every legal app for Android that we could find.

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DocketAlarm Follows Court Dockets So You Don’t Have To

One of our biggest problems with law is not that we lack information – it is that we have far too much of it. Take, for example, PACER. PACER is an unwieldy behemoth that exists, seemingly, to frustrate lawyers immensely with its pre-21st century interface . However, once you have managed to adapt to technology from […]

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Every Legal App for iPhone and iPad

iOS apps for lawyers abound, whether for case management, billing, or trial preparation. This page has every legal app for iOS that we could find.

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Legal Marketing: Now with Sprinkles

It is tough out there for all of us. We need to keep thinking of new ways to attract — and keep — clients while managing not to run afoul of the thicket of ethical rules governing lawyer advertising. Most new questions, it seems, revolve around new-fangled things like soliciting clients via text message. But down in […]

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Send Your Snail Mail to the Cloud

The United States Postal Service is a remarkably efficient, albeit spectacularly unprofitable, piece of work. It is available to everyone, relatively cheap, accessible from a spectacularly wide variety of locations, and they bring the J. Crew catalog right to your house. However, there remain two incontrovertible downsides: First, you have to actually go to a post […]