70% of Lawyers Think Words Make Email Safe, Are Incompetent
If you think a confidentiality statement in your email counts as a precaution when you are sending confidential information, you are incompetent.
How to Use Calendar Invites
Being smart about your calendar invites will make you look considerate and organized — and help you stay on schedule, of course.
Poverty, Priorities, and Clients
When you represent impoverished clients, you need to think differently about your role and their priorities.
The Best Way to Serve Coffee in Your Office
Offering coffee is basic client service, but how you serve that coffee says a lot about your firm.
Passwords: a User Guide for Lawyers and Law Firms
Good passwords are essential to data security, and this article has everything you need to know about creating and keeping track of good passwords.
Briefs: Lawyers Can’t Keep their Hands Off Each Other, Etc.
CaseText is building an online citator, WeCite, by asking users how cases are cited. You get points for tagging and annotating citations, and law students can even earn prizes. Prizes include gift cards, Casetext swag (just 25 points for a water bottle!), exposure opportunities, and for a few rockstar WeCiters, even free textbooks next semester! And […]
SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
It's your professional obligation to watch this, obviously.
The American Criminal Justice System: Basically, You’re Fucked
That headline is not hyperbole. You absolutely do not want to get involved in the American criminal justice system. It’s a one-way street to being proper fucked, and nobody really seems to care whether you actually did anything wrong.
Briefs: Cheaters, Virtual Pomodoro, $19 Million Copying Charge, Etc.
Ever wonder how American lawyers stack up politically? A new paper “places [every lawyer] who has made a campaign contribution reported to the FEC in the last 35 years on an ideological spectrum.” [Harvard Kennedy School] Morrison Foerster has a cheatsheet for known cheaters: If you’re unfamiliar, the pomodoro technique (named for tomato kitchen timers) is a […]
Your Personal Relationships with Clients Probably Aren’t As Strong As You Think
While lawyers probably aren’t going to become irrelevant any time soon, it probably is not because their personal relationships with clients are so strong.
Briefs: 800-Pound Gorilla Launches Practice Management Software, Etc.
Microsoft is about to launch a practice-management solution. Or something. Actually, it’s not clear what it is launching, who it will be for, or what you will do with it. (Aaron and I talk more about this on next week’s podcast, actually.) [LawSites] Dictate much? Dropvox is a handy app for iOS users that automatically uploads […]
You Already Have an Ethical Obligation to be Technologically Competent
Sooner or later, your clients will find another lawyer if you waste their money and time on basic tasks because you aren’t proficient with your technology.
Briefs: Police Computers, Drone Future, RBG Nails, Etc.
The Oakland PD uses a computer running Windows XP with a paltry 80GB hard drive to store license plate photos — and ran out of space like your parents on vacation. The upside is they will stop trying to store license plate data forever. [Ars Technica] Ten (apparently) reasons visitors leave your website: Bad or […]
Briefs: Smart Socks, the Death of BigLaw (Again), Accordions, Etc.
That political cartoon appears to be an older political cartoon by Jack Ohman while he was at the Oregonian. The archives don’t go back to April 2012, though, which is apparently when it ran in the paper. It seems about right for the current state of law enforcement. What This Is Like many people who […]
The Road to Not Getting Paid is Paved with Good Intentions
There is no great secret to getting paid. All you have to do is follow this rule: never work unless you have been paid.