How to Attend TBD Law and Prepare Your Law Practice for the Future
If you are serious about preparing your practice for the next ten years, you should be at TBD Law on August 14th!
Legal Software Bill of Rights
As a legal software customer, you have a right to demand a few things from the companies with which you do business.
Abacus Acquires Amicus, Expanding its Cloud Offerings
Today, Abacus Data Systems announced that Amicus Attorney (previously developed by Gavel & Gown Software) “will become an integrated part of the Abacus family.” However, the companies will continue to operate independently: Both companies will continue to offer all products and services with no changes made to either company’s staff or management team. So why […]
Beating up on Legal Tech in Front of a Home Crowd at CodeX 2016
"Imagine it is the year 2020. Plaintiff, a dissatisfied attorney, has brought suit against the entire legal tech industry, alleging that the claims and promises it made in 2016 amount to fraud and false advertising."
Welcome Lisa Needham, Our New Deputy Editor
I’m excited to announce that we’ve promoted Lisa Needham to Deputy Editor of Lawyerist. Starting today, she’ll be in charge of managing all our publishing channels, including the website, the Lawyerist Insider email newsletter, social networks, the Lawyerist Podcast, survival guides, books, etc. This is a pretty big change for us, but Lisa has substantial […]
The Calculus of Risk, Tech Competence Edition
Rule 1.6(c)'s "reasonable efforts" is a duty of care. So let’s see how the calculus of risk plays out when we apply it to computer security.
How To Securely Wipe a Hard Drive
Before you sell, give away, or throw out a computer, you need to wipe its hard drive clean.
Marc Randazza, Klingon Lawyer
In this amicus brief, Randazza doesn’t just make the argument that Klingon has all the elements of a living language, he shows it.
Kansas Supreme Court Says It’s Unethical Not to Track Your Time
Every law student knows it takes more than a time sheet to determine the reasonableness of a lawyer's fee.
Thought Exercise: Build a Chat Bot for Facebook Messenger
Yesterday Facebook announced its new Messenger Platform, including Bots for Messenger. Basically this makes it easier to built an intelligent-seeming algorithm—a chat bot—that can interact with anyone who contacts it on Facebook Messenger. So let’s do a thought exercise. Let’s say people wanted to use Facebook Messenger to communicate with you about legal matters. What sort of bot could […]
Why Lawyers Struggle with Accounting Software
Let’s face it, most accounting software wasn’t made with advance fees, trust accounts, and eat what you kill compensation structures in mind. QuickBooks and Xero are good small-business accounting software, but they can feel clunky for a law practice. If you aren’t using practice management software with a full-on accounting and billing component, here is what you might be […]
ClearText: Write with Words People Can Actually Understand
ClearText is a text editor that limits you to the 1,000 most common English words. I thought it would be fun to write this post in ClearText, but I gave up.
Custom Case Management with Knack, Zapier, FreshBooks, WebMerge, and Trello
In our forum, Dan Sherman just outlined his custom case management solution: I’ve been playing with Knack recently. It’s a hosted database & interface service, all access is via a web browser. You can use it with Zapier, so for example, creating a new client in Freshbooks also creates a new client in Knack. It also […]
You Need a Vacation
No, seriously. Your work ethic is hurting your work. It isn't doing anything positive for your health, either.