“I’m Convinced Avvo Sucks, but I Have No Problem Gaming Their System”
From /r/Lawyers (private): Post here if you are interested in sharing mutual endorsements on AVVO. There was interest in doing it in the other thread, so figured I’d set it up. I’m convinced AVVO sucks, but I have no problem gaming their system so that a 2 year licensed lawyer (me) can get a higher […]
Meetup: Coffee Before the 2015 WSBA #SoloSmallFirm Conference
Please join me at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9th, at Coeur Coffeehouse in Spokane, WA, to get fueled up for the WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference with some high-test caffeinated beverages. It’s hard to judge coffee excellence from Google Maps, but Coeur Coffeehouse looks like a good bet. It’s about a 15-minute walk […]
It’s Just Marriage, Now
Here’s the decision on CaseText. Twitter is the place to be if you want the firehose of reactions as everyone reads the 103-page decision as fast as they can. Or just head for the nearest downtown this weekend for what will surely be the most joyful Pride ever.
Irving Younger’s 10 Commandments Of Cross Examination
If you will put these suggestions to use, if you will cross-examine in accordance with these suggestions, I can virtually guarantee — not that you will be a brilliant cross-examiner, but that you won’t be ashamed of yourself, you won’t be a buffoon in that courtroom. Whenever you do not comply with them, you will […]
3 Charts That Show Solo Practice Doesn’t Pay Like it Used To
What do you make of these charts? Would you still advise someone to go solo?
Lawyers’ Low Emotional Intelligence Might Increase Malpractice Liability
Lawyers test at low emotional intelligence compared to the general population and other professions. They are particularly low in a critical component of emotional intelligence: emotional perception, or awareness of their own and others’ emotions. This could be a problem. Ronda Muir reports that in the medical world, lower emotional intelligence (EQ) tends to increase […]
LastPass Hacked; Don’t Panic, but Change Your Master Password
While the LastPass “vault” (where your encrypted passwords are stored) is safe, LastPass was hacked: LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised. That sounds bad, but LastPass says no password vaults were accessed, and that means your passwords are still safe. Just in case, LastPass is requiring […]
Minnesota Bar Task Force Supports Licensing Non-Lawyers
Two years ago, the Minnesota State Bar Association launched two task forces to study the future of law practice and legal education. Those reports will be made public at the MSBA Annual Convention next Friday, but Lawyerist obtained copies ahead of schedule. Here are the highlights. Limited License Legal Technicians In its report (pdf), the […]
DOJ Selects Box for Cloud Storage
Absolutely, with one enormous caveat: the US Department of Justice is probably the only law office in the US that doesn’t have to worry about being spied on by the US government, which has shown itself to be extraordinarily resourceful when it comes to infiltrating cloud services. For the average family or transactional lawyer, maybe […]
Make Networking Go More Smoothly with Selfies
For years, meeting new people for networking has included an awkward ritual. You arrive and scan the tables, looking for singletons. If you see a likely candidate, you have to go and ask if they are the person you are supposed to meet. If you don’t see anyone, you get a table and watch the […]
CaseRails Gets Sued by Case Webs, and it’s Wacky
CaseRails is content management and document automation/assembly software for lawyers. I haven’t had a chance to use it, yet, but it looks pretty cool. What’s more interesting right at this very moment, however, is that CaseRails is currently being sued for everything from trademark infringement to computer trespass and common-law conspiracy by Georgia attorney Sanford […]
How Many Requests for Admissions Are Too Many? 2,265?
That’s from a memorandum (pdf) in Ashker v. Schwarzenegger, and it seems like the the defendants just might have a point here: The plaintiffs are apparently members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist gang, and file quite a lot of lawsuits.
How Avvo Tries to Prevent Fake Client Reviews
A case before the Washington Court of Appeals will help Avvo determine when to unmask anonymous client reviews.
4 Ways You Are Putting Your Clients’ Information at Risk
A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client. (Rule 1.6(c).) So what are reasonable efforts when it comes to your clients’ information stored on your computer? You have to make an effort, obviously. But how much effort […]