Sam Glover

Sam Glover has been writing about technology, law practice management, marketing, and other stuff on Lawyerist since he started it in 2007. He also writes about productivity hacks at Most Important Tasks and occasionally updates his personal blog. Follow him on Twitter: @samglover or email him at sam@lawyerist.com.

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Do NOT Let Your Client Write Your Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

"Shipley basically let his client write his brief, and the thing turned into an utter shitshow. Witness the nightmare hellscape that is the question presented in this case …"

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Actually, Legal Jobs Aren’t Recovering

Look at that sad little hill in the red line. Firms started hiring, then apparently realized the work wasn't coming back and laid off everyone they hired back.

State Bars’ Antitrust Immunity May Not Last Much Longer

Avvo General Counsel Josh King on the Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission: The court made no bones about it, siding with the FTC: the regulatory bodies of self-regulated professions (like dentistry and the law) only get immunity from antitrust liability if they are “actively supervised” by […]

Entry-Level Legal Job Market “Has Actually Been Improving for the Past Three Years”

So says the NALP Executive Director: Despite the endless publicity about the poor job market for law school graduates since the recession, the entry-level legal job market has actually been improving for the past three years. The improvements have been incremental, and it is still a scrappy and competitive job market for new law school […]

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Going Paperless: Everything You Need to Get Started

Once you have the right equipment and a basic plan, start scanning! Soon you will have a more efficient, more portable, more paperless office.

Your Phone, Now with More NSA

From the Intercept: With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Apparently no […]

Lenovo Computers Have Been Compromised by Crapware

Know why PCs are usually cheaper than Macs? For one thing, because they come loaded with crapware that makes the offsets the PC manufacturer’s costs. Sometimes, that just makes your computer run slower. Sometimes, it exposes you to all manner of malicious intrusion. If you have a Lenovo computer, here are Lenovo’s instructions for removing […]

Lawyer Ignores Numerous Red Flags, Loses $289K to Phishers

The bank, if you want to know, declined to cover the loss.

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Podcast: the Ethical Misadventures of Luddite Lawyers

I recently sat down for an interview with Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway for The Digital Edge podcast. Here’s the blurb from Legal Talk Network: In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview lawyer and legal technology blogger Sam Glover about when technology became an issue for attorneys, how they […]

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Has the NSA Hacked Your Hard Drive? (Probably)

"[T]he program would give the NSA unprecedented access to the world's computers, even when disconnected from the larger web."

This Email is Not Authentic

Nothing says "clueless Luddite" like a pointless email disclaimer.

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Diligence Engine Makes Sense of Piles of Contracts

I loaded a couple dozen contracts into Diligence Engine and a few seconds later had a list of all the licensing provisions.

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Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Carry Cell Phones

While I'm sure each of these lawyers carefully scanned the dimly-lit audience for adverse parties and known gossips, it still seems like a bad idea.

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Clio Announces Cheaper and More-Expensive Pricing Options

A year after it raised prices, Clio announced a new, 3-tier pricing structure.

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Why US Letter–Size Paper is Wrong

"The 11" length of the standard paper being about a quarter of 'the average maximum stretch of an experienced vatman’s arms.'"