Sam Harden

Sam Harden

Sam founded LegalOptics, a legal analytics platform, as well as Court Date Search. You can view his Githib page, if you dare. He's also an extremely superstitious Alabama fan.

Four Big Firm Habits You Need to Break

Working at a big firm can lead to habits that are bad for a small or solo practice. Here's how I am working to overcome four of them.

Electronic Wills, Access to Justice, and Corporate Interests

Florida is considering legalizing fully electronic wills, which could simplify and increase access to probate services.

You Need to Talk About Litigation Financing With Your Clients

Litigation financing is becoming increasingly common in a variety of solosmall practice areas. Here's why you need to talk to your clients about it.

Overcome Chronic Back Pain with Healthy Habits

Most lawyers fulfill all the conditions that eventually lead to chronic back pain. Avoid serious injuries by following these five steps.

How One Lawyer Uses Big Data to Find Whistleblower Clients

John Mininno, a lawyer in New Jersey, is running a legal tech startup to catch crooks. His company specifically targets crooks in the guise of healthcare companies that rip off Medicare using fraudulent billing practices.

Announcing MyCourtCase.org

I’m really excited to announce a new service I just launched: MyCourtCase.org. Right now it’s just for Hillsborough County, Florida, but I am working on expanding it to other counties and states.

Ransomware Hackers Hit Law Firm, Demand Bitcoin, Get Paid

In case you thought data security for your law firm was a fringe issue, a Florida law firm just paid hackers $2,500 in Bitcoin to ransom back their data. The hackers managed to hold all the law firm’s data hostage, and demanded the Bitcoin (Bitcoins?) in exchange for the key to get it all back.

Nobody in Legal Tech Knows Anything About Practicing Law

Well, statistically nobody. According to a survey done by case management software company Smokeball, only 9% of legal tech employees have a legal education. When it comes to career background, only 18% of employees come from the legal industry in general.

Legal Jobs are Doomed. Give Up Now.

It should be no secret that advancing technology will impact the legal field. In fact, we have warned about the implications of robot lawyers on the legal job market again and again. Now another report gives bad predictions for the legal job market due to technological advances.

Social Media Can Level the Playing Field for the Little Guy

Everyone loves an underdog, at least on the Internet. Now corporate boardrooms are catching on. A new paper out in the MIT Sloan Management Review discusses how small companies and individuals can level the playing field in a legal dispute with a large company.

Another Reason Not to Use Email for Confidential Communication

In a scheme called "spear phishing," hackers are targeting small law firms that handle real estate transactions in order to steal client funds.

Here’s What it Looks Like on the Law-Firm Shareholder Rollercoaster

Some advocacy groups in the U.S. have promoted the idea of letting non-lawyers invest equity in law firms as a way to provide access to justice, enable innovation in the legal marketplace, and expand legal services. But what about creating more jobs for lawyers by causing more shareholder lawsuits? The first law firm in the world to […]

Fight Over Access to Justice in Washington Turns Ugly

Many state bar associations are wrangling with how to close the access-to-justice gap. In 2001, Washington’s state supreme court set up a Practice of Law Board to study the issue, as well as deal with the unlicensed practice of law. The Board proposed allowing Limited License Legal Technicians to perform limited legal services, which became law […]

Law Firm Partners Ready to Replace Associates With Robots

How willing are law firm partners to replace first year associates with robots? The results are in and it doesn’t look good for associates. Altman Weil, a legal consulting company, has just released its annual “Law Firms in Transition” survey of 320 large law firm managing partners.

We Tried to Create the Worst Legal Writing Possible

Legalese is awful. To prove it, Sam Glover, Lisa Needham, and I combined forces to write the worst piece of legal writing we could. Here’s what we came up with: Clarity in Legal Writing: Unattainable Goal or Necessary Component of Effective Advocacy? The issue of clearness and conciseness in writing and preparing legal documents, e.g. court filings, pleadings, […]