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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 […]

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Announcing TBD Law: Where the Future of Law Practice is To Be Determined

We are really excited to announce TBD Law, a first-of-it’s-kind event for a select group of innovative lawyers.

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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.

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Call for Submissions: Lawyerist’s 3rd Annual Short-Fiction Contest

Our short-fiction contest is open to all writers. If you have a story to tell (in 5,000 words or less), we want to read it! Submissions are due on June 1st, and the top two entries will receive cash awards and be published right here on Lawyerist. Submission Guidelines Entries must be original, previously unpublished […]

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Podcast #61: The Future of Bar Associations, with Chad Burton

Chad Burton discusses how bar associations can help lawyers run their practices—and whether bar associations need to rebrand. Sam and Aaron also go over what practice management apps stood out to them at the ABA TECHSHOW.

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Too Much Teamwork Is Terrible

Work in an office that isn’t just you and you alone? Feel like you spend far too much time working in teams and far too little time getting your own work done? You are not alone. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review found that in the past 20 years, “collaborative activities” have increased 50%. For […]

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Why Are Lawyers So Expensive? I’ll Tell You Why

There is a lot of discussion lately about the need for lower-cost legal fees. This is an important discussion for lawyers to have, but I think it is also important to stop and reflect on why hiring a lawyer is so expensive in the first place.

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Briefs: QuickBooks Goes Online, Fastcase Sues Casemaker, the Texas Law Hawk Eats Tacos, Etc.

Intuit Removes APIs from QuickBooks Desktop and Shifts Focus to QuickBooks Online In a press release announcing its new integration with QuickBooks Online, Rocket Matter dropped this bomb: As Intuit changes its strategic focus to the cloud, they are eliminating communication channels (APIs) to their desktop product that companies rely on for synchronization. In other words, […]

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Briefs: And/Or is Unfair, Bilzerian Gets SLAPPed, Collaborative Editing Comes to Dropbox, Etc.

Collaborative Editing Comes to Dropbox One of the best features of Google Docs is collaborative editing. You can hash out contract terms with another lawyer over the phone while both of you are looking at the same document instead of wrestling with Track Changes over a period of days or weeks. Your second chair at […]

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A Teenager Wants to Replace Lawyers with Robots

The idea of robots replacing lawyers is not novel (see here, and here, and listen here). It’s a major discussion in the legal profession—whether lawyers are going the way of codes and robots and full automation. And, if one 19-year-old Brit has anything to do with it, they might. Joshua Browder, a teenager in the UK, […]

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“I Have a Dream”

Why courts are closed today.

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If An Online Review Is Libelous, You May Be Able To Collect Damages

Being a lawyer in the Yelp/Avvo era can be tough. People get to review your services online and, while some of those may be honest (and perhaps chock full of praise!) some of them are just venting by an unhappy client. Usually, there is nothing to be done. People throw up some anonymous hate and […]

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Open Source “Baby Blue” Project Could Finally Kill the Bluebook

Last year, we speculated about whether we might soon see an open-source Bluebook, as the folks that publish it had forgotten to renew the copyright on an older edition, which opened the door to a free electronic version.1 It looks like that will soon be a reality. The latest turn came this month when open-records activist […]

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How To Serve Clients Pro Bono

Attorneys doing pro bono work are on the decline. Here's how you can help.

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Lawyerist’s Most Popular Lab Discussions in 2015

Every day in the Lab, our community of solo and small lawyers connect and discuss how to start, run, and market their practice. These were were the most popular discussions in the Lawyerist Lab in 2015.