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Big Apple Law Firms Are Hiring Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

This week's inside baseball sections link to:

82 press releases about lateral hires, mergers, internal promotions, and all other significant business news.

47 press releases about notable law firm and practice group accolades.

53 press releases about notable individual lawyer accolades.

Congratulations to Nicholas Wells of Crain's New York Business on winning our BigLaw Pick of the Week award: Employment Grows in the Big Apple's Largest Law Firms. Here's a sampling of of some other industry analysis from this issue:

Leaders of Midsized Law Firms Reduce Overhead

Southern California Law Firm Office Design

How to Receive BigLaw
BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BigLaw | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Top Seven Online Marketing Mistakes Law Firms Make Plus 82 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 83 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

The Road to Rural Practice

More Lawyers Needed in Rural America

My Phone Keeps Ringing Thanks to My Videos

Marketing Options for Small Firms

Congratulations to Chris Dreyer of Legal Ink Magazine on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Top Seven Online Marketing Mistakes Law Firms Make

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BigLaw | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Transactional Practice Areas

iOS 8 Email Features Lawyers Will Love Plus 68 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, October 6, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 69 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

The Difference Among POP3, IMAP, and Exchange

100 Best Apps for iPhone and Android

The Best Tablet Stylus for Note-Taking

Windows 10: Fixing the Windows 8 Mistake

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: iOS 8 Email Features Lawyers Will Love

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Outlook Basics Everyone Should Know Plus Discounting Your Fees

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, October 6, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Most legal professionals use Outlook, but many of them don't use it to its full potential, including basic features. Law firm technology consultant Ben Schorr has criss-crossed the country helping law firms with Outlook and other software. In this issue of SmallLaw, he covers email, calendar, and contacts features everyone in your firm should know but probably doesn't. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the pros and cons of discounting your fees.

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

TrialPad 4.0 and Legal Software Economics; Defending Windows; The Power and Fury of Microsoft Word

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, October 3, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Mark C. Metzger, TrialPad 4.0, Legal Software Economics, and the Risk of Asymmetry

Steve Pena, In Defense of Windows (PEBCAK)

Steve Long, The Power and the Fury of Microsoft Word

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive Fat Friday
Our most serendipitous offering, Fat Friday consists of unsolicited contributions by TechnoLawyer members. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The Fat Friday newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Networking/Operating Systems | Presentations/Projectors | TechnoLawyer | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

TrialPad 4.0 Upgrade; Reviews of dtSearch, Google Apps for Work, Toggl, Trello, Everything, eFax

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, October 2, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Thomas F. McDow, My Take on the TrialPad 4.0 Upgrade (Plus a TranscriptPad Request)

Ken Laska, Review: dtSearch

Andrew Weltchek, Review: Google Apps for Work, Toggl, Trello for Practice Management

Mark Olberding, Review: Everything by Voidtools

Harold Burstyn, Review: eFax

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Answers
Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | Presentations/Projectors | TL Answers

Competitors of the Future Now Arriving Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, October 2, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

This week's inside baseball sections link to:

82 press releases about lateral hires, mergers, internal promotions, and all other significant business news.

34 press releases about notable law firm and practice group accolades.

93 press releases about notable individual lawyer accolades.

Congratulations to Ronda Muir of Law People on winning our BigLaw Pick of the Week award: They're Here: Competitors of the Future Now Arriving. Here's a sampling of of some other industry analysis from this issue:

Bingham McCutchen and Morgan Lewis Merger

Why Bingham McCutchen Has the Urge to Merge

How to Receive BigLaw
BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BigLaw | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

CosmoLex: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an integrated billing, practice management, and trust accounting cloud application (see article below), an add-on for WestlawNext, an iOS app for creating diagrams, and a cloud time-tracking application. Don't miss the next issue.

LEGAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FOR ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR BUSINESS

Last decade, integrated software was like an army that had advanced beyond its supply lines. It held a lot of promise, but the technology simply didn't exist yet to make it successful. From force of habit, many small law firms still use a smorgasbord of software products, but the times have changed.

CosmoLex … in One Sentence

Updated recently, CosmoLex is a cloud legal practice management application with integrated billing, calendaring, conflicts checking, task management, and trust accounting.

The Killer Feature

Integration of your law firm's finances and client work eliminates duplication and reduces errors. For example, CosmoLex handles the entire client intake process. You can use it to conduct a conflicts search, schedule the initial meeting on the team calendar, enter the initial retainer into a new trust account, assign the matter's initial set of tasks to you and your team, convert completed tasks into billable time entries, generate a bill, and apply the retainer to the bill.

"We knew that a simple but robust integration of calendaring, task tracking, billing, and trust accounting would solve the majority of operational efficiency problems at small law firms," CosmoLex CEO Dr. Rick Kabra told us. "The bonus of anytime/anywhere access to these capabilities in the cloud exponentially increases the productivity gains realized."

Other Notable Features

CosmoLex's 360-Degree Financial View is a one-page dashboard that displays a snapshot of important financial data across all matters, including fee advances in an operating or trust account, unbilled work, and unpaid bills.

You'll find support for any style of billing such as hourly, contingent, and flat fee. Time entry requires just three clicks or taps. The Shorthand tool expands abbreviations that you set up for faster entry. Built-in cost accounting enables you to charge for overhead. Billing features include invoice customization, batch billing into PDF or Word format, and the ability to email invoices and reminders for past due invoices.

CosmoLex handles any trust accounting scenario, including preventing common trust accounting mistakes such as ledger card over-draft, three-way bank reconciliation, an audit trail of all trust account activity for each client and matter, low retainer replenishment requests, check printing (standard and voucher-style), and statements for clients that comply with your governing ethics rules. Trust accounts are always audit ready and IOLTA compliant.

CosmoLex goes beyond traditional conflicts checking. For example, finding a matching name doesn't necessarily mean a conflict exists. For this reason, the Conflict Checking function shows you relationships (e.g., John Smith was a witness for opposing counsel in a case five years ago).

Law firms must safeguard client data from external threats, and limit access internally. CosmoLex uses only datacenters in the United States with the latest encryption and other security protocols. Your data gets backed up automatically every four hours. Role-Based User Security enables you to create groups of people to designate which functions of CosmoLex they can access.

What Else Should You Know?

CosmoLex features a responsive design that automatically adapts to smaller screen sizes, enabling you to use it in any web browser on any device. CosmoLex costs $50 per user per month ($43 if you pay annually). You can try it for free. Learn more about CosmoLex.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

Seven Reasons for a Jury Questionnaire Plus 68 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 69 articles from the past two weeks worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.

When Not to Submit a Reply Brief

Using Mail Merge for Trial Exhibit Labels

Tips for Drafting ESI Discovery Requests

Why Printing Social Media Pages Is a Bad Idea

Congratulations to Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm of Persuasive Litigator on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Get It in Writing: Seven Reasons for a Jury Questionnaire

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

13 Billing Tips to Keep Clients Happy Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 51 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Retirement for Solos Is Complicated

Working "On" Instead of "In" Your Business

Email Marketing Metrics (Infographic)

Better Leverage Your Speaking Engagements

Congratulations to Lee Rosen of Divorce Discourse on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: 13 Billing Tips to Keep Clients Happy

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw
 
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