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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports in PDF format. Reports of this caliber usually cost a fortune, but TechnoLawyer members can download all of them for free. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Below you'll find links to selected research reports. Click any link to get started.

The Egg Theory: What Clients Really Want From Their Lawyers

Why Lawyers Need Not Fear Disruption

Three Common Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Better Than a PC

Chill, Grill, and Bill: Summertime Gadgets for Summer-Loving Legal Professionals

TechnoLawyer Demographics 2014

LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition)

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Library | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Research

How to Get a Free iPhone (Really) Plus More Posts on the Gear TechnoLawyers Use and Why

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, How To Get A Free IPhone (Really) But You Need To Act Fast

Miriam Jacobson, My Tech Binge: New IPhone, IPad Pro, Surface Pro 4, And More

Peter Silberstein, My Gear: Office 365, Time Matters, IPhone 6 Plus, And More

Allan Kogon, Why We're Sticking With Windows 7 Pro And Word 2007

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

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Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. 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 TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Serendipity

Corner Offices Being Replaced by One-Size-Fits-All Plus Last Week's Inside Baseball

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves 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.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Former US House Speaker John Boehner to Join Squire Patton Boggs

K&L Gates Announces New Firm Leaders, Effective March 2017

Stroock Announces Selection of New Co-Managing Partner

Former CFPB Attorney Thomas B. Pahl Joins Arnall Golden Gregory's Washington Office

Former General Electric General Counsel Brackett Denniston Returns to Goodwin

Congratulations to Casey Sullivan of Big Law Business on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Corner Offices Being Replaced by One-Size-Fits-All.

How to Receive BiglawWorld
BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

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

12 Problems Lurking in Your Email Plus 46 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 47 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Gregory Binstock of Above the Law on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: 12 Problems Lurking in Your Email

Four Reasons Why Small-Firm Lawyers Minimize Pro Bono Work

Solos Bill Only 2 Hours a Day but What Does This Mean?

Eight Before-And-After Law Firm Website Makeovers

One Secret for Ranking Well on Google

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. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Good and Bad Reasons for Picking Practice Management System Plus 56 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 26, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 57 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Charity Anastasio of NWSidebar on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Good and Bad Reasons for Picking Practice Management System

Practice Management and Document Assembly Everywhere You Go

What to Do When You Hate Windows 10

How to Use Safari's New Split View on the iPad in iOS 10

Wearables Don't Help You Lose Weight

Clio Cloud Recap and News of Clio's Data Report on Legal Trends

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Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession. 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. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Review of Legal Analytics Platform Plus the Best Litigators Litigate the Least

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, September 23, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall in opposing counsel's conference room or in the presiding judge's chambers? Lex Machina's Legal Analytics Platform promises the next best thing as it enables you to analyze litigation data pertaining to courts, judges, and opposing counsel. This kind of intelligence can prove invaluable to case strategy from forum shopping to framing an appellate brief and everything in between. In this issue of I, litigator Jennifer Dixon offers her assessment of Legal Analytics. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to learn why the best litigators are those who litigate the least.

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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. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other 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

Five Lawyers Discuss the Gear and Software They Use and Why

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 22, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Rob Perelli-Minetti, What I Use And Why: Windows 10, Office 365, IPhone 6, Acrobat DC, And More

Nan Evans, What I Use And Why: Sookasa, IPad Air 2, PDF Expert, Westlaw, And Much More

John Dorst, What I Use And Why: Windows 7, Office 2010, IPhone 6, IPad Air, And More

James Poole, What I Don't Use Mobile Devicesl USPTO PDF Requirements

Harold Burstyn, What I Use And Why: Windows 10, Office 2016, Android, Acrobat

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

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Privacy/Security | TL Serendipity

LEAP 365 Offers Practice Management and Document Assembly Everywhere You Go

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, September 22, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud practice management and document assembly software that runs on Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of proofreading software for contracts, four cloud practice management apps, an ebook law library, an add-on for document management systems, litigation case management software, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Staying on top of your practice during idle time such as air travel, waiting in line, etc. obviates the need to spend time catching up when you return to the office. This level of productivity requires software that works on any device.

LEAP 365 … in One Sentence

Released at an event at Yankee Stadium on September 12, 2016, LEAP 365 is law practice management software designed for a multi-device world.

The Killer Feature

LEAP started in Australia and grew to become the practice management leader there after which it launched in the U.K. and U.S. In 2010, LEAP moved to the cloud in a unique manner, combing the speed of a Windows desktop app with the convenience of the cloud for back-end data storage. This eliminated the need to maintain a local server.

The new LEAP 365 recognizes that lawyers now use multiple devices, and that Macs have made inroads in small firms. The new web app brings LEAP 365 to Macs. The Windows app remains available along with the iOS and Android apps for using LEAP 365 on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

During the Yankee Stadium event (which I attended), four LEAP product specialists respectively operated an iPhone, Windows PC, Mac, and iPad, handing off work to each other "seamlessly."

"We challenge ourselves to make the most innovative legal practice management software on the market, so lawyers have the freedom to work when and where they want," LEAP USA CEO Chris Stock told me.

Other Notable Features

LEAP 365 also offers a first — an integration with Microsoft Word Online for document assembly. The LEAP Windows app has long integrated with the Windows version of Word for document assembly. The company worked with Microsoft to bring this functionality to the new web app. LEAP 365 stores the documents you create in the corresponding matter, and enables you to create a time or fee entry. Documents created in Word Online work with all other versions of Word.

LEAP offers complimentary setup of your firm's templates so that you can take full advantage of its document assembly technology. In addition, LEAP 365 offers a growing library of state and federal forms. Along with document assembly, LEAP 365 includes document management with advanced features such as document comparison and versioning.

The web and iPhone apps mirror the functionality of the other LEAP 365 apps but also offer additional functionality. The web app contains a suite of reports for law firm owners. With the iPhone app, you can initiate a call from a client's contact card, automatically track the length of the call, and then dictate additional details to complete the time entry. The iPhone app also has a document scanner, enabling you to scan documents directly into a matter using the iPhone's camera.

What Else Should You Know?

LEAP announced three other key integrations at its event — QuickBooks Online for accounting, Office 365 for email, and RapidPay (powered by LawPay) for credit card processing. LEAP 365 costs $129 per user per month. This includes setup, training, and technical support. It also includes a modern website for your law firm. Learn more about LEAP 365.

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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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | TL NewsWire

How Solos Differ From Small-Firm Lawyers Plus 42 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 43 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Robert Ambrogi of Above the Law on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How Solos Differ From Small-Firm Lawyers

When Is the Right Time to Narrow Your Focus?

Cognitive Bias in Legal Decision-Making

Choosing Ghostwriters, Blogging, and Social Media Service Providers

Answer These 20 Questions to Develop Your Law Firm's Social Media Strategy

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. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Firms Risk Losing Work Over Associate Salaries Plus Last Week's Inside Baseball

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves 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.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Akerman Announces Chairman and CEO Succession Plan

Leading Silicon Valley Dealmaker Joins Covington

Reed Smith's Corporate Practice Continues Growth in New York

Greenberg Traurig Texas Expands Further With Addition of Houston Shareholders David Oliver and Paul Kerlin

Eckert Seamans Welcomes IP Attorney, Author, and Legal Commentator Christina D. Frangiosa to Philadelphia Office

Congratulations to Blake Edwards of Big Law Business on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Firms Risk Losing Work Over Associate Salaries.

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BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

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

Thomson Reuters Legal Business Development Solutions Connects Internal and External Data to Identify Opportunities

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers client relationship management (CRM) software that connects to external data sources to help you identify opportunities and gain a competitive edge (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of practice management software that automates trust requests, a virtual desktop service with enhanced security, a Word add-in for analyzing contracts and finding errors, case analysis software for litigation matters, legal project management software, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

A recent study by research firm Gartner found an alarming "data gap" in customer relationship management (CRM) software. For example, a law firm of 500 lawyers has 35,840 contacts with out-of-date information in its CRM software, and fails to capture 76,800 contacts entirely. Even worse, the data in CRM software lacks access to external data sources such as court dockets to provide insights. This data gap results in missed opportunities in an era of slowing law firm growth.

Thomson Reuters Legal Business Development Solutions … in One Sentence

Thomson Reuters Legal Business Development Solutions integrates Business Development Premier and Monitor Suite to automate CRM data capture and provide insights from external data sources such as Westlaw.

The Killer Feature

Business Development Premier's optional integration with Monitor Suite's Intelligence Center demonstrates the benefits of blending internal and external data. For example, you can analyze your firm's litigation matters by jurisdiction. This enables you to see where you've done work for a given client. More importantly, you can identify jurisdictions where you have significant experience and where a client has litigated but not hired you. Similarly, jurisdictions where you've never done work may reveal merger and lateral hiring opportunities.

Another widget shows trends over time — both your matters and those of your competitors. You can view the percentage of a client's litigation matters you handle versus the share your competition gets. Another tool lists all the news coverage of your litigation matters, which may identify friendly journalists to engage with.

Other Notable Features

Business Development Premier uses Microsoft Dynamics CRM for its traditional CRM functions. It collects data automatically from Microsoft Exchange, Elite Time & Billing, Thomson Reuters information services, and other such sources to eliminate the data gap noted above.

For example, it automatically harvests from email, calendars, and address books in Exchange accounts to identify new contacts and update existing contacts. It even parses email signatures. The patented Relationship Classification and Relationship Strength algorithms identify colleagues who have a relationship with a given contact and the strength of each relationship respectively.

The Corporate and Executive Insights accessible from Business Development Premier arm you with information that can persuade prospects and clients. Someone you know may receive a promotion to senior management or become a director of a public company. Or perhaps you want to connect with Prospect A and find through Business Development Premier that Person B who knows Colleague C at your firm serves on the same board as Prospect A. Now you have a path to meet Prospect A.

These connections sometimes occur in your head, but Business Development Premier can significantly amplify them because software is better at crunching so-called "big data" than human memory. In addition to identifying sales and merger opportunities, Business Development Premier can also help fine-tune attorney bios across your firm, unearth cross-selling opportunities, and find colleagues with relevant experience when building a client team.

What Else Should You Know?

Your web browser offers the best way to experience the many charts and tables Business Development Premier provides. However, the free mobile app offers a subset of data designed for what you're likely to need on your tablet or mobile phone when out of the office. With the mobile app, you can record activities, manage contact lists, obtain insights like those described in this article, and access data from Elite applications such as 3E and MatterSphere. Learn more about Thomson Reuters Legal Business Development Solutions.

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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: Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | TL NewsWire
 
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