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Leaving Bloated Big Law Behind Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (Aug 21 to Sep 3)

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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:

Fredrikson & Byron Announces New Shareholders

Gordon & Rees Elevates 29 to Partnership

John Boelter Rejoins Mayer Brown as Corporate & Securities Partner in New York

High-Profile Business and Consumer Financial Litigator Brian Melendez Joins Barnes & Thornburg

John Terzaken, Leading Antitrust Litigator and Former Prosecutor, Joins Simpson Thacher

Congratulations to Richard Cohen of The Biglaw Investor on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Leaving Bloated Big Law Behind.

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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

Why I Love Paying Monthly Subscriptions Plus 48 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 49 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 Lee Rosen of Rosen Institute on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Why I Love Paying Monthly Subscription Bills

Small PI Firm Looks to a New Future in Its Swanky New Office

Using Small Data to Make Big Decisions

The Invisible Lawyer: Shed the Status

How to Handle 1-Star Reviews

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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

Review of Mitel MiCloud Office Plus 62 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 63 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 Rob Marvin of PCmag.com on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Mitel MiCloud Office

New Study Finds Millennials Are Actually Obsessed With Email

How to Successfully Migrate From Windows 7 to Windows 10: Ten Tips

Review: Android 8.0 Oreo

The Case for the 10.5-Inch iPad Pro

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

Cloud Document Management That Won't Change the Way You Work

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 31, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a cloud practice management system with a new document management component that works locally on PCs and Macs like a network drive (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a new payment processor with a flat fee per transaction that deposits funds overnight, a Microsoft Word add-in for drafting litigation and transactional documents with a new document assembly engine, forms library, and machine-learning tools, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Cloud practice management has many virtues but concerns about document management prevent some law firms from taking the leap. These firms understandably don't want to give up their network drives and folder hierarchies, manually upload documents, or change the way they work.

Centerbase … in One Sentence

Centerbase is a cloud practice management system that now offers document management which functions like a local network drive.

The Killer Feature

CEO John Forbes tells me I'm the first person outside of the company and a few early adopters to see Centerbase's new document management technology. A product CEO who spent years as a reseller, Forbes has a Steve Jobs-like enthusiasm.

Documents in Centerbase function on your PC or Mac like a network drive even though they actually reside on secure servers in the cloud. Centerbase uses WebDAV, a standard file protocol for Internet file sharing.

During initial setup, Centerbase's support team uploads your entire document library, and can help you map document folders to the correct clients and matters in Centerbase. Forbes tells me about a firm that imported 3.6 million files.

"After setup, you use your files and folders like you always have in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder," says Forbes. Any changes to documents are automatically reflected in Centerbase and vice versa. Forbes describes this as a "1:1 correlation." An optional add-on makes Centerbase files and folders available offline with changes automatically synced when you're back online. For new matters, Centerbase can automatically generate a set of folders.

"Centerbase has made transitioning to a cloud product for document management seamless," said Tait Johnson, paralegal at Sharpe & Associates, PLLC. "We no longer have to maintain our own file server, and we can now access our documents from anywhere."

Other Notable Features

You can view documents in Centerbase from multiple locations. The Documents File Explorer gives you access to all mapped documents. Navigate your folder hierarchies or run a search. Alternatively, you can access relevant documents in other areas of Centerbase such as in Matters, Contacts, and Billing. For example, each matter contains a Documents tab listing all related files.

Centerbase's Microsoft Word integration and Workflows (document assembly combined with project management) bring further automation. Workflows take you from Centerbase to Word to automatically generate a document that gets saved to the correct matter when finished.

At your option, you can create document profiles to track type of document and other metadata to improve search results. Centerbase enables you to keep every version of a document in case you need to revert. You can restrict access to documents. Also, documents lock when colleagues work in them. If you need more robust document management, Centerbase integrates with NetDocuments.

What Else Should You Know?

Centerbase launched several additional features since our initial report. Matters Templates enable you to create customized layouts for each of your practice areas with all the requisite data fields. Thus, a bankruptcy matter can track creditors, while an accident matter can track medical records and police reports. The new Report Builder offers the ability to create custom reports. Forbes showed me a report that lists matters comprising 80% of a firm's business. Finally, Centerbase's iPhone app now includes mobile time entries for billing on the go. Centerbase costs $52 per user per month. Learn more about Centerbase.

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Topics: Document Management | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

One Man, Two iPad Pros: The Journey Begins; Review of Cox Hosted IP Centrex VoIP Phone System; Review of Trello

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 31, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, One Man, Two iPad Pros: The Journey Begins

Rhett Franklin, Review of Cox Hosted IP Centrex VoIP Phone System

Jen Shapiro, Review of Trello (Project Management)

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

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Topics: Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TL Serendipity

Five Advanced Deposition Techniques That Make a Difference

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Depositions can make a difference, not only by confirming and revealing facts but also by persuading the opposing party and counsel that your client has the upper hand. In this issue of LitigationWorld, employment law litigator Cedric Ashley shares five advanced techniques to achieve optimal results from your depositions. One unconventional line of questioning suggested by Cedric includes sample testimony to demonstrate its value. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a review of an app that creates timelines.

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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

The Risks of Outsourcing Social Media for Your Law Firm

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: You need to be on social media but don't have any internal expertise. If you outsource to a marketing agency, what are the risks, how do you evaluate agencies, what oversight controls should you put into place, how should you divide the labor, and how do you measure success? Lawyer and legal marketing expert Stacey Burke has the answers in this SmallLaw article, including six different options for working with an agency depending on your comfort level. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for a story about two law firms, one successful and one that struggles.

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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 | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | SmallLaw

Signs Your Firm Is in Survival Mode and How to Escape Plus 36 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 37 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 Lee Rosen of Rosen Institute on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: 8 Signs You're in Survival Mode (and How to Escape)

Handling Settlement Funds: A Best-Practices Checklist

Book Review: "Tomorrow's Lawyers Second Edition"

Email Design Trends for Law Firms

Google's Question & Answer Feature on Mobile: What We Know So Far

Useful Google Sheets Add-Ons for Law Firm Marketers

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

Best Writing Apps for iPhone and iPad Plus 51 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, August 28, 2017

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 52 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 Joseph Keller of iMore on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Best writing apps for iPhone and iPad

Abacus Payment Exchange Launches

What's the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?

Transcripts for Every YouTube Video

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2017) OLED First Impressions

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

How a Litigator Uses an iPad; Reviews of Dell XPS 13, Faxaway; Defense Lawyers Held to Higher Legal Research Standard

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, August 24, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Fred Pharis, How a Litigator Uses an iPad; Reviews of TrialPad, Notability, PDF Expert, Outlook, Westlaw, and More

Kathy Carter, Review of Dell XPS 13 (Touch)

John Hightower, Defense Lawyers Held to Higher Legal Research Standard Than Plaintiffs Lawyers

Bunji Fromartz, Review of Faxaway

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

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Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Legal Research | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Serendipity
 
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