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How Staying On the Cutting Edge About New Technology Can Avert a Fate Of Dressing Up Like Thomas Jefferson Pleading For Your Law License

November 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

“I had no idea that cellphones had GPS capabilities at that time…if I had known it, I’d have been on it like a dog on a bone.” [26:19] A recent Forbes article reports on a case out of Calgary, billed as “the first known personal injury case that will use activity data from a Fitbit:” […]

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Should Lawyers Look to Online Dispute Resolution To Resolve Disputes With Clients?

September 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Online dispute resolution is rapidly gaining traction. Modria, a leading online dispute resolution (ODR) platform, boasts that its service is used to settle more than 60 million cases annually. Yet even though ABA task forces have studied, and appear to endorse ODR, I’ve not found much mention of the potential uses of ODR to resolve […]

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A Legal Tech Tool That Is Actually Very Cool – But Does It Break Ethics Rules?

September 2, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

To date, much of what’s been characterized as legal disruption hasn’t impressed me as much more than a souped-up, techno-powered version of what’s been tried before and failed. Still, I’m no curmudgeon and every so often, I find myself excited about the possibility of tiny law applications like Shake Legal – an app to create […]

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What If Lawyers Were Compelled to Use the Cloud?

July 16, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

These days, most legal regulators are pre-occupied with the question of whether lawyers may ethically move files to the cloud rather than whether they must. That’s not so in the medical profession, where the Affordable Care Act mandates the use of electronic medical records and patient portals which will presumably be implemented through cloud-based platforms. […]

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Staying Connected on the Skinny!

June 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.  This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Wes Bailey I am a fan of low overhead. As my paralegal has stated, quite regularly, I’m a penny-pincher. Well, not exactly but I watch my overhead […]

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Is Your Jurisdiction Wasting Money to Make the Ethics of the Cloud Clear?

May 30, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, Bob Ambrogi posted an updated roundup  of state ethics decisions — 17 to date – that clear the cloud for use by lawyers. But while I appreciate the bars’ efforts, they’re a poor use of resources. For starters, every one of those 17 ethics decisions says roughly the same thing.  Lawyers can use […]

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Ideas for Complying With the Legal Professional Code From Computer Coders

May 12, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on the long journey of learning and mastering computer code for several reasons. First, as I approach a milestone birthday (and work through the concomitant midlife crisis), I’ve felt compelled to try something new. Second, since I so frequently criticize  many of the legal tech startups for not […]

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Does Internet Advertising Drive Work for Online Businesses? Lessons for Virtual Law Firms, Courtesy of E-commerce

April 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

How do you find clients for an online business – whether it’s an e—commerce shop selling a product like shows or magazines or gift baskets, or a website that offers services like web design or job placement or even legal services, through a virtual law firm? Not surprisingly, many online business’ customers come from heavy […]

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My Experience With Udemy

April 1, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

After my last  failed attempt to offer a webinar, I decided to take a break.  Still, I wanted to present content on starting a practice in a different fashion than blog posts or books, and I wanted the ability to reach a larger audience than a Google Hangout would allow. So I began to explore […]

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A Few Notes About Evernote

March 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I’m a practical technologist — which means that I use technology on a strictly need-to-know basis, learning only those features that support my immediate goals, while ignoring all others. I’m also an impatient technologist, which means that if I can’t figure out how to […]

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