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Crowdsourcing Legal Research Won’t Work Because It Doesn’t Help the Majority: Solo and Small Law Firms

August 19, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, two of my longtime blogging buddies, Bob Ambrogi and Scott Greenfield tackled the question of why websites dedicated to crowdsourcing legal research haven’t taken off. Citing a quote by entrepreneur Approva Mehta whose own crowdsourcing attempt failed, Bob suggests that the odds are stacked against crowdsourcing from the get-go in the legal industry […]

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Nine Years Later, Avvo Is Pretty Much the Only Game In Town

July 29, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Earlier this week,Avvo the first online lawyer rating site announced another round of funding – to the tune of $71.5 million – to expand product offerings and bring on new hires, reports the ABA Journal.  News of Avvo’s expansion brought the usual grumblings on some of the lawyer list-serves where I participate – ranging from […]

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Does An Ethics Rule Requiring Technologic Competence Mean Much?

March 18, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Do as we say, not as we do. That’s the message that the regulators send, as they fall in lock step behind the ABA in adopting the ABA Model Code’s rule requiring lawyers to keep abreast of the benefits and risks of technology, as reported by Bob Ambrogi at Law Sites. According to Bob, thirteen […]

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A Twitter Shout Out That Lawyers Can Do Without

February 23, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

When I couldn’t get a response from a medical provider after I’d written a lengthy complaint more than two months earlier, I did what any disgruntled consumer would do: I took it to Twitter. Cognizant of the possibility of a defamation claim ( been there, done that ) not to mention loss of my family’s […]

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California Bar Offers A Reason to Keep Your Website and Blog Separate

January 16, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Should a law firm blog be incorporated into a website or function as a freestanding entity? That’s a question that’s been asked almost since the beginning of time, with at least two experts – Sam Glover and Kevin O’Keefe endorsing separation for a variety of different reasons. But now, a recent California ethics decision offers […]

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Two Lessons in One: Law Firm Trade Names & Easy Data Compilation

December 16, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Do you ever have a bunch of data that you need to compile but don’t want to take the time of fussing with Excel spreadsheets or creating tables? In this kind of situation, I’ll create my own data intake using Google’s Free Form creator.  I find it easier to enter the data through a form, […]

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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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