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What Box Needs to Change To Serve the Legal Sector

November 21, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

As Bob Ambrogi recently reported, Box.net is making a play for the legal industry by partnering with various legal service vendors for practice management platforms, legal research, billing, courtroom information management and productivity. And that’s great news. As a long time Box user — first, on the free platform beginning in early 2009 and bumping […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On With This Fun Freebie

October 21, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Every so often, I come across cool, completely FREE tools to share with readers — like PicMonkey for logo design, Wordle to create word clouds from text or PiktoChart.  What’s so great about these tools besides the price is that they’re not just a fun distraction, but they can be used to actually create something […]

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Hey Baby, Our Platform or Yours?

October 10, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

  On the singles scene, a pick-up line like “my place or yours” isn’t likely to attract many takers.  But on the shingle scene (as in hanging-a-shingle), several different companies are betting that the proposition “our platform [not] yours” will resonate with solos and smalls.  In the past few months,  two relatively new companies – […]

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The Real Non-Lawyer “Ownership” Question: Who Should Own the Cloud-Based Law Tech Vendors?

September 26, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Will non-lawyer ownership of law firms become a reality in the United States? That’s the question raised by  Riverview Law’s  Andy Dawes’ presentation on alternative legal business models and non-lawyer owned firms at the  Clio User conference and summarized at length by Sam Glover at Lawyerist. Although the non-lawyer ownership question has enormous implications for […]

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Dispatch from Clio Cloud 9: The Rise of the Lawyer User Conference?

September 23, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

User conferences are all the rage with Silicon Valley start ups.  Salesforce’s Dreamforce user conferences are legendary profitable affairs, but lots of other tech companies host them as well to bring together an ecosystem of users. More recently, the user conference has entered the legal tech sphere.  Avvo has been sponsoring road shows and Avvocating conferences for […]

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My New DIY Logo and Free Logo How-Tos

September 16, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve never been fully happy with the MyShingle logo – though I’ve never been quite sure of how to fix it so I just left it alone. But I decided it was time for a change.  After all, let’s fact it, the .com logo is so last decade — no one ever refers to Facebook […]

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Big Data, Small Law Firms

August 21, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

In the year since I wrote about big data opportunities for small law firms at  Clio’s Small Firm Innovation Blog, the legal profession’s interest in big data has exploded.  According to a May 2013 ABA Journal story , law firms are using big data to determine which cases are likely to be an easy win, […]

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Virtual Firms on the Decline – Why??

August 16, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

According to the 2013 ABA Legal Technology Survey, virtual law practices are on the decline , reports  Bob Ambrogi at his Law Sites Blog. The decrease isn’t particularly significant; the number of lawyers who describe their practice as virtual declined from 7 to 5 percent between 2012 and 2013, while the number of lawyers providing […]

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Is SimpleLegal A Step Forward or Back on the Way to the Future of Legal Billing?

August 6, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

TechCrunch reports that there’s a new law technology on the block: SimpleLegal, a company that employs a  machine learning to read, understand and ultimately reduce legal bills.  As TechCrunch describes:  All a customer has to do is ask their law firm to copy SimpleLegal on each invoice, and then the magic starts to happen. SimpleLegal’s […]

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What’s Your Client’s View in the Client Portal?

August 1, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

A few months ago at the Iron Tech Competition at Georgetown Law School, one of the judges asked one of the teams one the best questions I’ve ever heard and have been pondering since: What does the system look like from the client’s side? Yet do you have any idea of how that “client portal” […]

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