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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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How Informed Client Consent Requirement for Use of the Cloud Wil Drive Clients to Non-Lawyer Providers

July 9, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

My friend, co-author and cloud guru Nicole Black recently reported  on Connecticut’s new opinion  on cloud computing.   To its credit, Connecticut did not mandate obtaining client consent for use of the cloud. Rather, it suggested that lawyers consider seeking consent commensurate with the level of security required. Thus, if you’re representing Edward Snowden, you’d […]

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Info on Infographics for Lawyers

June 19, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

For all of the reasons described here by my colleague and Allison Shields, I love infographics — a visual chart that depicts complex processes or statistical trends in a captivating way.  I have a Pinterest Board where I collect infographics on green technology, and my Twitter bio, @carolynelefant highlights my affinity for them. Still, I was […]

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How Much Technology Do Lawyers Really Need to Know? Not as Much As One In-House Counsel Would Like.

May 30, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Seems that big law just can’t catch a break.  Criticized for everything from arrogant billing practices to an unhealthy obsession with profits per partner to an unsustainable pyramid-scheme business model, now  corporate counsel Casey Flaherty is beating up on big firms for their lack of techno–aptitude, reports Monica Bay at American Lawyer. But are Flaherty’s […]

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Do V-Lawyers and E-Lawyers Fully Substitute for A Lawyer?

May 29, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

I came across this interesting article in the Washington City Paper  criticizing the D.C. Jail’s replacement  for face-to-face visits with video conferencing.  What’s the problem, you might wonder. After all, isn’t visitation a hardship for many families?  At least video allows for continued contact without the muss and fuss of in person contact. Not entirely. […]

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A Public Apology: Webinar Cancelled Due to Anymeeting.com’s Terrible Service – But I’m to Blame As Well.

May 3, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

I am so, so sorry that I have had to cancel today’s free webinar on how to launch and lift a 21st Century Practice. The immediate cause of the cancellation is that the Anymeeting.com platform crashed – my assistant, more than 100 participants and I were locked out of the site. I’ll trash the service […]

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Iron Tech Lawyer Competition – Report

April 18, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

I left the office on Wednesday afternoon to attend the Iron Tech Lawyer competition at Georgetown Law School.  I must confess that after six months of white noise about disruption, rethinking and access to justice as a way to access venture capital, I didn’t have high hopes for the students’ projects, which employ NeotaLogic (a […]

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The Problem With Dropbox Isn’t Security and The Limits of ABA Techshow

April 8, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

When it comes to technology, lawyers are no different from the general public — gravitating towards the free and easy, no-brainer products like gmail or dropbox. Yet often, these tools aren’t necessarily optimal security-wise for serving clients.  But rather than scold or deride lawyers who use these tools, most of the speakers at this past […]

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