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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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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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