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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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What Does Obama’s Two Year Law School Program Mean for Solos?

August 26, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

As you’ve probably heard, in a recent speech, President Obama endorsed cutting law school down to two years, with students spending their final year gaining work experience clerking or practicing at a firm.  Eliminating the third year of law school would reduce the overall cost for students, many of whom now graduate with debts of […]

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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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Does Your Law Firm Have a Compliance Program – and How Ethics Rules Discourage Them

August 13, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Although many law firms advise corporate clients on compliance, few firms have compliance programs in place observe Compliance strategists Donna Boehme and Joseph Murphy in this terrific piece, Inconvenient Truths About Law Firm Compliance.  That law firms are subject to ethics rules is no excuse, contend Boehme and Murphy.  Legal ethics rules didn’t deter the […]

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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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Suntrust’s New Online Legal Portal Shows There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

July 29, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Stephanie Kimbro writes about the  launch of a new business hubm integrated into the services offered by SunTrust, that includes businesses services like web development and legal-lite document preparation (meaning simple leases, website privacy policies and a bunch of other simple business agreements) all in one place.  I agree that it’s an interesting concept – […]

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Big Law Firms Shed T&E Practices: Opportunities for Solos & Smalls?

July 12, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Interesting video here at Bloomberg News (in the first minute and a half) about large firms shedding trusts and estates practices to serve larger clients. But nature abhors a vacuum – and those trusts and estates clients have to go somewhere. And while those clients — presumably individuals of high worth or small businesses seeking […]

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Why Don’t Law Schools Invest In Law Firm Start Ups?

June 12, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Last weekend, I attended my 25th law school reunion up at Cornell Law School.  Considering that the Class of 1988 was Cornell’s centennial graduating class and that the silver anniversary is fairly significant, the turnout wasn’t great.  Out of a class of 175 students, only 19 of us showed up – a figure that’s even […]

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Prenda, the Law Firm Pretenda — and Lessons for the Future of Law

April 16, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Alas poor  Prenda – it coulda been a contenda in the future of law.  Instead, Prenda now faces its likely demise inside a California federal district court room for questionable tactics in connection with hundreds of copyright lawsuits. Once upon a time, Prenda Law — one of the largest copyright trolling operations — had all of […]

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