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Curation Over Creation: Getting the Most Out of Existing Legal Information

This summer, with the support of a Donner Foundation fellowship, I developed web pages for Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) that connect Ontario nonprofits to existing legal information on incorporation, maintenance, and governance. This article is about the process of creating those pages. My hope is that others will use the process in areas of law where legal information exists online, but is: overwhelming in quantity, difficult to...
Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Publishing

Cut It Out – Making Webinars and Demos Better

I’ve recently returned to knowledge management in a private firm, and had lost some touch with legal tech offerings. I dove back into the deep end of the pool, and have, over the last few months, watched many webinars and demos. It may be some time before I subject myself to another one. Vendors are Key Players in the Industry I appreciate vendors tremendously. They – not the legal sector – are pushing the envelope on everything from core...
Posted in: Legal Technology

Smart Lawyers Who Feel They Know Less

What is a good lawyer? What is a smarter lawyer, for that matter? How we evaluate ourselves, and our colleagues, may have historically been based on outdated notions of an encyclopedic knowledge of the law. But in the era of search engines and legal databases, the utility of such skill sets are not nearly as useful as in the past. Harvey Schachter of The Globe interviewed Edward Hess on how workers can improve in an era balancing on the...
Posted in: Practice of Law: Future of Practice

The Stresses & Challenges of Being a Lawyer: When Technology Doesn’t Help

This article is by Ian Hu, claims prevention and practicePRO Counsel at LAWPRO In addition to all the pressures lawyers face described in the article The Day to Day Stresses & Challenges of Being a Lawyer, technology has increased the pace of practice. While increasing efficiency, the constant flow of new products and applications can create just as much anxiety. The key is to use technology – don’t let it use you. Here are a few examples...
Posted in: Reading: Recommended

The Friday Fillip: Verbal and Not

  For the next while the Friday Fillip will be a chapter in a serialized crime novel, interrupted occasionally by a reference you might like to follow up. Both this chapter of the book and the whole story up to this point can be had as PDF files. You may also subscribe to have chapters delivered to you by email.   MEASURING LIFE   Chapter 14 Verbal and Not Rangel stirred the papers on her desk, looking for the note from the...
Posted in: The Friday Fillip

Divide to Conquer: Content Strategy for a Distracted Digital Age

There are two somewhat related media consumption patterns happening right now that most law firms haven’t given much thought to yet – mobility and distraction. You can use these developments to your advantage by building modular content that can be sliced and diced in a variety of ways to help you get more mileage out of your lawyers’ substantive writing and create a more unique online presence for your firm. Let me explain. . . The first...
Posted in: Legal Marketing

Marketing Your Law Practice With Email Newsletters

Email newsletters are a marketing tool that can help you to stay in regular contact with current and former clients and strategic alliances, and to create relationships with potential clients. But in order to be effective, your email newsletter needs to provide value to your readers, not just serve as a promotional vehicle for your practice. In the January 2015 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, content marketing expert Ann Handley, in her...
Posted in: Legal Marketing

The Best Things I Read in January 2015

Information overload! There are just too many posts, tweets and articles flying around in the Twitterverse and elsewhere on social media and the Web. None of us can even pretend keep up. And while there is a lot of spam, self-promotional crap and other junk out there, there are some real gems that get lost in the sheer volume of content thrown at us on a daily basis. The trick is finding the content that is really interesting or helpful to you...
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Practice of Law: Marketing, Reading, Reading: Recommended, Technology, Technology: Internet, Technology: Office Technology

Misquoted in the Media? Set the Record Straight.

...Aneil Mishra Great suggestions, all, Natasha! I especially liked: "Take 10 minutes to gather your thoughts. Consider the most valuable information or advice you could offer, given your unique experience. Write down your key points. " Although I've been doing interviews with the media for 25+ years, I've found recently that doing the above really makes a difference in the quality, and accuracy, of my interview....
Posted in: Practice of Law: Marketing

Do Less Marketing

That headline sounds like heresy coming from someone who runs a legal marketing agency for a living, but hear me out. Try as I might to remain benevolently immature until the end of my days, there are some telltale markers of adulthood (nay, perhaps even middle-age) creeping into my subconscious of late. There are external indicia of course – one’s offspring earnestly advising how fat and bald you are, strangers calling you “sir” straight...
Posted in: Legal Marketing

“It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure.”

Clay Shirky, way back in 2008, had a hypothesis: that it isn’t a case of too much information; it’s that we haven’t yet got the filters to help us manage that overload. And we have to assume that the amount of information we’re already getting will continue to grow. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. But, if we are to deal with that firehose aimed at our brains, we need to get smarter; because if we don’t we’re just going to get wetter. When...
Posted in: Legal Technology