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Legal Loop: Survey says: law firms should invest in business development and technology

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Since the economic downturn in 2008, law firms of all sizes have struggled — and most have failed — to maintain profits at levels existing prior to the market’s near-collapse. During that same timeframe, technology has advanced at unprecedented rates, ...

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Legal Loop: ABA on client confidentiality in the 21st century

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These days, news is shared in many ways, with online news outlets and social media sites contributing to the rapid — and sometimes viral — dissemination of information. Not surprisingly, details distributed online can sometimes trigger client confidentiality issues. For ...

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Legal Loop: Utah joins other bars in rejecting online lawyer-client matching service

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In recent columns I’ve written about a number of ethics opinions handed down by various state bar ethics committees regarding online lawyer matching services. In each case, the committees have determined that the setup of certain online lawyer matching services ...

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Legal Loop: Must-have Apple Watch and iPhone apps for lawyers

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The iPhone celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. In 2017, a decade after its release, it’s still the most popular smartphone with lawyers according to the recently released American Bar Association’s 2017 Legal Technology Survey Report. Of the lawyers surveyed, ...

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Legal Loop: Virginia Bar nixes online attorney-client matching service

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In recent months, I’ve written about a handful of ethics opinions from different jurisdictions whereby the ethics committees rejected the use of various online lawyer directories and lawyer-client matching services such as Avvo, Legal Zoom and Rocket Lawyer. Virginia now ...

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Legal Loop: Lawyers and social media in 2017

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Social media has been around for more than a decade. At first lawyers ignored social media, but over time, as it infiltrated our culture, they sat up and took notice. Today, more lawyers than ever use social media. Some use ...

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Legal Loop: Federal judiciary offered guidance on judge’s use of social media

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Ever since the November election, the political climate has been divisive and online rhetoric has heated up. The immediacy of social media has provided ample opportunities for people, including judges and lawyers alike, to sound off on political issues — ...

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Legal Loop: Bitcoin and Blockchain 101 for lawyers

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Earlier this month, the Nebraska Ethics and Advisory Committee handed down Opinion 17-03 (online: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/sites/default/files/ethics-opinions/Lawyer/17-03.pdf), concluding that it was ethical for lawyers to accept Bitcoin as payment for legal services. It was the first opinion to address this issue and ...

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