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Collaboration tools for lawyers online

My co-author, Carolyn Elefant, and I are in the midst of re-writing the last and final draft of our book about social media for lawyers, which will be published by the American Bar Association in the spring. When we began, ...

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The legal profession, the Internet and Harry Potter

Last week, as we were driving back to my hometown for a holiday party, my children were in the backseat watching “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” on our car’s DVD system. At first, I didn’t pay much ...

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Focus on your online presence in 2010

“People don’t believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them. They always believe what they tell themselves.” — Seth Godin You’ve been reading my column for a while, ...

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Is 2010 the year lawyers enter the 21st century≠

“We’re probably about five years into a 30-year cycle of transformation. … But there is simply no doubt that 25 years from now, when people reflect on the seminal changes of the early days of the century we are about ...

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The evolution of intermedia

For many lawyers, one of the greatest deterrents to interacting online is a mistaken impression that online networking is a purely “social” endeavor. After all, as a profession, lawyers tend to take themselves very seriously, and socializing most certainly is ...

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An open letter to future lawyers

I wanted to begin this week’s column by sharing a poem I wrote, an open letter to future lawyers: I entered law school fearful and proud — yet knowing who I was But the metamorphosis rudely and abruptly began. As ...

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Print media must evolve

One of my favorite social media gurus is Gary Vaynerchuk. He really knows his stuff, and presents information in a format — video — that is universally appealing. Vaynerchuk has a personality that is larger than life and his enthusiasm ...

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Change is good

Last week I attended on a press pass the Canadian Bar Association’s “Law Firm Leadership Conference.” The conference’s theme was “Change Management” and, accordingly, the focus was on ways in which law firms can innovate, and thereby alter, the course ...

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Is cloud computing really less secure≠

Cloud computing, defined at Webopedia.com as the “sharing [of] computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications,” is a buzzword that has many lawyers up in arms. For an even better description of cloud computing, ...

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Does cloud computing compromise clients≠

I predict that within about two to three years, lawyers in most jurisdictions will communicate and collaborate with clients using some type of an encrypted network. A number of states, including Massachusetts and Nevada, already have passed laws or regulations ...

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Tricks for efficient interaction

Many lawyers understand the importance of networking, but let’s face it — running a law practice takes time and no one ever seems to have enough of it. In fact, the lack of time is one of the main reasons ...

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Real-time Web a game changer

You’ll have to forgive me for having online technologies, including social media, on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been speaking about social media for lawyers quite a bit in recent months and am now enmeshed in the process of ...

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