I write recently that 13 states had adopted the ethical duty of technology competence reflected in 2012 amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Well, make it 14. Today, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ordered the adoption of Comment 8 to Rule 1.1, which will now read as follows in Mass.: To […]

At her Dewey B. Strategic blog, Jean O’Grady took an unscientific but nonetheless fascinating poll of her readers to ask them about the best new products they became aware of in 2014. She also asked them about the products or services they would like to have but that do not currently exist. Jean is director […]

Since its debut at ABA Techshow last year, Cosmolex has been on a development roll. It started as a cloud-based time, billing and trust accounting program for solos and small firms. (I reviewed it here.) Then, in December, it added a suite of practice-management tools that included document storage and management, pre-defined workflows and case […]

Firm Manager, the cloud-based practice management platform from LexisNexis, today is announcing the addition of batch invoicing. The new feature uses a “wizard” to guide attorneys through the process of creating a batch of invoices, according to the announcement. This enables a law firm to establish a regular billing cycle to prepare all their invoices […]

The Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association is currently accepting applications from those interested in serving on the division’s various boards and committees. The members of these boards help produce ABA Techshow, Law Practice magazine, the Law Practice Today webzine, books, education programs, and other initiatives. But the time to apply is short […]

I have been closely following the emerging issue of licensing non-lawyers to deliver legal services in limited circumstances. In the January 2015 ABA Journal, I had an article about Washington state’s limited license legal technician (LLLT) program, and last weekend I had an opinion piece in The Washington Post about the same topic. Gradually, other […]

After I returned from LegalTech in February, I reported here that Tikit — which had just last October announced a major relaunch of the venerable timekeeping program Carpe Diem as Carpe Diem Classic — was about six weeks away from launching an all new version of its program, to be called Carpe Diem Next Generation. Well, […]

Join me this Thursday, March 19, as I moderate this free one-hour webinar, New Windows into Law Using Big Data Analytics. The webinar will look at some of the practical implications of embracing Big Data in a modern practice and at how Big Data tools can be used in legal research and litigation. Specifically, we […]

In 2012, something happened that I called a sea change in the legal profession: The American Bar Association formally approved a change to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law and its practice, but also in technology. More specifically, the […]

The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO), an organization focused on law firm business development and client service, is seeking nominees for its first-ever Sales and Service Awards for the legal industry. Two awards – Sales & Service Team of the Year and Sales & Service Executive of the Year – will recognize specific achievements […]

Way back in January 2014, I wrote two posts (here and here) about the planned launch of DocketHero, a website to connect lawyers who need short-term services with those willing to provide them. At the time, the site’s launch was supposed to occur later that month or the next. Well, more than a year later, […]