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Think of this weekly podcast as the main-stage panel of our Legal Tech Non-Event, focused on how technology can benefit your bottom line and geared for an audience of luddite-leaning lawyers. “Fun” may even ensue — within reason, of course.
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Welcome to the Legal Toolkit, where you'll get the latest trends and business initiatives that help your law firm everyday. Hear from the experts setting the standards for the legal, insurance, and law enforcement industries. You're listening to the Legal Talk Network!
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I talked with a public relations expert about how lawyers should prepare for, engage at and follow up after a conference. Episode Highlights 02:16 The premise of Janet’s company and how it works with attorneys on their public profiles and relations 04:27 Some of Janet’s favorite conferences to attend to 06:38 Steps to get ready when attending a con…
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I spoke with a law firm consultant about how to select the best hardware and software for law firms. Episode Highlights 03:42 How the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund provides legal malpractice insurance and their range of services 07:11 What firms should be looking at when getting a legal software 12:21 The checklist when doing assessm…
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For the second episode of our special series with ProfitSolv, we discuss the primary building blocks for a technology forward law firm with ProfitSolv’s Joyce Brafford. [SPONSORED by Cosmolex] Episode Highlights 06:51 Law firms having issues with financial management and their reliance on the right software 09:53 Characteristics of a software that …
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Jared spoke with a biz dev consultant for law firms about how attorneys should be taking advantage of the legaltech they missed out on in the last decade. Episode Highlights 03:53 How Betsy transitioned from practicing law to coaching other lawyers, especially on business development 06:52 Using technology in running law firms 11:39 Strategies on h…
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Backsliders are the worst, and if you’re making your employees come into the office after years of successful remote work, then, well… you’re the worst. Jared weighs in on the remote/in-office work debate to help you take a hard look at why you’re doing what you’re doing—and whether your reasoning is utter bullshit. Next, Jared welcomes first-time …
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Jared talked with a law practice management consultant about her best technology tips. Episode Highlights 05:16 Legal technology and law practice management software 05:54 Reasons law firms should start using law practice management software 07:23 How some law firms keep everything organized 08:55 Different integrations for case management software…
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Why is it that law firms are a frequent target for data breaches? Make no mistake, attorneys, you’ve got a lot of sensitive, valuable data that a threat actor would love to get their hands on. If your cybersecurity isn’t effective, you’re opening yourself up to a whole lot of ethical and legal issues. Jared chats with David Aaron about preventative…
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I talked with a Google product expert about the best methods for maximizing a Google Business Profile for law firms. Episode Highlights 04:59 What a Google Business Profile is and why it’s important 08:05 Google Business Profile versus other AI features 09:13 How to optimize your Google Business Profile 11:41 Getting Google reviews and the best pra…
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For the first episode of our special series with ProfitSolv, we discuss best practices for modernized law firm time tracking with ProfitSolv's Joyce Brafford, and a law firm management consultant. [SPONSORED by Rocket Matter] Episode Highlights 05:38 What Laura does which involves helping lawyers figure out how to run their businesses 06:27 The rea…
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I talked to a law firm business broker about how law practices get bought and sold. Episode Highlights 03:05 How Jeremy got into the business of selling law firms and the growing trend of acquisitions and transactions in small law firms 09:01 Solutions for attorneys who find themselves in a situation where they're losing business due to lack of dig…
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If your firm is experiencing operational challenges you just can’t seem to overcome, you might be in need of some C-suite help. Lawyers don’t necessarily want to take on the business responsibilities of running a practice, and there are many flexible ways to get the business guidance you need. Jared talks with Seth Tuman of 2GO Advisory Group about…
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Jared spoke with an economist about the technology he uses in his business (including some legaltech!), how he works with law firms, and what tips he has for them. Episode Highlights 02:41 Nick's profession as a forensic economist and his roles in various court cases 04:22 The nature of forensic economics as a historical analysis of data 05:15 How …
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Jared spoke with an expert in the space about the latest technology updates for legal research & writing. Episode Highlights 05:03 The fundraising stage for Brief Catch and the challenges faced 07:32 Plans about using AI in Brief Catch 08:23 Predictions about the future of the legal research and writing technology space 13:27 The potential of custo…
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Searching for state court data used to be a huge pain in the ass, but data analytics has almost entirely fixed it, giving attorneys searchable databases in just about every state. What else has data analytics done for the profession? Plenty. Jared talks with Nicole Clark about how the aggregation of legal data has given us a much deeper understandi…
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Jared spoke with a vice president at a case management software company about how niche tools may be the wave of the future, plus AI! Episode Highlights 05:20 The evolution and prospects of case management software for different practice areas 09:08 How lawyers should approach AI in their work 13:25 Misuse of the term 'AI' in legal tech 14:42 Poten…
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Jared talked with an experienced legaltech software executive about the latest trends in the space. Episode Highlights 03:22 Chris’ first experience celebrating Thanksgiving in the US 04:56 How he made his huge professional move 08:38 Thoughts on the maneuvering of AI in the legal space 10:32 What lawyers can use AI for 13:35 His concerns about AI …
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Jared talked with a solo attorney about how he onboards and manages technology. Episode Highlights 04:23 Transitioning from a traditional job to operating a solo law firm 09:59 The additional features of Clio like client portal and online payments 21:16 Finding time for content marketing as a solo firm, struggles with maintaining social media and n…
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Jared talked with a marketing expert about how to use technology to effectively promote any business, including law firms. Episode Highlights 02:14 Dani’s extensive background in legal technology 04:01 Her experiences with the acquisition process and the personal and emotional challenges involved 08:31 The importance of understanding the psychologi…
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As lawyers, you constantly assess the risks of your clients, whether in their business practices, court cases, personal relationships, or a multitude of other things. So, managing risk for your clients is what you do, but when was the last time you took a hard look at your own liabilities? Jared welcomes Mark Bassingthwaighte of ALPS Insurance to c…
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Jared spoked with a financial planner about how lawyers can get a better handle on how to manage their personal finances. Niraj offers investment advisory services through Mariner Platform Solutions, an SEC registered investment adviser. Episode Highlights 06:31 How to get started with financial planning, including finding a professional 08:50 Trig…
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Jared talked with an expert witness, who discussed the logistics of testifying - virtually. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 04:05 Allison's credentials and her professional journey as a toxicologist 06:53 Work as a toxicologist involved in trials and cases 09:18 Why courts are requiring expert tes…
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Jared talked with Michael Anderson of Filevine about the company's new payment features + Michael offers up his best time & billing tips for law firms. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 01:48 Michael’s journey from working in Goldman Sachs to Filevine 04:08 What the new time tracking of Filevine loo…
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Jared spoke with the owner of a digital marketing agency about best practices for leveraging Google Ads. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 03:37 How Google ads begins with a basic explanation of how Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads work 05:29 Why you should still keep an SEO-friendly website 10:58 Steps in c…
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Whether there’s a generational divide, unhelpful technology, a lack of emotional intelligence, or, really, a whole bunch of other issues—communication is hard. And, when communication breaks down, your business just doesn’t operate like it should. Is there any way to bridge all these gaps and interact effectively in your workplace? Jared talks with…
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Jared talked with a digital marketing company owner, who has become a digital nomad, about how attorneys can do the same, and still manage their practices. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 02:16 The concept of a digital nomad. 06:27 Visa process and recommendations for countries to consider for a d…
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Jared Correia talked with a lawyer and consultant about how lawyers can implement AI, gain efficiency and improve their heart rates! The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 02:02 Dave's background as an English major 06:10 What Dave’s books are all about 10:51 Limitations of using AI in work and personal …
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Jared Correia talked with a copywriter for law firms about the validity of AI for generating content. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 04:56 How a copywriting agency owner feels about AI 07:16 The learning curve for AI where it starts off struggling but swiftly advances with time and repeated use 1…
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Jared Correia talked with a seasoned business management consultant about how law firms can build their practices more like tech companies. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 04:04 What Eric means by a law firm as a platform and its importance in providing excellent service to clients 06:36 The impor…
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Document management is a must in legal, and Microsoft 365 has plenty of ways to organize and process your documents for you. So, what do you need to know about it? Jared welcomes Keith Vallely to talk through the uses of SharePoint, OneDrive, and other Microsoft features to help attorneys understand the nuances of Microsoft’s methods for document m…
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Jared Correia spoke with a marketing consultant about how attorneys can utilize AI in marketing their law practices. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 05:51 How Melissa utilizes AI in her everyday life 11:00 Importance of cautious approach when using AI discussed 17:06 Melissa’s method of giving ins…
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Jared Correia talked with a legal software expert about the best tips for time tracking, invoicing and billing. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 07:22 The usefulness of investing in passive timekeeping 11:13 The importance of data analysis in legal practice 13:14 Critical financial reports that law…
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Jared Correia spoke with a consultant about how + why law firms resist changes to technology, and how they can overcome those. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 04:50 Lawyers’ mindset on technology adoption 07:01 How emotional resistance change plays into the difficulty of technology adoption in law…
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Women attorneys are intelligent and brave, but they still face particular challenges in the legal profession. Jared chats with Rachel Clar of Interconnected Us about her mission to create safe environments for women in law to get the support they need to grow their influence and flourish in legal practice. Later, in perhaps the most uniquely named …
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Jared Correia talked with a lawyer and her staff about how they have been pushing the envelope on law firm tech. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 04:59 Their use of Clio for case management software and how they are exploring more functionalities within the platform 09:04 Using technology as a law …
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Jared Correia talked with an attorney who added new technology platforms to an existing law practice, and is now building a new firm, with new technology. She offers perspectives on both. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 06:06 How technology in law firms can be neglected for years leading to a stee…
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Jared Correia and Steve Fretzin, a marketing expert for attorneys, delved into the role of LinkedIn for personal branding, marketing, and business connectivity. He highlighted the usefulness of CRM tools like Lawmatics in enhancing client service by keeping track of client relationships. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorshi…
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Jared Correia talked to an experienced general counsel about what she wished she knew, when she was starting her career. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 03:21 The need to align organizational goals when implementing new initiatives and breaking projects down into manageable phases 04:49 The import…
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Jared Correia talked with a practicing estate planning lawyer about how she added technology into her law firm. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 06:53 Concerns on AI replacing professionals in different fields 08:41 The importance of implementing technology into our routine work to increase product…
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Jared Correia talked to a practicing lawyer about how making mistakes can actually help you to move your business forward. The Above the Law Non-Event is supported by vendor sponsorships. Episode Highlights 05:30 Chris Largay’s practice and how it has evolved over time 08:15 Balancing law practice with other business ventures 15:03 Understanding th…
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Jared Correia talked with the founder of a digital marketing agency, about how to create and manage new law firm leads. Episode Highlights 04:34 Lead generation and lead intake in the context of digital marketing for law firms 05:28 Why law firms should have multiple channels generating business for them 10:21 Google's AI technology, leading to a d…
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Chuki Obiyo has made a science of growing law firm businesses, with plenty of research to back up his time-tested strategies. Jared talks with Obiyo about how to form deeper connections with your network, tips for start-up firms, and leveraging social media and other technology to promote business growth. Later, who knew September had so many stupi…
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Jared Correia talked with a legal recruiter about how partners make a move from one law firm to another, including the strategies involved. Episode Highlights 04:31 Reasons why a law partner might consider moving firms 07:50 Challenges arising from conflicts of interest at a firm 10:39 Situations where entire teams or practice groups might move fir…
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Jared Correia talked with Daniel Erskine, an expert on data security, about what law firms need to know with respect to managing sensitive information in the law firm. Episode Highlights 03:06 Daniel discusses the different routes to legal practice and the increasing compatibility between them in the UK 04:42 The landscape of law in the US 07:01 Th…
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It’s been 563 days, but we’re finally back in the Playroom with musical guest Mark Oblinger. Mark holds the double distinction of being an Emmy-winning/Grammy-nominated musician AND having a longtime connection with this very podcast! Tune in for Jared and Mark’s chat about his colorful career in music and audio. Mark highlights his time playing wi…
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Jared Correia spoke with Megan Sheehan, a law firm owner, about how she modernized a traditional family law practice. Episode Highlights 01:56 The history of Sheehan Associates, including its origins in Lexington, Massachusetts 09:27 The first major transition to tech within the firm by introducing a new billing system 15:41 Importance of gradual i…
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Jared Correia talked with Keith Vallely, an expert in the space about document management best practices for law firms, including the use of appropriate software tools. Episode Highlights 04:54 The differences between document organization and document management 06:34 Why document management should include searching capabilities 14:00 The differen…
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Lawyers, you really actually do need to use KPIs—that’s Key Performance Indicators for those of you who *still* haven’t kept up with good business practices. Do it! And, Jared’s here to help with a breakdown of the 5 KPI categories you need to start keeping track of, like, yesterday. Next, software demos! If you’re paralyzed with indecision about w…
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Jared Correia spoke with Patrick Carver, a digital marketing expert, about law firm websites and related technology. Episode Highlights 04:35 Delving into high performing websites for search and its importance for businesses 10:01 Effect of brand names for law firms in terms of search and competition 19:20 Importance of practice area pages on a law…
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Jared Correia talked with Christopher Earley who runs an efficient practice + brand using technology tools. Episode Highlights 02:15 What Christopher’s new show is all about 06:04 The importance of efficiency and productivity in his law firm 06:39 The role of data, CRM, and Lead Docket in their firm’s operations 09:34 Utilizing the usage of Lead Do…
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Integrations, integrations, integrations. You’ve probably heard about integrations for years, but lots of people still struggle to understand just how this stuff is going to change their workflows. Jared explains the whole concept, gives some of the first integrations you need to be using, and warns you away from some missteps. Next, Emil Ali stops…
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