At Attorney at Work, law practice management adviser Jared Correia notes how in the last few years, the ABA and 20 states (see Lawsites) have revised their ethical guidelines to take technology into account.“Lawyers who have traditionally prided themselves on buying a local software application with a single log-in and using it until the wheels fell off now have to be at least thinking about upgrading their technology platforms,” Correia writes. “In addition to the dictates of the ethics rules, the majority of states also have a data protection law, ostensibly applicable to attorneys.”In his post, Correia lists nine different types of software useful to running a modern law practice, such as time and billing, data backup and practice management products.This week, we’d like to ask you: What software products are essential to your law practice? Is there one out there that you don’t have but plan to acquire? Or is there a product you have purchased for … [Read more...] about What software products are essential to your law practice?
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While Heretofore You May Have Used These Words—Really, You Should StopLast year, U.S. Bank attorney Andy Mergendahl meditated on the work of Black’s Law Dictionary editor-in-chief Bryan Garner and took lawyers to task for their foolhardy uses of the word “shall” in contracts.This week, the Lawyerist contributor notes what Garner calls “here-and-there words.” Among them: herein, heretofore, hereinafter, hereunder, thereof, thereto, therewith, thereunder, therefor, thereon, therefrom.Mergendahl quotes Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage’s take on here-and-there words: “These abound in legal writing (unfortunately, they do not occur just here and there), usually thrown in gratuitously to give legal documents that musty legal smell.”Hereby gets a pass, however: “Garner does allow that hereby can be used to ‘denote that the sentence in which it appears constitutes the legally operative act by which something is … [Read more...] about Around the Blawgosphere: Nix ‘Here-and-There Words’; Has Blogging Changed Corporate Law Practice?
Toby Brown, director of strategic pricing and analytics at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, talks with Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia about the challenges of implementing a pricing strategy at a large law firm and the recent efforts to utilize legal process management software.“One of the challenges in the whole legal project and process management space is how you marry, we’ll say ‘traditional’ project management into the way lawyers practice,” Brown says. “I wouldn’t suggest that you just impose that classic project management you know, approach, on top of how law is practiced. I think it would be oil and water. So you’ve got to find a way … to bring it in such that it’s not disruptive.”See the video interview here. … [Read more...] about Rolling out law practice management software at Akin Gump (video)
A company known as Clio that provides lawyers with a cloud-based practice management system is about to get bigger.With the help of about $20 million in financing provided by Bessemer Venture Partners and others, Clio is planning to add another 100 or so employees and expand both its product development and sales efforts in the U.S., Canada and Europe, reports Robert Ambrogi’s Law Sites.A Techvibes article includes a comment from Jack Newton, a Clio founder who serves as chief executive officer for the company.“We offer our customers one of life’s most precious resources: time,” he said, explaining his view of the start-up’s success. “We’ve found that our users save an average of eight hours per week, giving them more time to spend on life outside of work. This funding will allow us to further our reach and hone our product to continue to help lawyers focus on the parts of their business they enjoy.” Related coverage:ABAJournal.com: … [Read more...] about Clio to use $20M in financing to expand cloud-based law practice management offerings
Have attorneys and governments lost sight of why laws exist? Yes, says Stephen Mayson, a United Kingdom lawyer and consultant who also serves as director of the Legal Services Institute.“What we have in the legal practice is a reward system that pays out too much too quickly to the wrong people doing the wrong thing,” said Stephen Mayson, speaking in Chicago at the 2013 Futures Conference. The event is sponsored by the College of Law Practice Management and takes place at Chicago-Kent College of Law.In his keynote presentation, Mayson noted that law should protect the public interest. Instead, there’s been an artificial market for legal services in which lawyers are doing work that could be left to others.“If there’s any risk I might lose my life, liberty, children, home, health care, access to education—I’d be quite happy for those types of legal rights to only be pursued by those who are authorized to do so,” he says.His address also … [Read more...] about Law practice pays ‘too much too quickly to the wrong people doing the wrong thing,’ UK lawyer says
TMT Law Practice has collaborated with CorLit Legal – a Bangalore based (with office in Mysore) full service firm, to boost its presence in South. Headed by Ricab Chand, Associate Partner, TMT recently opened its Bangalore office in Srirampuram.By joining hands with Corlit Legal, the firm has assimilated synergies to offer a wider range of services to a strong client base and work seamlessly with start-ups, innovative tech firms,multinational corporations, and Public Sector Undertakings.CorLit Legal specializes in taxation, real estate, intellectual property rights and contract law and has significant experience in representing clients in commercial disputes before alternative dispute resolution forums, trial courts and the higher judiciary. The firm serves leading multinationals, large Indian organizations, SMEs, partnership firms etc. and enjoys a privileged Government relations and Corporate relations practice.Known for its expertise in technology, media & … [Read more...] about TMT Law Practice joins hands with CorLit Legal in Bangalore; Strengthens presence in South of India
On April 04, 2014 Economic Laws Practice (ELP) announced its expansion of its Equity Partnership.Sanjay Notani, who is a part of the firm’s International Trade and Customs practice and Darshan Upadhyay, who is a part of the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice have been elevated to equity partners. Sanjay has been a part of the firm since its inception and Darshan joined in 2010.Managing Partner, Rohan Shah confirmed the news stating“Sanjay and Darshan are outstanding professionals who have built a strong reputation for excellence in their practices and client relationships. We are delighted to have these two stalwarts elevated to our equity partnership.”The firm promoted 8 Senior Associates to Associate Partners; 5 Associate Managers to Senior Associates, and 9 Associates to Associate Managers.Rohan Shah mentioned that the promotions reflect the standards of excellence and achievements that have been fostered organically within ELP.With these promotions … [Read more...] about Economic Laws Practice elevates two to equity partnership and also promotes 22 lawyers
Jurisperitus Law Offices (JPL) through its sister concern Jurisperitus Mumbai has launched the Firm’s Entertainment & Media Law Practice Group in Mumbai on 25.6.2015.The launch was attended by captains of industry, singers, producers, directors like Ramesh Sippy (acclaimed for his film Sholay), Kaizaad Kotwal (Poor Box Productions), singer Anu Malik among others.Ashish Kumar – Partner, JPL: “Entertainment Industry is a multi billion dollar industry but in India, the awareness to various rules and regulations, be it with respect to contracts with actors, directors, producers; issues relating to royalty, labour, wages, rights and liabilities, etc. is fairly limited. With the integration of Bollywood and Hollywood with great actors such as Anil Kapoor (24), Irrfan Khan (Jurassic Park, Life of Pi); Om Puri (City of Joy, East is East), Mallika Sherawat (Hiss, Politics of Love), it has become all the more necessary the best international legal practices and … [Read more...] about Jurisperitus Law Offices expands firm practice through launch of its Entertainment & Media Law practice group in Mumbai
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore in association with TMT Law Practice had organized a Round table conference on “Commercialization and Privatization of Outer Space: Issues for National Space Legislation”. The purpose of the conference was to discuss the need for improvisation in Space Laws and policies.The main aim to organize this Round Table Conference was the increasing commercial activities in space that is likely to increase the number of private space actors in India and it is significant to revise the existing Space Laws as this field is growing.The event mainly focused on issues that involved in commercialization and privatization of space, especially in India, since the international treaty does not offer a direct and acute detailing of the policies of activities in space.The event also witnessed the adoption of the ‘Bangalore Declaration’ that aims to manifest the creation of a ‘National Space Law’ and … [Read more...] about NLSIU & TMT Law Practice holds Round table Conference on Space Laws
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) has launched the FOURTH batch of India’s first ever – Diploma Programme in Intellectual Property: Law and Management with Enhelion as its technology partner.This Diploma Programme aims to provide an introduction to the law and management of Intellectual Property (IP) and innovation for those whose future career may involve the management of IP and innovation..There are separate modules of Intellectual Property Strategies, Enforcement of IP, IP Valuation, Royalty and Licensing. This course will be essential for all lawyers, business managers and businessmen, students of law and business, who in their day to day affairs would be dealing with Intellectual Property.DURATION: 1 Year REGISTRATIONS OPEN – Last date for registration is 15th December 2015What are the advantages/salient features that you get by joining this unique programme? This programme offers continuous live online lectures that are recorded for future access to all … [Read more...] about Diploma in Intellectual Property – Law and Management