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Presenting Electronically in Trial - Five Things to Think About

Last week I watched a trial.  Usually, I do this from the “hotseat,” running the electronic trial technology and presenting exhibits.  This time, I was there to be sure that the wireless network in the court room did not go down during trial.  [Lessons confirmed:  1 - Do not rely on more

How to Manage the Risks Associated with Substantive Errors

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability has been providing a statistical analysis of claims data collected from various lawyer-owned and commercial insurance companies for years. One number that I consistently pay attention to has been the number of more

February 2016 Blog Digest

Law Firm Cyber Insecurity–Fix It! By Kiffin Hope From the White House to Congress and from Wall Street to the mom and pop storefront on Main Street, the issue of cybersecurity is one that is here and here to stay. Hacking computers is no longer a “cottage industry” or something done by more

The Ashley Madison Hack and its Lesson for Attorneys

I am going to assume that you, dear reader, had no personal information leaked as a result of the Ashley Madison hack. In addition, let’s set the curiosity response aside because, of course, who didn’t wonder that if they could look at the list would they recognize anyone? With worry and more

Does Your Law Firm Have A Social Media Presence?

Over 60% of law firms maintain a social site, up from 55% in 2012. Whether for listing services, marketing, branding or all three, law firms and lawyers employing social media continues to increase as it becomes the new tool for old school. (Click image) If the clients you'd dearly love to have more

Don’t Get Caught by a Legacy System Oversight

My first computer came with a built-in 5 ¼ inch floppy drive and the new 3 ½ inch disk drive that was just out. Suffice it to say I was more than a little excited! This was a DOS based system and I thought it rocked. Of course I did what we all did with our computers back then. I backed up more

ALPS 411 Blog Digest - February 2015 Edition

Why the Use of an Engagement Letter Should Never be Optional By Mark Bassingthwaighte Engagement letters seem to be one of those documents that most attorneys intellectually appreciate the value of but often underutilize. This letter simply isn’t in consistent use day to day and the excuses run more

Now You See Them! DIY Recordings of Depositions

Now You See (and Hear) Them! For all of you who have thought how nice it would be to have every deposition videoed, but did not think that the value of every case was worth the cost of hiring a videographer, here is a DIY tip worth considering. For a relatively small investment of time and money, more

ALPS 411 Blog Digest - January 2015 Edition

6 Steps to Propel You Forward in 2015 By Susan Cartier Liebel“Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.” ~ Thomas S. Monson   Unless you are prescient, not every single thing you did when you opened your solo/small firm practice was 100% spot on. You may have had more

How Much Is This Case Worth?

How Much Is That Case Worth? In consulting with clients about how to handle their ediscovery, I have learned that one of the first Early Case Assessment (ECA) questions needs to be “How much is the case worth?” It does not take long for the eDiscovery costs to mount to startling amounts. And, more

You Don't Need to Be Rich to Do ediscovery - Part 2

Now I See Them! Getting a handle on the various electronic files that can appear in even a relatively small collection of electronic data can be a challenge. There is a huge pot of alphabet soup for the many drawing/image/photo file types, sound and video files, various text files, different more

You Don't Need to be Rich to do eDiscovery - Part 1

What Do I Have? “Litigants can spend upwards of $18,000 to collect, process and review a single gigabyte of data,” according to Benedict Hur and Matthew Werdegar in September 2014’s issue of Corporate Counsel in "3 E-discovery Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore." Actually, I am sure they can more

As Legal Outsourcing Proliferates, Ethics Become More Important

The practice of law has experienced major changes over the last generation. A new associate once could anticipate spending his or her entire career with the same firm, making partner after a few years of dogged practice and then easing back to enjoy the benefits of having won the brass more

Getting It Right with Client Selection

Years ago during a visit with a solo attorney, we were discussing the importance of effective client screening when I learned that this attorney’s approach was to look at the shoes potential new clients wore. He swore that you could tell a lot about a person by their personal preference in more