December’s Best of the Blogs

by Alexa Drago on December 28, 2016

We know you are busy! So we read through numerous blog posts and find the best ones to share with you each month.

Please let us know if you feel we are missing a particularly good one.

Quick Tips
Product Reviews
Technology
Hardware to Get Excited About

Jeff Bennion, Above the Law
There’s been a big emphasis on software and legal apps, so people often miss the cool developments in hardware. Since Christmas is coming up, I thought I’d discuss some of the coolest hardware for law offices. Read more.

Secure Your Phone Today or Face a Data Breach Tomorrow

The Clio Team
According to the ABA’s 2015 Legal Technology Survey Report, nearly 40 percent of lawyers in the U.S. use public Wi-Fi to access client data, but only 22 percent are using an encrypted connection. Clearly, mobile security isn’t always front-of-mind for lawyers. Read more.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13.0

Jeffery L. Weeden, Solo in Colo
Speech recognition has long been a tantalizing staple of science fiction. Voice recognition technology in the past was hindered by being too slow and inaccurate. Computers continue to get faster and the software continues to get better. Read more.

Marketing
Media Resources For Lawyers

Staff, Associates Mind

Considering that the majority of lawyers are solos or in small firms, it’s also likely that you’re going to be in charge of marketing your practice. Many lawyers are increasingly turning to alternative sources for marketing their practices than the usual website and newsletters. Read more.

How to Write an Engaging Lawyer Bio

Cari Twitchell, Lawyerist.com
The About page on your law firm website is probably the second-most visited page. Make sure you do it justice by writing a bio that engages your audience. Read more.

There and Back Again: Relaunching Your Legal Career

Paul Miller, The Docket
I re-entered the practice of law after an extended “sabbatical” in public education. I left the legal world 15 years ago and taught high school for 12 years. I started practicing again two years ago. In June 2015, I re-opened my firm. Read more.

Miscellaneous
How to Expand Your Practice with Freelance Lawyers

Podcast, Legal Talk Network
In this episode, Lisa Solomon explains what freelance lawyering is, how to work with a freelance lawyer, and where to find one. She also points out that because you can bill a freelance lawyer’s time at more than you pay, a freelance lawyer can generate a profit for your firm. Listen.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Small Law Firms and Solo Practitioners

Meranda Vieyra , Denver Legal Marketing LLC
Here are some ideas for small law firms and solo practitioners to consider when deciding what to give to their clients and referral sources this holiday season. Read more.

5 Year-End Planning Tips For The Procrastinating Attorney

Shannon Achimalbe, Above the Law
While year-end planning is important, it does not have to be a multi-day ordeal. It should cover the basics: finances, profitability (or lack thereof), business development, and job satisfaction. Here are a few quick year-end planning ideas you can do while you wait for your lunch to be delivered to your office. Read more.

 

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