Friday’s Five : September 16, 2016

Here’s the best/most interesting/popular tweets this week:

1.  RT @danielmills: Cyber Security for Small Firms and Solo Practices

2.  RT @bobambrogi: Avvo Wins First Amendment Fight, As Judge Compares It To Sports Illustrated…

3.  Which legal practice management tech does LegalTypist recommend?

4.  Some interesting stats -> How Solos Differ From Other Lawyers: Survey Offers Insights

5.  Electronic signatures may be convenient, but do they hold up in court … not so much in this case ->


Which Law Practice Management Tech Does LegalTypist Recommend?

askandrea1I speak with a lot of attorneys.  One of the questions I am routinely asked is: “Which cloud-based law practice management technology do you recommend?”

My response has remained the same for years: “I don’t recommend any of them.”

While LegalTypist supports firms which use such applications, there remains – what I consider to be – fatal flaws in every solution I have ever personally tested. In fact, it got so bad, I had to stop looking!  Why?  I was investing a great deal of my time trying to find something that worked.  By investing, I’m not saying read a website and tooled around an hour or two … I was investing 60, 80, 100+ hours working in these techs and even more time providing “feedback” … or worse, trying to cajole those at the top to make the changes I knew were necessary for my recommendation.  Ultimately, all I was doing was wasting my time <-and you all know how much I hate waste!!!

In order to stop others from wasting their time, focus and energy, I published the Special Report below which was written by an attorney who had also been searching and coming to the same conclusions:

icon-SpecialReportLPM2014(click on pix to open as pdf in separate window)

Interestingly, in a recent conversation, Avi advised that he had gone back to check and the issues outlined in the Report appear to remain. Note: the report is years old (and has been downloaded 15,000+) <-meaning, I can only imagine those at the companies mentioned in it, are fully aware of the issues.

I’m also very happy to report that Avi has agreed to write a updated version, which will include some of the newer players.

So stay tuned to the blog/twitter/FB channels, or sign up for the RSS feed and/or get new posts via email <-whatever works for you

Friday’s Five: September 9, 2016

Here’s the best/most interesting/popular tweets this week:

1. Luv it! -> They press space, space, space, space, space instead of tab, and I just keep breathing @LeeRosen
2.  Because of Stupid Ethics Ruling, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished In Minnesota @carolynelefant HT @gyitsakalakis
3. Gorgeous @guardian Overview: a stunning new perspective of Earth from space – in pictures
4.  RT @PaulBiedermann: FACT: We are built to respond to visuals.
5.  Organizing Digital Documents – No Software Necessary


#LTNY16 Edition

My Personal Observations As Long-time Attendee of LTNY’s Expo Hall:

Contrary to the posts of all the vendors – and those mining the event for their own purposes – I can confidently tell you that the hallways were not jammed, the Expo Hall was not at all electric; most of the people in the Expo Hall were booth staff/vendors, and most of them looked bored and about as exciting to speak with as a goldfish.

I’ve reported about how attendance has been dropping for years.  I know I miss the days of the coffee lady screaming out at the top of the escalator, all the big wheels spinning and bells ringing … the almost circus-like atmosphere of only a few LTNY’s ago.  All have been replaced by plush carpets and hushed voices, and a lot of empty booths manned only by a sign to drop your card in a bowl to potentially win an i-something or portable video camera.

Sad to see that so many past strong exhibitors are gone. The solid products used at large firms along with those aimed and the solo/small firm market.  A peek at the sponsorship board is all you need to see how empty the event has become:


On the plus side there were a few newer exhibitors of value to those who work at law firms.  For instance, Konica-Minolta, the copier company that Mr. LT has been a part of for longer than I have been LT had a large booth.  FYI, I have long recommended the BizHub line from Konica Minolta – due to its ability to keep everything nice and secure.

Another newer exhibitor would be the file sharing service, ShareFile by CiTRix.  I got to have a lively conversation with John T. McHugh about just how secure their processes and tech are and I have a follow up call set to discuss their product further and how it can help attorneys and perhaps the users of LegalTypist.


Justin Meyer, Esq. and John T. McHugh

Even though significantly smaller, LTNY is still really a show that focuses on ediscovery that hooks a few non-ediscovery characters into the mix – including a booth allowed to bring in a pen full of puppies in order to lure in their prey (and I thought the mime scared me)!

That said, there are really only 2 trade shows for legal and technology – LTNY and ABATECHSHOW – and now that both appear to have pay for play in place for speakers at their events, I’m at a total loss as to where to recommend for my clients to receive a decent education not sales pitches masked as education.

My 3 Words for 2016

I follow and admire @chrisbrogan as a no-nonsense, direct and reliable person to learn more about how to network and be social in the digital world.

Every year, Chris publishes his 3 words for the year and every year, I also publish mine.  In 2016, Chris chose: Home; Shine; Win.  To learn more about why and see a list of Chris’ words by year, visit his site here

As for my words, my favorite words from the past are “filter, focus, fun”  which started the whole with the same first letter thang.  Here’s what I finally decided are my 3 words for 2016:

  1. book
  2. believe
  3. bullshit

1. BOOK because it can mean so many different things – all fairly relevant to my business and my life:

  • stands for my book: Getting Email Done (nee DAFT Your Way To Organized!) – which contains the organizational process I figured out after flunking as a GTDer
  • means my attempts to get booked to speak at as many places as possible in 2016 which do not require air travel from NYC. I know how much law office managers and attorneys need to speak with me because I speak with them one-on-one all the time. What we all need is for me to be more efficient and effective with my time by speaking with as many as I can at once – and that means getting booked to speak at local bar associations and the like. Happy to report, I am set to be in Washington DC in March and am considering a meet up in Chicago as well.
  • relates to how much I book to get and stay abreast of all the things that those who work at law offices need to know without sacrificing service or the commitment I have to my personal clients, those who trust their work to LegalTypist and those who follow me.

2.  BELIEVE – As illustrated in my tweet below, I had selected another word but my kids informed me it was a commonly known word for those who imbibe a somewhat illegal substance, so I switched it to the word BELIEVE – which Chris actually put in my head with this tweet:cbtweet

Believe is such a hard word to fully feel and grasp. On any given day, things happen outside of your control, sometimes things which knock at the very foundation of your world. This is when you have to hunker down, dig in those heels and stubbornly refuse to do anything other than 100% believe in yourself.  You owe yourself nothing less! <-yes, I will be reading this to myself often!

3.  BULLSHIT this was the hardest one for me. I had tried to think of a different word that would motivate me as much as this one… and after close to 3 weeks thunking on it, I realized I simply had to curse and I simply had to be the one to do it often.  Bullshit stands for all the things I see going on in my world which really needs to have someone call it – but given I work in law, with lawyers, and stodgy organizations like the ABA – no one ever says a peep.  Not any longer!  I am here and will be routinely calling “Bullshit!” on the companies and technologies being passed off to lawyers as functional, affordable, even necessary <-but not really.