Friday Five : September 23, 2016

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

  1. Good article -> RT @WAStateBar: Picking Practice Management Software: A Guide for Lawyers
  2. RT @bschorr: Section Breaks in Word < Handy tool for setting different formats for different parts of a document.
  3. @DavidSug Collected and aggregated user data. Past 5 years. There’s an opt out … now  
  4. Some interesting stats -> How Solos Differ From Other Lawyers: Survey Offers Insights @bobambrogi
  5. Let’s go to the video tape: <-the Opening Keynote of #ClioCon by Clio co-founder Jack Newton where he speaks about mining user data since 2010.  This is still a developing story, but according to Bob Ambrogi in Why Didn’t Clio Notify Users of Data Aggregation? there is now an opt out option and the Terms of Service for Clio were amended late 2014 with provision 2.12 which references paragraph 4.1:

    It is, of course, up to each attorney user of Clio to determine if the above sits comfortably with them. I know of no other practice management technology which mines its user data.



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.