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March 2010

How The Internet Has Changed The Practice Of Law

There is no doubt that the internet and new technologies have changed the way lawyers work, practice law, and market their abilities to the public. Enrico Schaefer discusses how the advent of the web has changed the practice of law and lawyers.



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Damien Allen: Good morning and welcome to GAL Radio. My name is Damien Allen, and joining me today on the phone is Enrico Schaefer of Traverse Legal, PLC. Good morning and welcome to the program, Enrico.

Enrico Schaefer: Good morning, Damien.

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The Majority of Lawyers are Preparing for the Changing Practice of Law

In a recent ABA Article, the author discusses a new study released at ABA Techshow, a blog devoted to information about the 2010 conference and EXPO and the evolution of the legal profession, reveals that the majority of lawyers are preparing for significant changes to the practice of law.

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Solo Practice University One Year Anniversary

Susan Cartier Liebel began Solo Practice University on March 20, 2009.  One year later, we look back at the reasons SPU started, what it has accomplished and where it's going now.


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Damien Allen:  Good morning and welcome to GAL Radio.  My name is Damien Allen, and joining me today on the phone is Susan Cartier Liebel of Solo Practice University.  Good morning and welcome to the program, Susan.

Susan Cartier Liebel:   Good morning, Damien.  How are you?

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Is it the End for BigLaw or a Beginning for Change?

At a two-day conference hosted by the Georgetown Center for the Study of the Legal Profession called Law Firm Evolution: Brave New World or Business as Usual?, scholars, consultants, attorneys and law firms gathered together in debate and discussion over the future of BigLaw and its need for change. 

Here are a few excerpts from “Warnings Toll for BigLaw Firms Resistant to Change” by Rachel M. Zahorsky on the ABAJournal:

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Google Search Permissible under Rule 201 in Evaluating Evidence in a Case

In a recent Law.com article entitled "Court's Google Search Did Not Violate Evidence Rules, 2nd Circuit Says", Author Joel Stashenko reports on a case in which a Southern District of New York Judge used an internet search to evaluate evidence in a case.  The Appeals Court ruled that the Judge’s internet search was to confirm what his “common sense” told him about the item at issue.  The Appeals Court also agreed that the Federal Rules of Evidence do not apply in their normal force to supervised release revocation proceedings.

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The Importance of Networking at Conferences

I'm just returning from the South by Southwest Interactive Conference 2010.  I was a speaker on a panel regarding the recently enacted FTC Part 255 Guidelines and how they specifically affect bloggers.  In addition, I attended countless sessions ranging from new social media tools and techniques to legal issues facing bloggers and tech companies to sessions pertaining to the latest and greatest in technology.  We chose to attend this conference because the attendees are the exact kind of individuals and entities that we want to represent.  In some cases, we already do represent them and had an opportunity to spend time with them in person.  Regardless, we are now seeing conferences as an important aspect of our business model. In particular, it gives us the opportunity to further our brand, stay educated about the latest issues that face our clients, and provide value to both prospective and existing clients in light of our attendance and participation at these conferences.

I welcome any thoughts as to which conferences would be worthwhile for us moving forward.

~Brian


2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Opinion on Attorney Advertising and Solicitation

As reported by Debra Cassens Weiss in today's ABA Journal post entitled, "2nd Circuit: Ban on Law Firm Nicknames Violates First Amendent", the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected content-based restrictions on attorney advertising and held that the ban violated the First Amendment.  Read the court's opinion (PDF).

Related Stories:

2nd Circuit Rejects Most of New York's Attorney Advertising Limits-  Noeleen G. Walder, Law.com

N.Y. Lawyer Ad Rules Struck Down - Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal


The Head of Research Services from Michigan State University College of Law Discusses Online Legal Research

Jane Edwards discusses the issues related to the cost of electronic resources in online legal research, the value of print resources and the competition between proprietary databases and free resources on the web.

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Damien Allen:  Good afternoon and welcome to GAL Radio.  My name is Damien Allen and joining my on the phone today is Jane Edwards, the Assistant Director of Public Services.  Jane is also the Head of Research Services for the Michigan State University College of Law Law Library and is an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Legal Research.  Good afternoon, welcome to program, Jane.

Jane Edwards:  Thanks very much.

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Gender (in)Equality in the Law: A Frank Discussion with Monica Bay, Editor-In-Chief of Law Technology News

Monica Bay, the editor-in-chief of Law Technology News, discusses the technology changes within the publishing industry and gender equality within the legal profession in this GAL Radio interview.  Highlights include....

  • So, what we’ve seen is a transition, a very healthy transition in my mind, to the GC’s having a lot more control over the whole process where law firms are being forced to operate, instead of like private clubs, on a much more corporate, much more transparent approach.
  • About a year and a half ago, the U.S. Census released a staggering, and very disappointing figures that showed tremendous gaps in the legal profession on how we pay our women and our men.
  • even among the paralegals, ...  it’s something like 97% women, and yet, with that small percentage of men who are paralegals, they’re still making more than the women.
  • But, it’s unconscionable for our profession, who are leaders for justice in the rule of law, to have inequities in something as fundamental as equal pay for equal work.  So, I challenge those leaders to walk into their HR departments and get the information and fix it.


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Damien Allen:  Good afternoon, and welcome to GAL Radio.  My name is Damien Allen, and joining me today on the phone is Monica Bay, editor-in-chief of Law Technology News.  Good afternoon, Monica.  Welcome to the program.

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Digital Court Is Right around the Corner

Video conferencing In a recent post on law.com entitled “How close are we to introducing Digital Court?”,  the author, Bruce Carton, discusses a recent article posted on the laweyrist.com blog entitled, “Is Digital Court the Wave of the Future?”.  Both authors note that the trend towards "digital lawyering" and “digital court” will someday soon become a reality.  Here are some of the benefits and arguments for implementation of the digital court system:

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