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December 2010

Google Calendar is THE ANSWER to Lawyer Scheduling.

Calendar_logoWe have struggled for many years to find an adequate calendar solution which accomplishes the following goals:

  1. Performs all of the calendaring items that lawyers need each and every day.
  2. Group calendaring which allows me to see the schedules of other people on our team, both inside and outside the office network.
  3. Universal access to the calendar from whatever computer or device I am working on with real-time updates including all of the various computers that I work from as well as my iPhone.
  4. Reminders by pop-up, email and text message on intervals that I choose.
  5. No requirements for synchronization which requires my main computer to be networked, by various calendaring software to be running or any other limitations on real-time data. 

Through the years, we have used both Amicus Attorney and PC Law.  We have synched PC Law with Microsoft Outlook Calendar.  We have subscribed to MobileMe accounts in order to synch calendar data from PC Law to Outlook to the iPhone.  In retrospect, I have to wonder what the hell we were thinking? 

Google Calendar handles all of the required elements of lawyer calendaring seamlessly and easily.  We have now been using Google Calendar for a month.  I’m somewhat embarrassed that it took us almost six years to realize that Google Calendar is THE ANSWER to our calendaring needs. 


Arbitrator Finds Law Firm Overcharges Client $540,000

Arbitrator Jeffrey Martin concluded that the law firm Goodwin Procter overcharged one of its clients, Northland Investment Corp., by more than $540,000, and failed to deliver on promised discounts.  Martin ordered Goodwin to reduce the $1.1 million invoice by 55 percent.

The Arbitrator's findings calls into question the billing practices of Goodwin Proctor as well as those o other big law firms.

Full Story:  $540,000 overcharge sheds light on law firm bills, Boston Gloge

Related Story: Arbitrator Finds Goodwin Procter Overcharged Client, Orders 55% Cut in Legal Tab, ABA Journal


Dean Robb: An Unlikely Radical Interview Part 3

Dean Robb An Unlikely Radical Announcer:  Welcome to GAL Radio brought to you by The Greatest American Lawyer blog, changing the way law is practiced through technology, innovation and creativity.  Turning the business of law on its head and shaking things up to the betterment of clients, lawyers, law firms and society.  Now, here is your host, Steve Quick.

Steve Quick:  This is Steve Quick.  Welcome to GAL Radio.  Today, we’ll continue our conversation with Dean Robb, subject of a new book called, “Dean Robb: An Unlikely Radical.”  What effect does racism play in fueling the anger that’s going on today against the progressive movement in America?

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Dean Robb: An Unlikely Radical Interview Part 2

Dean Robb An Unlikely Radical Announcer:  Welcome to GAL Radio brought to you by The Greatest American Lawyer blog, changing the way law is practiced through technology, innovation and creativity.  Turning the business of law on its head and shaking things up to the betterment of clients, lawyers, law firms and society.  Now, here is your host, Steve Quick.

Steve Quick:  This is Steve Quick.  Welcome to GAL Radio.  Today, we’ll continue our conversation with Dean Robb, subject of a new book called, “Dean Robb:  An Unlikely Radical.” Dean, you spent over a half-century fighting racism, do you see the hot button topics today – the healthcare, the housing crisis, the environment, immigration – as being part of that larger battle?

 

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Dean Robb: An Unlikely Radical Interview Part 1

Dean Robb: An Unlikely RadicalAnnouncer:  Welcome to GAL Radio brought to you by The Greatest American Lawyer blog, changing the way law is practiced through technology, innovation and creativity.  Turning the business of law on its head and shaking things up to the betterment of clients, lawyers, law firms and society.  Now here is your host, Steve Quick.

Steve Quick:  Hello, and welcome to GAL Radio.  My name is Steve Quick.  Dean Robb is a lawyer and long-time champion of civil rights, consumers’ safety, workers rights and using the law as an engine for social change and justice.  Over six decades, he has fought for racial equality, against McCarthyism, and helped develop strategies for fighting within the system.  Hello, Dean and welcome to the program.

Dean Robb:  Thanks, glad to be here.

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Interview with Attorney Josh King Regarding The American Bar Association's Push to Regulate Social Networking and Online Advertising by Attorneys - Part 2

Part 2 of Attorney Josh King's interview concerning the American Bar Association's Push to Regulate Attorney Social Networking and Online Advertising. 

Announcer:  Welcome to GAL Radio brought to you by The Greatest American Lawyer blog, changing the way law is practiced through technology, innovation and creativity.  Turning the business of law on its head and shaking things up to the betterment of clients, lawyers, law firms and society.  Now, here is your host, Steve Quick.

Steve Quick:  Hi, and welcome to GAL Radio, my name is Steve Quick.  Today, we’ll continue our conversation with Josh King, Vice President for business development and general counsel for Avvo, Inc., which provides a number of online services to consumers.  Josh, last time we talked about how social networks have impacted how lawyers and clients interact with each other.  Where do lawyers or law firms’ websites fit into this conversation? 

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