High-Tech Law Firms

TrialPad: Exciting New iPad App for Lawyers

Logo TrialPad for iPad is basically presentation software for your iPad which allows lawyers to annotate, organize, and display digital files in court in order to improve their persuasiveness, get better trial results and reduce costs associated with professional trial presentation consultants. Here's a short introduction:


Although we have not yet tried this app, we find the concept interesting and worth exploring.


Integrating the iPad into Your Business Process

IPhone - iPad Six months ago, I traded in my Blackberry and Verizon account for an iPhone and AT&T.  Within 24 hours, it was clear to me that “apps” were going to be one of the most significant technological developments for law firms that have ever come down the pipe.  Instead of having to lug my laptop around with me everywhere (and understanding that I might only fire it up 20% of the time when I could be using it), I had my iPhone as a portable computer available to access our extranet system, a variety of web applications which integral to our business process, a variety of federal rules and statutes in addition to all the fun stuff. 

When the iPad came to market, I waited because I am not a fan of wireless for either the iPad or iPhone.  I find the wireless connections to be woefully inadequate.  As soon as the 3G model came to market, I immediately grabbed one. 

Over the next few weeks, I will be describing how it is I have integrated the iPad into my business process for the betterment of me and my clients.  Stay tuned…

The Survey Says: More People Want ONLINE Legal Services

Technology and the Internet are constantly reshaping the way we look at the landscape of business.  More and more people have turned to the web to do their banking, shopping, schooling, and entertainment.  A recent survey conducted by Epoq U.K. says more people want their legal services on the web as well.  Attorney Richard Granat discusses the findings of the survey with Damien Allen on today's program.



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 for the betterment of clients, lawyers, law firms and society. Now here’s your host, Damien Allen.

Damien Allen:  Good morning and welcome to GAL Radio.  My name is Damien Allen, and joining me today on the phone once again is Attorney Richard S. Granat of Directlaw.com and Mylawyer.com.  He’s also the Chair of the Elawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association  Today we’re discussing the Epoq Legal UK survey on online services.  Good Morning, Richard, and welcome to the program.


Richard S. Granat:  Good morning, Damien.  How are you this morning?

Damien Allen:  I’m doing fine.  Hope you’re doing well, sir.

Richard S. Granat: I am.

Damien Allen:   Epoq Legal UK recently conducted an online survey finding that the majority of those polled expected good law firms to offer their services online in the next couple of years.  Is this desire or need for online legal services on the rise, Richard?

Richard S. Granat:  There’s no question in my mind that it’s increasing, whether it’s the UK or the U.S.  In fact, if the survey would have been conducted in the US, where, I think, we actually have higher internet penetration, I think the numbers would actually be higher.  I also have another data point. We just recently got a survey from our Google representative showing data in the legal category which shows that over a two period the number of people searching legal sites has increased by 192%, almost 200%.  So, we see an increasing trend by the consumer looking for answers on the internet or legal services on the internet.

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Delivering Online Legal Services: How to Set Up and Operate a Virtual Law Practice

With the advent of the internet and growing new technologies, attorneys need not be bound to the structure of a "brick and mortar" business model.  Lawyers can now reach out to potential clients and resources through the use of extranets, cloud based software platforms, and network legal information as well as better communicate with current clientele over the internet.  Richard Granat joins Damien Allen to discuss "The Virtual Law Firm"

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’s your host, Damien Allen.

 

Damien Allen:  Good afternoon and welcome to GAL Radio.  My name is Damien Allen and joining me today on the phone is Attorney Richard S. Granat of Directlaw.com and Mylawyer.com.  He’s also the Chair of the Elawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and today we’re discussing delivering online legal services and how to set up an operative virtual law practice, and I know the American Bar Association is issuing guidelines as the major focus for them. Richard, welcome to the program. 

 

Attorney Richard S. Granat:  Hi, Damien.  Good afternoon. 

 

Damien Allen:  Pleasure to have you on the show today, sir.  Could you please tell us what is a virtual law practice?

 

Attorney Richard S. Granat: Well, a virtual law firm is really characterized by access to the law firm through what we call a client portal where clients can sign on with a username and password.  It’s not like a typical website that you see which just has the lawyers biographies and some legal information, but is really a platform under which the law firm can actually deliver legal services to the client and relate to the client online,  collaborate with the client, give legal advice online.  It’s essentially a vehicle for online legal services, and this is something new.  We sign onto our bank or we do our brokerage online, we do our travel online, but law firms are not really done that before.  They haven’t had what we call a secure client portal where the client could actually sign on to the law firm. 

 

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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 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


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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Lawyer Escapes Blackberry While On Vacation.

Here’s an interesting ABA Journal story by Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple entitled, “Lawyers Wrestle with the Constant Pull of 24/7 Technology”.
 
Byrd “I was just completely relaxed,” says Byrd, an associate at Greenebaum Doll & McDonald who typically carries his BlackBerry on family travels. The Arkansas vacation was a stark contrast to the previous summer, when Byrd spent a family trip to New York City checking for new messages on the hour.


Other Articles:

2009 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report
Virtual Escape

'Ernie The Attorney' Discusses Technology, Social Networking for Lawyers and Going Solo

Ernie the Attorney is a long time blogger and innovator in the law. We love Ernie for lots of reasons, one of which is his linked-in profile which states:

Darwin observed that "it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change." The legal system, long bound by tradition, now struggles to adapt to increasing societal change. Today, lawyers can use technology in novel ways to improve communication and increase efficiency in gathering information. We need to be more adept at handling digital information to fully represent our clients.

Clients increasingly need lawyers who look at things in fresh ways, who seek hidden advantages, and who properly assess risk instead of reflexively avoiding it. "Zealous representation," to me, is less about swash-buckling and more about thoughtfulness and strategic planning.

Want to learn more?  Listen or read Ernie's GAL Radio interview where he discusses social networking and other hot topics in law.

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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. 

Damien Allen:  Good afternoon, and welcome to GAL Radio.  My name is Damien Allen and joining me today via the telephone is Ernest Svenson of the Svenson Law Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Good afternoon, and welcome to the program, Ernest.


Ernest Svenson: Hey, it’s great to be here.

Damien Allen:  It’s great to have you. Congratulations on your Super Bowl win.

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