November 5th, 2012 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
Over the summer, I had the privilege of contributing to a summer associate series for Bloomberg Law. One of the other participants with whom I had the opportunity to collaborate is Alison Monahan, the founder of The Girl’s Guide to Law School, and the co-founder of the Bar Exam Toolbox and the Law School Toolbox. We discussed the genesis of the Girl’s Guide, advice on law school exam preparation, and ways that law students can balance academics with health and wellness, among other topics. Listen to our interview below:
And, of course, you can watch the summer associate series to which Alison and I both contributed here:
October 24th, 2012 → 2:34 pm @ Ari Kaplan
Interesting approach to reinventing the professional conference:
October 17th, 2012 → 7:11 am @ Ari Kaplan
The rise of big data is on the minds of many of those responsible information governance and I spoke with Doug Stewart, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Daegis, a provider of eDiscovery solutions, which has just updated its eDiscovery Platform with Acumen, its Technology Assisted Review tool. We discussed the genesis of Acumen, the adoption rate of similar tools, the challenges, and its impact on the big data trend.
Listen to our discussion below:
August 30th, 2012 → 11:48 am @ Ari Kaplan
I had a chance to speak with John Simpson, founder & CEO of One North Interactive, which recently announced the acquisition of the web assets of Thomson Reuters’ Hubbard One, about the mission of One North Interactive, the evolution of law firm websites, interactive marketing trends, and how social media is reinventing how lawyers and their firms connect with audiences.
Listen to our interview below:
August 3rd, 2012 → 2:55 pm @ Ari Kaplan
With the ALA’s 2012 Law Firm Financial Management Conference fast approaching next week, I had the opportunity to speak with George Leloudis, the Executive Director of Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke Virginia, who is also chairman of the event’s planning committee. We discussed, among other topics:
Learn more about the ALA’s 2012 Law Firm Financial Management Conference being held in Chicago August 9th through the 11th here and listen to our interview below:
July 25th, 2012 → 7:25 am @ Ari Kaplan
Most professionals could gain more value from LinkedIn and here are seven simple techniques for reinventing the way you use the social network:
1. Provide updates.
2. Study status updates and share resources.
3. Get to know those you know.
4. Study the people looking for you.
5. Explain why you are connecting.
6. Send a follow-up note after connecting.
7. View profiles to get profile views.
I discuss these points in greater detail in my recent column here, and ultimately conclude that technology has made it much easier to add context to what was otherwise a cold call or e-mail just a few years ago. Take advantage of that new level of familiarity. LinkedIn makes networking universally accessible, since it is both practical and strategic without requiring you to be bold or outgoing.
July 13th, 2012 → 8:25 am @ Ari Kaplan
At a recent conference, I learned about CourtCall.com, which is a web-based service that facilitates telephonic court appearances for attorneys involved in matters in a wide variety of courts throughout the U.S. and Canada (click here to download a PDF of the entire list). Fees range from $40 to $78 and the site notes that:
A Judge’s listing does not assure that Telephonic Appearances are allowed on all matters and deadlines for scheduling vary. Additional fees and restrictions may apply when scheduling less than three full ‘Court’ days in advance. Next-day appearances cannot currently be scheduled online.
July 6th, 2012 → 8:31 am @ Ari Kaplan
“Learning inspires change,” says David Schnurman, the president and CEO of Lawline.com, a leading provider of online continuing legal education that is transforming the way professionals educate themselves on the web. In a discussion about the company’s new Lawline 2.0 initiative, which is making the site’s entire archive of over a thousand hours of programming free, Schnurman notes that “Lawline’s mission has always been to change the way people learn and since we are transitioning from a service-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, we are helping our audience make that change more seamlessly.”
In addition to providing CLE accreditation services in 43 states (including for this course), Lawline.com also offers CFP programs for those in financial services, and CPE courses for those in accounting, among other fields. A self-described “lifelong learner,” Schnurman wanted to give others the opportunity to actively engage with technology to enhance the learning experience. Lawline 2.0 allows viewers to take “smart” notes that automatically form reference-like outlines, record five-minute course summaries for future use, and dynamically share their newly acquired expertise.
Listen to our interview below:
June 14th, 2012 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I read this story on the home page of a Chicago law firm and thought it was a great introduction to the culture of the organization:
In 1944, during World War II, Chicagoan Arthur Goldberg was deployed on a mission to North Africa for the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor to the CIA. He knew that his old friend, Carl Devoe, was stationed in Cairo also doing intelligence work. Goldberg contacted Devoe, and the two men agreed to meet in Casablanca during Goldberg’s layover there. Soon after they met, there was a blackout in the city. Undeterred, Devoe and Goldberg went to the roof of a nearby building, sat down near the edge of a parapet and stared out into the darkness. They began to talk about their future-if they managed to live through the war. Before the night was over, the two men had agreed to start a law firm.
Storytelling really engages the reader and encourages you to learn more. I had the honor of interviewing famed author, Seth Godin, a few years ago for an article on this topic. Among other points of great advice, he noted:
The best way to be remarkable is to do something worth talking about, not to do something because you are panicked or to show off, but do something unique, insightful, helpful and over-the-top brave. The beauty of the legal profession is everyone is an entrepreneur … All of the successful ones didn’t get there by following instructions. They got there by doing stuff they believed in and doing it in a way that people talked about.
Listen to our 4-minute interview below:
May 16th, 2012 → 10:27 am @ Ari Kaplan
I had the chance to participate in the Law Firm Marketing Masters series and on a recent visit to New York City, I met with its creator, Dan Toombs, the founder of Grow Your Firm, an Australian web marketing company that assists professional services firms with enhancing their digital presence. We discussed the state of the Australian market and the benefits of leveraging Vizibility, among other topics. Watch our interview below: