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LegalTech Show – New York

Posted in Technology
An interesting display of exhibits. A lot of energy and fervor. Almost too much to really spend time to discern what each exhibitor has to offer. E-Discovery is still here, but not so prominent. The third level is without exhibitors, something new in my experience. This suggests that either the economy is still bad for… Continue Reading

Will the internet replace newspapers?

Posted in Technology
When you read the news, or when you thumb through a catalog, you are exposed to new ideas and suggestions you might not have thought about before. When you shop or read the news on the internet, you are focused on the one item or idea you started with. That is limiting. Thus, there is… Continue Reading

We’re live!

Posted in Technology
Visit our new site! Like building a house, the completion date is often later than the due date …. But, this baby is well worth the wait. We’re excited and hope you will be also. Let us hear from you.  … Continue Reading

Knowledge – Who Owns It?

Posted in Management, Technology
I had the pleasure of keynoting a recent conference sponsored by LexisNexis.  During a panel discussion among practitioners, technology consultant and myself, the topic of the cost of new technology was discussed. One of the suggestions I made was that the successful law firm of the future will use technology to create and enhance its… Continue Reading

Revenge and Social Media

Posted in Technology
See today’s (Dec 1st) article in the Wall Street Journal (Personal Journal) entitled "The Dark Side of ‘Webtribution.’" This is truly scary where revenge as a motive with little thought to consequences can impact and perhaps destroy someone’s reputation. Because hitting the "send" button is soooooo easy and too often "anonymous," the temptation is huge… Continue Reading

Is the cloud ready for prime time?

Posted in Technology
Some folks are now advising the implementation of a hosted exchange server. They appear to have become more stable and reliable. Is this true?  Is the "cloud" now being effectively seeded by qualified and capable technology? What are the pros and cons of hosted exchange servers?… Continue Reading

Twitter and money – an oxymoron?

Posted in Technology
Can you imagine that Twitter, WITHOUT any revenue stream, is valued at $1Billion! Wow. Not many employees and no revenue stream … and no prospects in sight to get revenue. Just think what your law firm, with a decent revenue stream, might be worth? What is the difference? And why isn’t your firm worth $1B?… Continue Reading

FTC restricts bloggers

Posted in Technology
FTC is interested in restricting bloggers … wanting them to disclose any interest in products they promote … At first I was concerned but then realized that the ruling was no more severe than being applied to broadcasters.  So, what is different? Perhaps it’s that this may be the first time that the internet is… Continue Reading

Watch Your Face – book, that is

Posted in Technology
Florida’s Bar Board of Bar Examiners, through its Character and Fitness Commission, will examine applicants’ Facebook and MySpace websites under certain circumstances, such as where there previously was substance abuse and the like.  Why they don’t do it in all cases is not explained … but the Bar has been notified, Beware! Big Brother will… Continue Reading

Social media can be a dangerous sport

Posted in Technology
On more than one occasion, I’ve talked about how Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be dangerous. That is, our posts in these public environments that never disappear and cannot be erased can be dangerous. New lawyers have had job offers retracted; lawyers have been asked to leave their firms; and secretaries have been fired …… Continue Reading

Twitter beginning to slide?

Posted in Technology
Some lawyers are beginning to leave Twitter. I started with Twitter several months ago and within 48 hours received 2 invitations to speak at conference, one on the West Coast and one in the Northeast. Beyond that, I haven’t seen any revenue generated, but I have made connections with folks whom I value.  Is it… Continue Reading

LawBiz® Forum goes live

Posted in Technology, Videos
The Forum, previewed at the ABA TechShow, is now "live." Lawyers are invited to join at no cost and participate with their questions and support for other lawyers. We are creating a community, unique in the legal world. Call Ed with any questions at 800/837-5880 or edpoll@lawbiz.com.  … Continue Reading

LawBiz® Forum

Posted in Technology
NEW ONLINE FORUM LAUNCHES FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS Ed Poll Unveils LawBiz® Forum as New Online Community VENICE, CA MAY 5, 2009 – Nationally recognized law firm management expert Ed Poll, JD, MBA, CMC, announced today the launch of www.LawBizForum.com, an online destination for lawyers, sole practitioners, partners, managing partners, of-counsel and in-house counsel, and others… Continue Reading

Online pay systems scare me

Posted in Technology
With the technology available today, many people prefer to have their accounts paid automatically from their bank account. Charges such as telephone bills are processed directly to one’s bank account and then paid by the bank, oftentimes without the knowledge of the customer unless he/she reviews the account on line. Today I read about a… Continue Reading

Cyber Crime

Posted in Technology
Christopher Painter, a member of the cyber review task force appointed by President Obama for a “clean slate” review of our technology and security appeared before the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. I was riveted by his revelations about the process of the task force to prepare and deliver a report… Continue Reading

Lawyers should inquire about a witness’ social media presence

Posted in Technology
There is a current discussion about a lawyer’s obligation or responsibility to make inquiries into a witness’ social media pages, and the information contained therein. I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the information is not discoverable.  But, the Philadelphia Bar has opined in its Professional Guidance Committee Opinion 2009-02 (March 2009) that deceit sanctioned… Continue Reading

Printed blog

Posted in Technology
While in San Francisco, I was given “The Printed Blog.” Literally, hard copy publication taken from the electronic world.  If blogs can report on the hard copy world, I suppose “turn-around is fair play.” And, there must be some substance behind the group. It is published in Chicago and distributed in San Francisco. Who knows… Continue Reading

We’re on Tweeter

Posted in Technology
Just did it … Thanks to Tim Stanley and Cicely Wilson for helping me set this up. One step at a time, but look out world, I’m joining!  <g> I was reminded to provide the twitter URL … here it is:  http://twitter.com/lawbiz … I’m looking forward to hearing from y’all. … Continue Reading

Misuse of technology

Posted in Technology
Here’s a story sent to me by a friend. The moral is that we need to be more careful in how we use our "toys." A car was broken into while the family was at a football match. The car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted… Continue Reading

Twitter me

Posted in Technology
When technology companies need to hire a business development person, they’re really off the chart in success or they are scrambling to survive.  Twitter says it’s doing very well and has many partnering offers to evaluate … and they need some to do that. They’ve hired a "business development" wiz … someone who has been… Continue Reading