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Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Establish a Routine

Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Establish a Routine

This post is the second in my continuing series “Knowledge Management for Lawyers”
Part 1: 7 Expensive Ways Lawyers Fail at Knowledge Management
Part 2: Track Your Results!

Part 3: Establish a Routine

knowledge managementMy first attempts to create what I now know as a Knowledge Management database of my practice of law were a failure. Not because I didn’t have some idea what I wanted to analyze. In fact, I knew exactly what I wanted to analyze – mediations. I had been in practice for about two years, working at firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, practicing primarily insurance defense.

I knew what metrics I wanted. I wanted to find out the tendencies of attorneys, mediators, and adjusters. I even knew how to do it. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty good with Microsoft Excel, and what I didn’t know could usually be found online. Or by calling my friend Neal Robbins, a man smarter than I am when it comes to Excel (among other things).

What I didn’t have was data. And it wasn’t because I hadn’t had enough mediations, it was because I hadn’t gotten in the habit of writing the information down. More…

December 16, 2014 0 comments Read More
5 Social Media Trends Lawyers Need to Know in 2015

5 Social Media Trends Lawyers Need to Know in 2015

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Social media is always changing. Some might even argue that the essence of social media itself is change. That’s one of the things that makes it so difficult to predict from year to year.

At the beginning of 2014, Facebook was pronounced dead. Since then, Facebook has added 100 million active users. I wish my blog would “die” like that! So, clearly, making specific predictions isn’t that helpful. But recognizing trends, the direction that social media may be heading based on where it’s been, much more valuable.

Recently, Ryan Holmes, CEO of the social media company Hootsuite, published a list of 5 trends that will change how you use social media in 2015. But how do these social media trends affect the practice of law?

I’m so glad you asked.

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December 10, 2014 0 comments Read More
7 Reasons that Fitbit Data in Court Should Terrify You (Part 2)

7 Reasons that Fitbit Data in Court Should Terrify You (Part 2)

fitbit dataPart 2 of 2 (See Part 1 here)

Fitbit is a neat little device for tracking your activity. Importantly, Fitbit (and similar devices) creates, and stores, data. A lot of data. About you. And that data is a tempting target in litigation. But be warned, the implications of using Fitbit data in court should terrify you!

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December 4, 2014 0 comments Read More
7 Reasons that Fitbit Data in Court Should Terrify You (Part 1)

7 Reasons that Fitbit Data in Court Should Terrify You (Part 1)

fitbit dataAs originally reported in The Atlantic, the first case using Fitbit data as evidence is currently underway in Canada. The plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, a personal trainer, wants to use Fitbit data to support her case. The plaintiff believes that the Fitbit data shows that her physical activity level is lower than baseline for her age and profession.

However, instead of using the raw data, plaintiff has retained a data analytics company called Vivametrica to provide expert analysis. Using data collected from “industry and public research,” Vivametrica claims to be able to compare one person’s Fitbit data to the general population. It’s potentially game-changing evidence. It should be great. It’s not.

Fitbit is a neat little device for tracking your activity. Importantly, Fitbit (and similar devices) creates, and stores, data. A lot of data. About you. And that data is a tempting target in litigation. But be warned, the implications of using Fitbit data in court should terrify you!

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December 3, 2014 0 comments Read More
Best New Apps for Lawyers – November 2014

Best New Apps for Lawyers – November 2014

Have you finished digesting your Thanksgiving turkey? Did you get everything you were supposed to get on Black Friday? Have you nursed those wounds from the stampede? Good! It’s December now, so it’s time to take a look back at the best apps for lawyers from this past month.

These are my Best New Apps for Lawyers – November 2014:

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December 1, 2014 0 comments Read More
12 Awesomely Funny Gifts for Lawyers (with Issues!) Vol. 2

12 Awesomely Funny Gifts for Lawyers (with Issues!) Vol. 2

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We approach that most American of two-day holidays: Thanksgiving/Black Friday. Nowhere else in the world is there such a display of unbridled overeating followed immediately by aggressive, sometimes violent, capitalism!

Once again, you might be searching high and low for the perfect gift for your attorney spouse (or parent, or friend, or whatever). Trust me when I tell you, this is NOT the place to find the perfect gift. On the other hand, if, like last year, you’re looking for something interesting and entertaining at the same time, you’re in the right place. (For additional gift ideas, check out Volume 1!)

Here is my list of 12 Awesomely Funny Gifts for Lawyers (with Issues!) Vol. 2: More…

November 25, 2014 0 comments Read More
Review: Ravel Law – Legal Research for the 21st Century

Review: Ravel Law – Legal Research for the 21st Century

ravel lawEver been frustrated by legal research? Ha, just kidding.

If you’ve ever performed legal research, you know that there is no “perfect” system. If you’re like me, you’ve identified about 100 things that you’d like to be able to do with legal research, but can’t (at least without a massive learning curve or 20 click-throughs). Moreover, you just KNOW that the system of typing in keyword searches and sifting through the results is hugely inefficient.

If you’re not familiar with the interesting tech developments going on at Stanford University’s School of Law, you should really check it out. One of those projects recently spun out on its own: Ravel Law. Ravel Law describes itself as “a new legal search, analytics, and visualization platform” for legal research. Using visualization tools unlike anything offered by the traditional legal research tools, Ravel Law wants to change the way you do research.

Recently, I had the opportunity to take Ravel Law for a test toast. More…

November 24, 2014 0 comments Read More