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April 20, 2016

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April 26 from 12-12:30 p.m.

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Reba Nance

Using Paralegals to Boost the Bottom Line

Paralegals can be a real boon to your practice. Not only can you leverage their skills to increase your bottom line, paralegals can make your life easier by taking tasks off your plate leaving you free to handle more substantive matters (including business development!) You’ll make more money, you’ll be less stressed, you’ll be more productive, and your clients will be better served.

But many lawyers don’t use paralegals because they don’t realize how effective they can be, and more importantly, they don’t know what tasks they can give paralegals that don’t constitute the practice of law.

Fortunately, there are a ton of resources to help you use paralegals in your practice. First, check out the Paralegal Guidelines. The guidelines themselves can be found here. They spell out the tasks that can be performed by paralegals broken down by practice area.

Be sure to take a look at the Office of Attorney Regulation’s website on the unauthorized practice of law. There you will find information on what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). If you are considering hiring a paralegal, but sure to take a look at their list of individuals and businesses that have been publicly enjoined from engaging in further acts of UPL. It can be found here.

The CBA’s free lending library has some great books on using paralegals and office support staff. Included are Paralegals, Profitability, and the Future of your Law Practice; The Legal Assistant's Complete Desk Reference; Leveraging with Legal Assistants and many others.

Finally, don’t forgot to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct and any Ethics Opinions related to supervising and using paralegals. With the help of the resources listed above, you may find that paralegals can take your practice to the next level!

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Product Reviews

Experts’ Tips from ABA TECHSHOW 2016

Joan Feldman, Attorney at Work
In March the ABA TECHSHOW celebrated its 30th anniversary in Chicago. With a whopping 18 program tracks, 80-plus sessions and 100-plus companies (and lots of puppies, too!) in the expo hall, it was quite a party. Couldn’t make it? No problem… Read more.

These Apps Shame You if You Spend Too Much Time Glued to Your Screens

Lisa Needham,
You already know that you are spending way too much time checking your email across various devices. Are you the person that, after glancing at your email, goes on to spend another hour just fiddling around on whatever device is at hand? Perhaps you are a candidate for these apps that will make you feel mortified about how much time you’re spending in the digital world. Read more.

Technology For Lawyers: Are You a Technology Dinosaur or a Legal Techie?

Julian Gutierrez, Above the Law
Is your “To-Do” list written on a legal pad? Still using a paper calendar to schedule meetings? Still using filing cabinets to store your documents? Is using an iPad too advanced for your firm? If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions, you may be a technology dinosaur. You may not realize you’re a dinosaur, but neither did the real dinosaurs. If you love technology and answered “no” to most of those questions, congrats, you’re a legal techie! Read more.

Seven Cybersecurity Tips for Lawyers

David Lat, Above the Law
Here are some tips derived from two panels at the recent ABA TECHSHOW conference: a panel called Security Awareness and Phishing, featuring tech consultants Sherri Davidoff and Adriana Linares, and a plenary session called Can They Hear Me Now? Practicing Law in an Age of Mass Surveillance, featuring technologist Christopher Soghoian and lawyers Marcia Hofmann and Ben Wizner. Read more.


What Lawyers Can Learn From the SCOTUS Nominee Twitter Campaign

Dennis Garcia, Bloomberg BNA
As Twitter celebrates its tenth anniversary we continue to see its growing impact in the legal profession. On the same day that President Obama announced Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as his nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States, the White House unveiled the Twitter account @SCOTUSnom called “SCOTUS Nomination.” Read more.

Five Ways to Attract New Legal Clients with Video

Michael Mogill, Attorney at Work
Video has become one of the most effective — and flexible — online marketing tools available to lawyers today. Whether you’re looking to stand out from the pack, build client confidence, connect emotionally, or simply attract and convert new viewers into clients, video can help give you a marketing edge. Video can be used for your website, YouTube, social media, television, newsletters — and even as part of your email signature. Read more.

Practice Management

FREE Webinar — 7 Critical IT Security Protections Every Mac-Based Law Firm Must Have In Place

Tom Lambotte, GlobalMacIT
Are you a Mac-using attorney? Do you know about all the new threats to your data? Do firewalls and antivirus software merely give you a false sense of security? Are you or your firm a “sitting duck” at risk of losing everything in your bank account in an instant, not to mention the insult to injury of government fines and penalties for non-compliance to data breach laws. Read more.

Lawyers & The Gig Economy — How to Navigate Upwork

Law And More
More and more lawyers are earning their living through on-demand work. For example, the growth of online B2C legal services, simulating LegalZoom, is providing so many assignments that there is talk about those lawyers who are independent contractors demanding full-time employee classification. Read more.

How Do You Automate a Law Practice? Here are Some Practical Tips

Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal
Lawyers have plenty of demands on their time — but repetitive everyday tasks don’t have to be one of them. That was the message of “The Automatic Law Firm,” a panel at ABA Techshow on Thursday morning. Panelists Andrew Legrand and John Mayer evangelized the benefits of templating many of the most mundane documents of law practice — client engagement letters, routine filings — in order to save both time and staffing costs. Read more.

Three Steps to Increasing Law Practice Productivity

Raj Jha, Attorney at Work
I bet this has happened to you. You show up at the office with the best intentions. You’re finally going to get that marketing project — or some other large project — done so you can reap the rewards. You sit down at your desk. Your voicemail light is flashing. Your inbox is loaded with unread emails. And the fire drills begin. A few hours later, you skip lunch. Then it’s dark outside. You have no idea where the day went. Read more.