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Coaching for PA Lawyers to Improve Marketing and Other Skills

Posted on January 29, 2014
My first major step onto the coaching soapbox came in the form of an article entitled “Coaching to Improve Skills,” which appeared in the December 3, 2007 issue of The Pennsylvania Bar News. I wrote it because I was sick and tired of hearing attorneys say that if an attorney did not instinctively know how […]The post Coaching for PA Lawyers to Improve Marketing and Other Skills appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.


Twitter username worth $50k?

Posted on January 29, 2014
A very interesting article on CNET News caught my attention. The headline “Coveted $50,000 Twitter username swiped in tale of woe” intrigued me on more than one level. First, of course, are the security issues. Definitely read the article, and track back to the blog post, to get an idea of how vulnerable your online […]The post Twitter username worth $50k? appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.


When Fee Exceeds Value

Posted on January 27, 2014
I present a number of seminars to PA attorneys in which I strongly make the point that billing is more art than science; however if an attorney approaches it from the perspective of hours x rate = You owe me, the lawyer has missed the point. From the client’s point of view, it’s about value […]The post When Fee Exceeds Value appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.


Custom Apps Created by Law Firms – Brilliant Marketing

Posted on September 14, 2013
A terrific next step in education-based marketing strategy is the law firm mobile device app, designed to address a specific client need. Law Technology News recently reported on apps designed by Latham & Watkins and O’Melveny & Myers,to inform users about anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws...


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Document Assembly – Work Smarter Instead of Harder

Posted on September 13, 2013
Repetitive documents are most cost-effectively produced using document assembly software. I recall reading that approximately 80% of legal documents are mostly repetitive; using boilerplate language. They provide opportunity to gain efficiency in production by working smart...


Simple Timeline Software

Posted on September 04, 2013
Sometimes you need to create a simple Timeline, but you don’t do it often enough to justify buying expensive application software. What do you do? We’re all probably familiar with TimeMap, now owned by LexisNexis. It was probably the first really good and easy-to-use software designed specifically for this purpose...


It’s Dog Gone Time!

Posted on August 31, 2013
It’s about time a judge recognized that one’s beloved pet is worth a lot more than original price paid. A pound pup claims just as much space in our heart. Regardless of whether the dog comes free, or with a hefty pedigree and price tag, we will love it...


A Law Firm with a Sense of Humor

Posted on August 23, 2013
Is it an oxymoron to say law firm and sense of humor in the same sentence? Apparently not. Creating a fun atmosphere attracts employees. Back in the day when I managed firms hands-on, I tried to introduce humor into the workplace whenever possible. My colleagues at other firms did not approve...


Keep Track of Your ?Stuff?

Posted on August 19, 2013
We all lose stuff, even if only temporarily. What if you could ?tag? all your stuff with a tracker, so that when misplaced, you could locate it easily on your Smartphone? That?s what Tile is for. A Personal Asset Manager to help track one?s stuff. It?s about time...


Upcoming MCLE Seminars

Posted on August 19, 2013
I have two confessions: 1) I do have a calendar for upcoming events on my web site, but can’t get into it to update it. I just haven’t had time to figure out what’s wrong. 2) I have not posted to my blog in quite a while. This is one of those “do as I […]The post Upcoming MCLE Seminars appeared first on PA Law Practice Management by Ellen Freedman.


Caring for Elderly Parents

Posted on August 19, 2013
Many of you read my blog post some time ago entitled ?Children Responsible for Parental Debt?. It?s a serious issue surrounding the long-standing Filial Responsibility Law in PA. I?m pleased to let you know that the Greater Philadelphia Professional Council, of which I am a member, will be presenting a FREE seminar on this topic...


Why You Need to Connect With Your Colleagues

Posted on June 27, 2013
Attorneys who practice in a solo or small firm (15 or fewer attorneys) setting have lots of advantages. One big disadvantage for many is a lack of feedback and support mechanisms. That’s certainly one area where a larger firm provides benefit...


Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Seminar

Posted on June 27, 2013
It’s not too late to sign up for “Using Trial Tools in the High Tech Courtroom” which happens tomorrow, Friday, June 28, 2013,in Berks County. The seminar is being hosted from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the High-Tech Courtroom– Reading Station of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania...


Does Communication Overload Impact Civility in the Profession?

Posted on June 19, 2013
I have theory, but I’m not sure I have any answers. I’m hoping you do, and will take the time to express your thoughts. My theory starts with a base assumption that most people in the legal environment are suffering from information-overload anxiety...


Big Time Competition Just Arrived

Posted on April 30, 2013
The legal marketplace has become extremely competitive. You know that. But it just became a lot worse, and you may not yet be aware of the new threat. A 700 lawyer private law firm in China — Zhong Lun Law Firm — has opened an office in New York...


Cyber Security and Data Privacy

Posted on April 25, 2013
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP just published a very sobering article on this topic. The article is entitled “Cyber-security and Data Privacy Outlook and Review: 2013,” and it is probably one of the most comprehensive reviews on the status of lawsuits, regulatory changes, and breaches I’ve read to date...


Another June Seminar Presentation Scheduled

Posted on April 25, 2013
Monroe County Bar Association just scheduled me for June 25th. I will be presenting Survival 101: Law Practice Emergency Planning for Death or Disability as part of their Lunch ‘n Learn Series. I expect that the registration details will appear on their web site shortly...


Upcoming Seminar Presentations

Posted on April 23, 2013
I have quite a few CLE seminar presentations scheduled for May & June. If you’re going to be in the area, you might want to register for the CLE credits. I promise you will be both educated and entertained ! Allegheny County Bar Association Institute for Gender Equality Thursday, May 16, 2013 Client Service and [...


Children Responsible for Parental Debt

Posted on April 10, 2013
I never heard of the “filial responsibility” laws. Until I read about a PA resident who must pay for Mom’s $93,000 Nursing Home bill. Now that I’ve read about it, I’m sure glad my sister has the “deep pocket” in our family...


ABA TechShow – Ready and Waiting

Posted on April 02, 2013
The American Bar Association’s TechShow is THE place to be if you want to get up to speed on the latest gizmos, trends and technologies deployed by law firms. I look forward to it each year. I arose early this morning after a scant 1.5 hours of sleep — trying to clean up client work [...


New HIPAA Regulations Require Action

Posted on March 15, 2013
Final HIPAA privacy and security regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require action by group health plan sponsors by September 2013. According to an employee benefits blog issued by McDermott Will & Emory, the final rule largely adopts the proposed HITECH regulations with some additional expansions and clarifications, adopts [...


BlackBerry Z10

Posted on March 15, 2013
In the past, I only used and recommended BlackBerry mobile phones for business use, because of the better security and business apps. That was until I threw my 3rd BB out of the window of a moving car! There has been just one too many frustrations with synchronizations gone awry and corrupting my dataset, an [...


Law Firm Layoffs Continue — Quietly — to the Detriment of Service Partners

Posted on March 14, 2013
At a recent presentation to students at a local law school, I emphasized that law firms are still downsizing, in order to deal with continuing underutilization. The layoffs are not as spectacular as they were in the past few years, and therefore rarely make headlines like this recent one anymore...


Technology Inches into the Sixth Circuit

Posted on March 11, 2013
The Sixth Circuit issued a new policy on the use of electronic devices by counsel during oral argument. Prior to the policy, the Sixth Circuit generally prohibited the use of any electronic devices at oral argument. A recent Squire Sanders blog post by Pierre Bergeronentitled “Sixth Circuit Issues Policy on the Use of Electronic Devices [...


Computer Security Alert: Protect Your PC From a Data Dump

Posted on March 02, 2013
A data what? Yep, you heard it right. There’s a new computer security threat afoot which can fill your hard drive in seconds. This new threat was just reported in BBC News : Technology. According to the report, the vulnerability has been created by a loophole in the programming of HTML5...


Is Telecommuting a Bad Idea?

Posted on March 01, 2013
Cyberspace has been all abuzz about the new ban on telecommuting announced by Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer. Is telecommuting a bad idea? Well, I hate to sound like all the attorneys I work with, but the answer is “it depends.” If you check out some of the articles written, many of which liberally quote former [...


Goodbye Mr. Lucky Boy – Dealing with Inevitable Loss

Posted on February 21, 2013
This is an intensely personal post. Some of you may want to skip it. It’s not the normal type of discourse for this blog. It’s about loss and bereavement. But this once I am breaking my rule andthinking about the writer instead of the audience...


Is It Time to Change Jobs?

Posted on February 15, 2013
A terrific, short article on a FindLawBlog lists “5 Signs You Need to Leave Your Law Firm Job.” I’ve addedfivemore reasons to change jobs, based on experience: 6. Banging your head against a wall. You feel like you?re fighting the same battles repeatedly...


Use of Criminal Records in Hiring Decisions

Posted on February 13, 2013
I was instructing aclass of 2L and 3L studentsat Drexel’s Earl Mack School of Law this past Monday, and included was my recommendation to use a credit andcriminal records check for any potential new hire who would be handling client money, as a fraud prevention strategy ...


Beware: Office 2013 Has NON-Transferable License

Posted on February 13, 2013
Normally MicrosoftOffice software is transferable from one computer to another, as long as it is uninstalled on the old computer. No more! Is MS really this greedy, that they would make you buy new software every time you replace a computer? Apparently, yes...


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