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Depositions v. Ediscovery Plus 90 More Must-Reads

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 91 articles from the past two weeks worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.

Counterpunch: Ten Ways to Fight Back on Cross

Add Punch to Your Briefs

Reevaluating Ediscovery Business Models

Court Disallows Admission of Screenshots

Congratulations to Ralph Losey of e-Discovery Team on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Depositions v. Ediscovery: What if You Had to Choose?

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Review of Freshbooks Plus Top Four Reasons Solos Shut Down Their Law Firms

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Alabama criminal and family lawyer Clark Stewart doesn't like financial software. So naturally we asked him to review cloud billing software powerhouse FreshBooks — with an open mind. Clark obliged, putting FreshBooks through its paces in his law practice over the course of several months. In this issue of SmallLaw, you'll learn how well FreshBooks handles time tracking, time entry, and invoicing. Clark also tested the FreshBooks smartphone app. He compares its feature set to that in the core website. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for the top four reasons solos shut down their law firms.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Why Law Firms Shun Merger Offers Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

This week's inside baseball sections link to:

68 press releases about lateral hires, mergers, internal promotions, and all other significant business news.

59 press releases about notable law firm and practice group accolades.

68 press releases about notable individual lawyer accolades.

Congratulations to Joseph B. Altonji of LawVision Insights on winning our BigLaw Pick of the Week award: Top Three Reasons Law Firms Shun Merger Offers. Here's a sampling of of some other industry analysis from this issue:

Ceding the Stage: Lessons in Leadership

Every Jersey Tells a Story in This Office

How to Receive BigLaw
BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Review of Word for iPad by a Lawyer Plus 125 More Must-Reads

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 126 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

A Guide to Speech Recognition Software

How Word for iPad Manages Your Documents

Review: Fantastical 2.0

Top 10 Takeaways From ABA TECHSHOW 2014

Congratulations to Jeff Richardson of iPhone J.D. on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Lawyer and iPad Guru Jeff Richardson Reviews Word for iPad

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Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Please subscribe now.

The Five Best New Large Law Firm Mobile Apps Plus More Doom and Gloom

Monday, April 14, 2014

Originally published on March 24, 2014 in our free BigLaw newsletter. Instead of reading BigLaw here after the fact, sign up now to receive future issues in realtime.

While large law firms have bought into mobile websites, most remain skeptical of mobile apps. However, some firms have launched apps. In this issue of BigLaw, LawFirmMobile Blog co-founder Matt Gross (with help from co-founder Neil Rosenbaum) shares his picks for the five best new large firm mobile apps based on criteria such as content, design, and innovation. All five apps are free so you can take a closer look without having to submit an expense report. Also, don't miss the BigLaw Pick of the Week (newsletter only) for yet another report on large firm revenue shrinkage.

THE FIVE BEST NEW LARGE LAW FIRM MOBILE APPS

At LawFirmMobile Blog, we see a lot of large law firms attempt to build mobile apps. Some of these apps provide useful content or services, while others fall fairly flat. In our recent report, we combed through the Am Law 200 and Global 100 to see which firms have apps.

Despite the fact that the majority of US consumers have a smartphone (and likely nearly all corporate counsel), few law firms have developed a mobile strategy. As you know from your own use, a native app provides a better and faster experience than a mobile website. For example, on your smartphone do you use the calendar app or its web counterpart, the email app or webmail, your bank's app or its website, an airline's app or its website? You get the idea.

Here are the statistics:

• 36 firms in the AmLaw 200 have built an app.
• 28 firms in the Global 100 have built an app.

By contrast, the mobile web has steadily made gains at large law firms. Large firms continue to implement mobile websites at a much faster rate than mobile apps. This is likely because mobile websites present an easier to understand value proposition to law firms than apps. A mobile website works on all smartphones.

The Five Best New Apps

Despite the fact that very few law firms have built mobile apps and that many of those apps suffer from poor design, there is a bright side. The total number of apps produced by large law firms is up 62% year over year. And some of them are very good.

In this issue of BigLaw we highlight the five best apps. Our criteria include design and innovation. We especially like those apps that fill a gap or experiment with a new approach to provide value to users. These law firms will benefit as existing and prospective clients discover use their apps. Keep in mind that while we focused on the iPhone versions of these apps here, many are available on Android and other platforms.

1. Bracewell & Giuliani: ShalePlay

Who would have guessed that a law firm with a famous New York mayor among its partners would build an app solely focused on fracking. My family lives in Marcellus Shale territory, so I actually follow this issue with some interest. Bracewell & Giuliani has combined a sharp graphical look with deep knowledge about the gas shale industry. By focusing on a niche area, they delivered a differentiated app that could prove very useful.

2. DLA Piper: Rapid Response

Having just finished watching the finale of Breaking Bad, I can understand that paranoid feeling that the federal authorities might be lined up across the street ready to break down my door. DLA Piper has designed an app for just this scenario and many others. In all seriousness, there is a wealth of information here on civil liberties and personal rights that could prove valuable for many people.

3. Latham & Watkins: Anti-Bribery & Corruption Laws

In this app, Latham & Watkins has produced a reference guide for anyone with business dealings overseas worried about over-stepping legal boundaries. By diving deep into the definitions of bribery and other forms of corruption, this app provides a lot of useful information about how to navigate in geographic regions with different cultural and legal norms.

4. Sutherland Asbill & Brennan: SALT Shaker

With a novel design, the Sutherland SALT Shaker app provides a resource on important state and local tax (SALT) developments. Features include tax developments searchable by state or topic, interactive US maps, and alerting of new SALT developments. The most interesting feature is the Pet of the Month award for firm members and their friends.

5. Fox Rothschild: Data Breach 411

I'll preface this one by saying that the design and implementation of this app are not perfect, but we included the app for the content. Data breaches occur more frequently yet the state by state patchwork of laws makes this area of law extremely difficult to understand. The app lists 46 states with data breach laws, HIPAA/HITECH statutes, and links to related information such as COPPA and credit monitoring services.

Matt Gross is co-founder of LawFirmMobile.com Blog and founder of Mobile Monday Boston.

Neil Rosenbaum (a.k.a The App Guy) is co-founder of LawFirmMobile.com Blog.

How to Receive BigLaw
BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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