LinkedIn for lawyers: Expand, nurture your network; obtain results
Social media website LinkedIn topped 100 million registered users last year. Founded less than a decade ago, LinkedIn is now the premier business social networking tool, say legal technologists Dennis Kennedy and Allison C. Shields, who share how lawyers on LinkedIn can expand and nurture their networks for professional success.
Tips on creating profiles that get noticed >>
Sixty must-see websites for lawyers from ABA TECHSHOW
This year’s ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago concluded with the popular plenary session “60 Sites in 60 Minutes,” where legal technologists Reid Trautz, Natalie Kelly, Dan Pinnington and Catherine Sanders Reach shared a variety of must-see websites for lawyers.
Websites for work and your non-billable hours, too >>
Ethics of mobile computing: Obligations, security tips
Is "password1" your secret code for protecting your electronic information and equipment? If so, realize that you are vulnerable to hackers, especially when using such a simple and common password. And, as a lawyer, realize that you have an ethical duty to actively protect your confidential information and that of your clients.
Seven simple suggestions to implement now >>
Lawyers must heed dangers in using the technologies they love
Do you check Facebook every chance you get? Do you use an iPhone or Android device—or both? Do you download apps? Do you store files in the cloud? If so, you know that emerging technology can be fun and useful, but lawyers need to be especially careful when using them, experts advised at an ABA TECHSHOW session.
Issues using same smartphone for work and play >>
How LA Superior Court is keeping its doors open during lean times
State courts across the nation are struggling to serve their communities in the face of severe budget cuts, and the Los Angeles Superior Court is no different. However, the court’s efforts to address the tightening fiscal environment began in 2002, mitigating the impact of the severe budget reductions of late.
Operational changes include settlement courts, automation >>
Tips on how to jump-start a mediation career
James E. McGuire, a dispute resolution professional since 1989, fields a question every mediator receives—How can I become one, too? Mediation is a profession without a prescribed path, but McGuire shares basic advice on getting a career started.
Recommended reading, other practical tips >>
Create inclusive workplace to maintain, grow diverse workforce
Ask, gather information, assess and change. Those are the basic steps for organizations to create a more inclusive environment for diverse lawyers, provided by diversity consultant Vernā Myers, who explains that “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Practical measures for adoption >>
Lawyering here and abroad: Obtaining immigration visas for attorneys
While the job market is not lacking for lawyers, there are many times law firms must find attorneys with a particular expertise outside the United States. What are the available immigration visas for lawyers? Attorney Gregory Siskind outlines the options and their purposes.
What kind of visa do you need? >>
Navigating anti-money laundering, privacy requirements
A recent ABA program described the challenges of navigating the complex and sometimes conflicting requirements relating to anti-money laundering efforts and privacy maintenance. While anti-money laundering reporting requirements necessitate programs to identify and report suspicious transactions to law enforcement, other requirements restrict the disclosure of personally identifiable information.
Strong collaboration, communication key to handling both >>
ABA Day in Washington spotlights legal aid funding, other issues of concern
ABA Day in Washington, D.C., brings together hundreds of bar association volunteer leaders to speak to their elected representatives on issues critically important to the profession, to clients and the public at large. In a historic first, the ABA welcomed participation from all 50 states.
Background on ABA Day issues >>