December 2011 | eLawyering Goes Mainstream
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eLawyering Goes Mainstream

FEATURES

Expand Your Solo or Small Firm Practice Using Client Portals

By Donna Seyle

A secure web space in which lawyers and clients interact is commonly known as a "client portal." This article provides a representative list of vendors who offer portal products, varying from a simple shell to one that incorporates a fully functional practice management system.

Getting Started with eLawyering

By Stephanie Kimbro

You don't need to convert to a completely paperless law office in the clouds in order to benefit from elawyering. Here are a few simple first steps that a lawyer might take to get started with elawyering.

Document Assembly Over the Internet

By Richard S. Granat

Web-based document assembly greatly reduces the time needed to accomplish legal work, enabling higher margins for firms and lower pricing for clients. Lawyers who take the trouble to learn how to automate their own forms will have a competitive advantage over those that don't.

Dancing in the Cloud

By Marc Lauritsen

Online tools enable forms of human engagement that are impracticable if not impossible in the physical world. This article describes how lawyers and clients can 'co-produce' documents, decisions, and knowledge systems.

An Update on Governing Cloud Computing

By Will Hornsby and Joseph Duffy

Cloud computing raises questions of practice management, as new ethical directions emerge. Lawyers have a duty to protect and secure electronic files, even if not trained in the world of technology.

MANAGEMENT

The Potentials and Perils of a Virtual Law Practice

By Edward Poll

If lawyers themselves embody the efficiency and low cost of the Internet, and bring creativity, judgment and experience to the table, their virtual practice will be a viable one.

marketing

Improving Sales Efficiency in Law Firms: Part Two of Two

By Eric Dewey

This is the second part in a series of two articles describing the disconnection between sales effectiveness and sales efficiency which law firms have inherited when they adopted and applied the wrong features of traditional product sales techniques and models.

Top 5 Things I Learned at the ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference

By Russell Alexander

The 3rd Biannual ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference ended in early November but many of its takeaways are timeless. Find out what five things this author gained from the Conference which focused on reputation, referrals and rankings.

ABA TECHSHOW 2012

technology

The Google-Powered Law Office

By Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch

From ABA TECHSHOW 2011

Google powers a large chunk of the cloud and it goes far beyond a simple search box. The Google Apps platform offers a fully-integrated, cloud-based suite of e-mail, calendar, video conferencing, word processing, and Website tools. Theoretically, a law firm could base its entire practice on Google Apps and leave everything else in the dust. 

MEET THE WOMEN RAINMAKERS!

Paula Litt

Interview by Rachelle J. Canter

Paula is a business litigator specializing in representing corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, negotiation, and litigation. She is a co-founder of the Chicago business litigation boutique, Schopf & Weiss LLP, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012.

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The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology50th Edition - Solo By Choice

By Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

John D. Bowers, Fox Rothschild LLP

ISSUE EDITOR

Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Practice Systems

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Andrea Malone, White and Williams LLP

BOARD OF EDITORS

Lourdes Flora Brezo-Martinez, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Barbara H. Brown, Meagher & Geer PLLP

Andrea Cannavina, LegalTypist, Inc.

Margaret M. DiBianca, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Rodney S. Dowell, Law Office Management Assistance

Nicholas Gaffney, Infinite Public Relations, LLC

Katy M. Goshtasbi, KG Consulting Group, Inc

Jeremy Kridel, Indiana Court of Appeals

George E. Leloudis, McGuire Wood & Bissette PA

Allison C. Shields, Legal Ease Consulting, Inc.

Thomas W. Shumate, IV, Kay Griffin Enkema & Colbert PLLC

Gregory H. Siskind, Siskind Susser, P.C.

Ben Stevens, The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center

Wendy L. Werner, Werner Associates LLC

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