App of the Week: Replace Paper Rule Books With the Rulebook App

Rulebook is the first app to offer a truly viable replacement to the paper rule books all lawyers buy each year, saving lawyers hundreds of dollars each year. Rulebook does not require an Internet connection in order to read, search, highlight and annotate the various court rules, all of which are available in one app. […]

How to Make Your Emails More Effective

Email is a necessary part of our work lives, but it takes up a lot of our time and our readers’ time. Here are some hints to make your emails more effective. Your readers will appreciate your efforts. First, should you be using email at all? If you are communicating something sensitive or confidential, should […]

Avvo Answers and the Benefits of Social Media Distribution

Here at Avvo, we’re constantly talking to attorneys about how to get the most out of the time, attention and resources they devote to online activities. One of the critical themes we hit on is the need to develop a “core web presence.” For many, this will be their website. For others, their blog, Avvo […]

App of the Week: TranscriptPad for iPad

Transcript review the old-fashioned way is like panning for gold – lots of hard labor to find each valuable nugget. And this hard labor usually includes struggling through stacks of papers, highlighters, tape flags, and color-coded sticky-notes at your desk or on your commute. Until now. Lit Software, the developers who brought you TrialPad for […]

Leave Your Mark With Outlook Signatures

One Outlook feature I get asked about all the time by attorneys is the ability to attach a signature to a message. Some of them are asking about how to do a basic signature without having to type it (or copy/paste it) each time; others have already figured that out but want to have MULTIPLE […]

A Post Mortem, Even If You Win

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to learn from mistakes, and here are some things I’ve discovered. Lessons from failure make a deep imprint. Losing takes a psychological toll and causes us to seek not to repeat it. So the loss review is a natural outgrowth of this feeling – let’s look […]

Thriving Lawyers: It's Not About More Money

As I looked around this blog considering what to write (cool blog!), I began to think about why we are interested in increasing productivity. Ultimately, I realized, we are interested in being more productive because we think that, by doing so, we can get more of what we want in life. In other words, in […]

App of the Week: TrialPad for the iPad

What if you could win a $37.5 million verdict with just an iPad and a legal app? What if you didn’t have to haul around clunky foam boards, hire expensive trial consultants, or deal with an inconvenient desktop program? In today’s technologically-savvy environment, this is now possible with help from TrialPad for iPad. Don’t believe […]

Holiday Gift Giving: Your Clients Don’t Want Another Magnet

Traditionally, law firms have used the holidays as an opportunity to say thank you to their clients. And nothing shows your utmost gratitude for your clients like a generic holiday card or useless token gift, right? Not so much. If you truly appreciate your clients (and in this saturated legal market – you had better […]