Smart Phones, Smarter Lawyers

It used to be that smartphones were novelties among lawyers. Not so much anymore. You likely can find a whole lot more smartphones than Mont Blanc pens in legal pockets these days. But can it be said with confidence that lawyers really understand their options and risks when it comes to the handy devices? This […]

Don’t Let Cultural Faux Pas Ruin Client Relationships

Technology has given rise to opportunities to expand legal services businesses globally – all without ever leaving the office. And, as solos know, it is no longer just for Big Law.  Solos and small firms are jumping in with both feet, as they should. Solos and small firms are now dealing with foreigners in nearly […]

Solo Tech with Martha Sperry

We’re very excited to have Martha Sperry join us as Solo Practice University’s newest monthly columnist. She will author Solo Tech.  Her role will be to keep us updated on all the shiny gadgets out there and how they can improve your solo/small firm practice.  She welcomes lots of questions in the comments so together […]

How Will Big Data and Open Source Intelligence Impact Representing Your Clients….

…especially criminal lawyers? This post may be slightly off topic but there is so much discussion about Big Data and predictive or quantitative analysis: Big Data—the neologism refers both to the bounty of information and to its analysis—is on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, scientific research, education, insurance, public health, energy policy, and national […]

Reality Check 2014 (Part 2): 10 Ways To Get and Keep Good Clients

In Reality Check Part 1: In 2014 Your Clients Won’t Be Able to Afford Your Services, we discussed the state of your clients’ income and why they won’t necessarily be able to afford your services. But telling you what they can’t afford isn’t going to help your legal business in 2014 and beyond.  We also […]

Taming the Wild Email Beast

Every single day I get at least 100 email. One day, I counted 400 new messages. And I know I’m not alone. According to this study by The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm: In 2013, the majority of email traffic comes from business email, which accounts for over 100 billion emails sent and received […]

When Will Law Schools Finally Teach Marketing?

Yes, law schools are now marrying the JD with technology and engineering.  I’m even honored to be part of the Advisory board for Suffolk University School of Law’s new Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation.  And law schools should be teaching technology.  I’ve even gone as far as suggesting they should also be teaching […]

Legal Zoom, Rocket Lawyer – We Fear What We Don’t Understand and To Our Detriment

(Please note: the factual information presented is from disparate sources including presentations I’ve attended, personal conversations with employees from branded networks, independent sources, and my own research over the last two years. SPU is not affiliated with any branded network) Intriguing title, I know. However, I learned a lot recently from the proverbial horses’ mouths.  Most any lawyer I […]

E-Discovery: Learning to Do It Right – Guest Lecture with E-Discovery expert, Steven Teppler

“Being a wizard on your computer or being able to put together amazing projects on Garage Band does not mean you can ethically or responsibly handle e-discovery.” Every lawyer needs to understand what e-discovery is and the process of e-discovery, or increasingly risk exposure to malpractice for failure to do due diligence for your client. This […]