Tips for Executing Boolean Searches on Lexis Advance®
Posted on 09-30-2013 by Tracie Morris

If you sometimes use Boolean search queries for your research, check out these tips for effectively using terms and connectors on Lexis Advance: You probably know that you can use either Boolean or Natural Language search queries on Lexis Advance. Simply... Read More

Tags: How-Tos & Guidance , legal research , Lexis Advance®

How you can search within segments on Lexis Advance®
Posted on 09-30-2013 by Travis Burchart

What is a segment on Lexis Advance? In Lexis Advance®, all documents of the same type have a common structure, composed of the natural parts or divisions referred to as segments. For example, cases contain name, date, court, opinion, and dissent... Read More

Tags: How-Tos & Guidance , legal research , Lexis Advance®

How do you determine when to join the conversation?
Posted on 09-30-2013 by Tracie Morris

Newsjacking is a term used popularized by David Meeman Scott's book of the same name referring to the practice of leveraging breaking or trending news to optimize content, particularly social media content. Newsjacking can be an extremely effective... Read More

Tags: social media , Upgrading Your Skills

Visiting the Bazaar of U.S. Politics: September 2013 State Net® Capitol Journal in Review
Posted on 09-30-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team Haggling for goods and services is a lively tradition in parts of the world. In Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia, for example, it’s common to negotiate prices just about everywhere, from markets... Read More

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You've heard of the "rule of law," but do you really know what it is?
Posted on 09-27-2013 by Travis Burchart

In this day and age, we so often “want to know” but are “afraid to ask.” Terminology changes so quickly, and when others are using language that they don’t even understand, you can’t help but just nod and act like you... Read More

Tags: rule of law , Trending News & Topics

NSA monitoring & your attorney-client communications: Can your practice survive Big Brother?
Posted on 09-26-2013 by Travis Burchart

Admit it. When you read about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program, you thought, “Interesting, but I’m probably not on the NSA’s radar.” Well, maybe you’re not as insulated as you think. One of... Read More

Tags: Trending News & Topics , communications , attorney-client communications

Don’t put the kibosh on alternative fee agreements until you understand them
Posted on 09-26-2013 by Travis Burchart

I once read an article that argued against hourly billing with this analogy: you wouldn’t pay a doctor by the hour because if you did, the time for heart surgery would increase from four to eight hours. Under the hourly fees paradigm, it’s... Read More

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Tuesday Tips: What is the Legal Issue Trail on Lexis Advance® and how do you use it?
Posted on 09-26-2013 by Tracie Morris

Have you ever found a key passage in a case discussing your research issue and wished you could just jump quickly to a list of other case opinions citing that passage? If so, you should be using Legal Issue Trail , a newly patented technology found... Read More

Tags: How-Tos & Guidance , legal research , Lexis Advance®

What are Legal Phrase Equivalents on Lexis Advance®?
Posted on 09-26-2013 by LexTalk Community Manager

Do you sometimes wonder whether you have included all the right terms in your search? Have more confidence in your search results with the help of the Legal Phrase Equivalents feature on Lexis Advance . Using the LexisNexis legal phrase dictionary,... Read More

Tags: How-Tos & Guidance , legal research , Lexis Advance®

If you're using a ghost writer to pump up your legal blog, you might have an ethics problem
Posted on 09-26-2013 by Travis Burchart

There’s an interesting discussion posted to the blog “Ride the Lightening” that poses the question, “ Is ghost blogging ethical without a disclaimer? ” The question has broad impact considering the amount of lawyer blogging... Read More

Tags: Trending News & Topics , blogs

Have you ever wanted to search both selected Federal and State Courts at the same time on Lexis Advance®?
Posted on 09-26-2013 by LexTalk Community Manager

Combining Multiple Jurisdiction Searches on Lexis Advance Have you ever wanted to search both selected Federal and State Courts at the same time? Now, on Lexis Advance®, you can combine multiple jurisdictions in one search, and even save it as a... Read More

Tags: How-Tos & Guidance , legal research , Lexis Advance® , Lexis Advance search

Should there be a “freedom of dress” for courtroom attorneys?
Posted on 09-26-2013 by Travis Burchart

My wife’s a teacher, and on Fridays, she can sometimes wear jeans in her classroom. I never wore jeans when I was working as a research attorney, but when I went to the office, I dressed down in a polo and khaki pants. It’s a nice freedom... Read More

Tags: Upgrading Your Skills

Closing the Gap: Transforming Legal Permanent Residents into Citizens
Posted on 09-24-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by Pro Bono Net and the Real Law Editorial Team Almost nine million people are currently eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. That figure might be encouraging to those who recognize the invaluable role that immigration plays in... Read More

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The"Do"s and "Don't"s of Public Speaking
Posted on 09-23-2013 by LexTalk Community Manager

Eventually, you're going to have to speak in front of people - be it a jury, potential clients, or a firm committee. Here are some simple tips for effective public speaking. 5 Don'ts and 3 Do's of Public Speaking Read More

Tags: career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills , career management

Should You Seek Out Extra-Legal Training?
Posted on 09-23-2013 by LexTalk Community Manager

Lawyers are of course required to take continuing education classes. But can a "massive open online course" in another discipline be useful to your practice? For example, if you work on tech-sector transactions involving software code, might... Read More

Tags: career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills

Clients Use Social Media - Should You Counsel Them About It?
Posted on 09-23-2013 by LexTalk Community Manager

As courts continue to cite social media posts as evidence, how should clients be counseled on their use of social media? Read More

Tags: social media , Trending News & Topics , Evidence , clients

Challenges Around Implementation of Obama Care
Posted on 09-23-2013 by LexTalk Community Manager

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act going into effect Jan. 1, 2014, which is the biggest issue: the setting up of health care exchanges or whether certain employers will stop providing health insurance to employees? Despite ObamaCare... Read More

Tags: Trending News & Topics , Affordable Care Act , Healthcare , Obama Care , Employment Law

Green Your Practice
Posted on 09-23-2013 by LexTalk Community Manager

As “going green” becomes a global priority, how are green law initiatives impacting the business and practice of law? Read More

Tags: Latest Headlines & Stories , Environment , Green Business

Supporting Pro Bono in the Face of Decreased Revenue
Posted on 09-23-2013 by Tracie Morris

Law firms continue to struggle, as layoffs and salary freezes have simply become part of the landscape. But with regulators continuing to emphasize pro bono activity (like New York's new requirement of pro bono service for admission to the bar, starting... Read More

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