While Congress Went for Broke, States Forged Ahead: October 2013 State Net® Capitol Journal in Review
Posted on 10-31-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team Arguing over positions can lead to unwise agreements—or no agreement at all. That much is made clear early in Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In , the bestselling book based... Read More

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Top Five Free Android Apps for Intellectual Property Litigators
Posted on 10-30-2013 by Guy Alvarez

The Litigation Section of the ABA has listed the top Five free Android Apps for IP Litigators. They recommend the following: E-Discovery—Infocentrix and BlueStar Trademarks—KnowEm USPTO Trademark Search Domain Names and European Trademarks—Chiever... Read More

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How social technologies can help law firms with post merger integration
Posted on 10-30-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Aaaah! The joys of fall. The leaves are turning, there’s a cool breeze in the air, kids are getting ready for Halloween, and the smell of mergers is in the air…. Wait? What? Yes, that’s right. This fall we’re hearing lots... Read More

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What lawyers put in their website bios versus What people want to see in lawyer bios
Posted on 10-28-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Funny Infograph from @samglover . This Infograph originally appeared in a post on the Lawyerist blog called 3 Things Your Law Firm Website Should Have . Read More

Tags: social media , Upgrading Your Skills

Lawyers get the ok to use Groupon or similar coupon services as lures for clients?
Posted on 10-28-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Here is an interesting article from The New Jersey Law Journal on whether or not lawyers are allowed to use online coupons in order to lure in new clients. The ABA for the first time tried to provide guidance and answer the question on whether or not... Read More

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District Court v. USPTO v. ITC: Strategic Considerations in Choosing a Patent Litigation Venue
Posted on 10-28-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team “Location, location, location.” That familiar mantra is usually associated with real estate agents, but those in the legal profession could just as easily claim it. Choice of venue, when that’s... Read More

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SEC issues new rules for crowdfunding
Posted on 10-25-2013 by Guy Alvarez

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission released new proposed rules that would permit but regulate the offer and sale of securities through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is an internet-based fundraising method. It typically involves musicians,... Read More

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What can women lawyers do to drum up more business?
Posted on 10-25-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Here is an interesting blog post from The Careerist, an ALM blog, that interviews Sheila Birnbaum and Nina Gussack , two women rainmakers who share eight tips women lawyers can apply to generate new business. Some of the tips they mention are: "1... Read More

Tags: #WomensEqualityDay , woman lawyers , Upgrading Your Skills , rainmakers , business development

Is blogging the one single skill law schools ought to focus on?
Posted on 10-21-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Wanted to share an interesting blog post from Kevin O'Keefe based upon what Carolyn Elefant ( @carolynelefant ), a Washington D.C. based attorney specializing renewable energies and widely respected author and speaker on practice management issues... Read More

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If we’re trained to be risk-averse, how do we embrace risk in our career path?
Posted on 10-21-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Lawyers are taught from day one that for clients, “risk” is something to be mitigated or avoided wherever possible. But what about personal risk? Is it better to remain in the safety of a defined career path like trying to “make partner... Read More

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How to Differentiate Your Firm by Micromanaging the Client Experience
Posted on 10-17-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Here is an interesting blog post from The Rainmaker Institute that describes ways in which a law firm can ensure that a clients experience with a law firm is unique and rewarding. In the post, the author mentions how most firms talk about "caring... Read More

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What can law firms do to make legal professionals more productive?
Posted on 10-17-2013 by Guy Alvarez

I wanted to share an interesting article from Harvard Business Review that describes how leading corporations are taking steps to enable their knowledge workers to be more productive. The article mentions three specific approaches a company can try and... Read More

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Exercise may ward off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Posted on 10-14-2013 by Guy Alvarez

A new study by Dr. Bruce Spiegelman, from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston reports that exercise may have a significant impact in helping to prevent the outset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in humans.... Read More

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The What, Why, & How of Social Business - Video
Posted on 10-14-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Author & speaker Brian Solis gave a great keynote presentation at the recent Social Shakeup conference . During the three minute keynote Brian told the audience, “Social as a directive or a strategy is just part of a bigger picture. Your real... Read More

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What are your tips for organizing your electronic life?
Posted on 10-14-2013 by Tracie Morris

In a recent Financial Times article, Francine Jay, author of the Joy of Less , provided commentary about organizing one's professional life. Ms. Jay even went so far as to recommend more judicious use of social media channels, advising professionals... Read More

Tags: social media , Trending News & Topics , work-life balance

Why blogging is more important as General Counsel move from pedigree firms
Posted on 10-14-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Interesting article from Kevin O'Keefe as to why the importance of lawyers blogging has increased as general counsel has indicated their willingness to hire non-pedigree law firms. In the article, Kevin mentions five reasons why blogging has become... Read More

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Is your personal network holding you back?
Posted on 10-11-2013 by Guy Alvarez

Here is an interesting article on how professionals who have trouble breaking through a career impasse should focus on diversifying their personal network to include people outside of their profession. The article, " How to break through a career... Read More

Tags: social media , career advancement , Upgrading Your Skills , career management

Why being good is no longer "good enough"
Posted on 10-11-2013 by Guy Alvarez

The distinction between legal work and legal services is rapidly collapsing. Technology has advanced to the point where tech driven solutions offer a very favorable alternative (in terms of cost, quality and outcome) for various tasks that arise in the... Read More

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Supreme Court Justice Kennedy speaks on the value of law blogs
Posted on 10-11-2013 by Guy Alvarez

There’s perhaps no more influential opinion on the value of law blogs than when a U.S. Supreme Court Justice chimes in. Let alone that the Justice taught constitutional law at my law school when I was there. Justice Anthony Kennedy sat down... Read More

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Eyes Wide Open: Avoiding Nightmare Scenarios in Secured Transactions
Posted on 10-07-2013 by amanda-alge-bales

Brought to you by the Real Law Editorial Team The word “nightmare” has an interesting etymology. It derives from the Old English “mare,” an evil spirit, demon or goblin that rode on people’s chests while they slept... Read More

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