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How Ephemeral Messaging Impacts Digital Forensics

2021-09-10T15:17:44-07:00November 23rd, 2021|Digital, Discovery, eDiscovery, Forensics, Legal Technology|

From Telegram to Snapchat to Signal, ephemeral messaging applications can offer increased peace of mind and security. The concept first surged in popularity as users discovered its utility for personal messaging. Recently however, it has also become part of routine communication in workplaces across the country.  In this article, we’re going to discuss how [...]

The Case for Video Access to Virtual Court Hearings

2021-09-10T15:18:09-07:00November 18th, 2021|Legal Industry, Legal Technology, Remote Working|

Public access to court proceedings is considered a foundational aspect of the American legal system. For decades, attending a trial was as simple as showing up to the courthouse on the day of the hearing. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals who wish to exercise their right to observe have found themselves without [...]

The Attorney’s Introduction to Clubhouse

2021-09-10T15:18:25-07:00November 9th, 2021|Business Development, Legal Industry, Legal Technology, Professional Development|

In 2020, an invitation-only social media platform called Clubhouse became an instant sensation. With many people stuck at home due to the pandemic, the app’s voice-chat features were a welcome distraction. Clubhouse gives participants the opportunity to be spontaneous and social by dropping in on audio conversations that interest them. In this article, we’re [...]

How to Rebuild a Positive Corporate Culture

2021-09-10T15:18:45-07:00October 28th, 2021|Business Development, Covid, Legal Industry|

The emergence of coronavirus shook the legal industry to its core. According to the Annual Legal Trends report, the average number of new cases across the US dropped by as much as 40% when compared to pre-COVID statistics. Fortunately, there is a silver lining to be found! Profoundly disruptive events like a pandemic create an opportunity [...]

Why You Should Improve the Agility of Your Legal Operations

2021-09-10T15:20:23-07:00October 16th, 2021|Business Development, Professional Development|

Throughout your professional life, you’ve probably noticed that some procedures work more efficiently than others. So, what exactly is responsible for those efficiencies? Simply put, agile operations emphasize collaboration and responsiveness to change - which ultimately leads to greater efficiency. In this article, we’re going to review and discuss some benefits you’ll discover when you [...]

THE UNEXPECTED ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL ‘WORK-LIFE BALANCE’

2021-10-12T06:26:09-07:00October 12th, 2021|Covid, Legal Industry, Personal Wellness, Remote Working, Self-Care|

Throughout the last decade, the idea of work-life balance has become increasingly popular. So, what does the term actually mean? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it can be defined as “the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy.” [...]

Tips for Responding to Privilege Objections in Your Deposition

2021-10-11T18:24:59-07:00October 11th, 2021|Depositions|

According to the Federal Rules for Civil Procedure, opposing attorneys may object “when necessary to preserve a privilege.” This rule (FRCP 30(c)(2) provides important protections for the deponent. Unfortunately, when you’re conducting the deposition, privilege objections can derail your line of questioning. In this article, we’re going to explore possible responses to privilege objections and [...]

THE SECRET TO EFFECTIVE CRISIS RESPONSE

2021-10-11T05:38:01-07:00October 11th, 2021|Covid, Legal Industry, Legal Technology, Remote Working|

When disaster strikes, an effective crisis management strategy could be the difference between a profitable corporate pivot and bankruptcy. For many law firms, the coronavirus represents their largest crisis to date. The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the face of the industry - ushering in a new era of remote work, personnel moves, and changing business [...]

Overcoming the Fear of Remote Depositions

2021-10-08T20:55:31-07:00October 8th, 2021|Depositions|

Before the coronavirus pandemic, remote depositions were slowly gaining traction and popularity. In late March, social distancing measures dramatically increased the number of remote depositions. While the practice is still not considered ‘standard’, it has been adopted by many new users. Some litigants have even been compelled to submit remote depositions despite protests that they [...]

THE CHANGING EXPECTATIONS OF LAW FIRMS IN A POST-COVID WORLD

2021-10-08T08:31:46-07:00October 8th, 2021|Covid, Legal Industry, Legal Technology, Remote Working|

At the close of 2019, the future of the legal industry seemed bright. Most major law firm executives were projecting higher billing rates, increased billable hours, and improved firm performance in the coming year. Unfortunately, the coronavirus introduced many new challenges for law firms. While clients struggle to survive the marketplace crash, law firms have [...]