When the Journal launched the first Blawg 100 in 2007, podcasts, Twitter and smartphones as we know them existed. But they were in a nascent stage. (By our second Blawg 100, we were highlighting podcasts and sharing bloggers’ Twitter handles.)
But from now on, other digital media will share the spotlight with legal blogs—and we’re leaving the portal open to highlight new web platforms that are not yet imagined.
Our inaugural year of this feature honors 50 blogs (and adds five more to our Blawg 100 Hall of Fame), as well as 25 law podcasts and 25 tweeters for lawyers to follow. We once again conducted a survey on the state of the legal blogosphere and report the results online.
How did we arrive at this list of 100? During the summer, readers wrote to us to share what they considered the most compelling corners of the web. And this year—in a change from the last decade—judges from outside our staff made contributions and helped us pick the best of the best.”
Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek were recently featured in “Best Ways to Upgrade Your Technology in 2018” by Joan Feldman with Attorney at Work.
Sharon Nelson and John Simek: Consider the Client Portal
If you don’t already have one, consider implementing a client portal. Client portals will help you solve all sorts of problems. Clients can access documents pertaining to their matters. They’ll know the status of their matter whenever they want to check on it. Clients will be able to “follow the money” and know how much the matter is costing, how much may be left in the retainer and even pay their invoice online if needed. Client communications is much improved as well. Client portals can allow document collaboration and even facilitate secure, encrypted communications.
The good news is that many case management platforms provide client portals as part of the offering. Having a client portal integrate with your practice management is an excellent way to improve the client experience (clients adore client portals) and make your practice much more efficient, profitable and attractive to prospective clients.
Hat tip (as always) to Ride the Lightning, who noted that Appleby employs 470 staffers and operates from 10 offices across the world. It has stated that it offers services to global public and private companies, financial institutions as well as “high net worth individuals.”
It seems like a lot of “high net worth individuals” are getting their information stolen these days. As Willie Sutton was reported to have said about why he robbed banks (though he denied saying it in later years) – because that’s where the money is. Glad I don’t have that problem! ;o)
BTW, if the term “Bermuda Briefs” takes off, you heard it here first…
So, what do you think? What should happen to a law firm (or any organization) that fails to report a data breach in a timely manner? As always, please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
Sensei was happy to donate toys to the Fairfax Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Toys for Tots drive (with some help from #SenseiSherlock)! New and unwrapped toys can be donated at the FBA office until December 15: 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 216, Fairfax, VA 22030
On October 27, Sharon Nelson and her blog Ride the Lightning were featured in iPhone J.D.’s “In the News” post. iPhone J.D. is the oldest and largest website for lawyers using iPhones and iPads. iPhone J.D. is published by Jeff Richardson, an attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab is considered a leader in the cybersecurity field, but recently they experienced some controversy when they were accused of working with Russian military and intelligence. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to David Ries about whether Kaspersky Lab is safe for lawyers to use, diving into where the controversy started and what the results have been so far. David also provides suggestions for lawyers who are interested in changing from one security software to another, whether they mistrust Kaspersky Lab or are simply unhappy with their current software.
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“Running with the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the October 2017 issue of the San Bernardino Bar Association Bulletin.
Only recently has genuine real-world usage of AI in law firms begun to flourish. Amid the initial hype, about 5% of what was ballyhooed as AI, in our judgment, was not. Even today, there is an astonishing amount of hype – everyone wants to say they’ve boarded the AI train. As we write, an article from InfoWorld was just published entitled, “Artificially Inflated: It’s Time to call BS on AI.” While great ‘clickbait’, we think the title overstates the case. The peaks and troughs of AI are well documented, and as we are now at a peak, the hype factor gets greater, while the reality (often very good) is lost in the noise of the hype.
As large firms, which certainly need to be at the forefront of innovation, begin to invest considerable sums in AI, the landscape is changing. Large law firms simply cannot afford – for monetary and brand reasons – to be left behind. Clients will begin to see the efficiencies of AI and its extraordinary possibilities wherever AI may be found. AI will be a honeypot to clients seeking those efficiencies and possibilities.
A brief note: An article of this length cannot adequately address all the players in the legal AI market and what they can do. We call out a few names simply because we’ve run into these companies through colleagues or our reading.