Month in Review – December

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1. The most popular post for December is You Gotta Love a Free Espresso Machine. It was #1 on Google for “free espresso,” but now it’s down to #3. Sadly, traffic to the post is down a bit too.

2. Second place goes to …

Basecamp for Lawyers and Law Students

Grant Griffiths has a great post about using Basecamp in the legal profession. This is a great time to look at the software more in depth.

Online project management

Basecamp is an online software set created by 37 signals. It’s a fully featured task and project management system. You can have many users, lots of projects, and easily refine permissions to protect confidential information.

They have several different plans ranging in price from $12 to $149 per month. …

Mobilize Your Virtual Legal Workforce

Does your law firm have fluctuating staff requirements? Do you find yourself swamped sometimes, while at other times giving busy work to associates and paralegals? Virtual employees might be the solution for you.

There is a great news article at’s Legal Technology page about using virtual workers for a law firm. The article explains how you can use technology to allow collaboration between your core employees at your firm’s office and virtual workers anywhere in the country.

Among just a couple of the benefits of virtual employees are setting lower billing rates for …

About Me – My Five Favorite Movies

You may have seen these “memes” going around. Other people call it “blog tag.” Basically, you answer a question and tag several other bloggers to answer it as well. Most of them are of a personal nature. It helps build community, reveals details about bloggers, and also shares some link love.

From now on, when I participate in one of these, I’ll start the title with “About Me.” You can quickly see that it’s personal. If you’re not interested, you can easily skip the post altogether. But, if you’d like to know more about …

Lawyers Appreciate Clients Who Foster Productivity

Anastasia passed me the baton for the 10-day “lawyers appreciate” countdown. I love group projects, so here’s my post.

Of course lawyers appreciate their clients. After all, they are the ones who pay the bill. More importantly, lawyers (hopefully) exist to serve their clients.

However, in keeping with the theme here, I wanted to point out how clients can be appreciated even more by lawyers: foster productivity.

Understand time demands

It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again: Your matter is most important to you, but …

Online Networking with JibberJobber – Part 2

This is Part 2 in a series of posts on Jason Alba’s Career Toolset, JibberJobber. Check back soon for future posts in this series.

Yep, it has been almost two months since Part 1 of my JibberJobber series. Sorry for the delay.

If you recall, Part 1 focused on using JibberJobber to manage and track your networking contacts. In Part 2, I’m going to highlight some other cool features of the service.

Track companies

Part of a job …

Help for Marketing Your Law Firm

Are you looking for some good online resources for marketing your law firm? If so, you might want to check out the Law Firm Marketing Coach.

Henry Harlow runs this site, and he has some interesting
free resources to check out. He’s got a pretty thorough document on keywords and search engine optimization. Also, he has two email courses where you can learn about productivity and client development

I haven’t used any of Henry’s resources, but it might be worth a look for you. …

Credit Report Aids with Bar Application

Do you remember every address you’ve lived at in the past ten years? Probably not.

When it’s time to fill out your character and fitness questionnaire for the bar, you’ll need this information. Where are you going to get it?

The solution lies in your credit report. You are entitled to a free credit report every year from each of the three credit agencies. When you get your report, it will list all of your previous addresses. Problem solved!

Simply to go and request your free report. You’ll have to verify your identity, …

Be Productive This Winter Break – Fill Out Your Bar Exam Applications

Yep, final exams are over. Christmas is almost here. Law school is out for weeks! It’s time to think about another exam!

Wait. Yeah, that’s what I said. Have you filled out your bar exam paperwork yet?

The bar exam application and character & fitness questionnaire are … comprehensive. The Bar Examiners dig into every corner of your life to try to root out any problem that might prevent you from being a good lawyer.

Gather your documentation

The first reason to start working on this paperwork is that you’ll need lots of different documents to complete it …

Prepare for the Unexpected – If You Die…

Have you ever thought about what happens to your stuff when you die? Perhaps you have a will. Maybe you have a full fledged estate plan with trusts and the whole nine yards.

But does your family have a way to access your online life?

The digital age we live in means that people have more and more info stored in 1s and 0s all around the world. Think about: you may have email accounts, online calendars, blogs, PayPal accounts, and online savings accounts. If you die, can your family quickly and easily access information they need? …

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