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Practicing in the United States with a foreign Law Graduation
I needed a clarification regarding the procedure one has to follow in order to practice law in the United States with a foreign graduation. I have done my graduation from a private (recg.) university in India. I was aiming towards practi…
Color Letterhead: pre-printed versus do-it-yourself
Hi everyone. This might not be the typical question in our technology heavy industry. I practice civil litigation. The base of my practice is "one plaintiff and one defendant" type cases. Our local court rules do not permit, for example, court fili…
Is running your own blog worth it for new lawyers?
There's been discussion of this topic before, but I'd like to talk about it specifically for new lawyers.
I don't dispute the many professional benefits of writing, but blogging is a big commitment. It requires consistency and persistence, and it…
Subscription based legal plans
I was wondering if the commentariat here has any experience with subscription based billing plans? It seems to be an idea which came, mostly left, but might be becoming more popular again. In searching through the threads, I found a couple of people…
Has anyone used ThomsonReuters/West's "Firm Central" Case Management Software? How does it compare to other similar products?
How Do You Take Notes on Your Laptop?
When I'm in court for any kind of proceeding, I try to take notes on my laptop. I no longer use a tablet at all, so my options are laptop or paper. I usually just use MS Word but it's a bit clunky. For example, it's tough to keep track of possible c…
What are you reading this summer?
I'm reading Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. Each book starts out slowly, but after a few chapters they are impossible to put down. If you are into straight fantasy, anyway.
I am also reading Allison Shields's book, How to Do More In Less Time: …
Task Management for Groups
Just listened to Sam's excellent interview of Allison Shields on this week's Podcast and it got me thinking about an issue that I have struggled with for some time.
I am a big fan of David Allen's GTD methodology for task management and have used…
How do you define "the cloud"?
I'm trying to come up with a way to define the cloud for non-tech-savvy lawyers, but that won't get tech-savvy lawyers too fired up. Here's my first attempt at a short-and-simple-but-useful definition:
If you cannot put your hand on the comput…
Best Industries for Legal Referrals
I work in a growing community in Tennessee. I have several friends (in other lines of work) who can target certain industries to gain referrals. For example, I have a friend who is an insurance agent who knows the bulk of his business comes from mor…
Which apps can't you live without?
Which apps are the reason you own a smartphone or tablet, in other words?
For me, I think it is:
* Google Maps
(I'm not kidding about those last two. Synced-up contact…
Docusign in California Courts
In CA, electronic signatures can be used on a contract to purchase a home. However, my interpretation of the California Rules of Court, and my experience practicing, is that electronic signatures cannot be used on court documents such as stipulation…
Producing text messages for discovery and litigation
Does anyone have software or app recommendations for producing text messages for discovery purposes and/or for trial? My understanding of the e-discovery rules is that you need to produce e-discovery in "native format." Does that mean you always n…
References for potential clients
How do you folks handle requests from potential clients for references? It's only happened a couple of times in the 1.5 years I've been solo. Do you give out names and phone numbers of existing clients, and if so, what is your timing for that?
How do you balance your kids and your law practice?
I'd like to start a conversation here about balancing kids and law practice. I know it's hard, especially if you are solo — and even more especially if you are a single parent and solo.
How do you make sure that you give time and attention to you…
Paying for leads? (Nolo.com)
I have been speaking with someone from Nolo about their leads program. Does anyone have experience with them (I guess this is a fairly new program for Nolo)? One thing I like about it is that you pay upfront and each lead is deducted from that dep…