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Allison C. Shields, Legal Ease Consulting, Inc.
Long Island, New York
I help prevent "Lawyer Meltdown" through practice management and business development coaching and consulting for lawyers.
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A number of ethics opinions have been released this year which provide some guidance for lawyers on what is permitted (and prohibited) online. First, ABA Opinion 466, released in April 2014, discusses what lawyers may and may not do when... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Legal Ease Blog
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In this month's "Big Ideas" issue of Law Practice magazine, Dennis Kennedy's article, The Productization of Legal Services talks about the possiblity of lawyers adapting traditional legal services into information products that can "make law firms money while they sleep"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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The ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center has conducted yearly surveys of technology use by practicing attorneys for over 10 years. The results of the 2014 survey are in, and they have been compiled into the 2014 Legal Technology Survey Report.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last month, the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Texas issued Ethics Opinion 642, which addressed two questions: May a Texas law firm include the terms “officer” or “principal” in the job titles of the firm’s non-lawyer employees?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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If you’ve logged in to Facebook in the past few days, you may have noticed a message from Facebook about ads. If you haven’t taken the time to read it or aren’t sure why you should care, you may want... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sarah Poriss for a video series especially for solos, called The Art of Being Solo, which will begin airing on June 16, 2014. The series provides insights from a variety of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
MyCase has put together an infographic representing some common mistakes with lawyer websites, particularly when those websites are created or maintained by the lawyers themselves. These include problems with design, SEO, lack of mobile optimization, and inability to track the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last week I had the privilege of participating in a panel presentation on social media and the internet for lawyers at our local bar association. On the panel with me were a jury consultant and two trial court judges. I... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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My first column in Law Practice Magazine is out, and it's all about improving and managing cash flow. If you establish good billing practices, you're already on your way to better cash flow. Here are some of my tips from... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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I think Groups are one of the most important features of LinkedIn, particularly for lawyers or other professionals who are seeking to not only build their networks, but to establish their expertise with specific audiences (as you can see from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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I recently received an inquiry from the marketing director at a law firm who asked, Can you guide me on something regarding settlement confidentiality agreements and social media? I am assuming that if I use social media to talk about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last week was ABA TECHSHOW, the yearly technology conference and EXPO put on by the ABA's Law Practice Division. I was honored to participate once again as a speaker, and to help out with both the Division's book booth, answering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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In this month of March, which is both Women's History Month and ABA TECHSHOW (the leading legal technology conference and EXPO), the ABA Journal has posted a gallery of women to watch in legal technology: Lisa Colpoys, Illinois Legal Aid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
Check out this new infographic from financesonline.com that shows more women are using social media than men (with the exception of LinkedIn). Women also seem to use the visually-oriented social media platforms much more than men. None of this really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Do you have a plan for the day, or do you constantly just react to what comes up – emails, telephone calls, or other interruptions? If you’re just reacting, you aren’t getting the most important things done, and it isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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I recently conducted an interview about LinkedIn with Jeena Belil, an attorney who does personal injury and insurance work on Long Island. Jeena shared how she uses LinkedIn and the results she’s seen from using the platform. Jeena encourages all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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The February issue of Law Practice Today is the TECHSHOW issue - previewing everything related to TECHSHOW 2014, to be held in Chicago March 27-29, 2014. The issue begins with an article from TECHSHOW Chair, Natalie Kelly, giving you some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Law firm managers complain that their employees expect too much and give too little; they want their employees - particularly the attorneys - to have an "ownership mindset." They want the attorneys to think strategically, take a long-term view, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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In September, I wrote a post for Law Technology Today on LinkedIn Company Pages for law firms. That post gives a basic overview of Compay Pages and how law firms can use them (although since the post was written, LinkedIn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Content marketing is one thing, but pumping out content simply for the sake of creating it is a waste of time - especially when you've got other important things to do. I came across a great article from the New... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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It's tough to keep up with the ethics rules with regard to lawyers' social media use these days - the platforms keep changing, the way lawyers use them is evolving, and the ethics rules make it difficult for lawyers to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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As we begin a new year and make plans for all we'd like to accomplish in 2014, I submit that one of the best resolutions you can make in the coming year is learning to say, "No." It is one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
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Your calendar most likely contains court dates, closings, client meetings and other appointments that occur on a specific date or at a specific time. It also probably includes deadlines, such as the last day to file a motion or brief,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
It's December, a month that often includes some reflection on what has occurred over the past year, what changes are likely to take place in the next and how we should adapt to them. Last month I shared an infographic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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One of the goals in any legal marketing endeavor is to differentiate yourself, demonstrate your expertise and show clients, potential clients and referral sources why you’re the right lawyer for the job. Why should they choose you over other lawyers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog