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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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The New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics issued three opinions within the past several months that provide guidance for New York lawyers on marketing issues. Opinion 1129, issued in July 2017, addresses attorney newsletters. Opinion 1131, covering... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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This is a guest post by Andrew Josuweit, the CEO of Student Loan Hero, a company that combines easy-to-use tools with financial education to help millions of Americans living with student loan debt. All opinions and information contained in this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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When a client begins questioning your bills, is it the beginning of the end of the client relationship? A lawyer recently told me, “If the client is questioning my bills, it means the client doesn’t trust me, and the relationship... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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Marketing Basics: Who's Your Audience? Two of the most basic rules of marketing are: (1) know your purpose and (2) know your audience. But as basic as these rules are, they are violated surprisingly frequently. Take, for example, the frequent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last week (May 11, 2017), the ABA issued a new ethics opinion, Formal Opinion 477, dealing with the security of communication of protected client information. Several excellent posts have already been written about the opinion, including a summary by the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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You may have heard the advice that creating content can help you build your practice and the saying, “content is king,” so if you’ve written an article – excellent! But don’t stop there. Now is not the time to take... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
Sorry for the late response, David, for some reason this comment got lost in the shuffle and I'm just seeing it now! Unfortunately, a lot of the analytics that you used to get on LinkedIn appear to have disappeared (at least for free accounts). You can still see some information, but it is a lot more limited. If you go to your activity and navigate to an individual article, you will see the # of clicks below the article. Click on that to get information about views, likes and comments, as well as a little information about who is clicking and how your article was found. But you are no longer seeing trending information or clicks over time. You can also see the same information if you navigate to the article itself and click on the trending arrow to the far right at the to of the article.
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Managing clients' expectations is not always easy, but this infographic contains 5 quick steps you can take to manage client expectations better in your legal practice. Meeting and managing expectations well creates loyal clients. In order to manage expectations well,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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The April 2017 Expert Roundtable post on Law Technology Today is a survey of productivity tips. A group of lawyers (including me) were asked to answer five questions about productivity. Here's a quick list of the tips I shared on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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Practice management software provides advantages for firms of all sizes, whether the firm is a solo practice or a larger firm with employees at all levels: partners, associates, paralegals, legal assistants and others. In this post, I talked about some... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 7, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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You may not have seen it yet, but LinkedIn has revamped its user interface recently, in part to make desktop and mobile versions of LinkedIn more consistent. If the new interface hasn't come to your LinkedIn account yet, it will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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In my Simple Steps column in the January/February 2017 issue of Law Practice magazine, "Get Your To-Do Lists Under Control with These Productivity Tools," I talk about Trello. Launched five years ago, Trello has already acquired over 19 million users.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Legal Ease Blog
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The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation is a straightforward book which incorporates personal stories, basic introductory information and mindfulness and meditation exercises written specifically for lawyers. *(Full disclosure: I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Legal Ease Blog
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Office space is one of the biggest expenses for any law firm. What do you need to know when choosing office space? I was recently interviewed by Law Firm Suites about this very issue. Here is an excerpt from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Legal Ease Blog
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In my last post,I talked about delegating or outsourcing some blogging and social media tasks to others to reduce the burden of managing these activities, while still gaining many of the benefits. But using outside services to write or post... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Legal Ease Blog
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Marketing experts recommend that to gain visibility and get traffic to your firm’s website, you should maintain a blog and participate in social media. But for attorneys in firms of all sizes, especially small firms and solo practices, it can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Legal Ease Blog
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The ABA Annual meeting is currently underway in San Francisco, California. One of the items on this year's agenda for consideration by the House of Delegates is a resolution to amend to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last Wednesday, the ABA Journal reported that the New York State Bar Association's House of Delegates would be considering social media ethics guides for lawyers on Saturday during the State Bar's meeting. The story was picked up by several people,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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Despite opposition from many lawyers and bar associations throughout the state, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced today that New York State will begin administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July of 2016. According to this article, Lippman made... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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According to an article in the ABA Journal, a Texas judge who has been admonished by an ethics panel claims that she did nothing wrong by posting about trials she was overseeing. The judge claims the information she posted contained... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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This week is the annual ABA TECHSHOW, the premier technology conference for lawyers taking place in Chicago. TECHSHOW is a combination of educational sessions offering continuing legal education credits, an exhibit hall featuring the latest technology available to help you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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Last week, the New York County Lawyers Association Professional Ethics Committee released Formal Opinion 748, addressing the ethical implications of lawyers' use of LinkedIn. I had the opportunity to speak about this opinion and about other ethics issues involved with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
March is women's history month and this year's theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives." Is disparate treatment in the workplace an element of women lawyers' (and other professionals) stories? I came across this presentation entitled, "LeanIn Together: 8... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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On March 1, 2015, Bradley Horowitz (a Google VP), posted on his Google Plus page that he will be running Google Photos and Streams products. Although his post itself doesn't mention Google Plus and there has been no official announcement... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
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I recently heard about a new productivity tool built specifically for solo service providers that I thought might be of interest to solo lawyers, although I haven't tried it myself yet. Built by an international team of designers and developers,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog