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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Starting to create content for your law firm website, blog or social media pages? If so, you might be interested in this presentation, covering some of the most popular tools used by marketing pros to create great visual content: 36... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
LinkedIn’s publishing platform allows users to create longer form posts, similar to blog posts, within the LinkedIn platform. Originally only open to LinkedIn Influencers, LinkedIn began opening its publishing platform to other users in early 2014. When you publish a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
The Editor's Note from Amy Cosper, Editor in Chief, in the February 2015 issue of Entrepreneur magazine is an excellent read for any entrepreneur, including those intrepid souls who go out on their own to develop their own law practices.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
January is traditionally a month of resolutions, of looking back over the past years at successes and failures, looking forward toward a new year, and deciding what changes could be made and what new initiatives could be implemented in order... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Legal Ease Blog
In a case entitled Robert Rubenstein v. The Florida Bar, United States District Court Judge Beth Bloom of the Southern District of Florida ruled last week that it is unconstitutional for the Florida Bar to prevent a lawyer from using... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
It's that time of year again, and there's a holiday party practically every night. Sometimes they're fun, and other times, they may simply be an obligation that you can't avoid. But either way, holiday parties can be great networking opportunities... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
With the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow in the U.S., thoughts this week naturally turn to giving thanks for all that we have. But this quote from Oprah Winfrey reminds us that giving thanks isn't just important when everything is going great.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
The November 2014 issue of Law Practice Today is out, and as always, it is filled with interesting and thought-provoking articles designed to help you improve your marketing and your practice. Here are five great ideas from this month's issue:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog
Every year at about this time, the subject of client holiday cards resurfaces. Should you send holiday cards to clients, former clients and referral sources? Why or why not? Holiday cards can be a nice way to stay in touch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Legal Ease Blog