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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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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 3 days ago 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
The "future of law" seems to have become a buzz-phrase lately. About a year ago, Jordan Furlong of Law21 did a series of posts on the evolution of legal services in which he identified several stages in the provision of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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The November 2013 edition of Law Practice Today has been released, and its theme is internet marketing. The issue is chock full of tips, and it is available online to anyone here, whether you're a member of the ABA and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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In speaking with lawyers and law firm managers, I often hear complaints that employees and/or young associates aren't putting forth the effort the firm expects, or fail entirely to engage in certain behaviors or activities that the senior partners in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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October is National Women’s Small Business month. In an article last week on Forbes.com outlining the top 10 workplace trends of 2013 , contributor Dan Schwabel says that one of those trends is that women will start to outpace men... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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This is a guest post by Matt Spiegel, VP and GM of MyCase, the Web-based legal practice management software for lawyers. Previously a criminal defense attorney, Matt founded MyCase in 2010 in order to save time, increase productivity, and improve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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The Second Edition of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers has been released and is available for purchase here. Given the many changes in LinkedIn's interface, navigation and features over the past year, the Second Edition became necessary much more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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I was privileged to be a part of a discussion among a group of solo and small firm lawyers in varying practice areas recently about their online marketing initiatives: what their online marketing experience consisted of, what worked and what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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The Profile photo is one of the most important - and overlooked - elements of your LinkedIn Profile. Whether you think you're particularly photogenic (or particularly good-looking) or not, a good Profile photo is a must. It's a big part... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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Pro Bono Requirements for Admission As most New York lawyers are aware by now, New York State has recently instituted a pro bono requirement for admission to the New York Bar. Rule 520.16 of the Rules of the Court of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog
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Earlier this week, two cloud-based practice management programs announced integration with other programs and features to help law firms with their financial management. MyCase Integrates with Quickbooks Many law firm practice management programs include billing and timekeeping modules as part... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Legal Ease Blog