On December 14-15, 2017, the MerusCase team will be attending the Louisiana Association for Justice CLE conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. We’ve attended our fair share of conferences, conventions, and CLE events, and we’ve seen many types of CLE courses. It’s very common for CLE events to feature Ethics seminars, and for good reason — most states’ bar associations require one or more hours of “Ethics” CLE per reporting period.
(Check your state’s requirements here: https://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle.html )
At MerusCase, we focus on legal ethics issues, particularly digital ethics in law practice. In the internet age, technology is vital for growth. A law firm without a website will inevitably struggle to compete with a firm that with an established a web presence. A firm without digital file storage is just waiting for a paper file to get lost. Even though technology is a clear benefit to the average law firm, there is still potential for ethical issues.
In this post, we'll cover a few common digital ethics issues that a growing firm might encounter.
The best part of buying a new tech gadget is that first hour after opening the box. Everything is sleek and shiny. Each feature has exciting possibilities. All you can think about are the many ways that your new device will make your life better. Then, the honeymoon phase is over, and you must realistically consider how this device fits into your average day. That part isn’t nearly as much fun, which is why many people end up using their new gadget as a very shiny, expensive paperweight.
So, how can the average user go new iPad owner to iPad master? Brett Burney, a legal and technical consultant, saw this as an opportunity to share his experience and help firms use technology more efficiently. He created "iPractice on an iPad," an online course focusing on using the iPad to its full potential in a legal environment. The course consists of short video ‘sections’, which are then grouped into Modules based on a specific topic (e.g. “Managing & Organizing Files”).
Brian Freeman knows what it's like to scale up his practice - that's what he's been doing for the past 4 years using MerusCase. MerusCase has helped Brian simplify his existing procedures, manage his employees, and greatly increase his caseload, year after year.
Browser extensions are little tools you can use to super-speed your web browsing. Think of them like 'apps' for your web browser. Each browser has its own 'app store', and we'll be focusing on extensions for Chrome (the browser we recommend using for MerusCase!)
We know that when you're busy, blogging is the last thing on your mind. However, blog posts can bring your firm attention and in turn, get you new clients - so it's imperative that your firm has a blog, and one that is active and informative. To help you make time for your blog, we prepared a 7-step guide to writing a weekly blog post for your firm in under one hour. That one hour can translate to a lot more billable hours, so it's in your best interest to get started.