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TRAINING

How to implement remote learning in your law office

By Doug Striker bio I keep hearing from my IT and trainer friends at law firms, who tell me that their attorneys are really digging this work-from-home change. Of course, this shift also demands that attorneys work more independently, which is pushing their (often lax) tech skills to the limits. Enter remote training and learning Remote training gives your law firm the power to train each and every employee regardless of location, be it in one of your worldwide offices or in their home office. What is remote learning?  Remote learning, also referred to as distance learning, gives learners, who aren’t in a physical location for in-person education, access to online training materials. It’s become a go-to training method for law firms, as it enables them to train every employee… . . . read more

TRAINING & TECHNOLOGY

Proof of tech skills: Everybody’s doing it!

By Jay Stromberg bio When it comes to professional upward mobility, it’s looking like assessments are where it’s at. According to a recent article in TechCrunch.com, even LinkedIn is getting into the assessment game. “LinkedIn, the social networking service for the working world, is today taking the wraps off its latest effort to provide its users with better tools for presenting their professional selves, and to make the process of recruitment on the platform more effective. It will now offer a new feature called Skills Assessments: short, multiple-choice tests that users can take to verify their knowledge in areas like computer languages, software packages and other work-related skills.” In some ways, the legal industry is ahead of this curve. Ever since the American Bar Association updated their Model Rules in 2012 to include technological… . . . read more

TRAINING YOUR ATTORNEYS

“I thought you had the baby!” “I thought YOU did!”

By Jay Stromberg bio Sorry about my alarming headline, but I thought it was the perfect analogy for a topic I want to discuss today. If you’re a parent, you have likely experienced this terrifying moment: You and your spouse look at each other and realize that you both assumed the other one was in charge of the kid(s). A mad scramble ensues and, hopefully, your cherub is playing happily in the backyard. I honestly think this is very similar to what happens in law firms that need to train attorneys and staff to use new technologies: No one wants to be responsible for demanding that attorneys advance their skills. So, no one talks about it and no one takes responsibility. And when attorneys refuse to learn, their secretaries will… . . . read more

BLOG

5 ways high-performance organizations make meetings effective

By J. Elise Keith  bio
Every organization has to figure out how to make meetings productive. It’s a complex challenge. To be effective, each meeting needs to…


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BLOG

10 ways to spot a phishing email

By Jay Stromberg  bio
There is no such thing as a 100% fool-proof security system that can protect your law firm from phishing emails. And that’s pretty alarming because phishing is now…


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TRAINING TIPS

With Excel, garbage in equals garbage out

When using Microsoft Excel in your law office, you need to be careful about keeping the information clean, consistent and…


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PRODUCTIVITY

How to become a Microsoft Word ninja and boost your productivity

Legal professionals are under constant pressure to work more efficiently and effectively, and using technology can help them do both while…


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RECRUITING

6 ways to optimize your recruitment efforts

Law firms are feeling the effects of today’s talent shortage. More than three in 10 lawyers (31 percent) recently surveyed by…


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BLOG

What is a PDF? (And what ISN’T it?)

By Jay Stromberg  bio
Throughout my career in the legal industry, I’ve spoken with people who have the impression that PDF documents are “secure.” When I ask them…


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INSIGHT

Employment Law Update: The New Year’s Resolutions Edition

By Mike O’Brien  bio
A lawyer and doctor were talking together at a New Year’s party when the doctor complained about how people always asked her for free medical advice. She said…


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