Have you been hearing about how lawyers are working remote and have a “mobile office” but don’t know what that means? Are you thinking about starting your own mobile practice and need some tips? Do you have a law firm that could benefit from more mobile systems and tools? Well, you’re in luck! Today on The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and Larry Port, founder and CEO of Rocket Matter, discuss remote access, cloud-based services, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, online collaboration, and what is needed to start a mobile law office.
Most solo and small firm practitioners have heard of cloud-based management systems such as Clio, Rocket Matter, and NetDocuments. These and many more are also a part of The Florida Bar member benefits. But for lawyers who aren’t currently using any of these technologies, it can be difficult to understand why they are important. How can lawyers actually save time and money by learning to use case management, practice management, and document management softwares?
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews technology consultant Allan Mackenzie about the differences between the document, case, litigation, and practice management systems, how they improve the efficiency and accuracy of time, billing, calendar, contact management, document assembly, tasks, and to-do lists for firms of all sizes. All of these software options and more information can be found on The Florida Bar website’s member benefits page.
Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson interview Michelle Francis, the Education, Compliance, and Accreditation Manager at The Florida Bar, who handles CLE accreditations and ensures lawyer completion of minimum requirements. Francis discusses why lawyers should look into board certification, answers CLE questions frequently asked by Florida lawyers, and offers some useful advice about alternative ways to obtain CLE credits.
Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson interview Katherine Hurst Miller, president-elect of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, about online course developments, why YLD member engagement is growing, interactions with affiliate groups, and how young lawyers can get involved. Tune in to hear about the health and wellness programs coming up in the next year and how your local or specialty bar can apply for YLD grants.
Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson speak with law firm coach Nora Bergman about how lawyers can organize time and use mindfulness to get more work done in less time. Tune in to hear about creating focus time, planning your week, training your brain for effectiveness, and actually implementing tips!
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and co-host Renee Thompson interview President-Elect Bill Schifino at the 2015 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference about overreaching themes in the bar’s five-year future plan and the nature of bar succession. Tune in to hear Schifino’s thoughts about his term as president, what’s on the horizon for the legal profession, and themes such as judicial branch independence, lawyers’ public image, access to justice, enhanced member benefits, and diversity within bar leadership and the profession as a whole.
Bill Schifino is a commercial litigator and managing partner of Burr & Forman in Tampa, Florida. He was elected president of the Florida Bar in 2015, and will serve as president starting in 2016. Schifino has been on the bar’s board of governors since 2008.
The 2015 Annual Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference recently took place in Manalapan, Florida. During the event, Adriana Linares and co-host Renee Thompson sat down with the new Florida Bar President, Ray Abadin, to discuss lawyers, technology, global legal services, reciprocity, and efficiency.
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Adria Quintela, Florida Bar director of lawyer regulation, and Michelle Suskauer, chairperson of the Disciplinary Review Committee, about trends in the way the Florida Supreme Court is treating disciplinary actions, the top issues causing lawyers to receive complaints, and the proper course of action within the grievance process. Adria discusses how the largest problems come from a lack of client-lawyer communication. Most complaints could be avoided by picking up the phone or sending an email. Michelle discusses the Supreme Court’s decreased tolerance for unprofessional behavior and how it might relate to technology, social media, and far-reaching media attention.
In 2013, the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) launched a statewide e-filing portal for civil, criminal, and Florida Supreme Court cases. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Carolyn Weber, program manager for the design and implementation of the portal, and Tom Hall, lawyer and consultant to the FCCC. Together, they discuss the major issues lawyers have with the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal and tips on document requirements. Listen to the end to learn about removing metadata properly or potentially revealing attorney-client privilege information.
Many lawyers who are part of the Florida Bar do not realize what the Practice Resource Institute (PRI) has to offer. The PRI is an online resource for lawyers who need help with office technology, finance and accounting, marketing, management, or who need assistance with all aspects of starting a new practice. Much of the content is free to the public and there are additional services available to members. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Jonathon Israel, director of The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute. Israel discusses how the PRI has developed to offer a myriad of new opportunities available to any lawyer (not just Florida Bar members). He describes the structure of the site and the types of information, resources, and tools you should expect from visiting the PRI website or becoming a member. In the future, Israel explains, the PRI will respond to member feedback to include more video and audio content, social media interaction, and aggregation.
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares and John Stewart interview lawyer and chair of the Bar Admissions Committee Lance Scriven about the pros and cons of Admission on Motion, the Uniform Bar Examination, and non-lawyer legal professional licensing. Scriven discusses the practitioner benefits of crossing borders and practicing law and points out that there are many instances in which this is already being done. The obvious negative in these programs involves lawyers who are worried about even more competition in a state which is already saturated with attorneys. Stewart points out that many services that these alternative solutions provide are filling a currently existing hole in the market of moderate or low income people and small business owners. Admission on Motion, the UBE, and non-lawyer licensing are strong alternatives to the competition being created by online legal services which already exist to fill this void. Florida is watching the action of major states like New York or California on these issues, Scriven says. Tune in to hear more about these controversial and important decisions facing Florida lawyers.
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Florida attorney John Stewart, chair of the Florida Bar's Vision 2016 Technology Committee, about how the subcommittee is helping lawyers cope with and embrace new legal technology. Stewart explains that he was previously wary of legal service technology, but his opinions changed after talking to Mark Britton from Avvo, Cheryl Niro from the ABA, Ed Walters from Fastcase, and other experts. The Technology Committee, he says, is already helping lawyers work alongside new technology through the Practice Resource Institute and an e-etiquette guide. His plans for the future include looking at the proliferation of online legal service providers and finding ways for Florida lawyers to compete or collaborate.
The State of Florida takes access to public records very seriously, but it also prioritizes the privacy of its citizens. Through sustained efforts and the use of technology, Florida is finding ways to meet both objectives while decreasing the associated costs. In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, co-hosts Adriana Linares and Rene Thompson interview Judge Robert Hilliard from the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Together, they discuss how the State of Florida is implementing technology to lower costs, increase public access, and improve the performance of both judges and attorneys. Tune in to hear how judges are utilizing a new paperless docket system and lawyers are taking advantage of technology to present their cases in court.
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Florida Bar President Greg Coleman about the Practice Resource Institute (PRI), member benefits focused on solo and small firms, and the Clio Cloud Conference happening during the Annual Florida Bar Convention in June 2015.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews Peter Sweeney, Deputy City Attorney of Palm Bay, Florida, at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. As the chairman of the Member Benefits Committee of the Florida Bar, Sweeney discusses adding technological tools like Clio and Rocket Matter to member benefits and the vetting process of these tools. Also a member of the The Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) Committee, he examines the problem of people needing legal aid and how to adequately meet these needs within the confines of the law. In addition to being Deputy City Attorney, Peter Sweeney is board certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar.
Legal Talk Network Producer Laurence Colletti interviews electronic evidence expert Craig Ball at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. Ball discusses the limitations of electronic search tools and how lawyers need to move past the delusion of the right keywords yielding perfect results. He summarizes his 2015 Solo and Small Firm Conference presentation about the proper use of PowerPoint presentations, a field in which lawyers still struggle. A certified trial lawyer, Craig Ball limits his practice to serving as a court-appointed special master and consultant in computer forensics and electronic discovery.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews social media law attorney and consultant Ethan Wall at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. He talks about leaving his law firm to start Social Media Law and Order, a company that educates lawyers and professionals about the effect of social media on the law. Wall discusses his presentation at the Bar’s technology conference and frequent questions lawyers have about using LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Ethan Wall is a social media law attorney, author, professor, consultant, and keynote speaker in Miami, Florida, and was recently elected to the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews attorney Joseph Corsmeier about technology competency for lawyers at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. Corsmeier discusses being a member of the Vision 2016 Commission: Technology Committee, CLE requirements for technology and minimum competency with regard to legal ethics, and how he is assisting lawyers with digital security, practice management, and maintaining legal standards. Joseph Corsmeier, a sole practitioner out of Clearwater, represents lawyers in defense of Bar disciplinary matters and proceedings before the Florida Bar and advises lawyers and law firms throughout Florida about ethics and professionalism.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews attorney Renee Thompson at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. Thompson explains how to become a member of a Bar committee, why a lawyer should come to the meetings, and the benefits of getting involved in leadership. She also discusses the future of the Practice Resource Institute and how it will help solo and small firm attorneys. Renee Thompson is a civil litigator at Mateer Harbert law firm in Ocala, Florida. She serves as the fifth Circuit representative on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, chairs the Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy, and serves on the Special Committee on Technology and the Board of Governors Vision 2016 Technology Committee.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews attorney John Stewart at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. Stewart discusses speaking about PDF manipulation tools at the Wild, Wild Tech: Getting Down and Dirty with Technology conference, a soon-to-be annual tech conference at the Winter Meeting. Stewart and Linares discuss why lawyers should get involved with Bar leadership, useful topics for the Florida Bar Podcast, and the rolling out of the Practice Resource Institute. John Stewart is a practicing attorney and serves on the Board of Governors for the 19th Judicial Circuit, Chairs the Vision 2016 Technology Committee, and is on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Counsel.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares and Florida Bar Board of Governors member Renee Thompson interview Jennifer Kuyrkendall at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. Kuyrkendall discusses her role with the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), the video series Mentoring with the Masters, the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Technology Conference, and how she became involved with Florida Bar leadership. Kuyrkendall is the child support hearing officer for the Third Judicial Circuit in North Central Florida, presiding over Title IV-D cases, the Third Circuit representative of the YLD Board of Governors, conference chair of the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Technology Conference, and a member of the Vision 2016 Commission.
Adriana Linares and Renee Thompson interview Liz McCausland, Melanie Griffin, and Barbara Leach about maintaining successful careers while being involved with Bar committees. The interviewees talk about mentoring young lawyers, encouraging and helping potential leaders, and expanding community service within the legal field. While all three lawyers use technology to help with time management, they emphasize that being involved with the Bar is essential for their careers. Whether you are a private practice or in government service, you can build friendships, mentorships, and networks that progress your practice.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares and Florida Bar Attorney Renee Thompson interview Michelle Suskauer at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. Suskauer discusses her role as a professional legal analyst, the importance of the Disciplinary Review Committee for the legal profession, and why Florida lawyers should get involved with the Bar to make a difference in the industry. Suskauer has been on the Florida Bar Board of Governors for five years, is Board Liaison to the Criminal Law Section of the Bar, and is a local and national legal analyst.
Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares and Florida Bar Board of Governors member Renee Thompson interview criminal defense attorney Sean Desmond at the 2015 Winter Meeting of The Florida Bar. As the current chair of the Annual Convention Committee, Desmond discusses making the June convention a destination for lawyers by collaborating with Clio for a cloud conference and offering Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses in technology. Desmond served as the President of the Young Lawyers Division in 2012, is treasurer of the General Practice Solo Small Firms (GPSSF) section of the Bar, and is running to be the elected state attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit seat in 2016.
Welcome to the first episode of the Official Florida Bar Podcast. If you are a member of the Florida Bar or simply an interested attorney looking to improve your legal service offerings, this podcast is for you. Join us each month as esteemed law leaders share their knowledge, experience, and recommendations for creating best practices.
In this episode, host Adriana Linares interviews Florida Bar Director of Programs Division Terry Hill. Together, they discuss the purpose of the Florida Bar's Practice Resource Institute, its numerous member benefits, and much, much more. Tune in to learn about the Self Help Knowledge base, benefits of Live Chat, and available service discounts offered exclusively through the Florida Bar.
Terry Hill is the Director of the Programs Division at The Florida Bar where he leads a team of six department heads. In addition, he provides leadership and oversight for legal publications, legal specialization and education, professional development, meetings and conventions, law office management assistance service and public service programs. Terry is also the CLE Director where he focuses on continuing legal education programming, marketing, and delivery methods, as well as the staff liaison to The Florida Bar Member Benefits Committee where he coordinates the preferred providers for the bar's 98,000 members.