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Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** DC Bar Weighs in on the Ethics of Working Remotely During COVID-19 If your firm is like most law firms, some or all members of your firm’s workforce has been working remotely since the onset of the pandemic. In many cases, your firm’s employees may have chosen to stay close to home (and the office) during quarantine periods, while others chose to move to more remote locations for varying reasons. If you’re one of the lawyers who chose the more remote option, your…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Judges and social media use: Drawing the line in New York In 2020, it’s safe to say that I no longer need to convince lawyers that social media is here to stay, since nearly everyone – including lawyers – regularly interacts on least social media site. And by “lawyers” I’m referring to pretty much anyone with a law degree, including judges. That being said, judges are unique. When they accept the position of a judgeship, they agree to walk a fine line in…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** The importance of planning for law firm resiliency during COVID-19 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in some parts of the country, you’re likely wondering about the future of your law firm and its book of business. One way to abate those concerns is to prioritize preparing your firm for whatever may come. Make sure you’re never caught flat-footed and take steps to ensure business resiliency no matter what happens. Why? Because that’s the only way to ensure future success and stability.…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Zoom Court Hearing Tips From The Boston Bar Association It’s the end of July 2020, and we’re months into the COVID-19 crisis with no end in sight. As surges occur across the country, working remotely has become commonplace for most members of the legal profession. Because of that, court appearances, hearings, and jury trials are also part of our newfound reality. As lawyers increasingly appear in court proceedings via videoconferencing, concerns regarding this format have begun to crop up, ranging from proper attire…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Covid-19 Survey: Lawyers Continue to Work Remotely and in the Cloud It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been with us for nearly 6 months  – and will likely be around for months – or even years – to come. As a result of COVID-19 and its effects, some firms are busier than ever, while others are finding that business has slowed down. This newfound reality that we all find ourselves in makes it challenging to run a successful business, as many law…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** New York Judge Weighs in on Coaching Witnesses During Zoom Proceedings It’s hard to believe that in the span of just a few short months, lawyers across the country have suddenly become technologically adept and are using a host of remote technology tools, including videoconferencing software. In the blink of an eye, interacting via videoconference is now a daily occurrence for both attorneys and judges alike, whether it’s for for meetings, court appearances, or hearings. This unexpectedly rapid rate of adaptation to technology…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** How to get paid during the COVID-19 pandemic In March, life as we knew it ground to a halt as COVID-19 descended upon our country. For many law firms, this sudden departure from business as usual was an unexpected and unwelcome turn of events. As the virus quickly took hold, firms closed their doors and, to the extent that it was was possible, sent their employees home to work remotely. With the unexpected and sudden transition to remote working came a host of…
I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won’t include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Apologize for the delay in posting this roundup, but in addition to my job with MyCase, I’ve been busy writing the annual update for the New York criminal law treatise I co-author for Thomson Reuters. In any event, here are my posts and articles published from late-June to the present: How contract review software can save
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** More law firm reopening guidance, this time from the Indiana State Bar Association Now that some states are flattening the curve, guidelines are being established to allow phased reopenings of businesses, including law firms. Of course, no one’s ever attempted to reopen businesses after a worldwide pandemic, sowe’re in uncharted territory. No doubt you’re wondering how to go about the reopening process in an efficient and safe manner.

Fortunately, there’s guidance out there to help you do just that. In my last column, I…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** NYSBA Releases Guidance on Re-Opening Law Firms Right now, most New York law firms are closed as a result of the Governor’s mandate relating to COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements. But that will soon change as some parts of New York State begin to transition under the Governor’s 4-phase regional re-opening plan. Because law firms are permitted to return to work during Phase 2, they will be some of the first businesses to re-open in qualifying parts of the state. If your law firm is…
I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won’t include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles published from late-April to the present: How to get paid quickly with online payment tools in the time of the coronavirus – ABA Journal  Internet Legal Research On A Budget  -Above the Law Reopening Your Law Firm During COVID-19: There’s A Bar Association Guide (Or Two) For That! –…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Remote Working During COVID-19:  Improve Your Mindset Working remotely in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic isn’t easy. In fact, it can be incredibly stressful, in part because there are a lot of things about that current situation that are simply beyond our control. The good news is that there are some things we can control, such as our mindset and our immediate environment. The key is to identify what can realistically be changed that will have a positive impact on your state…
I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won’t include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles published from Mid-March to the present: The latest on legal document management software – ABA Journal  7 types of tech tools to help lawyers set up virtual offices – ABA Journal  The Bionic Legal System: We Can Rebuild It, We Have The Technology – Above the Law Zoom Videoconferencing Tips
Lawyers across the country have been sheltering in place for weeks now, and for many, there is no immediate end in sight. The move to remote work was a sudden one, with governors instituting social distancing requirements seemingly overnight. Notably, many firms were unprepared for this change, and as a result business continuity proved to be a pressing issue. However, over time, firms adapted. They had to; they had no choice. Now that a few weeks have passed, working from home has become the new normal, but it hasn’t always gone smoothly. The transition was easier for some firms than…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Pennsylvania issues timely ethics opinion on remote working for lawyers Have you gotten used to what is, at least for now, the new normal? For many lawyers, it’s a work in progress. Firms that already had cloud-based software in place transitioned relatively smoothly. Others, not so much. What about you? Has your law firm provided remote working tools for its employees? Are you able to access firm files from your home and securely communicate and collaborate with clients and colleagues? Are you ready…
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Staying Connected With Your Law Firm Team During COVID-19 Your entire law firm is suddenly and unexpectedly working remotely. Now what? How do you ensure that your entire staff is able to communicate and collaborate effectively while working from their homes? If you’re wondering what to do next are, rest assured, you’re not alone. Remote work is uncharted territory for most law firms. Fortunately, by creating a remote working plan and establishing remote working procedures, you can create a supportive structure for your…