19 Apr

How to Own your Niche

Starting your own solo practice in a competitive area is hard enough; raising five kids while running your business is even harder. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Bill Galione about how he combined research, personal interest, and passion to establish a niche within personal injury law. He also shares how he balances caring for five kids on top of his solo practice, which could potentially qualify as another kid.

Bill Galione, founding attorney for The Galione Law Firm, has been practicing personal injury law for more than 20 years.

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30 Mar

Splitting the Difference: How to Change Locations

In December 2015, Barbara Leach shared how she managed to split office resources without causing office drama. In this follow-up episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Barbara about how to effectively separate after sharing an office with another firm. She also shares tips on hiring and what she does to create a supportive and creative work environment for her coworkers.

Barbara J. Leach is the managing attorney of Barbara Leach Law, PL. She practices family law, consumer bankruptcy, and civil litigation.

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13 Mar

ABA TECHSHOW Today: The Women of LegalTech

Adriana co-hosts an episode of TECHSHOW today with Dennis Kennedy. Hear words of encouragement and support from some of the leaders and experts of the legal tech space… who also happen to be women. They discuss what skills the legal tech industry needs the most right now, the importance of acknowledging women as the experts they are, and how they are building a community of legal tech women that support each other, all while sharing tips for young women seeking to succeed in a male-dominated workplace.

12 Mar

ABA TECHSHOW Today: Securing Law with Blockchain

Adriana co-hosts an episode of TECHSHOW today with Dennis Kennedy. Once you understand it, you start seeing the potential applications for blockchain everywhere. And there’s no better guests to help you understand how blockchain works than David Fisher and Trent Carlyle. Tune in as they talk about the various applications of blockchain, how it establishes security and authenticity, and how their companies are currently allowing blockchain to add functionality to their existing software.

20 Feb

The Difficulty of Switching Technology

Laptops are kind of like that greener grass; they always look shinier in someone else’s hands. But switching around your technology, whether it’s transitioning to using Macs or deciding to use a tablet, could be more work than you think. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Joe Patrice talk about what it really looks like to switch from Windows to Mac and the advantages and disadvantages of using tablets for your business. Sprinkled into their conversation are tips about buying new tech tools, switching to the cloud, and where you can find small firm content on Above The Law.

Joe Patrice is an Editor at Above the Law where, for him, making snide remarks about other lawyers is at least as fulfilling as motion practice.

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22 Dec

Word Up 2: Creating Tables of Authority with Ease

Microsoft Word has a feature specifically for creating a table of authorities but many are still intimidated when it comes to using the software. In this episode of New Solo, Legal Office Guru Deborah Savadra joins host Adriana Linares to explain the details of creating tables of authority in Word. They review everything from dialog boxes and categories to styles and pagination. They also discuss the complaints they hear the most and the easiest ways for lawyers to save time and prevent mistakes while using Word’s tables of authority software.

Deborah Savadra, over the course of her career, has worked in law offices as a legal secretary, paralegal, and technology “fixer upper.”

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28 Nov

Up Your Marketing Game with Newsletters

Email marketing can be a very valuable tool for solo lawyers. But how can you make your newsletter stand out from spam and competition? In this episode of New Solo recorded at the 2017 Clio Cloud Conference, host Adriana Linares and guest host Liz McCausland talk to Andrew LeGrand about the ins and outs of using newsletters as a marketing strategy. They discuss things like open rates, tracking referrals, and how to make newsletter content relevant and interesting. They also briefly cover blogging and how to use your blog to effectively reuse content you already have.

Andrew Legrand is the founding partner at Spera Law Group, LLC, a cloud and paperless law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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20 Oct

Polish and Perfect Your Legal Writing Skills

As a lawyer, you write a lot. Whether it’s a contract, report, proposal, or even just a long email, your writing needs to be professional and clear of errors. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares talks to Ivy Grey and Daniel Heuman of Intelligent Editing’s PerfectIt about the editing services that their product offers and how it helps lawyers on a daily basis. They also discuss the importance of technology competence for lawyers and share their favorite apps and tips to saving time and effort in your business.

Ivy B. Grey is the author of “American Legal Style for PerfectIt,” and is a senior attorney at Griffin Hamersky LLP.

Daniel Heuman developed PerfectIt, an add-in for MS Word that finds mistakes that spelling and grammar checkers can’t find.

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21 Sep

Word Up: Using Microsoft Word Like a Pro

If you’ve ever experienced frustration with Microsoft Word or other word processors, you’re in luck. In this episode of New Solo, host Adriana Linares and guest Allan Mackenzie go in depth about how to use Microsoft Word effectively, including tips and tricks you can put into practice before the podcast ends. They cover keyboard shortcuts, setting defaults, and how to set up the quick access toolbar to meet your specific needs.

Allan Mackenzie is a 25-year veteran of the legal technology world. His experience ranges from that of a former night-shift word processor to a Wall Street IT director with a specialty in litigation technology.

Microsoft Word Tips for Legal Professionals from LawTech Partners on Vimeo.

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31 Aug

Mark Britton, CEO of Avvo, What Lawyers Need to Do Better, and Legal Technology – Conversation from ABA TECHSHOW 2017

Kennedy-Mighell Report Host Dennis Kennedy and Steve Best are joined by Avvo CEO Mark Britton to discuss how technology has evolved and continues to evolve, how Avvo works and why it works (as well as its 10 year history), and what attorneys need to do to grow and expand their practices.