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The End of ' Death By Powerpoint' - Interview w/ Michael Baldwin (The Control Room Ep. 1) [Video]

Epsiode 1 of 'The Control Room, Conversations for Growing Business' in which Josh Beser talks about presentation best practices with Michael Baldwin....more

The Key to Convincing Presentations - In Conversation with Michael Baldwin

First in a series accompanying The Control Room: Conversations for Growing Companies, an interview series with entrepreneurs and experts....more

Is the time coming when an innovative Law Department will custom design its law firm?

Most complain that their law firms are not meeting their needs. Some law departments bring work in-house. Some change law firms. But the problems persist. Outside the law department, companies solve this kind of problem by...more

Mistakes Happen - How to Respond When They Do

Attorneys are human. They make mistakes. However, how an attorney responds to a mistake may be more important than the mistake itself. In the face of potential civil liability, sanctions or disciplinary proceedings, care...more

Something’s in the Air…

The creative and entrepreneurial juices in the legal industry are boiling in the early days of 2016, particularly in the litigation space. One month into the New Year, there have been at least four high-profile boutique...more

Don’t Neglect Old Clients in Search of a Shiny New Penny

How much time do you typically spend each month seeking new clients? If you’re like many other firm lawyers, you are devoting great blocks of time to RFPs, speaking engagements, industry conferences, entertainment and much...more

2015 Year in Review: Top Five Stories for In-house Counsel

One of our priorities is tracking the big issues affecting in-house counsel, and since 2015 seems to be the year of the “Top __ List,” we thought it would be fun to jump on that bandwagon too. It’s helpful to understand your...more

Management Articles for the CLO

We are currently digesting the ACC Chief Legal Officer Survey, which was published this week. There are many interesting takeaways relevant to our mission on InhouseGo2, one of which is the topic of professional development,...more

Clients speak clearly. Are law firms hearing the message?

I recently read the 2016 Report On The State Of The Legal Market by Georgetown Law and Peer Monitor. I was struck by the clarity of the message being sent by clients, and equally struck by how law firms seem not to hear it....more

The Power of Visuals

As humans, we are innately prone to believe in what we see. Words can sway our opinions, but tangibility provides a certainty and faith that words at times cannot meet. As I was reading through a recent blog by Angie Ballman...more

You Might Be Surprised By These Words In Magna Carta

I’m continuing my desultory study of the Magna Carta, which marked its 800th birthday last June. Although the original charter was written in Latin, my occasional efforts at translation has made me keenly aware that it uses...more

5 Essential Steps to Keeping your Client-Centric Resolutions

January 17 has been designated Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day because that is about how long most people who make resolutions actually stick with them. According to research conducted by Statistic Brain, only 8% of...more

10 Rules for Writing to Be Read [Infographic]

Are you a lawyer writing to be read by clients, prospective clients, media members, inhouse counsel and others? Print out this infographic on ten rules for writing to be read (published in partnership with our friends at...more

It’s Official. You’re In Charge!

It’s over. You no longer have to wait for someone else to promote you. You’re officially in charge! Remember the days when you hoped a member of the media would pick up your story, your accomplishments, your firm name, your...more

3 Ways to Improve Trial Pacing

One of the cornerstones in trying a good case is pacing. The attorney who proves everything proves nothing. It’s imperative that your case be pared down to its essential elements and presented concisely. Here...more

High Power, Low Volume: The Dynamics of Feminenglish, Part II

Typical of the way catchy neologisms leap into common currency, there’s a hot new compliment making the rounds these days: “So-and-so speaks truth to power.” The connotations of this high-powered compliment are rich indeed,...more

Former @NBA player and @Harvard_Law grad @LenElmore talks with @HsuUntied [Video]

Today, my guest is Len Elmore, an All-American basketball player from 1971 to 1974 at the University of Maryland, who was a first round draft pick in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball...more

Struggling As A Lawyer? Then Be More Like A Stripper! Yeah, That’s The Ticket.

Above The Law is, for the most part, a trash legal-gossip blog with the funniest, nastiest bunch of commenters anywhere. I read the comments it every business day. But whatever you do, be careful if you read it for the...more

Battling Law’s Second Language

Americans are derided in foreign cultures because so few of us speak a “foreign” language. We simply figure that in light of America’s overwhelming economic, political and cultural power, we are entitled to demand that...more

Cautionary Tale: When a Stipulated Continuance Won’t Save You from Untimeliness

A recent case shows what happened when counsel stipulated to a continuance that took the ruling on a motion to vacate a default judgment past the jurisdictional time limit. It’s the tale of a big win, followed by a crushing...more

New York City Bar Addresses Local Counsel Ethics and Risk Management Issues

Recent years have seen a number of civil damage actions in which attorneys who thought they were serving only as local counsel in a matter have been sued for alleged failures to provide representation beyond what local...more

Why Your Clients Hate to Call You

The year is still new, but the refrain remains the same. Lawyers in firms are finally back at work, catching up from the protracted holiday break and now excited about the promise the new year brings. Yet I’ve already had the...more

New Rules of Court Regarding Writ Petitions in Small Claims Court Cases

Effective January 1, 2016, new Rules of Court detail the procedures for filing writ petitions in small claims court cases. See Cal Rules of Ct 8.970?–?8.977. These new court rules elaborate on CCP §116.798, which was enacted...more

A man hears what he wants to hear…

I am sure Simon and Garfunkel never thought their lyrics would find their way into the law (this line has been used by judges in their opinions, so I am not breaking new ground) but when a line fits so perfectly, it is hard...more

Legal Project Management Decision Tree

How to tell if your clients need you to use Legal Project Management?...more

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