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Business Development

1372 ABA Journal Business Development articles.

Easy e-filing: Services designed to help attorneys file documents accurately and correctly

Ten years ago, most lawyers hand-filed paper documents with courts; however, that changed over time as online document storage became increasingly common and lawyers began to transition to paperless practices. As a result, even before the pandemic, court e-filing systems were in place in many jurisdictions; some even required it.

Some associates not meeting ‘utilization expectations’ get pay cuts at this law firm

Associates at Steptoe & Johnson who aren’t meeting “utilization expectations” will be getting prorated pay cuts through the end of 2022.

How to apply business principles and legal tech to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Jeroen Plink, the chief operating officer of the Legaltech Hub, a board member at Casetext and the former CEO of Practical Law; and Jeroen Ketting, the founder and CEO of the Lighthouse Group, a provider of management and trade support to Western companies doing business in Russia and Ukraine.

Do you have what it takes to make esports your practice niche?

Are you a lawyer who plays League of Legends late at night? A World of Warcraft warrior who engages in courtroom combat during your daytime gig? And have you ever wished you could break into esports on a professional level—whether you're armed with a game controller or a briefcase?

Business fundamentals attorneys need to run a firm

Law school may prepare you to practice law, but it doesn’t teach you how to run a business. Here are some business fundamentals that one business owner and lawyer thinks every attorney should know something about if they hope to one day lead a firm.

New research examines attorneys’ sense of work value and health

Lawyers who perceive that they are most valued for their financial performance and productivity could be more likely to increase drug and alcohol use than those who feel valued for their professionalism and skills, according to a study released Friday.

Exhibit A: Top trial presentation tools

I’ve watched clips of Johnny Depp's defamation trial with interest. The proceeding offers a fascinating view into the lives of the rich and famous and also is a prime example of how court will likely be conducted post-pandemic. This trial is notable not only because it is televised, but also because it includes testimony from many in-person witnesses and several others via videoconference. Of those participating remotely, some testified live and the testimony of others was pre-recorded.

How to drive law department transformation through legal operations

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Mike Haven, the head of legal operations at Intel and the president of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

MyCase acquires immigration legal tech software Docketwise

MyCase, a practice management software company, announced Monday that it had acquired the immigration software Docketwise and integrated the platform into its cloud-based software.

The Great Resignation: The toll taken on the legal field and what comes next

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted much about what we once considered business as usual. It has created unmatched levels of flexibility across industries—many of which had very few flexible options pre-pandemic.

2Civility’s new executive director speaks out against workplace bullying

As the new executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, or 2Civility, attorney Erika Harold wants to use her platform to shine a light on workplace bullying.

The return of the Master’s Conference and honing your skills in a post-pandemic legal market

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with members of the board of directors for the Master's Conference, including Rick Clark, its co-founder and senior director of sales enablement and strategy with CloudNine; Monica Harris, product business manager of enterprise solutions at Cellebrite; and Marla Mohr, manager of client relations at the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists.

Law firms ‘flush with cash’ are hiring larger lateral groups

Law firms seeking to grow are hiring larger lateral groups of lawyers, acquiring as many as 10 or more lawyers at a time.

Virtual Reality: From development to investment, this cryptocurrency lawyer is all in

The metaverse may be a virtual realm, but lawyer Amy Madison Luo is doing very real work there—and achieving very real success. As a new partner at DIGITAL, a billionaire-backed venture firm, she invests in metaverse-focused blockchain companies, from applications to infrastructure. But she’s been working full time in this space since 2018, when she left BigLaw to follow her passion for a new kind of currency.

Want to be a successful litigator? Come to the office, say 2 BigLaw trial lawyers

For young litigators who want to be considered “a lawyer’s lawyer,” careers spent mostly working from home may not get you to where you want to be, according to two BigLaw partners who have been trying cases for more than 30 years.

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