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Did you know there is more to practicelaw than just forms?  practicelaw is designed to be a repository of resources intended to help your practice.  Similarly, the MSBA’s practiceblawg is a blog for the Association to share with you how the MSBA can help you improve your efficiency and grow your practice.  The MSBA offers members a number of products and services and is always looking for ways to better serve its members and provide greater value.

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  • Benefits of blogging

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 26, 2015
    A recent post from Perceptio identified four reasons frequent blogging can help attorneys. Adding a blog to your website, and updating your content consistently, can lead to client acquisition, increased traffic, lead generation, and improved SEO. The post also include other helpful advice, like clearly identifying your target audience and including a call to action in your posts.
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  • Myth of the digital native

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 22, 2015
    Like the Jelly of the Month Club, ABA TECHSHOW is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. The Saturday morning plenary session featured Casey Flaherty and Andrew Perlman, creators of the Legal Tech Audit. Among other topics, Flaherty sought to dispel the myth of the digital native.
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  • Exit Surveys: client says "on the internet," which means...

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 21, 2015
    You've successfully resolved your client's matter and you're hoping to get some insight about where such a lucrative referral came from, so you ask the client only to get the response "I saw you on the internet." A useful response, but it doesn't help you determine which, if any, of your marketing strategies are paying off. One way to get more insight into internet traffic is through Google Analytics.
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  • Your MN Find a Lawyer Profile

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 17, 2015
    Averaging more than 8,000 searches each month, the new MSBA directories have been searched over 36,000 times since the January 1 launch. Have you added or updated your profile?
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  • The future is now

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 15, 2015
    People are generally aware of tools like mndocs intended to increase a lawyer's efficiency and make his or her day-to-day tasks simpler or easier, but there is another class of technology out there that seeks to not only replace the routine clerical work in an attorney's practice but also some of the analytical reasoning that to-date has generally been considered to be a fundamentally human part of the process.
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  • Quick & easy way to resize photo for MN Find a Lawyer profile

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 12, 2015
    If you're one of the many members who recently got a new professional headshot at the MSBA's first headshot day last month, you may have noticed that the final image you received was high resolution, and too big to directly upload for use as your profile photo on MN Find a Lawyer. Not to fear, there are many easy ways to resize the image.
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  • Two birds, one stone

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 11, 2015
    Pro bono is defined as “[b]eing or involving uncompensated legal services performed esp. for the public good.” Rule 6.1 sets the aspirational goal for Minnesota attorneys as at least 50 hours each year. While pro bono work is good for the profession and society as a whole, and offers attorneys a way to give back to their communities, it also provides attorneys an opportunity for professional development and to gain experience.
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  • How do we protect deep thought in a distracted age?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 08, 2015
    That was the question left by the keynote speaker at this year's ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, Nick Carr. The question was posed to hundreds of attorneys but extends beyond those in attendance. Carr has written extensively on automation and culture. A common theme is that while technology is designed to remove the mundane tasks from humans freeing them up for higher level thought and allowing them to focus on more complex tasks the opposite actually seems to be true. Technology has not turned blue collar workers into philosophers and artisans but rather a society of Homer Simpsons, simply pushing buttons and letting machines handle complex tasks with little or no understanding or human interaction.
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  • Get Involved

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 06, 2015
    If you’re looking for ways to get more out of your MSBA membership or for opportunities to give back to the profession and society, the MSBA’s new Volunteer & Get Involved page is a great place to start. Updated frequently, the Get Involved page identifies different opportunities available to members who want to volunteer their time and expertise.
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  • Can you pass the Legal Tech Audit?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 04, 2015
    The Legal Tech Audit is a way for lawyers to demonstrate their technical competence, but it is also a way for clients to ensure their lawyers understand basic technology and are not billing for inefficient processes. Casey Flaherty, creator and former in-house counsel at Kia Motors, reduced bills by seventeen percent in one year.
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  • Eight days a week

    by Joe Kaczrowski | May 01, 2015
    Could you use an extra day each week? Practice management software vendor Clio claims using its software saves attorneys on average eight hours each week.
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  • From across the border: 10 legal tech innovations and what they mean

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 30, 2015
    The Wisconsin State Bar recently published an article summarizing ten legal technology innovations and what each means to your practice. Most lawyers are aware of the change to the ABA Model Rules regarding competence and technology, which was adopted by the Minnesota Supreme Court earlier this year, and the buzzwords will likely be no surprise either (social media, the cloud, mobile, practice management, data security). The Wisconsin article offers a short summary of ten key developments and how they affect law practice today.
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  • Alternative or additional revenue streams for attorneys

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 29, 2015
    There are many words and phrases to describe it -- unbundling, limited-scope engagement, non-traditional law practice -- but there is a growing trend in the market today for lawyers who are looking for something other than a traditional client relationship based on hourly fee agreements.
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  • What's old is new again

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 27, 2015
    Suffolk University, among other institutions, is exploring ways to change the way lawyers are trained and educated. Legal education has not changed significantly in a century and a half. Suffolk's new program, the Accelerator-to-Practice Program, seeks to train lawyers in the practical aspects of running a law firm along with substantive law topics.
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  • Windows 10 potentially offers game-changing security features

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 25, 2015
    Some updates to the ubiquitous Windows operating system garner more fanfare than others, occasionally to the detriment of the platform itself when the hype far exceeds the reality (remember Windows Me?). In this case, the latest update offers two features that could dramatically change the way we access and use technology.
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  • "Mobilegeddon" - can potential clients still find you?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 24, 2015
    Perhaps not quite as overused as variations on Watergate, but crises given an 'armageddon' moniker permeate news feeds today. Armageddon, Carmageddon, Snowmageddon, and now Mobilegeddon. So what cataclysmic event earned the latest superlative? Google frequently updates its search algorithm, and its most recent update now promotes websites that are mobile-friendly while penalizing those sites that are not.
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  • What is your effective hourly rate?

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 22, 2015
    Many attorneys offer some flat fee services. For example, an attorney may offer a basic estate plan for a set price regardless of specifics. If you are one of them, while you may know how much revenue you generate through such an offering, do you know what your effective hourly rate is?
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  • Lawyers and Technology

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 20, 2015
    Over half of all mobile subscribers in the U.S. have smartphones, and lawyers check in at an even higher clip: 89% of lawyers own smartphones. What other devices do lawyers use? MyCase recently published a graphic summarizing the ABA Legal Technology Survey, and the MSBA conducted its own member survey.
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  • An HTML primer for lawyers

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 17, 2015
    A recent study by the Florida Bar Association found that almost 40% of lawyers plan to update their websites in 2015. Most of today's CMS platforms include a WYSIWYG design interface, meaning you can create and maintain an elegant website without having to speak some "secret" language. However, having some basic fluency in HTML can still be beneficial.
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  • ABA TECHSHOW in T minus...

    by Joe Kaczrowski | Apr 15, 2015
    Getting ready to catch a plane to this year's TECHSHOW in Chicago. The annual ABA TECHSHOW is an opportunity for attorneys to check out over one hundred products and services available to help them in their practices. TECHSHOW also offers dozens of educational programs on a wide variety of topics, including practice management and digital security.
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