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  • By Josh Taylor On June 15, 2018, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law hosted one of several worldwide IE Legaltech Venture Days. The event, hosted by schools around the world, is intended as a “cutting-edge, highly competitive program . . . to identify and support start-ups that have the ability to have a positive impact on [...] The post The Pulse of New Legal Technology on Full Display at Northwe...

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  • As an attorney and small business owner, social media should cease to be a method for only personal interaction and communication. As you might already be aware of, companies ranging from Fortune-500 to mom-and-pop shops are now utilizing social media platforms to drive messaging and hopefully business. Your small law firm should be no different. [...] The post Social Media Workbook for Attorneys:...

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  • Our friends and partners at InfoTrack have been sharing e-Filing tips for attorneys and closely following the Illinois courts’ input on e-Filing issues since the state’s e-Filing mandate. The following guest post was written by InfoTrack’s VP of Product and attorney Eunbin Rii. He shares the following new cases so that Smokeball and InfoTrack clients and [...] The post Penalties for e-Filing Mista...

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  • By Josh Taylor On June 11, 2018, a politically-divided U.S. Supreme Court answered that question in the affirmative as it relates to Ohio’s method of cleaning up its voter registration lists. The 5-4 Court determined that Ohio does not contravene federal voting laws when it takes measures to remove registrants that likely moved away from [...] The post Can Your State Delete You From Its Voter Regi...

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  • Talented cook, experienced family law litigator, active volunteer, world traveler, and Victorian-era mystery novel fan — Client Success Manager Ruchie Chadha is the ultimate renaissance woman. Ruchie was drawn to a Smokeball career because of her own practice experiences and working closely with the tech industry during her time in Santa Monica and “Silicon Beach”. [...] The post Smokeball Spotlig...

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  • Real estate and real property law are the rules that govern land and the structures on it. Real estate law directly and indirectly impacts landlords, homebuyers, home sellers, renters and anyone who is using real property. There are a wide variety of real estate statues on the federal and state level but federal real estate [...] The post Understanding Real Estate Law and Real Property Laws appear...

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  • Despite New Case Law, Illinois Family Law Fee Petitions Still Awash in Inconsistency By Ruchie K. Chadha As an attorney, you are rarely surprised by a Petition for Interim Fees being filed against your client. But what happens if you are ordered to pay fees to the other side that you have already spent? More [...] The post Despite New Case Law, Illinois Family Law Fee Petitions Still Awash in Inco...

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  • Smokeball employees recently made their way to the Chicago chapter of the Anti-Cruelty Society to volunteer their time making dog toys out of T-shirts. Smokeball employees donated the T-shirts as well, and so many were accumulated that Smokeball was able to deliver over 100 extra shirts for other volunteer groups to make toys. Between making [...] The post Smokeball Employees Volunteer at Chicago’...

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  • The Supreme Court of the United States handles some of the most important court cases in our country so famous supreme court cases and decisions have helped shape our history; it has tremendous powers to impact laws that everyday citizens will abide by for years to come. And while most of these decisions didn't involve [...] The post 8 of the Most Controversial and Famous Supreme Court Cases appea...

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  • Ernie "the Attorney” Svenson joined Smokeball cloud-based legal practice management software for “Law Firm Autopilot: How to Earn More, Work Less, and Avoid the Office",  an enlightening webinar on re-evaluating and adjusting your goals as a practicing lawyer. You can watch the full presentation here. Ernie’s unique background lent particular weight to his discussion about working to live your [.....

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  • On May 23, 2018, Inc. Magazine released its “Best Workplaces 2018” with Smokeball law practice management software as one of the selected winners. “We’re really proud of this achievement,” said Smokeball’s President, Jane Oxley in reaction to learning of the win. “We put a lot of effort into making Smokeball a place you look forward [...] The post Smokeball Achieves Nationwide Honor as One of Inc....

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  • Due process is basically a legal requirement that no citizen be deprived of their legal rights without properly application of the law. In other words, under due process, a person cannot have their property seized or be put in jail without first going through the legal system to determine if they are guilty of the [...] The post What Does Due Process Mean? appeared first on Smokeball.

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  • Smokeball traveled west last week for two lunch sessions with California attorneys on key performance indicators (KPIs) and how to utilize them to make a small law firm more profitable. Smokeball hosted attorneys at Fleming’s Steakhouses in San Diego and Los Angeles to highlight main law firm KPI and profitability ideas and goals. The presentation, [...] The post Using KPIs to Increase Law Firm Pr...

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  • On Monday, May 14, 2018, a 6-3 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court determined that a federal sports betting law violates the anticommandeering doctrine of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.  The decision paves the way for the individual states to allow or disallow betting on sports by striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports [...] The post Full-Court Press: The Supreme Court Opens the...

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  • As with any professional field, the legal industry has its fair share of popular attorneys and famous attorneys who were or are movers and shakers in their own right. Let’s take a look at a list of famous lawyers in history. Joe Jamail (aka King of Torts) During his time, Joe Jamail was the richest [...] The post Four Famous Lawyers in History Every Attorney Should Know appeared first on Smokeball...

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Reviewing Lawyer/Client Relationship in the Context of the Sixth Amendment: Who Decides Guilt Concessions as a Part of Trial Strategy? By Josh Taylor Early this year, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments surrounding perhaps the most core constitutional embodiment of lawyer ethics.  In fact, during oral arguments, Justice Sotomayor observed that the [...] The post Who Decides G...

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  • A reliable staff is of the utmost importance to a thriving law firm.  Without good people backing them up, good lawyers can be swept up in mediocracy, or worse, an inability to keep up with clients and ethical duties.  Often, what we hear is that great paralegals and legal assistants actually “run the show” in [...] The post Hiring and Managing Staff to Increase Law Firm Profitability [Free eBook]...

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  • Lawyers born only 30 or 40 years ago may not realize that the legal profession as it is today did not always exist. A matter of fact, at one point there was no such thing as a lawyer and even after the legal profession was born, it has been subjected to booms and declines many [...] The post A Brief Guide to the History of Lawyers appeared first on Smokeball.

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  • On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Smokeball’s Content and Client Success Teams hosted a symposium for real estate attorneys at its Downtown Chicago offices.  The symposium focused on using Smokeball’s many features to “Make 2018 Your Best Year for Real Estate.” Sara Hawes, Smokeball’s VP of Content, opened the program stating that it was inspired [...] The post Smokeball Hosts Knowledge-Packed Real Estate...

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  • Illinois Mandatory E-Filing is Here: What You and Your Firm Need to Know Now With e-Filing now mandatory throughout the Illinois civil court system, you may already have a great handle on what your firm needs to do to properly file; you could maybe use some additional tips to be sure nothing falls through [...] The post The Illinois Attorney’s Guide to e-Filing [Free eBook] appeared first on Smoke...

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  • Build it and they will come doesn’t really apply to the real world of business. Law firms that want to build a solid book of business must develop a strong marketing plan that reaches out to the right customers in the right places. Let’s take a look at some of the fundamentals of marketing for [...] The post Law Firm Marketing Tips appeared first on Smokeball.

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  • Join us on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 10 AM PT/12PM CT/1PM ET for "Law Firm Autopilot: How to Earn More, Work Less, and Avoid the Office" with Ernie Svenson, better known as Ernie the Attorney. Ernie is a nationally recognized speaker and author on various topics such as paperless lawyering, email efficiency, document automation, [...] The post Law Firm Autopilot: How to Earn More, Work Less, and...

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  • Working with legal professionals every day, we at Smokeball are avid fans of legal industry topics and avid listeners of legal podcasts. We thought it would be fun to brainstorm and review the best podcasts that legal professionals should be listening to in 2018 (and beyond). The following "Top 5 Legal Podcasts of 2018" is [...] The post Top 5 Legal Podcasts of 2018 appeared first on Smokeball.

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  • Starting your own law firm can be a rewarding experience especially if you’re someone with an entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit. But setting up a legal practice takes more than passion and desire, you need to understand the ins and outs of setting up a law office so that it’s positioned to thrive. Lets take a [...] The post How to Start a Law Firm appeared first on Smokeball.

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  • For law firms that want to grow, maintaining profitability is essential. One way to maintain your law firm’s profitability is cross-selling. Let’s take a look at how you can cross-sell successfully. Understand Client Needs If your law firm works in multiple practice areas, it’s important that you understand how you can serve all of your [...] The post How to Maintain Law Firm Profitability with Cr...

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