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Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director with the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and currently as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.

Attorney Time Saver:  Firm Manager Releases Batch Invoicing

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Most small law firms – about 62% of solos and duos – spend roughly 8 hours a month on billing processes including invoicing.  About a quarter spend upwards of 16 hours a month.   There are handfuls that can spend more according to a law firm billing survey LexisNexis published in August of 2014. The business case for efficient billing process ... Read More »

Is the Legal Market for Talent Brightening?

Is the Legal Market for Talent Brightening

“The job market for newly minted associates is showing signs of improvement,” according to a telephone survey of 350 attorneys which was recently published by Robert Half Legal. Thirty-two percent of attorneys interviewed said their organization plans to “increase slightly” or “increase significantly” the number of entry-level lawyers hired in the next 12 months. An announcement for the survey results ... Read More »

YouTube Friday:  eDiscovery Explained Simply

YouTube Friday eDiscovery Explained Simply

The “e” in eDiscovery doesn’t stand for “easy” and some experts (like the video nearby) argue that eDiscovery is greater challenge for IT than it is for lawyers.  In its simple terms, eDiscovery is short hand for the process of turning unstructured data – sometimes staggering amounts of it – into something we can understand. YouTube is filled with resources ... Read More »

The Key to CRM is Tracking Relationships

The Key to CRM is Tracking Relationships

Customer relationship management (CRM) tools for professional service firms ought to track relationships – who knows whom– as opposed to tracking products.  So says Kayte Steinert-Threlkeld, the chief marketing officer for Berdon LLP, a top 35 accounting firm based in Manhattan. Relationships  trump everything in business development, an aspect perhaps unique for professional services firms, including accounting, law, engineering and ... Read More »

Infographic Friday:  Social Media Use by Law Enforcement

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Last fall our sister division in LexisNexis Risk Solutions released a study – and an infographic — that might be of interest to our law firm clients practicing criminal defense law.  It’s this week’s Friday Share. The study – a survey of 496 law enforcement officials conducted through the online community PoliceOne.com – found that while social media is an ... Read More »

Benchmarking Corporate Legal Department Maturity

Benchmarking Corporate Legal Department Maturity

“Most of us spend time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important,” according to Stephen R. Covey. The sentiment of the late author was reflected in the third habit – put first things first – of his bestselling book, 7 Effective Habits of Highly Effective People. Benchmarking is an effective and data-driven way to determine ... Read More »

Hot Legal Links and the Top 10 Posts You Might Have Missed

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In the year that’s passed since we launched this little blog, we’ve been amazed at the growth in readership. In 12 months or so, this blog has earned hundreds of thousands page views (and that continues to grow).  A huge “thank you” is in order for reading, engaging, sharing and otherwise, spending a few moments of your day with us. For ... Read More »

SlideShare Friday:  Small Law Cloud Best Practices

Cloud Best Practices for Small Law

The conversation about cloud computing for law firms has changed, according to a recent panel at LegalTech NY.  It’s no longer a question of is the cloud secure, but rather a question of how we can make it more secure. In order to improve on an idea, small law must have a baseline understanding of the cloud.  We recently spotted ... Read More »

10 Tips for Improving Law Firm Invoicing and Billing

10 Tips for Improving Law Firm Billing and Invoicing

The ABA Journal has a full page graphic in this month’s print edition: Many small firms face big payment problems. The graphic is based on data from a LexisNexis billing survey of small law firms published in the second half of last year.  In contrast to billable hours survey previously conducted, this survey aimed to learn about the billing and ... Read More »

Monica Bay:  You Can’t Practice Law without Technology

You Can’t Practice Law without Technology

Three formative early notions may well have shaped her legal and legal reporting career. First, as an “temp” secretary and paralegal at a law firms while paying her own way through law school, she recalls “what it was like to be invisible as a non-lawyer.” She understood, indeed experienced, how important non-lawyers are to the business of law. Second, law ... Read More »