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Top 10 #BusinessofLaw Posts You Might Have Missed in September

Most Read Blog Posts for September 2014

We’re a bit slow on the draw in posting a “most read” post for September, but rest assured, it’s not out of idleness!   The fall is typically a busy season for product announcements, including new software releases for the LexisNexis® PCLaw® and Firm Manager® products, for example:

There are several more software releases for other products in the works for later this month and early next month. For anyone interested in receiving news releases from the LexisNexis software division as they happen, you can subscribe via RSS here.

Most Read On the Business of Law Blog

The top 10 posts – as determined by unique page views – for September are:

1. Infographic Friday:  Trends Shaping the Legal Industry. What are the trends driving the legal industry today?  Survey says: client demands, GCs, specialization and virtual law are the top four trends.

2. Law Firms that Discount have more Past Due Clients. Should law firms discount or not – this survey said “not.”  If enjoy this post, we’d recommend clicking over Lawyerist afterwards to check out an infographic summarizing this billing survey and an excellent blog post on the pros and cons of discounting. Separately, The Rainmaking Institute’s Stephen Fairley also had a very interesting take in blog post titled, Why Aren’t Lawyers Getting Paid?  In it he writes, “It’s really hard to believe that four out of 10 clients are financial hardship cases. But if these survey results are accurate, then law firms have a huge disconnect in one or more of these critical functions.” He lists marketing, sales and business processes as critical functions.

Eight Things Lawyers Say they Would Change about Billing. Some of the most interesting insights from surveys come from the qualitative comments. This post summarizes what lawyers have to say about law firm billing in their own words.  One attorney wrote, “I would love not to have to bill clients at all.”

4. Three Notable Examples of Big Law IT Innovation. From IT dashboards to project management, these three legal technology initiatives are standout examples of big law IT innovation.

5. Preview Friday: LexisNexis goes to Hollywood.  So this happened:  Actress Jamie Lee Curtis mentions LexisNexis in a preview for the HBO series Veronica Mars.

6. Forty Customer Product Reviews on LexisNexis PCLaw.  Some of our customers have been using the PCLaw program for upwards of 20 years. We’re very grateful for the loyalty and in commemoration of the new PCLaw 14 product, we posted a roundup of recent comments we’ve received from bona fide customers.  We’d also like to give a shout out to two of our certified independent consultants who offered strong points of view on the new version of the software:

7. Analyst Research:  The ROI of Law Firm Practice Management. David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research published an excellent resource for small law firms building a business case and understanding the ROI of law firm practice management.  Separately the firm published an excellent multi-part series on law firms and strategic IT that’s a worthwhile read.

8. Infographic Friday:  The Enduring Legal Dress Code Debate. The legal dress code is usually a heated debate but a survey suggests lawyers may be leaning towards conservative dress.

9. Five Considerations Making a Tech Change in a Law Firm. Technology implementation is arguably just as much about culture as it is technical details. In this post our own Amy Kosey dips into a wealth of experience to provide these considerations.

10. FiveTakeaways from a Large Law Reinvention Strategy. Client focus, experimentation and specialization are among the initiatives one large law firm is undertaking to reinvent itself.

10 Legal Links for Lawyers that Aren’t our Own 

New this month, we’re adding 10 links to blog posts are articles we did not write, but shared in September and that drew engagement from the legal community on social media. We’re measuring that engagement in clicks as measured using Bitly.

The 10 links we shared that drew the most engagement are as follows:

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Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout out to Mike Lipps who leads the software division here in Raleigh.  Mr. Lipps was named by the Raleigh-based Triangle Business Journal as a top tech executive.  Earlier this year Mr. Lipps penned a contributed article published in Law360 which we later republished on these pages:  Legal Industry Evolution: Back To Business.

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for 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 later 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. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.