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Will Driverless Cars Run Over Personal Injury Lawyers?

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Driverless cars are heading our way. A breathless 7-part series on Forbes analyzed the staggering socioeconomic impact of driverless cars not impacting with other cars – or people. When you take into account all the industries affected and the residual effects, Forbes estimates that in the US alone, driverless cars will drive the economy by…
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Three Reasons Why Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Technology

Any attorneys out there have nightmares about the Big Bad Wolf of Technology huffing, and puffing, and blowing away our law firms? The American Bar Association’s Rule 5.5 regarding the unauthorized practice of law notes: “The definition of the practice of law is established by law and varies from one jurisdiction to another. Whatever the definition,…
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The War of the Wages

Before Labor Day recedes too far into the horizon, let’s spend a few minutes discussing the illustrious and inventive ways that employers defraud their employees out of their earned wages, and legal remedies to counteract the practice. In last week’s companion blog Article 3, I mentioned a Subway franchise owner with the unlikely name of…
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Hal 9000 Isn’t Far Away: What Role Will Artificial Intelligence Play In Our Legal System?

Imagine, if you will, a murder trial where the defendant is charged with shooting the victim at point-blank range in broad daylight with multiple witnesses present. The scenario plays out like hundreds of murder trials before it: a judge presides over the case, the state’s lawyers carefully lay out the prosecution, and the defense vigorously defends…
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We Are Teaming With The American Bar Association To Explore Expanded Online Opportunities For Lawyers.

It’s a very happy Friday here at Rocket Lawyer indeed. Today we announced that we are teaming up with the American Bar Association to explore innovative solutions to a vexing legal paradox – the difficulty small businesses face finding affordable legal services at a time when many lawyers would welcome expanded professional opportunities. Through a…
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Is Today’s Version Of Law School Right For You?

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: law grads simply aren’t getting hired by big, fancy firms at the same rates (and salary levels) as they used to — no matter how fervently my Greek grandmother might assure me that law is a safe and sensible career path. Thanks to an economic crisis and shrinking job…
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Making the Grade After Law School

Harvard Law School recently commissioned an online survey of 124 lawyers from the university’s 11 largest employers on the topic “What Courses Should Law Students Take?” The questionnaire took the positive approach, foregoing cynical or snide responses like “Anything But Law,” “How To Collect Unemployment Insurance,” “Managing Anger, Depression and Ulcers,” “Writing the Bulletproof Pre-Nup,”…
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HOW – AND WHY – TO START A “NICHE” PRACTICE

Back in 1949, Sorrell Trope, then a lean and hungry young attorney in southern California, noticed that divorce was both increasing and becoming socially acceptable. He decided to open what became the first law practice devoted exclusively to divorce and family law issues. When I interviewed him a few years ago for a magazine profile,…
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When Good Law Firms Fire Bad Clients

Several years ago, I came close to simultaneously entering into solo practice and starting my own (non-legal related) business. While the two businesses were mostly unrelated, lessons learned in one often have applied to the other, and vice versa. After all, as most solo practitioners can attest, running a solo practice is about much more…
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A Peek at Workplace Privacy Laws: 10 Things All Employers Need to Know

In the great American workplace, business and personal life converge. If the hard-toiling employees at your start-up or small business had no private or social lives, you’d worry. Somewhere there’s an employee who doesn’t slack off, wouldn’t think of using company time to play fantasy football or watch cats twerking on Vine, and never takes personal…
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