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Virtual Practice: The Next Generation

You can earn CLE credit for this event. After signing up, a Zoom link for the event will be sent to you a few days prior to the event.

This is the second & third session of a 3 part series.

2020 brought changes to the practice of law like we have never seen before. While the legal industry took a hit—firms suffered economically, attorneys experienced layoffs and furloughs, and access to justice was suspended for some and made extremely difficult for others—technological advances in the practice of law were catapulted forward. Within a month of the shutdown in Massachusetts, temporary remote notarization was approved and soon after the courts pivoted to remote hearings and e-filings. These steps were not new innovations, they were merely awaiting acceptance by the legal community. Many of these changes are here to stay. For lawyers to remain competent and effective advocates, we must adapt and embrace these changes, increase knowledge and awareness of advances in technology, and work to implement new innovations in our practices.

Part 2: Automation for the Everyday Lawyer

April 13, 1:00 p.m. Zoom

No longer do you need to learn to code or have an advanced degree in computer science to improve your practice workflows by using technology to speed up work, make less mistakes, and improve overall productivity and boost revenue. While they may no longer be that difficult to use, the vast number of tools on the market and available for practice can be overwhelming. Knowing where to start is half the battle. This program will help you learn how to identify different areas of your practice ripe for automation and introduce you to some of the tools available to help you create efficiencies through automation.  

Speaker - Heidi Alexander, Esq., Adjunct Profession in Law Practice & Technology; past chair of American Bar Association TECHSHOW Conference; former director and law practice advisor at Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program; author of Evernote as a Law Practice Tool; and current Director of SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being

Part 3: Virtual Practice: The Next Generation

April 20, 1:00 p.m. Zoom

Whether by choice or by matter of circumstance, in the past year your practice has become virtual or remote in some form. But, this is nothing new. Lawyers have been practicing virtually and touting about the benefits of it for years. In many respects, law practice will never revert back to days pre-COVID and many aspects of virtual practice will remain. 

Join this moderated session with virtual innovators around the country to talk about how they designed, developed, and evolved their legal practices and services. You’ll learn valuable lessons, gain ideas, and learn how to keep apace with modern times.  

Moderator: Heidi Alexander
Panel: Bahar Ansari (2nd.law), Patrick Palace (Palace Law and Pat Bot), Justin Kelsey (Skylark Law & Mediation), Annie Arbenz (Orbit Wills), Kim Bennett (K Bennett Law), and Megan Zavieh (Zavieh Law and The Playbook)