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    Archive for April, 2010
    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    ♬ With bits of memories scattered here and there
    I look around and don’t know where to start…♬

    Lyrics and Music by: Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Johnny Mandel.

    My good friend Robert (Bob) Denney has just issued his April 2010 Legal Communique: Addressing Challenges and Making Changes Requires a Thoughtful Approach.

    Aside from the use of the word “thoughtful” (which I always appreciate!) the advice that he has packed into his Communique is top notch and timed for firms coming out of the current economic malaise. With his permission, here is Bob’s latest advice:

    “Now that the economy is in the process of recovering, forward-thinking law firms are shifting from survival tactics to strategic planning as they begin to address, not only the challenges they face, but also the changes they may have to make. However, as discussed in our February Communique, the list can be long and there are few, if any, precedents for addressing many of the issues. (more…)

    Posted in Change Management, Firm Governance, Issues facing Law Firms, Law Firm Strategy, Leadership and Strategic Planning, Trends | Permalink | 2 Comments »
    The Battle Over Web 2.0 Has Started
    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    ♫ When the walls come crumblin’ crumblin’
    When the walls come tumblin’ tumblin’ down…♫

    Lyrics and Music by: George Green, J. Cougar Mellencamp

    As of March 4, 2010 (the day of originally writing this column for the Canadian Bar Association) the Canadian legal competitive battlefield changed. Dynamic LawyersTM, led by Michael Carabash, B.A., LL.B., J.D., M.B.A., Founder/President, formally launched their website:

    Have a look – Carabash, a Toronto business lawyer, is one of a growing list of new entrants into the area of online legal services. What makes his web services a bit different is the use of online video guides that aid purchasers to complete the legal forms that he has made available. He also has a blog and an “online legal health checkup”.

    Dynamic LawyersTM joins other online legal service providers such as LegalZoom that are seeking to tap the “do it yourself” legal consumer market. (more…)

    Posted in Business Development, Issues facing Law Firms, Law Firm Strategy, Technology, Trends | Permalink | 4 Comments »
    Ed Flitton Remembered…
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

    One by one
    Only the Good die young
    They’re only flying too close to the sun
    And life goes on –
    Without you…

    Lyrics and Music by Brian May, recorded by Queen.

    Ed and Karen Flitton

    Ed and Karen Flitton

    Friendship, over all…thoughts and memories of Ed Flitton (1942 – 2010)

    I am trying to remember when I first met seems like he has been a part of my life for so long. I hated to see the end of any meeting with Ed and eagerly looked forward to the next.

    Many others have written on Ed’s qualities and character (on the College of Law Practice Management’s blog). I echo all those thoughts and would add one further: over everything, Ed was a teacher. He was constantly giving of himself and showing us all how we could reach higher. And Better. And Deeper. I wanted to say thank you – somehow – for all those lessons. I know that Ed would not have wanted any payback for those lessons other than to say to go out and pay it forward. So the final lesson that you left us Ed, would be, I believe, to go forward and teach others as you have done.

    Your legacy is to have planted these ideas in everyone who came into contact with you. I count myself among the fortunate ones who had been able to have spent some great times with you. Thank you for everything Ed. I hope to put those lessons to good use in the years to come and seek to follow your example. I will greatly miss our talks and your friendship.

    David J. Bilinsky
    (cross-posted from the College of Law Practice Management Blog, where Ed Flitton was the President)

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