There's a different way to practice! Co-hosts JP Box and Erika Holmes describe their respective journeys, detailing what they saw in traditional law practices that made sense and what didn't. After exploring the (often discouraging) current state of the legal market, JP and Erika detail a new type of foundation, the Four Pillars of Modern Representation: empowerment, focus, technology, and value. Find out how to thrive as a modern lawyer while maintaining a healthy work life blend.
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Modern law is customizable. Figuring out what makes sense for you is the key. In these challenging times, with most of us working from home, lines between personal and professional are jumbled. Working remotely and paperless are common attributes of those practicing the modern law way. In this first installment of a four-part series on Creating a Vision, hear some tips from co-hosts Erika Holmes and JP Box on how more traditional lawyers can transition into a new work style.
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Part two of our four-part series on Creating a Vision focuses on the professional journeys of four modern lawyers who have answered the question: what is my professional identity? From Alamosa to Denver, from business law to family law, from building a thriving practice to mentoring fellow attorneys, the lawyers featured in this episode just may inspire you on your own journey as well.
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Modern Law is an all-encompassing way of practicing law that provides lawyers and clients empowerment, focus, technology, and value. This series on vision was inspired in part by the current pandemic and the need to figure out new ways to connect and be productive. Join guest Jessica Bednarz as she describes what it means to be client-centric, how to make your practice more customer service oriented, and how to meet your client where they are – perhaps both figuratively and literally.
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One of the pillars of Modern Law is technology. Join our tech savvy guest attorneys Lauren Lester and Marty Champagne, Jr. as they take us through some technology trends and must haves for the modern lawyer.
And introducing our question and answer line! Got Questions? Call 303-824-5399 and leave us a voicemail. We'll play your question on the air!
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This week the MLR focuses on revolutionizing your billing practices. In this first installment of a three-part series, we tackle the evils of the billable hour. Feel like you're on a treadmill working against your own efficiency instead of having it rewarded? Tired of living your life in six-minute increments? Tired of focusing on the business of law instead of the practice of law? Don’t let the billable hour drive you away from your profession. The billable hour, by its nature, puts attorneys at conflict with their clients. Clients want problems to be solved as quickly as possible, but the billable hour removes a lawyer’s motivation for an expeditious resolution. Well, we are here to tell you that there’s a better way. As Executive Director of The Chicago Bar Foundation, Bob Glaves is responsible for leading and overseeing the CBF’s work that brings Chicago’s legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and to make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. Hear him discuss the pitfalls of the billable hour and the ways out of its trap with hosts Erika Holmes and JP Box.
And look out for our next two installments where we will examine alternate billing models and take a deep dive into unbundling.
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60% of civil litigants in Colorado appear without representation. By using alternative billing practices, you can tap into this huge market. But does alternative billing work? Is it a profitable model? In a word, yes. Alternative billing may be a lawyer-driven change, but it addresses a client-driven necessity. In this second installment on our three-part series Revolutionizing Your Billing, our friend Bob Glaves from the Chicago Bar Association returns to add to our discussion this week as we tackle new and emerging trends in billing such as unbundled, flat fee, fixed fee, sliding scale, subscription billing, and hybrid models. Get off the billable hour treadmill and discover a better way to run your practice!
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In the final installment of our three-part series on billing, Erika Holmes and guest host, Lauren Lester, take a deep dive into unbundling. Special guests, Amy Skogerson and Andrea McGinn of Iowa, walk us through the inspiration for their 100% unbundled practice, The Law Shop, and the freedom that unbundled legal services have brought to their clients and the freedom and work-life balance it has brought to them.
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In this episode, Erika Holmes and special guest cohost, Lauren Lester, welcome Meranda Vieyra, CEO and Founder of Denver Legal Marketing LLC. With 25 years of experience in the Denver legal market, Meranda specializes in bringing high impact legal marketing to solo and small firms.
As with everything in modern law, marketing is customizable. But that doesn’t mean it should stay exclusively in your wheelhouse. Erika’s philosophy on marketing is go with what feels most natural, but not necessarily what’s most comfortable.
From branding and advertising to building the perfect website and optimizing SEO to identifying your target audience to turning leads into clients, Miranda helps to demystify what marketing looks like for modern lawyers and passes along a few simple ideas to get you started.
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Just like everything else in Modern Law, networking isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Modern networking isn’t just about getting clients, it’s about revolutionizing the way we think about making connections and how those connection-making skills can help us become better lawyers and improve the legal profession.
In this episode, we speak to networker extraordinaire, Karen Masciulli, Director of Legal Talent at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Karen realized early that she wanted to use her legal abilities to help people. From the time she graduated law school she has worked in academia, big law, and the government helping connect lawyers with opportunities. Now she gives us a peek into all the many ways to network outside of those awkward happy hours. Listen for tech tips, advice both practical and inventive, and some tricks of the trade for Modern Lawyers.
Maybe you’ve heard the myth that in order to ethically represent your client, you must be responsible for their entire case from start to finish. Untrue, says our guest, Jonathan White, Professional Development Counsel and Inventory Counsel at the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Not only is modern law representation entirely permitted, it is encouraged by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. The reality is that not all clients can afford full scope services. Therefore, many argue that, from an access to justice standpoint, perhaps traditional representation is actually the service model that flirts with an ethical gray area. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the Rules of Professional Conduct and explore the many ways Modern Law represents the best of the legal profession.
In this episode we welcome back the amazing JP Box, co-host of this podcast and today’s special guest. JP is a lawyer, entrepreneur, business owner, author, and consultant. That’s a lot of things to be. So how does JP stay sane? Work-life blend.
Work life balance is just that – a balancing act. Invariably pitting one against the other in the pursuit of having it all. Traditionally, employers and employees have been preoccupied with the well-intentioned but misguided attempt to separate life from work. But what if work and life were all blended together into one harmonious ball of twine? This is precisely what JP proposes in his book The Millennial Lawyer: How Your Firm Can Motivate and Retain Young Associates. Work-life blend has become a watchword for millennial workers. It’s about working smarter and, as a result, more productively. And guess what, the pandemic has been a great crash course on how to accomplish this.
To explain what work-life blend looks like, JP and co-host Erika Holmes, break the concept down into five freedoms.
1) Freedom to decide when and where work happens
2) Freedom to bring your life into work. (Dog friendly office anybody?)
3) Freedom to think of a workspace as a living space and vice versa (think about the Google-fication of workspaces.)
4) Freedom to work, think, and connect digitally.
5) The freedom to unplug. Figuratively and literally.
In this episode, we take a deep dive into cutting-edge legal technology that is transforming the practice of law. With a special guest co-host and tech thought leader, Karen Safran, we explore the incredible opportunities and efficiencies that avail themselves to today's tech-savvy modern lawyers. In our interview with special guests, Yev Muchnik and Justie Nicol, we hear directly from two modern lawyers who have embraced technological innovation to boost their practices. And, as an added benefit, today's guests can speak "technology" in plain and accessible language that even the most tech-averse practitioner can understand!
For further listening, today's guests recommended the following podcasts: Lawyer Forward, Maximum Lawyer, and Smith.ai Academy.
What if we told you that success doesn’t make you happy, being happy makes you successful? Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the actual work that we're doing that we forget to focus on ourselves and the mindset that is the basis of Modern Lawyering.
The mission statement of the Modern Law Practice Initiative is “To revolutionize the legal profession by enhancing access to innovative client-driven and cost-effective legal services that empower lawyers to build thriving law practices.”
In today’s episode, we focus on the word empowerment. How exactly do we empower lawyers to become modern lawyers practicing modern law? The answer is mindset. There is growing evidence from the fields of positive organizational behavior and positive psychology that the resources of hope, optimism, self-efficacy, and resilience shape the underlying attitudes and behaviors associated with increased performance.
Our special guest is Martha Knudson, Executive Director of the Utah State Bar Well-Being Committee for the Legal Profession. Martha discusses how policies that promote lawyer’s strength and well-being are good for lawyers, law firms, and ultimately, good for business.
In our last episode, we explained the power that a positive mindset can have on your law practice and on your life in general. Today, we dive even deeper into how a positive mindset can build psychological capital (PsyCap). Psychological capital refers to a set of resources a person can use to help improve their performance on the job and their success. It includes four different resources – self-efficacy, optimism, hope, and resilience.
We’re excited to welcome back guest Martha Knudson, Executive Director of the Utah State Bar Well-Being Committee for the Legal Profession, who shares insights and technics on how we can build up our mental strength, handle stress, and become more flexible and, hopefully, happy.
We have established the How to Start a Revolution Helpline. This is just one of many tools from MLPI to help people become productive and happy modern lawyers. In today’s grab bag episode, we bring in some of our past guests and experts to answer some of the questions we have received on the helpline. And it is a veritable smorgasbord of valuable information! We welcome back one of our favorite guests, Karen Safran of Goodspeed & Merrill, to help field these great calls and keep us on track. So, tune in to hear your questions answered by these amazing experts. And if you have a question of your own, please leave a message on the How to Start a Revolution Helpline at 303 824-5399
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One of the (many) things they don’t teach us in law school is how to be a businessperson. And after all, to build a successful practice, don’t lawyers have to be entrepreneurs? Enter Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice. LEJ is a small business incubator for socially conscious lawyers building sustainable practices to provide affordable quality legal solutions to low- and middle-income Colorado. But beyond that, LEJ is a public interest solution to improving access to legal services and helping bridge the justice gap in Colorado by offering 18 months of training, mentoring, resources, and support to attorneys who are launching practices to serve this hugely underserved population. This means that they produce modern lawyers!
Today we dive into this amazing program with our accomplished guests Justice Melissa Hart of the Colorado Supreme Court and , executive director of Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice, and Justin Bertron, a successful graduate from the first LEJ cohort. Learn how doing pro bono and cost-effective work can be beneficial not only to the profession and to your community, but also to your mental and professional health.
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