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The Next Wave: Using Legal Voice-Recognition Software

The Next Wave: Using Legal Voice-Recognition Software

Many years ago when law firm receptionists used rotary phones without caller ID to take messages, and secretaries used typewriters to draft documents, attorneys used dictating machines, or Dictaphones, to create pleadings, correspondences, notes, and anything else that they needed. Trends always seem to return over time, even in the realm of legal technology. Currently, this statement may be applied to lawyers using voice recognition software with more frequency. Sometimes called speech recognition, voice automation, or speech dictation software, voice recognition software has replaced the Dictaphone. The difference is that attorneys are dictating to software that is transferring their words immediately...

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There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Legal Information/Research

There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Legal Information/Research

There are many meaningful career paths for law school graduates, especially those that have utilized their training at the California Desert Trial Academy to become effective attorney-advocates. One such somewhat alternative path for those law students who spend endless hours in the library is working as a legal information professional. While this may be a formal term for a law librarian, it also includes legal research, legal writing, and the analysis of legal information Law librarians are legal information professionals who work in a variety of library settings including law firms, law schools, courts, government organizations, and the legal departments of businesses...

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File Management For Attorneys: Initial Physical File Organization

File Management For Attorneys: Initial Physical File Organization

A legal matter’s initial file organization sets the standard for effective file maintenance. Right or wrong, competence is associated with organization; and client perception is crucial to malpractice claim avoidance and client retention. No file number should be assigned for billing purposes until the retainer agreement is signed and the conflicts check has been completed. Analysis of a firm’s practice areas should identify subfile categories. Along with basic client personal information, the following is a list of categories for client files: attorney notes and file memoranda substantive pleadings discovery pleadings correspondence legal research client documents drafts corporate documents demonstrative/documentary evidence   These files...

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Sole Practitioners Must Know Their Cost Per Hour

Sole Practitioners Must Know Their Cost Per Hour

I have known more than a few attorneys who were abysmal at math. Fortunately, a brilliant secretary or handy calculator was around to bail them out on almost every occasion. Of course, these individuals did not become lawyers to do math problems and as long as they could compute (knew) their target cost per hour to make their desired profits, all was well and their practices succeeded, if not, thrived. When starting a law practice, a firm commitment to marketing the firm for so many hours a week is essential to success. Estimates of costs and hours may be used when...

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More FAQ About Legal Malpractice Insurance

More FAQ About Legal Malpractice Insurance

Legal malpractice insurance is a specialized form of professional liability insurance designed for legal professionals that protects them from lawsuits alleging sub-standard work or some mistake, such as failing to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations. Such insurance typically pays both the legal fees and any settlement associated with a lawsuit covered by malpractice insurance up to the policy’s limits. Lawyers in the market for legal malpractice insurance for the first time may want to check with the state insurance regulating agency to ensure that a carrier under consideration is presently in good standing in the state. Here are more...

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Some FAQ About Legal Malpractice Insurance

Some FAQ About Legal Malpractice Insurance

The public and prospective clients assume lawyers have the requisite amount of legal expertise, and the ability to apply such expertise correctly when retained to handle client matters. When lawyers make mistakes, they may be sued for any damage or harm caused by their misfeasance. Legal malpractice insurance helps lawyers protect themselves from covered lawsuits that accuse them of making errors. When shopping for legal malpractice insurance, a wise course of action is to contact at least three carriers and compare costs, deductibles, coverage limits (per claim and aggregate), as well as other coverage terms. Here are some frequently asked questions and...

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Lawyers and Timekeeping

Lawyers and Timekeeping

Like traditional law schools, the California Desert Trial Academy’s (CDTA) curriculum is designed to teach students the substantive law of core subject areas. Unlike traditional law schools, CDTA emphasizes training and developing students to be capable and competent advocates in any courtroom. The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) is a 21st Century law school that moves students toward a successful legal career on the first day of class. We believe that practical experience in tandem with legal knowledge is the best road to a successful, rewarding, and prosperous legal career. It is a simple notion that attorneys sell time. Some would...

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Flipping The Law School Classroom

Flipping The Law School Classroom

The California Desert Trial Academy College of Law (CDTA) adheres to a modern, innovative learning platform that improves on the traditional model of educating law students. The CDTA utilizes this more practical and modern approach not only to train, educate, and develop students to be exceptional attorneys but to also train them to be exceptional trial advocates. Flipping learning refers to a growing educational practice that is increasingly being used by institutions of higher learnings to teach doctrinal subjects. Flipping the classroom involves showing videos to students who watch these short presentations outside of the classroom and following it with person-to-person classroom instruction for active,...

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Taking Advantage Of Online Legal Resources During The Pandemic

Taking Advantage Of Online Resources During The Pandemic

There are a variety of online legal resources available to lawyers, law students, and legal scholars. As the pandemic, and the resulting quarantine, increase the opportunities for stay-at-home legal studies, now is an opportune time to take advantage of these mostly free resources. Many valuable free online legal resources are available on common, well-known legal websites. The American Bar Association along with state and local bar associations offer a vast amount of useful content. These resources include free educational webinars, ebooks, topical articles, and legal guides that are accessible at no cost to the user. Legal Research Tools While Lexis and Westlaw are...

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There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Insurance And Risk Management

There are Many Paths To A Meaningful Legal Career – Insurance And Risk Management

There are many career paths for law school graduates, especially those that have developed into effective attorney-advocates. The types of employment opportunities available in fields other than law are diverse. These jobs may also depend on the applicant’s undergraduate education and previous work experience. The diverse curriculum provided by the California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA), helps law students develop skills and qualifications which transfer to other fields, including the insurance and risk management industry. Legally trained individuals are frequently found in the offices of insurance companies. Legal training proves helpful in allowing the individual to effectively explain how the suggested coverage will specifically meet...

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