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National Firm McGlinchey Stafford Opens Nashville Office

National corporate law firm McGlinchey Stafford announced Tuesday that it has opened an office in Nashville, the Nashville Business Journal reports. Shaun Ramey serves as the lead attorney for the office, which is located downtown on Church Street. 
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AI, Analytics are Changing Effectiveness of Online Legal Research

Above the Law’s Law2020 project takes a look at how artificial intelligence and data analytics are changing how attorneys conduct their legal research. Though the process of legal research has been greatly improved since the dawn of online databases like Westlaw, LexisNexis and Fastcase, sheer overload of information, lack of time to parse through data and lack of confidence in the results raise concerns. Artificial intelligence and analytics are beginning to be combined to in an effort to produce more relevant and predictive results for queries – a practice that will only become more widespread in the future.
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How Technology is Shaking Up Law Firms

New technologies are disrupting legal services and changing lawyers' relationships with their clients. Digital Journal takes a look at the main tech trends shaping the legal sector in an interview with Casey Kuhlman, CEO of Monax Industries.

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Pairing Blockchain and Securitization Expertise Lead to Opportunity for Law Firms

The American Lawyer takes a look at how paring blockchain and securitization could lead to opportunities for law firms. With big international financial institutions such as Banco Santander SA, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. launching in-house blockchain investment product development teams, demand has grown for lawyers with traditional securities practice backgrounds and fluency in the ever-changing vernacular of the blockchain enthusiasts’ world. 

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6 Technology Trends for Law Firm Management and E-Discovery

Legal Tech News takes a look at six technology trends in law firm management. We live an interconnected world with ever-greater opportunities and challenges for the legal sector. With the modern arsenal of tools and vendors, the smart legal operations department can prepare for the impending challenges. Monitoring these six trends will contribute towards a more strategic response and save you time and headaches throughout the year, the magazine suggests.

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Schedule Time to Read Email

A Tip from the TBA Attorney Well-Being Committee

Rather than checking on every e-mail as it arrives, schedule time in your calendar for reading and managing e-mail (and leave e-mail notifications silent during the other times of the day). This will enable you to have focused time for given tasks without constant interruption and distraction.

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Chief Justice to High Schoolers: ‘Beware the Robots’

In a speech to high school graduates in Maryland, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts advised them to be concerned about the influence of artificial intelligence and big data, the ABA Journal reports. “Beware the robots,” Roberts told the students, which can oversimplify information and stifle individuality and creativity. He said he worries that over-reliance on artificial intelligence can change leaders into followers. “My worry is not that machines will start thinking like us,” Roberts said. “I worry that we will start thinking like machines.”
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Financial Services Firm Secures Patent on Storing Meeting Minutes Using Blockchain

Financial services firm Northern Trust won a patent Wednesday for a method of backing up records of meetings using blockchain technology, according to Coindesk. The method utilizes a series of smart contracts to capture data related to the meeting, including records of who is attending, when the meeting took place and where. This is the latest development in what has developed into a race for blockchain-related patents, with companies such as Alphabet Inc., Google and Bank of America trying to secure blockchain patents of their own. Information on the patent can be found here.

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A Wellness Tip from the Attorney Well-Being Committee

Making an effort to notice the positive aspects of your life can have specific and beneficial results. Positive psychologists asked volunteers to each night write down three good things that happened that day and reflect for a few minutes on each one.  Benefits resulting from this exercise included increased happiness, increased moments of gratitude and other positive emotion, enhanced capacity for hope and optimism, improved physical health, and decreased depression.  Why not give this simple exercise a try? Think of three instances of something that went right during the past 24 hours, write them down, and spend a few minutes reflecting on them (i.e., cause of the good thing, my contribution to the good thing, similar good things can happen in the future if I do X, what this good thing means).  Do this for two weeks and see whether you notice a difference!

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‘Spoofing’ Scam Targets Lawyers, Firms

A new wave of “spoofing” scams has been attacking lawyers and law firms, using fake email names to trick recipients. Emails seeming to be from a friend or colleague solicit goods, gift cards, money transfers or encourage the recipient to follow a link. One example involved a “friend” claiming he had been mugged and needs funds to pay for a hotel. Be aware and read more at the Louisiana State Bar website.
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Crash Course CLE: WordPress for Lawyers

Do you want to start a legal blog? Do you need to create a simple website for your legal practice or give your existing site a fresh makeover? On June 5, watch attorney Tiffany Johnson walk you through the basics of building pages, menus, and blog posts using WordPress during a TBA online webcast.
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Share Your Thoughts on Proposed Amendments to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 6

The Supreme Court recently requested comment on proposed amendments to TSC Rule 6 that would require new attorneys to complete a Tennessee Law Course within one year of admission to the Tennessee bar. The Tennessee Bar Association has a working group on this issue and will be drafting comments in response to the court's Order for Comment. To ensure this comment best reflects members’ views and positions, the groups is looking for your feedback. Share your thoughts about the proposed amendments through this form by June 8.
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    Music City Legal Hackers Meetup Set for May 24

    The Music City Legal Hackers will host their May Meetup on May 24 at the Vanderbilt University School of Law’s Ray Room at 5:30 p.m. Join the legal hackers to recap their annual Hackathon.
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    Legal Sector Adds 800 Jobs Last Month

    The legal services sector added 800 jobs in April, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ABA Journal reports that the total number of legal jobs in April was 1,136,300, which is 800 more than in March and 2,500 more than at the same time last year.
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    Women in the Law: Will Pay Equity Complaints Follow #MeToo Campaign?

    The #MeToo movement has sparked complaints against senior partners at some Big Law firms, but American Lawyer columnist Vivia Chen says the bigger issue remains pay inequality. “Sexual harassment claims are a personal attack on an individual, and sex sells, so there is nothing quiet about that,” an employment lawyer tells Chen. “Gender pay is not sexy and compensation systems are very complicated.”

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    CLE Webcast Gives Introduction to Captive Insurance

    Join Tony Greer and Benjamin Whitehouse on May 10 for an introductory overview webcast of captive insurance and how it can potentially benefit medium size and large businesses for their risk management program. The presenters will discuss types of captive insurance companies, possible uses and benefits, and an overview of the formation process.  
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    Baker Donelson Will Anchor New Nashville Skyscraper

    The Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell and Berkowitz will serve as the lead tenant in a new planned skyscraper, the Nashville Post reports. The announcement came today from The Mainland Companies, the company that will oversee construction on the tower, which will sit south of Broadway by the Music City Center convention hall.
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    Protecting Your Company From a Social Media Mishap

    In today's social media climate the opportunity for mishaps are everywhere. Erin S. Hennessy, Annie Allison and Salsabil Ahmed of the Law.com discuss steps your company can take to avoid these embarrassing mishaps. Click here to read more.

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    Franklin-based Legal Tech Company Expands Nationally

    Cicayda, a software company based in Franklin focused on legal tech, is expanding nationwide, the Nashville Business Journal reports. The company’s CEO Billy Hyatt said it has opened officers in New York City, Portland and the Bay Area within the past month. Cicayda has two platforms: Reprise, for electronic-evidence management, and Fermata, which focuses on legal holds.
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    Crash Course CLE: WordPress for Lawyers

    Do you want to start a legal blog? Do you need to create a simple website for your legal practice or give your existing site a fresh makeover? Attorney Tiffany Johnson (founder of QPLegal, a Memphis-based legal writing and legal research firm) will walk you through the basics of building pages, menus and blog posts using WordPress during an online CLE broadcast on May 1.
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    Intellectual Property 2018: CLE Bytes

    The 2018 Intellectual Property Forum will be held on April 27 at the Tennessee Bar Center, and will include presentations on patent, trademark and copyright issues. Practitioners may attend any or all of the presentations based on their learning needs. The morning sessions will address viral trademarks, how to protect software using intellectual property and Supreme Court updates on trademarks and copyrights. The afternoon sessions will address blockchain technology, Supreme Court updates on patents, and patent eligibility subject matter.
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    Study Finds Lawyers Rank Highest on ‘Loneliness Scale’

    In a new survey, lawyers outranked all other professional on a “loneliness scale” of more than 1,600 workers, the ABA Journal reports. Sixty-one percent of lawyers ranked above average on the scale, compared to 57 percent of engineers, 51 percent of workers in food service industry and 45 percent of workers in education services. The study was conducted partly by Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, a psychiatrist for the workplace consulting firm BetterUp.
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    Dodson Parker Names New Managing Partner

    Dodson Parker Behm and Capparella has named Tyler Chance Yarbro managing partner of the firm, the Nashville Post reports. Yarbro replaces founding member Margaret L. Behm, who will continue her full-time practice. Yarbro joined the firm in 2011 from the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office. She also teaches trial advocacy at Vanderbilt School of Law and has been named an “Attorney for Justice” by the Tennessee Supreme Court every year since 2014. 
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    10 Essential Documents for Your Practice

    Instructions and rules for client file retention, list of current curse and copy of bank’s form for IOLTA access are three of the top 10 documents attorneys need for succession planning and practice management. Learn more in this 3-hour dual credit workshop with attorney Timothy Takacs.

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    Law Office Technology Packages Available Now

    Did you miss the Bill and Phil Roadshow this year? Want to learn more about encryption for attorneys? Need a few CLE hours? The Law Tech package offers sessions on technology tools for lawyers, cybersecurity, types of encryption, e-Discovery and a total of 4.75 CLE credit hours.

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