Entries by Jaliz Maldonado

Billable Hours vs. Non-billable Hours and Expenses

Timekeeping for an attorney seems to be a dreaded affair. Billable hours vs. non-billable hours is not something they go into at great length in law school, if they touch on it at all. But as the seasoned mavens will tell you, keeping track of all of your billable hours is important, especially if you […]

Chain of Custody for Evidence Using Blockchain Technology

Most of those familiar with blockchain technology are familiar with it within the context of cryptocurrency. However, there are several more uses beginning to wind their way through the evolution of blockchain technology – especially in the legal industry. With blockchain technology, we’re now able to point to the origin along the chain of custody steps, revolutionizing […]

California Aligns New Rules With ABA Rules of Professional Conduct

On May 10, the California Supreme Court issued an order that approved 69 Rules of Professional Conduct for California attorneys, rejecting just one. These new rules go into effect Nov. 1, 2018, and they closely follow the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, especially in organization and structure. The order finally allowed California to join […]

The First-Year Associate’s Guide to Managing Billable Hours

According to the National Association for Law Placement, the average number of billable hours required from a first-year associate is 1,892 hours for the latest year listed, which is 2016. But the average number of billable hours required for first-year associates at firms with more than 700 attorneys is 1,930 hours. The lesson is that […]

Disaster Preparation: An Attorney’s Guideline to Professional Conduct, Liabilities, and Ethics

We’ve all seen the horrific images of wasted buildings and landscapes after a disaster has hit. Despair and hopelessness may be the first thing that comes to mind. But it doesn’t have to be. With foresight and careful planning, understanding the Rules of Professional Conduct in regards to the American Bar Association, some of the […]

How This Law Firm Lost over $10 Million in Billable Hours

The legal industry has experienced a lot of changes in standard practices, especially in the process of reducing costs while maximizing revenue. Delegating the legwork of complex litigation – such as routine document review, privilege logs, and more – to less-costly interns, associates or temporary contract attorneys is now considered standard billing practice. But at […]

New in Artificial Technology, Ethics, and the Practice of Law

During the last few years, the use of artificial intelligence by law firms has surged. Slow to adopt forward-motion change, the field of law is nevertheless coming around to acknowledging the tremendous power and assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), sometimes known as cognitive computing. More lawyers are recognizing that the technology is a formidable tool […]

Why Privacy and Security Should Be The Uppermost Concern On An Attorney’s Mind

Trend-setting California is leading the charge of consumer data privacy protection by unanimously passing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Passed and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in late June, the act goes into effect January 2020. In a perfect compromise, neither side of the issue is too happy with the act. […]

How E-Discovery Collides With Ethics and Why Attorneys Should Care

The temptation to data dump e-documents has been too much for some firms and clients. Big data has made it too easy for a good attorney to become an ethically challenged attorney. During the course of e-discovery, an ethically challenged attorney may submit an enormous amount of electronic data during e-discovery. E-discovery refers to the […]