Spot negative citation history with Fastcase’s “Bad Law Bot”

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Fastcase has enhanced its Authority Check feature to show you where courts have noted that a case has been treated negatively (i.e., reversed or overruled on any grounds). The new feature, “Bad Law Bot,” uses algorithms to find negative citation history. Bad Law Bot then flags those cases that have negative citation history and provides you with the links to those cases.

Keep in mind that Bad Law Bot is not intended to be a complete replacement for a full editorial citator or for reading all later-citing cases. A red flag means that there’s likely negative treatment since a court has said much by their use of negative citation, but no red flag does not necessarily mean that a case is still good law. If a case has been overturned but no court opinion has cited to it yet, Bad Law Bot won’t be able to find any citation signal information.

Bad Law Bot is part of Fastcase’s Authority Check, which means it’s free to you as a member of the South Carolina Bar. For more information, visit www.fastcase.com/badlawbot.

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Practice Management Tip

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Have you ever wondered how much a solo makes? Sam Glover, editor of Lawyerist, spent some time on this question in a recent online column. Data last year, based on the IRS and research from the University of Tennessee College of Law, puts the average take-home pay of a solo at about $49,000. This very low figure led other academicians to come up with their own numbers. The last line of the article is “If you come at your practice like an entrepreneur, with hard work and a clear strategy, you’ve got a good shot at beating the average.” If you would like to beat the average, come to the LPM-TECH conference on September 16 at the Columbia Convention Center. Entertaining speakers will help you with everything from email management to online marketing to personnel – so that you can be a successful solo entrepreneur. Early bird prices end September 2 and space is filling up! Register now!

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Fastcase Fasttip: How to Search Statutes Across Multiple Jurisdictions in Fastcase

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Fastcase offers a variety of searchable databases to help you find cases and statutes quickly and easily. One of Fastcase’s features is the ability to search statutes across multiple jurisdictions, allowing you to survey a topic across our statutory collection.

Example: If you are looking for statutes on the equitable distribution of property, you could follow these steps:

  1. Select Search Statutes from the Search menu on the homepage.
  2. In the search bar, enter the following: “equitable distribution” & property.
  3. Click the Select All button under the list of current statutes.
  4. Select Search.
  5. You will then see a list of all the statutes that reference the phrase “equitable distribution” and property. The results will be listed by relevance (the sections containing the most detailed discussion of your keywords will be listed first).
  6. You may now click on the title of a section to view it individually.

You may then print your desired results, add them to your print queue, save them to your library, or email them to your to you colleagues.

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PMAP Practice Pointer: Ways to Improve Your Clients Experience

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Clients are the bread and butter to your practice. Attorney at Work shares five ways lawyers can improve their client’s experience now and how to get to know clients better. Also, check out these three ways to attract new clients, and plan now to attend the LPM-TECH Conference on Sept. 16 in Columbia. For more information on how to register, click here or contact pmap@scbar.org.

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Keeping Up With CyberThreats

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Can you and your staff recognize a genuine cyber threat when you see one? Are you keeping up with the latest news in cyber security? This week several major headlines came out reminding users to be vigilant with cyber threats and cyber security.

TechRepublic declared Ransomware 2.0 is around the corner

NBC News warned Apple users about a new hack that could harm Apple devices such as iPhones and Macs

Warnings about the importance of using password managers

The importance of avoiding public Wi-Fi

Cyber security remains a hot topic for all users, including law firms. If you’re feeling a little bit out of touch, after reading some of these issues, plan to attend LPM-TECH 2016, where an FBI Special Agent and a lawyer formerly with the National Security Division in the US Department of Justice will cover “What Lawyers Need to Know about Cybersecurity”.

Join the South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Bar Solo and Small Firm Section on September 16. You will not want to miss it!

In the meantime, follow @SCBar_PMAP and SCBPMAPAssist on Twitter to stay in touch with the latest from the legal tech and cyber security sector!

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