Smokeball User Symposium 2017

//Smokeball User Symposium 2017

Smokeball-User-Symposium-2017We’re excited for our second Smokeball User Symposium coming up on October 12, 2017!

The Symposium is a unique event where users come together at our Chicago office to learn about new features, get additional training, network with other users, and share their Smokeball experiences.

One of the best parts about the Symposium (other than the fact that it’s a completely FREE event with CLE credit and lunch) is listening to our users and getting feedback on what we need to improve and what new features users want. Client feedback is at the core of what we do. One of our core values is: “Innovate for the customer, not the press release.” This means we focus our effort and time on developing features that will make the most difference in our users’ day. We can’t wait to talk to you!

We will start the symposium by introducing you to some of the latest features, such as TimeScribe, and show you some of the latest and greatest features to come in upcoming releases.  If your firm is not using TimeScribe, we will make sure you have it turned on before you leave. TimeScribe automatically tracks all your activities and gives you the profitability of each matter.  Based on actual user data, TimeScribe users make $36,000 more per user per year compared to non-TimeScribe users. Also, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the new features that are coming and how it will change the way you run and manage your firm.

Before we break for lunch (I’ve heard that it will be delicious), I will be presenting a CLE titled “Best Practices in Timekeeping and Accounting” (1 hr. CLE credit). This session will cover the best practices of timekeeping, how the Rules of Professional Conduct apply, review case law regarding timekeeping and accounting, and discuss how you can use technology to make sure you are capturing all your time.

Also, remember to bring your laptop. We will have our automation specialists available to train you on your own templates and documents that you need help with. This is an incredible opportunity to sit down and get personalized help with document automation. Figure out how you can use questions and if-then-else statements to customize your documents. You will also get to spend time with your account manager to talk about additional training, features, and anything else you may need help with.

The User Symposium is a great time for you to meet other Smokeball users and create relationships, connections, and learn about others. While you are here, meet the whole Smokeball team and get in a game of pool or ping pong.

If you haven’t already, reserve your spot now! Looking forward to seeing you there!

By |September 26th, 2017|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.