[Webinar Recap] How to Implement or Change Legal Software

/, Tech Tips & Resources/[Webinar Recap] How to Implement or Change Legal Software

On Thursday, March 28, Smokeball hosted a webinar all about preparing for, executing, and supporting a legal software change.  The webinar was intended to cure lawyers of analysis paralysis and provide concrete action items for each of the three phases of a software change.  Smokeball attorney and Lead Content Strategist Josh Taylor was joined by training and implementation specialist Jessica Robinson for great discussion on how to plan for a software upgrade.  View the entire webinar here, and review the following post for an overview of the three phases of software change.

  • Prep Phase: Plan to plan! Without thinking about your staff, your needs, your current processes and technology, and your goals, making a change is futile.
  • Execution Phase: Organize your files, your technology, and your team. Don’t lose sight of your goals as you put rubber to the road.  Also, don’t’ hesitate to seek temporary or professional help with the actual execution of a tech change.
  • Support Phase: Pick software that provides training and support. Robust software upgrades take support from several teams.  Don’t pay for software without comprehensive support!

Along with this webinar, Smokeball now provides an eBook, the “Guide to Implementing or Changing Legal Software,” with checklists and action plans when it’s time to make a change.

When it’s time to upgrade your legal software, remember that Smokeball is the industry leader in legal productivity software.  Stop just “managing” your practice, and let Smokeball make your team more productive and profitable!

By |April 3rd, 2019|

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.