Winter Survival Kit for Lawyers


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Winter. Whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit that digging your car out of the snow as part of your morning routine is not ideal. Living with these conditions day in and day out may lead you to consider alternative ways of getting work done, avoiding the outdoors – and office – altogether. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just roll out of bed to the kitchen, grab a hot coffee, and work productively from your couch? You can, and here’s how.

Learn how to:

- Identify the tools that will help you be productive when working remotely
- Prepare your clients for when bad weather strikes
- Be ready for when courts close unexpectedly

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  • On Jan. 28, 1-2 inches of snow fell in the Greater Atlanta area. The Georgia State Patrol documented 889 crashes in the Atlanta area.People were stranded in their cars for over 24 hours or forced to abandon them.That day, the Courts in Atlanta stayed open.Only one county closed their courts the next day – out of 12 counties in the area.
  • Know which sources will be best for finding out about your necessary appearances and which may be postponed or cancelled.
  • Winter Survival Kit for Lawyers

    1. 1. Winter Survival Kit for Lawyers Joshua Lenon Lawyer-in-Residence Clio
    2. 2. Winter Troubles
    3. 3. 2014 Winter Statistics •  Chicago - 67.9 inches of snow –  41.5 inches above normal •  New York – 4 feet of snow –  14 snowstorms this season •  New Orleans – First snowfall in 10 years –  Temperature dropped below 23 degrees
    4. 4. Winter Car Kit You shouldn’t travel in winter without being prepared. You should also be prepared for winter’s impact on your practice.
    5. 5. Lawyer’s Winter Survival •  When you must go out. •  When you can’t go out. •  Why go out?
    7. 7. 1.3 Diligence “A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.” [1] A lawyer should pursue a matter on behalf of a client despite opposition, obstruction or personal inconvenience to the lawyer, and take whatever lawful and ethical measures are required to vindicate a client's cause or endeavor.
    8. 8. Make Sure You Have to Go
    9. 9. Have the Right Gear Galoshes (
    10. 10. Have the Right Gear Professional dress layers •  REI - Smartwool •  Patagonia - Capilene •  Uniqlo - Heattech Photo%by%Sco*%Henderson%on%Flickr%under%Crea8ve%Commons%License%
    11. 11. Have the Right Gear Smartphone-enabled gloves
    12. 12. Have the Right Gear
    13. 13. WHEN YOU CAN’T GO OUT
    14. 14. 1.4 Communication (a)  (3) keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter; (4) promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; [7] A lawyer may not withhold information to serve the lawyer's own interest or convenience or the interests or convenience of another person.
    15. 15. Pick Resilient Tools •  Tools that overcome: –  Lack of Power –  Lack of Physical Access •  Tools that let you communicate •  Tools that work together •  Tools that you will use everyday
    16. 16. Resilient Tools Pick technology that has its own power storage. Pick services over software to allow mobility.
    17. 17. Resilient Tools Have multiple communication channels. Software and hardware should work together.
    18. 18. Resilient Tools Everyday use means no loss of productivity in an emergency. Photo%by%Mark%Stevens%on%Flickr%under%Crea8ve%Commons%License%
    19. 19. WHY GO OUT?
    20. 20. The same tools that let you stay productive on snow days work for personal days too.
    21. 21. Thank You Joshua Lenon @JoshuaLenon