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Proposed Rule on Speed Limit Devices for Commercial Vehicles


Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have announced a proposed rule that would require the installation of speed-limiting devices on trucks, buses and multipurpose passenger vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds. The proposed rule, announced August 26, suggests that capping speeds at 60, 65 or 68 mph could prevent fatal crashes while saving an estimated $1.1 billion in fuel costs annually. The maximum set travel speed would be adjusted after officials weigh public comment on the proposal. “There are significant safety benefits to this proposed rulemaking,” Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in...

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Meet the 79-year-old who writes faster than you talk!

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The whole team here at CMB was fascinated when we read this story in the Dallas News, and had to share it with out fellow attorneys. Meet Frank Howell, a Dallas County court reporter that is one of the few people who isn’t letting technology dominate his world! For this 79-yearold, pen and paper continues to suit him just fine - as he can actually write faster than you talk! Howell is fluent in shorthand, which he learned in college. He uses this skill to take down verbatim every single word said “on the record” in the courtroom. Getting down every...

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Videos On Your Website – Is It Worth The Work?


It seems like every site you visit online is now filled with video content. A report from Google found that people are consuming 100 million hours of video on Facebook each day, and over 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day. It’s no surprise that there has been a rapid increase of law firms using video in their marketing strategy. If your firm has started using video on your website, the question remains - are people actually watching the videos you put so much time and effort into creating? Jason Bland of Custom Legal Marketing, recently wrote...

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LMA Southwest Region Conference Recap

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The 2017 LMA Southwest Region Conference was held on October 26th and 27th at The Westin Denver Downtown Hotel. It was a space where legal marketing professionals came together to discuss best practices and future innovations related to marketing management and leadership in the legal community. Cowen | Mask | Blanchard’s Marketing Director, Delisi Friday, attended the conference and returned with lots of great material. Below is a recap of some of the useful takeaways Delisi received from the conference.   Marketing Think of yourself as an athlete. You don’t go on the field without warming up and practicing. Do that in your business...

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Make Your Firm’s Website An Asset, Not A Liability!


It’s no secret that in today’s digital era, you need to have a functioning website to attract and retain clients. Judging and assessing your firm’s website can be challenging, but it’s imperative to ensure your website is functioning at the highest level. Here are some things to think about when assessing your firm’s website… SHARE WHO YOU ARE. At a quick glance, web users should be able to learn who you are, what services you offer, and why they should pick you when there are hundreds of other options available. PEOPLE SCAN WEBSITES. Remember that people quickly scan websites; it’s unlikely someone...

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Body Cams – Bexar County Field Testing New Brand


It was less than two years ago that Bexar County spent nearly $900,000 on body and dashboard cameras for police deputies. However, last month, Sheriff Javier Salazar was granted permission from county commissioners to begin field testing a different brand of bodyworn cameras after stating that the Utility system purchased by his predecessor has “stalled” and of the 300 cameras, only about 50 were in use. Sheriff Salazar believes that switching brands may improve the data transfer needed by prosecutors. Commissioners have approved a 180-day field test with Axon Enterprise at no cost to the county. This test will consist of...

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AVVO Ethics Violations – Marketing or Recommendation?


AVVO has quickly become a known website for consumers to find information about attorneys. AVVO goes way beyond standard lawyer marketing, which is causing ethical controversies regarding the website. New York is the latest state to target this attorney match service for ethical violations. The New York State Bar Association’s opinion is that a lawyer paying AVVO’s marketing fee to be a part of its legal services program is making an improper payment for a recommendation, which is a violation of state ethics rules. While it is not yet illegal in New York, state bar president Sharon Stern Gerstman stated that...

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The Hot Topic of Hot Coffee


Remember the McDonald’s hot coffee case in August of 1994? Of course, you do. Everyone was talking about it. For plaintiff personal injury attorneys, it can often be the start of a joke about the profession. But do the people using this case as a punchline REALLY know what happened? The sad truth is many people still believe Stella Liebeck’s lawsuit against McDonald’s was all about a woman who wanted to get rich quick. Whether you want to blame the media, public relations “spin,” or any person aligned with tort reform, the reality is this lawsuit was, and still is, vastly misconstrued. Stella...

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4 Questions You Need To Ask In Your Office


Office culture is largely based on the people who make up your office. Everyone is different in the way they communicate, the manner in which they work, and their interactions with others. So why is this information important in a law firm? The answer to this question is simple - people are not the same. Without understanding how each person in your firm prefers to receive direction and accept recognition, the way you instruct and reward someone could prevent you from having the best working relationship possible. Here are four questions for you to ask your staff, so you can learn how...

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Cowen | Mask | Blanchard Sponsors Upcoming TTLA Event


We’re excited to sponsor the TTLA Happy Hour on Thursday August 17th! This event is hosted by the 2017 Advocates Board of Directors and is open to all TTLA and SATLA members and prospects. Join us for an evening of fun and networking. There will be a full bar as well as delicious appetizers. The Details: 5:30 pm Piatti at The Quarry 255 E. Basse San Antonio, TX 78209 Admission is $20 at the door and can be paid with cash, check or credit card. To RSVP contact Lisa Dorn at ldorn@ttla.com or at 210-224-8852. We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t know what TTLA is? Keep reading…....

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