Articles

The Legal Technology Resource Center's professional staff regularly writes for bar and trade publications about a wide arrange of technology, ethics, and practice management issues. Here are some of our recent articles:

Government Law Office Document Management Solutions to Suit Any Budget
This article was published in The Public Lawyer, Summer 2011

Managing voluminous digital documents is one of the biggest challenges for government law offices, particularly given budget constraints. There are a number of techniques, however, for harnessing and controlling information on a budget.

Task Management Tools: In the Office or on the Go
This article was published in YourABA, July 2011

Task management tools can help you get your office organized, and getting organized is an important step to achieving a more efficient and productive practice.

Make Your Point with Presentation Technology
This article was published in YourABA, June 2011

No matter what your presentation style, re-evaluating your presentation technology can only strengthen your case. 

Styles and Templates in Microsoft Word 2007

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This series was published in YourABA, March-April 2011.
Learn how to use styles for easy one-click formatting, and learn how you can save time by creating and re-using document templates. Both parts of this two-part guide are accompanied by video tutorials for ABA members.

Using Technology to Improve Client Service
This article was published in Law Practice Magazine, January 2011.

Exploring some of the opportunities for lawyers to incorporate technology into their daily practice, even within the limits of a solo or small firm budget, to significantly improve client service.

Survey Shows Solos Leading in Some Areas, Lagging in Others
This article was published in Law Practice Magazine, January 2011.

Solo practitioners have a significant advantage in matters of technology: they are both their firm's technology end user and the firm's primary decision maker. We look at how solo practitioners used that freedom according to the 2010 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report.

Technology resolutions for 2011
This article was published in YourABA, January 2011.

The New Year provides an excellent opportunity to look at your technology with a fresh eye, identifying areas where an adjustment may help make your practice more secure and efficient.

Creating client satisfaction surveys with Google Docs’ forms
This article was published in YourABA, December 2010

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While Google Docs is best known as an online space where users can create and share documents, survey creation is a lesser-known yet useful feature.

User beware: The risks of unsecured Wi-Fi
This article was published in YourABA, November 2010

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"Free” wireless access can really end up costing you down the line. But fear not—secure, convenient and increasingly affordable options abound to keep you secure while also keeping you connected

Cloud caution: Look before you leap
This article was published in YourABA, October 2010.

 Before committing to a cloud-based service, there are several important issues lawyers should consider.

Save time drafting documents and e-mails with Microsoft Office Quick Parts
This article was published in YourABA, September 2010.

Quick Parts enables you to save selected text or graphics for quick insertion into a Word document or Outlook e-mail message without having to retype the selection or cut and paste.

Disruptive legal technologies and the results of the 2010 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report – Part II
This article was published in YourABA, July 2010.

Reviewing another four technologies that could have a disruptive effect upon the practice of law—automated document assembly, relentless connectivity, the electronic legal marketplace and online legal guidance.

Disruptive legal technologies and the results of the 2010 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report
This article was published in YourABA, June 2010.

Reviewing four of Richard Susskind’s disruptive legal technologies as quantified by The 2010 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report.

Web profiles: Define yourself online 
This article was published in YourABA, May 2010.

 Whether your goal is to supplement an existing professional website or simply to take a first step towards defining your professional reputation online, here are four options you should consider.

Video depositions: Essentials, resources 
This article was published in YourABA, April 2010.

Video has a powerful ability to capture interest, entertain and influence opinions. This impact has not gone unnoticed by the legal profession, which has embraced the use of video depositions.

Quick Access Toolbar: Increase your productivity in Microsoft Word 2007 
This article was published in YourABA, March 2010.

Word users can customize the “Quick Access” toolbar, adding virtually any available command to enable quick access for more productive and efficient use.

Smart phone buying guide
This article was published in YourABA, February 2010.

 With smart phone models and features evolving at a quick pace, it can be hard to determine what distinguishes one from another. Here are some differentiating factors to consider when shopping for a smart phone.

The ABCs of Cloud-Based Practice Tools
This article was published in Law Practice Today, January 2010.

An overview of cloud computing and Software as a Service as its currently being used by lawyers and law practices. Includes a series of questions to ask potential SaaS vendors.

Technology trends for 2010
This article was published in YourABA, January 2010.

As we move into 2010, technology will continue as a major tool for lawyers looking to overcome an economic environment fraught with uncertainty.

New Year’s resolution: Discover the power of MS Outlook contacts
This article was published in YourABA, December 2009.

Looking at the flexible power of Microsoft Outlook's contacts list, including synchronizing your contacts for easy mobile access.

The portable legal library: Lawyers and e-readers
This article was published in YourABA, November 2009.

With the capacity for storing thousands of books, periodicals and documents, electronic reading devices are increasingly relevant to lawyers. 

Rèpondez s'il vous plait: E-mails that get results
This article was published in YourABA, October 2009.

Writing e-mails that get the results you want.

Technology training: Going beyond the manual
This article was published in YourABA, September 2009.

Any lawyer with an Internet connection has access to a variety of free training tools, and those tools are often more useful than the support materials shipped with technology products.

Protect yourself: Tips on using online passwords and password recovery system security 
This article was published in YourABA, August 2009.

Two recent high-profile security breaches raise concerns about the safety of online accounts and highlight the importance of taking steps to better protect accounts from Internet criminals.

Ten Travel Technology Tips for Road Warriors 
This article was published in YourABA, June 2009.

Travelers, take note. With the busy summer travel season upon us, these helpful technology tips can help minimize the inevitable travel traumas.

Making better presentations inside and outside of the courtroom 
This article was published in YourABA, May 2009.

Lawyers of all types make presentations in and out of court, and they often turn to presentation software to enhance their efforts.

Find people using new tools that scour Web 2.0 
This article was published in YourABA, April 2009.

There are several Web 2.0-oriented applications that lawyers may find useful for scouring social networks to strengthen a client's position on the offense or manage a client's online reputation on the defense.

10 Ways to Stretch Your Research Dollars
This article was published in Law Practice Magazine, March 2009.

Controlling costs is more important than ever, and that certainly extends to research costs. This article examines some of the research resources available on the web, many of which are free or low cost.

Technology tips for greater efficiency 
This article was published in YourABA, March 2009.

From information on setting up reminders in Microsoft Outlook and keyboard short cuts to guidance on activating automatic save features, these tips have something for everyone.

Hassle-free proof of mailing and delivery for legal correspondence? 
This article was published in YourABA, February 2009.

Are there quicker electronic alternatives to paper-based, signature-required mail for proof of mailing and delivery?

New Year's resolution: clear out that e-mail in-box! 
This article was published in YourABA, January 2009.

The New Year provides a perfect opportunity to organize your professional life. One area to start with is e-mail.

Get connected: Social networking for lawyers 
This article was published in YourABA, December 2008.

Developing and maintaining relationships is a key part of legal practice, and social networking makes it easier than ever.

Three Internet Scams and Solutions Lawyers Should Know About
This article was published in YourABA, November 2008.

Here are three noteworthy types of online threats to look out for and corresponding solutions (including phishing and spoofing, web browser vulnerabilities, and lawyer e-mail scams).

Using RSS Feeds with Internet Explorer
This article was published in YourABA, October 2008.

RSS feeds bring Web site updates to subscribers, eliminating the need to monitor newly-posted content. They are easy to set-up and use. Find out how with this step-by-step guide.

Mobile Broadband Wireless for Laptops and Smartphones
This article was published in YourABA, September 2008.

With the proliferation of mobile broadband wireless service, accessing the Internet using laptops and smartphones is easier than ever. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of this technology as well as the necessary hardware to get started.

Blog Technology 101
This article was published in YourABA, August 2008.

Blogs have become an essential way for lawyers to market their practice. Getting started is easier than you think. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you blogging in five minutes.

E-mail Backup (You've Got Mail! - And Lots Of It)
This article was published in YourABA, July 2008.

E-mail has emerged as a vital communications technology. As such, it is important that lawyers make back-up copies of their messages to avoid an irreversible loss of lawyer-client correspondence and other data.

To Catch a Thief - Tips and Tools to Protect Your Computer Investment
This article was published in YourABA, June 2008

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Tips and tools to protect your computer investment—data encryption, subscription services, security cables and more.

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