Researching Law Office Technology: Selected Resources

Following are resources, both print and web-based, that can help with the often difficult task of finding legal technology solutions for use in your law office and for managing your practice. For more resources see the ABA Webstore: Technology for books, periodicals, CLE, and eProducts and subscribe to their RSS feed for new products and specials. What is RSS? RSS is a great tool for keeping up with current awareness and new information - without using email. See our FYI on RSS to see how easy it is to get started using this technology.

Periodicals (Print and Electronic)

GP | Solo
Published eight times a year by the American Bar Association's General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, the June and December issues are dedicated to technology. Current issue and archives available online. Print subscription cost: free to section members / $48 per year for nonmembers.

Technology eReport
Published quarterly by the American Bar Association's General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, the eReport is delivered automatically via email to GP Solo Division members and back issues are archived online.

Law Practice Magazine
Published eight times a year by the American Bar Association's Law Practice Management Section. Current issue and archives are available online. Print subscription cost: free to section members / $68 per year for nonmembers.

Law Practice Today
Published monthly by the ABA's Law Practice Management Section. Published and archived online only. Subscription cost: Free. Subscribe via RSS or Subscribe via E-mail.

Law Technology Today
Published monthly by the ABA's Law Practice Management Section. Published and archived online only. Subscription cost: Free. Subscribe via RSS or Subscribe via E-mail.

Law Technology News
Published monthly by American Lawyer Media. Archives and current issue free online. Online version also offers a product resource guide. Subscription cost: the print subscription is free to qualified recipients. Subscribe to email announcements for the latest issue online.

Lawyer's PC
Published in print semi-monthly by Thomson West. Includes annual directories of consultants and legal software. Subscription cost: $444 (price reduced after the first year). See a representative sample.

Legal Tech Law Journal Newsletters
Published monthly (12 issues per year). Available online or in print. Subscribers have access to online archives. Subscription cost: annual subscription for print and online ($399), online only ($379), pay-per-view ($20). See sample.

Websites

American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center
Articles, reviews, presentations, surveys, comparison charts, annotated bibliographies, "how to" guides, and more covering everything regarding the relationship between the practice of law and the use of technology. Subscribe to ABA Site-tation for what's new on the site via RSS or monthly email.

Findlaw's Marketplace - Software
Provides annotated links to legal software vendor's websites arranged by subject.

Findlaw's Legal Technology
Section of Findlaw that includes articles, videos, buying guides and more. Focuses on electronic discovery. Subscribe to the RSS feed to keep updated on the latest additions.

Law.com's Legal Technology
Section of Law.com that compiles articles from different American Lawyer Media publications regarding use of technology in practice, divided by hardware, software, security, networking, ediscovery, and in-house tech. Also links to whitepapers, trial/demo downloads and more. Subscribe to updates for new content via RSS.

Law Technology News Resource Guide
Searchable list of technology vendors that advertise in Law Technology News, some provide annotation and links to vendor's websites.

LLRX (Law Librarian Resource Exchange)
The Law Librarian Resource Exchange provides cutting edge articles on such varied topics as law firm extranets, to a comparison of legal research databases, to researching Dutch law. Subscribe to get updates on new additions via email or RSS feed.

Email Discussion Groups/Web Forums

ABA LawTech
Unmoderated email discussion list dedicated to technology usage and issues in the practice of law hosted by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Searchable archives are available to anyone.

Solosez
Unmoderated email discussion list open to any topic, but often focused on technology in the small/solo firm practice setting. Searchable archives are available for subscribers. Hosted by the ABA GP|Solo Division, this list is extremely busy.

TechnoLawyer
Moderated discussion list, sent in digest form. Archives are available for a fee.

Macs in the Law Office
Unmoderated Google Groups web forum to discuss the use of Macintosh/Apple in the law firm setting.

ABA Law Practice Management Forums
Unmoderated (but monitored) web forums on law practice management issues, including technology. Sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Management Section and available only to ABA members.

Blogs/RSS Feeds

Inter Alia
Tom Mighell's great blog on legal technology, new blogs, and legal research. Not ready for RSS? Subscribe to the weekly email Internet Legal Research newsletter.

ABA Site-tation
This blog from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center highlights new or useful Web sites of interest to attorneys and other legal professionals and also alerts readers to new content on the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center website, as well as posting important news about technology that affects lawyers. Subscribe via RSS or get a monthly email compilation of new posts.

ABA Journal Blawg Directory: Legal Technology Blogs
This section of the ABA Journal blog directory links to a variety of blogs by lawyers ("blawgs") dedicated to legal technology. Use the advanced search feature to do an aggregated search through thousands of blog postings.

Justia Blawg Directory: Legal Technology
Justia's venerable blawg directory lists 149 legal technology blogs. Search the blog postings and subscribe via RSS to get new search results as they appear.

Technolawyer Blog
The Technolawyer blog covers live events, such as ABA TECHSHOW, ILTA, and LegalTech, as well as product news, announcements, and not-to-miss features in the Technolawyer e-newsletter.

ABA TECHSHOW Blog
While this blog is most active in the months preceding the March/April annual ABA TECHSHOW, let your RSS feed reader alert you to new posts and enjoy either the trickle or stream of content all year long.

PMA Pipes
An aggregation of practice management and technology blogs, this RSS feed includes posts from practice management advisors from the state bars including Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips, Reid Trautz' Reid My Blog, Nerino Petro's Compujurist, Ellen Freedman's Law Practice Management, Eric Mazzone's Law Practice Matters, David Bilinsky's Thoughtful Legal Management, and ABA Site-tation from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Simply paste the link above into your feed reader to get a constant stream of great content.

Conferences

ABA TECHSHOW
This annual technology conference is held in Chicago in March/April sponsored by the American Bar Association's Law Practice Management Section. ABA TECHSHOW 2008 saw more than 2,000 attendees, 120 vendors, and 60+ legal technologists presenting more than 50 educational sessions.

LegalTech (NY and West)
Sponsored by American Lawyer Media, the annual LegalTech NY is held in January/February and the Los Angeles conference is in June. LegalTech is a great resource for law firms and legal departments to get hands-on practical information for improving their law practice management. The New York conference has hundreds of exhibitors in the exhibit hall.

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