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Boy, does time fly! Although at this time of year, that ’ s a good thing. It means that spring is nearly here, bringing with it another ABA TECHSHOW , and that it ’ s time for Law Practice ’ s annual Tech Tips issue. In this special issue, for the third year in a row, we celebrate the spirit of ABA TECHSHOW with a bounty of legal technology tips that you can put to use right away to help your days go more smoothly.
For our format, we ’ ve taken a cue from the conference ’ s “ 60 Tips in 60 Minutes ” sessions. The reason is simple: Without fail, these fast-paced sessions are always among the most highly rated at the conference because they are packed with practical bite-sized pieces of information — the kind you can understand right away and use or apply in your practice the very next day.
Our opening collection of tips is a blockbuster. Our special issue editor and past ABA TECHSHOW chair Jim Calloway reached out to other past conference chairs as well as 2010 Planning Board members to gather their favorite, no-nonsense tips for improving the way lawyers work. Next up, you ’ ll find a collection of some of the best applications for smartphones, recommended by power users Jeff Richardson (for the iPhone), Rick Georges (for the Droid), Erik Mazzone and Nerino Petro (for the Palm Pre), and Toby Brown and yours truly (for the BlackBerry). Then flip the page to read Pete Roberts ’ s heads-up on a recent ethics opinion addressing lawyer competence when using technology — complete with his checklist to make sure your client data is protected. You ’ ll then meet the totally mobile Nicole Garton-Jones, who shares her tips for staying productive from wherever you might need to work. Plus, you ’ ll find tips from Marc Lauritsen on working smarter with knowledge tools.
In addition, we are pleased to introduce a new column in these pages: Simple Steps, written by ever-savvy practice management advisor Laura Calloway, who ’ ll be sharing no-nonsense advice to help you practice better. In the debut installment (in this issue), she focuses on tackling your to-do list.
Many thanks to Jim Calloway for pulling together an excellent set of pointers from ABA TECHSHOW veterans and all his help with this issue. We hope you enjoy the magazine and will put the tips to use today! You simply can ’ t practice law today without technology. It is critical to providing professional and competent client service at every law firm.
Dan Pinnington, Editor-in-Chief