General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

Technology & Practice Guide

Welcome to the first issue of Technology and Practice Guide

This new magazine of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is intended to assist you—the practicing lawyer—in making important decisions about choosing and using technology in your firm. The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division has been looking into how best to deliver technology information to our members for some time, and is pleased to offer this new member benefit.

We intend to deliver this product to you twice a year (in June and December). Our primary goal is to provide useful tools that lawyers can use in their everyday practice. We recognize that the level of technological expertise in our membership spans a broad spectrum. We hope that this magazine will serve as a conduit for the exchange of expertise between our technologically sophisticated members and those who are just starting to learn the myriad ways that computers can make their lives and practices better.

We will search out authors who understand that it’s difficult for lawyers to juggle the demands of their practice while at the same time trying to learn about technology. Technology and Practice Guide will complement rather than compete with other, more time-sensitive and cutting-edge technology periodicals. Articles will be written for "non-techies" while at the same time offering helpful tips to more experienced users.

We encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas about this publication with our editors. Take a few minutes to fill out our fax poll on page 2 about the new magazine. We want Technology and Practice Guide to be useful to you, and we welcome your input. Also, if you have an idea for an article that you’d like to write, please send the idea to Rachel Schick, ABA Publishing Staff Editor, Technology and Practice Guide, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611.

This first issue offers a veritable feast of information about planning, hardware, software, going online, and the relationship between people and technology. So pull your chair up to the table, loosen your belt, tuck your napkin into your collar, and dig right in.

—Robert A. Woodke and Patricia A. Yevics, Editors

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