From the Editor

Volume 38 Number 2


About the Author

Sheila M. Blackford is an attorney and practice management advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at University of Oregon School of Law.   

Welcome to the ABA TECHSHOW 2012 Technology Tips Issue of Law Practice magazine!

I am excited that this special issue, capturing the you-can-do spirit of ABA TECHSHOW, is my first issue as Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice magazine. Big shoes to fill left by Dan Pinnington, who wore the pair left by Dave Bilinsky. Together they started a tradition I am proud to follow, the Annual ABA TECHSHOW Tips Issue. A fitting first issue for me because ABA TECHSHOW 2005 was my introduction to LPM events, where I felt welcomed by the collegiality of the LPM Section. The sheer numbers of attendees, sessions and exhibits left me breathless. How could I choose which session, which exhibit?

Luckily, I’m a subscriber of Law Practice. In making my way around my first ABA TECHSHOW, I sought out those ABA TECHSHOW speakers I recognized from the pages of Law Practice like old friends I could rely on for good advice. As I head off to ABA TECHSHOW 2012, I will keep honing in on speakers I’ve met in the pages of this magazine. It’s what works for me! I have indicated for you throughout this issue who is speaking at ABA TECHSHOW 2012. Whether you decide that you’re seeing LP authors and columnists speaking at TECHSHOW or seeing ABA TECHSHOW speakers writing for LP, this ABA TECHSHOW Tips is an issue to savor slowly.

Technology can help you become the lawyer your client is looking for. Here to help you catch up on all the technology to make your practice of law easier, we assembled a powerhouse team led by John Simek to plan this issue, along with his fellow members of the LP Editorial Board, Diane Ebersole and Mark Robertson, and joined by Marc Matheny, who took time away from the ABA TECHSHOW 2012 Board to help assemble a great issue. Go ABA TECHSHOW Tips Team! I hope you will join me in passing along your thanks if you see them at ABA TECHSHOW.

Just a sampling of why I’m loving this issue: 10 tools that can turn your dream of working remotely into reality from Donna Neff and Natalie Sanna. Must-know Acrobat X tips and tricks from David Masters. Get sailing smoothly on your way to a successful iPractice from Ben Stevens and Randy Juip. Clutch your new iPad near and read Tom Mighell’s best iPad tips. And not to be outdone, our LP columnists share great advice. Lastly, we launch our newest column, Practice Management Advice from an Expert, bringing you a different expert’s perspective in each issue!

On behalf of everyone working on this issue, I invite you to return to these pages again and again to gather helpful tips and valuable information that you’ll find user-friendly no matter if this is your third decade in the Law Practice Management Section or third day. As the new Editor-in-Chief, I promise to help LP magazine continue to be the face of LPM Section: professional, intelligent, helpful.

Collegially Yours,

Sheila M. Blackford, Editor-in-Chief




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