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Lawyers and technology in 2017: Change is good (access required)

According to a recent study conducted by Altman Weil, “Law Firms in Transition 2017,” 72 percent of responding firms believe that change in the legal industry will continue to take place at a rapid rate, compared to 2012 when only ...

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U.S. Supreme Court on First Amendment rights and social media (access required)

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the intersection of the First Amendment with social media in Packinham v. North Carolina, No. 15–1194. The court struck down a North Carolina criminal statute on First Amendment grounds. The law ...

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Survey shows how lawyers use technology in 2017 (access required)

Technology is inescapable. Its impact on our culture has been tremendous. In the business world, technology has helped to streamline processes and improve efficiencies. Although most lawyers weren’t first in line when it came to using technology in their practices, ...

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Don’t let fire destroy your files (access required)

In the past, I’ve discussed the many benefits of online data storage via cloud computing. Whether it’s convenience and flexibility, 24/7 access to client data from anywhere, affordability, simplicity or the ability to eliminate IT staff and software management requirements, ...

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How to choose software for your small law firm (access required)

I am often asked to speak to lawyers about mobile and cloud computing and when I do, members of the audience tend to have lots of questions. That was certainly the case last week when I spoke to a group ...

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My latest iPhone app discoveries (access required)

Here are a few of my new favorite and often-used iPhone apps. First, if you travel often, make sure to download FlightBoard. This free app provides instant access to all flights and their assigned gates at any given airport. So ...

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California weighs in on whether lawyer blogs are ads (access required)

When blogging started to become commonplace a decade ago, it wasn’t something many lawyers concerned themselves with. Eventually, lawyers began to blog and many began to wonder whether blogs constituted lawyer advertising and thus required disclaimers. Over time, a number ...

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How to choose Web-based legal software

These days, more and more lawyers are moving to Web-based legal software because it’s convenient, provides 24/7 on-the-go-access to case-related information, and is affordable. The good news is now that cloud computing is becoming more familiar and accepted, new platforms ...

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Tech tips for the traveling lawyer

I travel — a lot. So I figured I’d pass along some of my favorite technology tools and apps for those of you who also spend a lot of time on the road. First and foremost, invest in a powerful, ...

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Will lawyers take advantage of wearable tech?

Wearable technology: it’s been the topic of discussion in technology circles for some time now. Pundits have forecast that in 2014 there will be a rapid uptick in the use of wearable technologies such as smart watches and Google Glass ...

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