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Aug 2, 2012

Get used to unbundling, because it’s coming

Stephanie Kimbro has seen the future of the legal profession, and it is virtual. And attorneys who want a place in the emerging economic order need to figure out how to make the most of evolving technology.

Jul 1, 2011

Tools to manage current clients and drum up business

Customer relationship management software can help attorneys manage clients, calendars, tasks and more, either in one application or in a suite of applications. Here are some examples that can help you drum up new business, manage your current client base and make sure potential customers know where they can go for help.

Jun 17, 2011

Technology has revolutionized the law, but apps marketed to lawyers mostly ignored

Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach him new ways to perform his old tricks. The practice of law has long been defined by large offices with documents spilling out from every available corner. But since the advent of cellular technology (and the laptop … and the BlackBerry … and the iPad), some law offices have reduced real estate, found the ability to work on airp[...]

Jun 17, 2011

Tech Talk: Innovations for road warriors

For lawyers, travel for business or pleasure can be imbued with worry. They want to travel with all the information they might need, but they must make sure their files are secure. Here are a few apps and other innovations to help you stay connected — and keep your documents safe — when you’re on the road.

May 27, 2011

Future Tech: Looking ahead at the technology changing law practice

Twenty-five years ago, law practice looked very different from today. Consider the accoutrements that a lawyer in 1986 did not have: • A laptop computer • A tablet computer such as an iPad • A cell phone • The Internet • Online research (although the firm might have a new Westlaw or Lexis terminal in the firm library) . • Email. What the 1986 lawy[...]

Apr 18, 2011

Guest Commentary: The greatest practice management tool ever … possibly

I am generally an early adopter of technology, and, admittedly, a bit of a gadget snob. I can't believe this little gem escaped my radar for almost two years. I've just purchased my first Livescribe Pulse Digital Smartpen. As a compulsive note-taker, this pen changed my life (sounds ridiculous, I know) and it will change the way you practice law. Professional note-takers like lawyers and paralegal[...]

Mar 25, 2011

‘They can’t replace ME with a computer’

We have frequently written about how computer technology is a two-edged sword that can offer cost-efficient advantages to the law firm that leverages it, or can be the death knell to the law firm that does not keep pace. Nowhere was this duality been better illustrated than in a recent story in The New York Times. Its headline alone should give any member of the profession pause: "Armies of Expens[...]

Feb 11, 2011

Credit card payments, electronic deposits are legal ethics pitfall

The conveniences of technology abound for both lawyer and client, and lawyers like to make payment easy for clients. But those conveniences contain traps for both the wary and unwary, J. Cameron Halford told Lawyers Weekly. The state Supreme Court sanctioned the Fort Mill attorney last week over his handling of credit card payments and electronic deposits.

Feb 4, 2011

Web-based technology setting next stage for trial preparation

Technology has revolutionized many parts of the legal industry, and trial presentation is no exception. Not long ago, hiring a trial presentation company was necessary for even the simplest needs due to high costs and the expertise required to operate software programs. Times have certainly changed. Now, myriad do-it-yourself solutions have hit the market, Microsoft PowerPoint is widely popular an[...]

Dec 23, 2010

Should lawyers monitor jurors online?

By Correy Stephenson, Dolan Media Newswires [email protected]   With more than 500 million people on Facebook, it should come as no surprise that jurors are players in the world of social media. And it seems that each week, a story surfaces about a juror tweeting her plan to convict a defendant, or posting on Facebook […]

Dec 10, 2010

Technology allows national firm to field offices in smaller markets

They call it the depo room. It's a small cube of space on the freshly revamped 12th floor of a downtown Columbia office building where the products liability defense firm of Bowman and Brooke opened its southernmost office a year ago. The room has one desk with a chair. Atop the desk are a keypad, a mouse and a scanner. Dominating the wall opposite the desk is a massive video screen, a camera perc[...]

Nov 12, 2010

Law Tech Talk: How to make social media work for large firms

By NICOLE BLACK, Special to Lawyers Weekly [email protected]   I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how Big Law can effectively use social media ever since I spoke at King & Spalding’s Atlanta office in mid-August. During my presentation on social media, a member of the audience asked if I was aware of any […]

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