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Section Newsletter Articles on Technology

Windows 7: Is it right for your practice (now)? By Robert C. Thurston Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2010 The pros and cons of upgrading your law practice to Windows 7.
Editor’s column: Computer developments and upgrades—Is now the time? Check out Solo & Small Firms Conference programs By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2010 Join us for the ISBA's Solo & Small Firm Conference on October 21-23 and learn about available new technologies and whether they can help you in your practice.
Greetings from the Chair By Adam Nelson Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2010 A look at what members of the Committee have to look forward to in the coming year, from Chair Adam Nelson.
“Hello, may I help you?” Yes, Callruby.com By Robert C. Thurston Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2010 One of the problems that solos and some small firms face is hiring a good receptionist that provides a professional voice to the outside world. Ruby makes potential clients feel as if they are hiring the best lawyers.
“Hello, may I help you?” Yes, Callruby.com By Robert C. Thurston General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2010 One of the problems that solos and some small firms face is hiring a good receptionist that provides a professional voice to the outside world. Ruby makes potential clients feel as if they are hiring the best lawyers.
Is it blue-button scanning mojo? By Nerino J. Petro, Jr. Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2010 A review of the latest incarnation of the Fujitsu ScanSnap.
Status report on my paperless office By Alan R. Press Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2010 A paperless office may not be for everyone, but author Alan Press discusses how it has made his practice more efficient and more profitable.
Using Adobe Acrobat for your legal research By Bryan Sims Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2010 By printing a case to PDF, you can leverage technology to make your research more user-friendly and accessible.
Adobe Acrobat 9—More or less for the law office By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2010 A brief explanation of the differences between Adobe Acrobat 8 and 9, and the reasons you may want to upgrade.
Editor’s column: Backup, backup, backup—There are bad things out there just waiting to damage your system, plus computers really do fail! By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, June 2010 The author relays his own experiences with system failure.
How good is your e-mail evidence ?…RPost® Registered E-Mail® gives you the courtroom edge! By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2010 Save yourself time and worry-- RPost provides you a registered receipt for each e-mail you send.
LPES—Protecting your laptop from prying eyes By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2010 Four simple steps to help you protect the confidential information contained on your laptop, should it become lost or stolen.
10 questions on biometric technology By Adam Nelson Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2010 Steve Dunn, ISBA's Director of Information Technology, discusses his personal experience with biometric technology.
Digital dictation is here… Throw away your mini-tapes By L. James Hanson Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2010 Still using audio tapes for dictation and transcription? Here's how to make the transition to digital.
From the Chair By Bryan Sims Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2010 The thoughts and opinions of COLT's Chair.
Safeguarding your network and your data By Aaron W. Brooks Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2010 A brief overview of two important information security laws, and a checklist you can use to audit your own computer security practice.
Software acquisitions beware! By Frank M. Grenard Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2010 Due diligence must be used for consolidations, acquisitions, divestitures, and any other entity change which would result in a new legal entity becoming the user of the licensed product.
RSS for lawyers: RSS 101 By Trent L. Bush Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, January 2010 After you’ve grabbed a cup of coffee, what do you do first thing in the morning when you sit down at your desk and fire up your computer? If you’re like me, you bring up your Web browser and check out several of your favorite Web sites for the latest news, sports, weather, financial information, etc. What if you could corral most of that information into once place? With RSS feeds, you can!
Ruling rethinks search warrant when evidence is digital By David Clark Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, January 2010 Common practice for decades for investigators who enter a suspect’s home with a search warrant to look for illegal items and finding other contraband lying openly, they can seize the additional contraband despite not referenced in the warrant.  
Attorney, interrupted: Are we addicted to distraction? By Annemarie E. Kill Women and the Law, December 2009 At a recent seminar, I sat at a table with several other addicts. Yes, addicts. Addicts to distraction. One person was on a laptop completing a brief, three people were on their BlackBerrys, one was texting on her cell phone, and I was making numerous “to do” lists.
Using your BlackBerry in higher gear—from 0 to 60 in four simple steps By Shamla Naidoo Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2009 You probably know somebody that uses a BlackBerry© Smartphone, those useful little devices that have changed our relationship with e-mail forever. These days, few lawyers could survive without one.
The Amazon Kindle 2: How do I love (and hate) thee, let me count the ways By Bryan Sims Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, July 2009 The author recently received an Amazon Kindle 2 as a gift. He's identified some things he loves about it as well as some things he doesn't.
To Pre or not to Pre: My initial impressions of Palm’s new smart phone By Nerino J. Petro Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, July 2009 The author finds that Palm did an excellent job with the new phone and has so far been enjoying it. 
Your IT personnel have become child porn cops By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, May 2009 Under a recent amendment to the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, there is a new obligation on certain Illinois workers to report child pornography which they discover on the job.
How good is your e-mail evidence ?…RPost® Registered E-Mail® gives you the courtroom edge! By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, February 2009 As most attorneys will tell you, an e-mail is a discoverable document that is legal evidence, to be used at any trial and for any discoverable purpose.
Review of Adobe Acrobat 9 By Bryan Sims Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, February 2009 The author strongly suggests upgrading to version 9.
Top 10 tips for Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 By Roy Greenberg Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, February 2009 The author's 10 best tips for using Adobe Acrobat Professional 8, with an emphasis on communicating with people who are resistant to learning about PDFs.
Top 11 tips for Adobe Acrobat Professional 9 By Roy Greenberg Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, February 2009 The author provides tips for use for users that will even work with older versions of Acrobat.
A wary world in Web 2.0 By Charles Lee Mudd, Jr. Women and the Law, December 2008 The emergence of new technologies always seems to be accompanied by casualties or victims of the darker, more nefarious uses of such technologies.
Cannon ScanFront 220P By Bryan Sims Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2008 A review of the Canon ScanFront 220P, a standalone network scanner.