Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on Technology

Editor’s column: I love my iPad2 or, Tablets are changing how we work By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2011 A review of the iPad2 and how it can help you in your practice.
Editor’s column: “It’s in the cloud.” New Web-based services provide solo and small firm lawyers new low-cost technology options and opportunities By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2011 When the time comes to upgrade your computer system the “cloud” offers other alternatives which might provide a cost effective solution to the computer needs of solo and small firm lawyers.
Productivity isn’t everything: Letter to the Editor By Jewel N. Klein General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2011 In the December issue of this newsletter, Editor John T. Phipps explained how technological advances can make lawyers more productive. Author Jewel Klein doesn't disagree, but does have some second thoughts.
“Employer bashing” or “concerted action”: Consider your electronic use policy By Frank M. Grenard Corporate Law Departments, January 2011 An employee was recently terminated after posting complaints about her employer on her Facebook page, in violation, the employer claims, of its employment policy. What is too restrictive? What is appropriate? The case is scheduled for hearing on January 25th, 2011.
Editor’s column: Smart phones and their many applications are a tech bonanza for lawyers, but there are limits to how much communication each of us wants By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2010 As technology advances and offers more and more options, some lawyers may feel they're being left behind.
How cloud computing will change the way we work—Hint: it’s here now! By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2010 Simply put, cloud computing means using Hosted Services. Hosted services can be a combination of offsite applications, data and hardware (servers) used to create and look up information, complete transactions, and perform analyses that would previously be performed only on a local PC or on-premises server.
Staying safe with GPS technology By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2010 Being an active part of your children’s lives has always been important. Parental involvement is needed now, more than ever. Today it is possible to track a child’s activities via text messages and e-mail, as well as to monitor his or her whereabouts via GPS.
Laptop printing at a hotel By Todd H. Flaming Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2010 Away from your office and need to print? This Web site offers the solution.
Pensoft Payroll 2010 Professional By Bryan Sims Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2010 A great software addition for lawyers doing their own bookkeeping-- This software version includes the ability to export information for direct deposit, as well as the ability to generate W-2s.
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.