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Section Newsletter Articles on Technology

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.
I love my new computer By Todd H. Flaming Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2008 Although I work in a Windows environment, I use a MacBook Air.
Internet browsers you should try By Peter LaSorsa Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2008 Many attorneys are too busy practicing law and running their businesses to worry about which Internet browser they should use.
Intersection of technology and your job search—Techniques to streamline and stand out By Jennifer Bertoglio Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, August 2008 An attorney on the job hunt can now search and apply for a job anywhere in the world in just a few clicks of a mouse. As a result, in this age of electronic resumes and digital job postings, making effective use of technology requires sophisticated strategies to streamline your search and stand out to prospective employers.
How I use Outlook; Part I By Aaron W. Brooks Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, July 2008 The author has always felt that most people underutilize Microsoft Outlook.
This is no one-trick pony—Microsoft’s OneNote digital notebook By Nerino J. Petro Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, July 2008 Microsoft Office OneNote is not a one-trick pony.
Easier cell phone data transfer? By Meredith E. Ritchie Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, April 2008   Counsel should advise its clients as to the current privacy and employment laws before suggesting that corporations or individuals implement any surveillance techniques. Additionally, corporate policies and handbooks should be updated to reflect any changes to company cell phone use.
Editor’s Column: Observations at ABA Tech Show—2008 By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, April 2008 The ABA Tech Show 2008 was held March 13-15 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.
Inbox overflowing? Tips for taming the beast By Trent L. Bush Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, April 2008 For most attorneys, e-mail is now the primary means of communication with the outside world. You get e-mails from your office, clients, other attorneys, professional organizations, friends and family, not to mention countless spam messages. How can you pull yourself out and stay above water?
Cybersquatting? What is It? How cybersquatting is affecting us today and how it will affect us in the future By Ashley Pletz Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, February 2008 Law firms are faced with cybersquatting issues everyday; thus it is important for lawyers to become familiar with cybersquatting.
Can you see me now? Today’s Web conferencing By Peter Mierzwa Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, November 2007 While Web conferencing should never completely replace face-to-face meetings as those are critical to strengthening relationships, its effective use can be a boon to productivity at the right price. This article provides a brief overview of the state of Web conferencing and some of the major service providers.
Got questions on new technology? ISBA’s committee has the answers! By David Clark Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, November 2007   Your questions could be regarding the use of technology in the assisting clients from the office; or in the courtroom; or even from remote locations. No questions are too simple, or if they are too hard, CoLT will scour the ether for the answer.
Remote access technology for your law practice By James A. McKenna Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, November 2007 Remote access is the ability to retrieve and utilize electronically-stored information—including Word/Excel/PowerPoint documents, litigation databases, and scanned images—from a location outside the office.
Word and WordPerfect (cue Star Wars theme music) By John Coladarci Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2007 The battle for the hearts and minds of the legal community regarding word processors continues unabated on the legal tech blogs like Technolawyer and literally hundreds of web pages and blogs dedicated solely to the topic of WordPerfect vs. Word.
Use the Web, but don’t let it use you By Matt Arbogast Young Lawyers Division, August 2007 On June 29, 2007, an unbelievably large number of people waited in line for hours, some for days, to get their hands on iPhones.
Information Security for the Solo and Small Firm Attorney By Adam Nelson and Benjamin Gerber Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, June 2007 It has become increasingly important for practicing attorneys to address information security and privacy requirements in their offices.
“The Electronic Lawyer” ™: Seiko’s Smart Label Printers Bring Your Firm to the Future! By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2007 At some point or another in the life of your law firm one of your staff is going to ask the ill-fated question, “Why can’t we just print one label to send this material out?
Scanning’s a snap with the Fujitsu ScanSnap! By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2007 The days of talking about the paperless office have been here and gone—but one thing remains and that’s the fact that you need to have a good, reliable scanner to do the job for you!
Houdini and Acrobat 8—Mastering the disappearing act By Peter Mierzwa Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2007 Managing metadata is an ever-present challenge for attorneys who are aware of it.
Ideas for your firm’s Web site By Peter LaSorsa Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2007 The author provides a list of things to consider when creating a new firm Web site.
My Treo 650 By Bryan Sims Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2006 I have owned a Treo 650 now for about one year. During that time I have grown quite attached to my Treo and I cannot imagine going back some other type of device.
Receive and send faxes—Anytime, anywhere (Including on your cell phone!) By Alan R. Press Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2006 Despite the prolific use of e-mail, faxing is still an extremely popular way to communicate.