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Section Newsletter Articles on Technology

Have you joined RISSNET? By James Bumgarner Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, August 2003 If you are presently a member of VGTOF, Capps, TIA, or TIDISDM, you are also a member of RISSNET. What's good about this? If you are stopped by law enforcement, with a little bit of luck, you could be reported as a terrorist.
Web Design 101: If you build it, they might come By Peter T. Boyd Young Lawyers Division, August 2003 Every once in awhile, I receive blank stares from lawyers after I tell them how much a good Web site will cost.
Office XP for law firms: A review By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, February 2003 One day at the courthouse, I was complaining to a friend of mine that the secretaries in my office are always happy to use an automated document or spreadsheet after I took the time to create it, but would rarely go to the trouble of creating these forms themselves.
The virtual courtroom—An update By Richard L. Turner and Sanford Morganstein Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2002 Imagine sitting in your office, contemplating matters to complete in pretrial discovery in a case pending in a county three hours away.
Converting Word files to PDF By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2002 Converting Word files to PDF format can involve a confusing array of choices and can result in a huge file, or one that does not convert navigation links correctly or completely.
The benefits of digital dictation and transcription By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, May 2002 A few months ago, there was a lengthy debate on the ISBA Internet discussion group about the relative benefits of digital recorders.
Formatting commands in word By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, April 2002 One of the most frustrating searches when learning Microsoft Word is for the commands and switches that set the desired format for words, numbers, and dates.
Selecting a microphone for use with voice recognition software By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, June 2001 Users frequently complain that the same voice recognition software that works wonderfully for others simply will not recognize their voice when they try to use it.
Using the Mail Merge feature of Microsoft Word By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, June 2001 In previous versions, the Mail Merge feature of Microsoft Word had so many limitations and was so difficult to use that it was not worth the hassle for any but the most sophisticated users.
Speech recognition software: try it—but don’t fire your secretary yet By Carl R. Draper Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2001 The introduction of personal computers came with the promise that computers would do routine tasks and free up valuable time for more important tasks. That promise may be realized sooner than we thought.
Carnivore is not a meat-eating animal By James Bumgarner Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, January 2001 "Carnivore" is Internet-surveillance software, a politically correct term for the FBI's electronic eavesdropping system.
Using the “if…then” field to automate documents in Word By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, January 2001 Have you ever tried to set up fields in a pleading only to discover the next time you try to use them that it was more trouble to create than it was worth because of all the necessary editing for gender and tense?
Do I really need to backup? By Nerino J. Petro Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2000 You just finished the brief for the most important case this year. You get ready to leave for the day--you shut off the lights, set the alarm and lock the door behind you. You haven't forgotten a thing ... or have you?
Legal uses of spreadsheets: those magical programs on your computer you’ve probably never even looked at By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2000 Most computers on lawyer's desks have on them a suite office programs. The two most popular are Microsoft Office and WordPerfect Office Suite.
To share or not to share By James Bumgarner Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2000 Would you like to share the files and programs on your computer with millions of other computers? J
AbacusLaw 13 By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, June 2000 AbacusLaw 13 is a lawyer docketing and case management program. Installation was easy and intuitive.
Icalendar, the new interchange format for scheduling vcard, format for contacts By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, May 2000 Have you upgraded your calendar or docketing program lately? If you are one of the savvy small business owners who have frustrated the software industry by deciding to upgrade only when there is a good reason to do so, you should look into upgrading now.
Questions and answers from the ISBA discussion group By Adrienne W. Albrecht Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, November 1999 Frequently, legal technology questions are posed and answered on the ISBA main discussion group.
Merging technology By Jay Giusti Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, April 1999 The merger of two Chicago small civil litigation firms during March 1999 required careful technology choices.