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Section Newsletter Articles on Technology

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.
“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.
Back-up basics By Nerino J. Petro Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, August 2006 Until recently, magnetic tape drives were the back-up media of choice due to their reliability, low cost for the amount of data stored and wide availability.
A brown shoe in a black shoe world By David Clark Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, August 2006 Ever get the feeling you’re the odd one out? Evaluating other offices, do you ever get the feeling that they may be outpacing you in office automation?
Favorites Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, August 2006 Favorites is a feature of the newsletter that highlights those programs, utilities, gizmos, gadgets, etc., that we love.
State of information sharing in Illinois By David Clark Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, May 2006 An important meeting was held recently that addressed electronic filing in Illinois. Invitations were extended by the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts (AOIC) to a select group of Circuit Court Clerks at the inaugural meeting of the Electronic Filing Committee.
Technology trends for 2006 By Todd H. Flaming Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2006 The tools available to lawyers and standards we are expected to follow are evolving. 
Adventures in PowerPoint By Mark Lichtenwalter Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2005 My firm, Spesia, Ayers & Ardaugh of Joliet, had an exciting year for a couple of reasons—mostly because we moved into our own brand new office building.
Beside the bar By David Clark Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2005 Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda. Three little words to second-guess ourselves. Let me share with you one of my “shouldas.”
Keeping your data safe and in your office By Adam Nelson Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2005 There is an exciting new technology that has recently been offered to both law firms as well as consumers.
Using Outlook 2003 to organize your e-mail By Alan Pearlman Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, December 2005 Did you ever take the time in your practice day to think about just exactly how much time you spend looking for those very elusive BUT important e-mails?
VoIP By David B. Yavitz Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2005 VoIP replaces traditional land line phone service with a connection over the Internet.
Beside the bar By David Clark Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2005 Lawyers, clients, jurors and court personnel have to be aware of the changing nature of technology and the use or abuse of that technology.
Favorites Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, October 2005 Favorites is a new feature of the newsletter that highlights those programs, utilities, gizmos, gadgets, etc., that we love.
The cyber-barbarians at the gate: Protecting your computer from security threats By Nerino J. Petro Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, July 2005 There are numerous issues and dangers that threaten the security of your computer, your network and your data. T
Backing up-The easy way By Maximilian M. Prusak Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2005 For people who have been around computers for a significant period of time, there is no need to explain the necessity of backing up data.
Popular iPod can be useful to lawyer away from office By David B. Yavitz Young Lawyers Division, June 2005 Don't buy Apple Computer's iPod because it is the coolest and most popular portable music player on the planet.
Tame unruly e-mail with rules By Peter Mierzwa Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, April 2005 An overview of some solutions that users of Microsoft Outlook have available to them. Learn to filter junk e-mail and set up Rules to control how you want to deal with the onslaught of e-mail you receive each day.
What’s in your briefcase? By Nerino J. Petro, Jr. Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, April 2005 For the solo practitioner, technology too often is regarded as something nice to have, but not essential-especially considering the cost to obtain and implement it.
Tips on keeping your network administrator happy By Trent L. Bush Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2005 If you work in an office with more than one computer, chances are they are networked.
Useful Internet sites for lawyers By Patrick E. Ward General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2005 Every day of our practice we come across questions of law and questions of fact. In addition to West, Lexis, etc., there are free sources to find the answers to the legal questions.
Wireless networking: Part 2 By Nerino J. Petro Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, March 2005 In the first part of this of this Article (January 2004, VOL. 11, NO.2), I discussed the considerations for wireless networking, including essential equipment and extras.
Product review: Citrix Metaframe XP By Trent L. Bush Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2004 If your firm is like mine, you tend to procrastinate when it comes to making technology-related decisions.
Buy a Mac for your law office By Todd H. Flaming Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, June 2004 This is an unusual request, but it's an important one.