Legal Trends for Non-Techies: Topics, Trends and Tips to Help Your Practice – 2013 (CHICAGO)

June 28, 2013
12:30 – 4:45 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours, including 3.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Presented by Legal Technology, Standing Committee on

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S Clark St, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Learn how to address the ethical issues brought about by technology before they arise!

Do you have a limited understanding of how you and your legal practice can benefit from technology? Are you aware of both the pitfalls and the perks technology brings to your practice? Would you like to move your practice into the 21st century without inadvertently behaving unethically? Then join us for this informative seminar that answers all of your technological and tech-ethics questions, including:

  • How to avoid malpractice by turning paper documents into electronic records;
  • How to secure the personal electronic information stored in your database;
  • How to choose the right cloud tool option for your practice;
  • How to use technology to get things done better, faster, and cheaper; and
  • Much more!
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Abra C. Siegel
, Siegel Law Offices, Ltd., Chicago



12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Your Secret Weapon in the War against Paper: PDF in Your Practice*
Experience has taught us that the more frequently paper is handled, the greater the risk for damaging, misplacing or misfiling a document, which can lead to malpractice claims. As law firms continue to move toward a more paperless environment, it is imperative that attorneys understand how to best utilize the paperless PDF option in their practice.
Nerino J. Petro, Practice Management Advisor, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm, Ltd., Naperville

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Securing Your Technology*
This segment examines the various ways negligent security practices can wreak havoc on a law firm, and offers advice for protecting the personal information stored in your firm’s electronic database. Topics include: protecting your network from viruses, spyware and other malicious code, Illinois Personal Information Protection Act, Health Information Technology, and more.
Aaron W. Brooks, Holmstrom & Kennedy P.C., Rockford
Hon. Adrienne W. Albrecht, Twenty-First Judicial Circuit, Kankakee

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Cloud Tools for Solos and Firms*
There are many cloud options to choose from, but how do you choose which ones are viable tools for your law practice? This session covers cloud services for every aspect of the solo and small firm law practice, including cloud-based practice management, time-tracking and accounting, document management, and several other law office productivity tools. [Please Note: This segment was originally presented at the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference on September 13, 2013; Attorneys may not receive credit for viewing the same program more than once within a 12 month period.]
Nerino J. Petro, Practice Management Advisor, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm, Ltd., Naperville

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.  60 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes for the Practicing Attorney (no MCLE credit)
This fast-paced session offers dozens of practice tips and tricks to help attorneys get things done better, faster, and cheaper. Topics include everything from gadgets, to software/hardware, the Web, practice management, and more!
Aaron W. Brooks, Holmstrom & Kennedy P.C., Rockford
Nerino J. Petro, Practice Management Advisor, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm, Ltd., Naperville