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Articles on Legal Technology

Is it Really Time to Change Software Systems? By Steven J. Best January 2017 Column, Page 48 Your staff says your software "doesn't work," but replacing it might not be the answer. Here's what to ask to find out.
Keeping Your Cell Phone Secure By Jennifer Ramovs December 2016 Column, Page 44 The reasonable care standard doesn't stop with your phone.
Is Avvo violating attorneys’ right of publicity? By Matthew Hector April 2016 LawPulse, Page 12 A Chicago lawyer has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Avvo's advertising practices violate Illinois' Right of Publicity Act.
IllinoisBarDocs: ISBA’s Affordable Forms By Timothy A. Slating January 2016 Article, Page 28 The ISBA is launching a document assembly system.
New ethics rules address outsourcing, technological competence, and more By Matthew Hector December 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 Changes in Illinois ethics rules address lawyers' obligation to be technologically competent, when they must disclose to clients that they are outsourcing work, and other issues.
iPad Apps for Lawyers By Mark S. Mathewson April 2015 Column, Page 52 Two tech-savvy members describe some favorite apps.
Feeling Secure in the Cloud By Ed Finkel January 2015 Article, Page 20 You're probably already using the Internet to access remote servers - aka cloud computing - whether you know it or not. And you should be. But make sure you understand the risks.
The Powerful Practice Technology You Already Have By Ed Finkel September 2014 Article, Page 428 The technology that can transform your practice by dramatically saving you time and money may already be in your office - if you'd just learn to use it.
A Lawyer’s Duty to Understand Technology: The Forest and the Trees By Charles J. Northrup April 2014 Column, Page 196 Lawyers' ethical obligation to understand technology comes under the heading competence.
Low-Tech Is Not an Option By Paula H. Holderman March 2014 Column, Page 112 Lawyers must get comfortable with practice-related technology or risk losing business and running afoul of ethics rules.
Low Cost Technology for Highly Productive Lawyers By Ed Finkel January 2014 Article, Page 20 Now more than ever, great technology tools - many especially designed for lawyers - are amazingly affordable if not free. But don't forget the crucial difference between "frugal" and "cheap."
Technology and the Trial Process: The 2013 Allerton Conference By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2013 Article, Page 638 Social media use by lawyers and other technology topics were on the agenda of the 2013 Allerton Conference.
The Ethics of Lost Laptops, Cloud Computing By Mark S. Mathewson November 2013 Column, Page 588 What duty do you have to clients if your laptop is stolen?
Ethics and Email Discussion Groups By Christina J. Oleson September 2013 Article, Page 464 Email discussion groups let you get quick answers from fellow lawyers, but they pose ethical pitfalls. Here's how to avoid trouble.
What’s New with Fastcase By Tom Gaylord July 2013 Column, Page 368 The new Bad Law Bot flags negative treatment of cases.
The Lawyer’s iPad: Using Tablets in Your Practice By Maria Kantzavelos May 2013 Article, Page 232 Can you really use your mobile device to practice more effectively? Tech experts say "yes" and tell you how.
Lawyer Websites: The New Yellow Pages By Bonnie Booth August 2012 Article, Page 424 When most people search for lawyers, they search the Internet. So why don't more lawyers have websites?
Taking Your Practice to the Cloud By Maria Kantzavelos April 2012 Article, Page 188 Wouldn't it be great to access case files from your laptop or store essential documents where no disaster can reach them? You can, and here's how.
Behind the Technology Curve? The ISBA Can Help By John G. Locallo March 2012 Column, Page 124 Are you using the practice management tech tools you need? If not, the ISBA is there for you.
Raising the Ante(Diluvian) By Karen Erger February 2012 Column, Page 108 More about the pros and cons of e-calendars.
‘Appy ‘Olidays! By John G. Locallo December 2011 Column, Page 602 Deck your smartphone with some of these lawyer-friendly apps.
Hot Button Civil Evidence Issues: The 2011 Allerton Conference By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2011 Article, Page 632 This year's Allerton Conference focused on electronic evidence, spoliation, and other important topics not squarely addressed by Illinois' recent evidence-rules codification.
Video transmitting equipment now allowed inside a vehicle. PA 097-0499 December 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 610 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow drivers to operate vehicles that have video transmitting equipment permanently installed as long as the driver is unable to see the equipment displays while driving. (625 ILCS 5/12-604.1)
The electronic courtroom: E-filing and videoconferencing By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2011 LawPulse, Page 550 The Illinois Supreme Court pursues electronic filing and adopts a rule allowing testimony by videoconference.
New scams target real estate lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2011 LawPulse, Page 550 Scammers are using smartphones and apps to steal home-sale proceeds.
Does Your Law Firm Need a Virtual Reality? By Peter R. Olson October 2011 Article, Page 516 Is it time to move your practice online? Internet-based legal software innovations offer practitioners ways to cut costs while expanding their potential client base.
OK Computer By John G. Locallo October 2011 Column, Page 488 Technology is changing the world of lawyering. Can we keep pace?
Why Calendars Matter - and Why I’m Going Back to Analog By Karen Erger October 2011 Column, Page 534 Sometimes the best technology is good old pen and paper.
A Business Lawyer Plugs into the Business of Law By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2011 Article, Page 340 ISBA President John G. Locallo will use his bully pulpit to help lawyers understand the power and importance of practice-oriented technology.
Legal Tech: Here Today, More Tomorrow By John G. Locallo July 2011 Column, Page 328 ISBA's new president outlines his year to come.