Publications

Articles on Legal Technology

Five Reasons Why QuickBooks Isn’t Enough

By Steven J. Best
July
2019
Column
Page 49
QuickBooks is great, just not for law firms.

Houston, We Have a Problem … Top 10 Signs You Have a Virus or Malware

By Kevin Payne
April
2019
Column
Page 46
Everyone dreads the prospect of a computer virus or malware. Here are tips for spotting whether your computer might be infected.

18 Quick and Easy Tech Tips for 2019

By Ed Finkel
February
2019
Cover Story
Page 20
A sneak preview of Affinity Consulting partner Barron Henley's ISBA Free On-Demand CLE program, "60 Legal Tech Tips, Tricks, Gadgets, and Websites in 60 Minutes."

Reading in the Digital Age

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
February
2019
Column
Page 42
Your hectic schedule likely precludes pleasure reading, but many apps will help you reintegrate pleasure reading into your busy life.

Gear Up

By Ed Finkel
January
2019
Cover Story
Page 20
A Carbondale attorney's tips for using your own courtroom presentation technology.

Keeping Tabs

By Jesse Bowman
January
2019
Column
Page 50
Visiting ilga.gov and congress.gov, which are updated regularly, is a free and convenient way to keep current and hold our elected officials accountable.

Is Dropbox Safe?

By Barron K. Henley
December
2018
Column
Page 43
Options for encrypting and securing data shared online.

The Lawyer Bots Are Coming (Maybe)

By Pete Sherman
December
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Free legal services app DoNotPay creates buzz, but leaves little to worry about.

Is Your Email an Open Secret?

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
October
2018
Column
Page 50
Learn the "dead-simple" way to encrypt your attorney-client communications with Office 365.

Safe, Secure, and on the Go

By Ed Finkel
October
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
Lawyers must lock down devices whether working from the office, home, a hotel room, or a coffee shop.

Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute

By Jesse Bowman
September
2018
Column
Page 42
Cornell Law's Legal Information Institute is a free online resource that offers convenient search tools and tons of materials.

A Dollar Here, a Dollar There

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
September
2018
Column
Page 44
The cost of software subscriptions can add up quickly. Learn how to decide which subscriptions are worth it.

Playing to Win

By Ed Finkel
August
2018
Article
Page 26
Attorneys now have to compete with online legal services, but maybe there's a silver lining to what some consider a dark cloud.

The Algorithm Behind the Curtain

By Jesse Bowman
July
2018
Column
Page 52
A new feature in Fastcase reveals how its search engine responds to your queries.

Sleuthing on the ‘Net

By Ed Finkel
June
2018
Cover Story
Page 20
Social media and the internet generally hold a trove of mission-critical information for lawyers about adversaries, businesses, and more - and most of it is free. Do you know how to find it?

Taking Your Smartphone on Vacation

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
June
2018
Column
Page 42
Guilt-free tips for when you need to check your email inbox during vacation.

Everything Has a Process - Here’s How to Improve Yours

By Erica Fujimoto
May
2018
Column
Page 54
In last month's column, we learned how to identify different processes in your firm. Now learn how to improve them.

5 Technologies That Can Transform Your Practice

By Ed Finkel
April
2018
Cover Story
Page 20
Five key law practice technologies can reduce the time you spend on nonbillable management chores and lower your risk of malpractice and disciplinary trouble. Find out what they are and how to decide which are right for your firm.

Allerton Conference 2017: The Changing Landscape of Civil Practice - Technology, Ethics, and Economics

By Jeffery A. Parness
April
2018
Article
Page 46
The 2017 Allerton Conference focused on the impact of technology on the legal system, new ADR options, alternative business structures such as nonlawyer ownership of law firms, and other emerging issues.

Everything Has a Process - Here’s How to Identify Yours

By Erica Fujimoto
April
2018
Column
Page 54
Process mapping is a great technique to help you streamline workflow. Find out why it might be right for your office.

The high price of free email

By Matthew Hector
April
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Are you using a free email account for your law practice? It's time to rethink that choice, a tech-minded ISBA member warns.

Please take that IRS Circular 230 disclaimer off your email footer

By Matthew Hector
March
2018
LawPulse
Page 18
Since 2014 the IRS has been asking lawyers to remove the footer, which is no longer accurate. Yet it still circulates widely in email signatures.

How to Be Sure You’re Cybersecure

By Ed Finkel
February
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
Law firms and their trove of sensitive data are prime targets for hackers. Are you doing enough to protect yourself from cyber attacks?

How to Make Web Meetings Work

By Jennifer Ramovs
February
2018
Column
Page 48
Do you use web meetings to meet with clients? Read on to see why it might be a good time to start.

Is It Time to Ditch Your Landline for VoIP?

By Jennifer Ramovs
January
2018
Column
Page 43
What to keep in mind as you consider moving your phone service to the internet.

Office 365: Understanding the Benefits and Busting the Myths

By Jennifer Ramovs
December
2017
Column
Page 40
Learn why Office 365 might be the right choice for you and your firm.

Eyes Wide Open

By Jennifer Ramovs
September
2017
Column
Page 46
What you need to know about starting your own firm.

Partnering with Online DIY Services: The Plusses and Perils

By Ed Finkel
September
2017
Cover Story
Page 22
Chicago-based Road to Status provides immigrants with a DIY application process and attorney referrals. What are the pros and cons for lawyers in joining forces with online legal-service providers?

Moving Toward a Paperless Office

By Steven J. Best
August
2017
Column
Page 48
Ten tips to help you transition to a paperless office.

The Training Conundrum

By Jennifer Ramovs
July
2017
Column
Page 50
Learn why technology training is the last thing you should be cutting from your budget.

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