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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.

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