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Articles on Legal Technology

Plan for administering your digital estate By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2011 LawPulse, Page 66 If you don't write your passwords down somewhere, what will happen to your digital world after you die?
Ethics in the age of Twitter By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2011 LawPulse, Page 10 An ABA ethics commission is looking for suggestions about how to bring the model ethics rules in line with globalization and 21st Century communications technology.
Family law software: not exempt from the rules of evidence By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 LawPulse, Page 394 Make sure you understand how support calculators work before relying on their results, and don't forget to lay a foundation for the report if you seek to enter it into evidence.
Virtual law firms: the new reality of lawyer collaboration By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 LawPulse, Page 394 The keynote speaker at October's ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference will tell participants how to thrive in a tough economy and changing practice landscape.
Does Your Practice Need Practice Management Software? By Helen Gunnarsson July 2010 Article, Page 352 It can help you save time, make money, even avoid malpractice claims, according to legal technologists. Find out whether it's right for you.
Your (Mostly Free) Private Investigator By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Article, Page 184 An amazing amount of information about parties, witnesses, clients, businesses and more resides on the Internet. Here's how to find it.
Is Your Metadata Showing? Avoiding Document-Sharing Disasters By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Article, Page 76 Here's how to ensure that your documents' metadata, including comments and proposed changes, are viewed only as intended.
The Google-ization of Legal Research Continues - This Time Literally By Tom Gaylord January 2010 Column, Page 48 Google now offers its own searchable case law database.
Just Can’t Wait to Get on the Road Again By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Article, Page 608 With the right technology, you can be as productive when you're traveling as you are in the office.
Getting Federal Case Filings for Free: Introducing RECAP By Tom Gaylord November 2009 Column, Page 584 RECAP, a Firefox extension, provides free access to otherwise pay-per-view federal documents on the PACER system.
Tech tools for solos By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 LawPulse, Page 438 Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.
State of E-Filing in Illinois By Trent L. Bush, Bryan M. Sims, David M. Clark, and Martin W. Typer July 2009 Article, Page 344 While Illinois has no statewide electronic filing system, several county initiatives are at various stages of implementation.
Twitter and Linkedin and Facebook. Oh My! By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 Article, Page 288 Are you Linkedin? Facebooking? Tweeting? Or still figuring out what it's all about and why you should care? Here's a lawyer's guide to social networking.
Electronic Discovery: Dealing with Disclosure of Metadata By Joseph R. Marconi January 2009 Article, Page 24 The question isn't whether confidential client information will be disclosed during electronic discovery but what to do when it happens.
No five-o’clock world for e-filing By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2009 LawPulse, Page 10 Unless the rules specify otherwise, parties may electronically file up to midnight on deadline day with administrative agencies that permit e-filing, the supreme court holds.
Calendars, Conflict-Checkers and More - Using Tech Tools to Manage Data By Carl R. Draper March 2006 Article, Page 134 Here are some high-tech ways to reduce data overload and stay on top of your fast-moving practice.
Making an Electronic Record: Good Reviews for Digital Recording By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2006 Article, Page 72 Several courthouses, notably DuPage County's, have implemented digital recording of courtroom proceedings. Is stenography a thing of the past?
The Illinois Electronic Commerce Security Act: Birth and Death of an E-Commerce Approach? By Kristin Mihelic July 2001 Article, Page 356 The author argues that Illinois should abandon its Electronic Commerce Security Act and follow the national uniform approach.
An Introduction to Knowledge Management By Paul Sullivan July 2001 Column, Page 375 You've heard the buzzwords, but what is "knowledge management" and what can it do for you? Read on.
Long-Distance Doctors: The Crossroads of Telemedicine Licensure in Illinois By Erin K. Grunzke July 2001 Article, Page 362 This author, on the other hand, favors state licensure in Illinois over a national approach.
Your Office on the Web By Todd Flaming June 2001 Column, Page 319 Applications service providers, or ASPs, rent computer programs over the Web. They can give you more computing power and flexibility for less money, but beware the risks.
Had It with Technology? Remember the (Not So) Good Ol’ Days By Paul Sullivan May 2001 Column, Page 265 A look at how far we've come in law office technology in the last 30-plus years.
Don’t Just Say It; Present It By Maureen B. Collins February 2001 Column, Page 99 Use technology to project; literally; an image that will impress your audience.
Your Computer Can Help Analyze Your Case By Todd Flaming February 2001 Column, Page 97 Software; especially a program called "CaseMap"; can help you see the relationships between the facts, people, events, and issues in your case.
Technology Training: Why It’s a Must By Todd H. Flaming December 2000 Column, Page 723 You'll waste your investment in hardware and software if you don't invest some time and effort in training people how to use it.
A Beginner’s Guide to Information Security and The Legal Profession By Frank P. Andreano October 2000 Article, Page 592 The basics of protecting e-mail and electronic information from interception.
ISBA Computer Book Brings You into the 21st Century By Todd H. Flaming August 2000 Column, Page 475 Find out how to put computers to work in your practice with this new book from the ISBA's Committee on Legal Technology.
Using PowerPoint to Power Your Argument By Todd H. Flaming June 2000 Column, Page 357 PowerPoint is a powerful, easy-to-use program that can spice up your presentation. And it's probably already on your computer.
Electronic Briefs: The Time Has Come By Todd H. Flaming April 2000 Column, Page 233 Here's how to create an electronic brief that includes exhibits, signed documents; everything you'd include in a paper version. For an example, see /ibj/apr00lj/ebrief.pdf.
Drafting with Style By Maureen B. Collins March 2000 Column, Page 173 In the last two columns we looked at the drafting process and component parts of transaction documents.