Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legal Technology

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.

Improve Your Document Drafting With Templates

By Barron K. Henley
June
2017
Column
Page 46
Learn to use templates to make document drafting more efficient and less prone to errors.

Digital-Age Document Management: A How-to Guide

By Ed Finkel
May
2017
Cover Story
Page 20
Document management is so much easier in the digital age (think searchability) - and so much harder (think security). But with mandatory e-filing coming soon to Illinois, the stakes for getting it right have never been higher.

Enhancing Mail on Your Mac

By Jeffrey R. Schoenberger
May
2017
Column
Page 42
Tips for making the most of your Mac's default email application.

Choosing the Right Remote Access Solution

By Joseph S. Marquette & Brian Guscott
April
2017
Column
Page 49
Will screen sharing do the job or should you use a point-to-point connection?

Robots invade Seyfarth

By Matthew Hector
April
2017
LawPulse
Page 22
Seyfarth Shaw is using software robots to do some tasks in one tenth the time it takes a human.

Busting the Myth - Cloud Doesn’t (and Shouldn’t) Mean Cheap

By Jennifer Ramovs
March
2017
Column
Page 58
Switching to the cloud can be the right move for many reasons, but it won't necessarily save time or money.

From the Newsletters - 10 Cybersecurity Tips for Lawyers

March
2017
Article
Page 36
Are your passwords strong? Do you change them regularly? These and other practices will help you protect client information and keep hackers at bay.

A keyboard for lawyers

By Matthew Hector
March
2017
LawPulse
Page 22
Wish you could create a section symbol or insert the word "plaintiff" with a single keystroke? LegalBoard might be worth a look.

What to Do When It’s Time to Change Software Systems

By Steven J. Best
February
2017
Column
Page 48
So you've decided to switch software systems - now what? Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan your transition.

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.

ISBA ethics opinion OKs storing client info in the cloud

By Matthew Hector
January
2017
LawPulse
Page 14
Lawyers can store client information on cloud-based servers, an ISBA ethics opinion says, but only if they take the proper precautionary steps.

Seeing - and Shaping - the Future

By Ed Finkel
January
2017
Cover Story
Page 24
Sweeping change, much of it technology-driven, is posing new challenges to the legal profession that require new thinking. An ISBA task force is pointing a way forward for Illinois lawyers.

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
Cover Story
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
Cover Story
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
Cover Story
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.

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