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Articles on Legal Technology

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.

Plan for administering your digital estate

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2011
LawPulse
Page 66

Ethics in the age of Twitter

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2011
LawPulse
Page 10

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.

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