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So recently, I won the COVID breakthrough infection lottery and got to spend ten fun-filled days in quarantine. I’m fine, relatively speaking, and thankful that the worst that happened to me was a runny nose.   But during that period, I did have to look for things to watch on TV since I had pretty much already exhausted the more well-known offerings. And I stumbled onto a channel showing reruns of old half-hour black and white drama series.   One in specific held my attention: Gunsmoke. For those not familiar with Gunsmoke (which may be most of you), it…
While many seasoned attorneys still tell tales of electric typewriters buzzing around the office as assistants sat plugged into dictation machines, today’s lawyers occupy a far different desk setup: they’re perched in front of a monitor (or two… or more) with cloud-based software to drive their document production. The fact that there are more than 1.2 billion Microsoft Office users worldwide makes Microsoft Word the gold standard for word processing. Job hunting in practically any office setting demands Word is among your skillsets, lawyers included. Nevertheless, although most people use Word, few take advantage of the program’s full capabilities…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. Emma Dorantes is a Champaign, Ill.-based staff attorney at Legal Advocacy Service, a division of the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission. At LAS, Emma focuses on disability rights law and advocates for the rights of individuals with mental illness in involuntary treatment and involuntary civil commitment hearings. How do you use technology in your practice? Without being able to share and receive digital pleadings and other documents, I wouldn’t be able to cover the three counties in my work: Champaign, McLean, and…
September 30, 2021, is the MCLE grace period deadline for Illinois attorneys who are part of the 2019-2021 reporting period but didn’t complete their CLE requirements by June 30, 2021. Illinois attorneys whose last names begin with N-Z and fall into this category have until 11:59 p.m. CDT on September 30 to report compliance and pay their late fee. (Unlike last year, the MCLE Board isn’t waiving the late fee.) The MCLE requirements for the 2019-2021 reporting period are 30 hours of approved Illinois MCLE credit, including at least six professional responsibility (PR) hours. Those six PR hours must include…
September is National Preparedness Month, and with natural disasters increasing in severity—and with COVID-19 still wreaking havoc worldwide—it is important for courts to consider ways to mitigate the negative effects. Disasters have consequences that extend far beyond immediate destruction. As individuals and businesses deal with property damage from natural disasters or face months of lost profits due to a public health emergency, they may end up in court disputing coverage or other issues, which can result in extensive and complex delays during an already stressful time. Courts already have many of the tools they need to improve this process:…
If you want your practice to run smoothly you need to work on . And the key to building systems is creativity. Many lawyers believe that they aren’t creative. But this isn’t true. A famously creative lawyer (that you’ve no doubt heard of) once observed: “Most people think of creativity as being entirely about the arts —music, painting, theatre, movies, dancing, sculpture etc. But this simply isn’t so. Creativity can be seen in every area of life… Wherever you can find a way of doing things that is better than what has been done before, you’re being creative.“…
The pandemic has raised a number of ethical issues for lawyers and resulted in the issuance of several ethics opinions addressing those issues. While we once might have thought these issues were temporary, many legal professionals continue to operate virtually, and even when we are fully free of the pandemic, many of us are likely to continue to practice virtually, at least part of the time. Given this, I thought it would be useful to round up the ethics opinions from the last 18 months that address issues relating to the pandemic’s impact on our practices and our clients. Invariably,…
We are experiencing new challenges as we try to re-open law libraries and have staff access physical spaces. One thing I had not anticipated was how much we would rely on technology to enable it, and how little concern for equity there seems to be in doing so. Our need for normalcy should not create new barriers to information access and to our libraries both as resource centers and places to work. The first place I noticed was with QR codes. In the past, I’d thought of them as helpful additions. An adjunct to a typed URL to…
From : Blog Entry>>Sarah’s Blog EntryIn this post you will learn how to: Save incoming email messages from your Office 365 Outlook inbox to SharePoint Apply metadata and retention labels as you save emails to SharePoint for quick search and easy record management using Colligo Email Manager for Microsoft 365 Set up quick access “pinned” SharePoint folders to rapid save to desired file locations Share emails as a secure link without leaving Outlook Capture email to SharePoint using Outlook for O365 on a mobile device [More]
On this episode of How It Works: PracticePanther, a leading cloud-based law practice management software solution that serves tens of thousands of legal professionals in 170 countries. PracticePanther offers features in case management, time tracking, billing, client intake, payment processing, calendaring, e-signatures, and more, all designed to empower lawyers to automate their practices. Joining me to introduce PracticePanther and demonstrate how it works is Brian Gomez, account executive, account executive at PracticePanther and its parent company Paradigm. He provides an overview of the software, and then demonstrates five key features: Using intake forms to generate contacts. Workflow…
Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms, is today unveiling a benchmarking tool for law firm billing that is the first product to emerge from the newly minted Aderant Intelligence group.  The new tool, Aderant Intelligence:  Benchmarking, is designed to enable firms to benchmark their billing performance by comparing their own metrics against those of their market and peer groups.  The new tool is available for customers of Aderant’s BillBlast e-billing product in the U.S. and Canada. Aderant is currently offering the product through an early adopter program to gather and incorporate additional client feedback.…
After over a year and a half of dealing with a global pandemic, remote work is here to stay and so are the collaboration and messaging tools that make remote work actually work.  Moreover, collaboration applications are changing the way organizations create, share and retain vital business data; and as a consequence, require those organizations to re-think how they approach compliance and ediscovery response.  This benchmark survey seeks to identify current practices and highlight trends in response to this business imperative.…
On September 14, Law360 Pulse released its annual Glass Ceiling Report. The Report summarizes Law 360’s Survey of women in law firms for 2020. Every time I hear about one of these Surveys, I hope for once, it will reveal some real progress. But they never do: just like the Law 360 Diversity Survey results previously discussed, the Glass Ceiling results are discouraging. Not just discouraging. Embarrassing. It makes me mad. It ought to make us all angry.     The Survey headline: just as in prior years, women remain underrepresented at U.S. law firms, particularly in the partnership…
The legal analytics platform Lex Machina, which is owned by LexisNexis, has added a module for litigation involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as claims under related state laws.  The collection consists of more than 90,000 cases involving violations of Titles II, III and V of the ADA, as well as claims under disability rights laws in states that Lex Machina covers. Like Lex Machina’s analytics for other practice areas, the ADA module provides analytics on judges, courts, law firms, attorneys and parties in ADA litigation. The module includes ADA-specific filters, such as for…
There was a time when the central focus of law school publishing was the law review. But over the years, as more law school professors, staff and alumni launched blogs, they have become a more essential medium for keeping up with legal news, trends and critical thinking. In a reflection of this development, McGeorge School of Law has launched McGeorge Law Today, a publishing portal that brings together in one place the blogs, podcasts and other writings of McGeorge’s faculty, staff and alumni. The McGeorge portal is built using the Syndication Journal product developed by the legal blogging and…