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After last week’s Tech Toys for the Holidays podcast and some links to other tech gift collections, one might assume I might have completed the tech gift suggestions for the season. But, not so fast! Lawyer Tech Tips: Technology Treats to Brighten Year’s End from Attorney at Work features an ensemble cast of technology tipsters including me and some other people whose names you may recognize including Brett Burney, Anne Haag, Tom Lambotte, Reid Trautz, Sheila Blackford, Nerino Petro, Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek. This is certainly a diverse collection of ideas. Happy holiday shopping!…
C|Net is one of my go-to websites for ethical and quality tech product reviews. So C|Net always has a massive holiday gift guide and its Holiday Gift Guide 2020 is no exception. For those shopping for gifts on a budget, it has sections for gifts under $30 and under $50. If you know what you want but are not sure of features, brands or what additional features you receive when you pay a bit more, C|Net is a great resource.…
Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson invite you to listen to our annual ‘Tis the Season Tech Toys for the Holidays podcast on the Digital Edge podcast. We were particularly happy with this year’s edition. Every year we highlight some practical and not-so practical tech toys with some remote work and COVID-related gift ideas in the mix. Pick up some wish list inspiration for yourself and your favorite lawyer-nerds – a handy UVC sterilizer, the latest LegalBoard Wireless, ideas for your home workspace, a portable scanner and much more! We hope you enjoy the podcast and enjoy the holidays…
Completing this week’s holiday shopping tips trilogy is the ZDNet Holiday Gift Guide 2020. Another reputable product review website, ZDNet began as a subscription-based digital service called “ZiffNet” that offered computing information to users of CompuServ. (Some will recall that first version of OBA-NET was also hosted on CompuServ.) It has a long online history, spanning most of the major online services and is now a part of C|Net and CBS. According to Wikipedia, ZDNet currently operates a network of about 50 blogs loosely aligned by its major verticals: companies, hardware, software, mobile, security and IT research.…
Dennis Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft. I have mentioned him before in my 2020 tips. He recently delivered a presentation to the Microsoft Legal Department Latinx employee community about strategies for remaining visible – and increasing visibility – in the workplace despite working in a remote environment. He shared his tips in a post, Increasing Your Visibility in a Virtual World. This is a great read for those working remotely at any type of business or law firm. But it also includes sage advice for everyone doing any form of remote working as well as anyone…
This is a very nice treatment of this issue from my friend Nicole Black— Should you copy clients on emails to opposing counsel? Those who have read my musings on the subject know I think BCC should never been used for email, unless you are using that technique to file the emails within your system, i.e. you are BBC’ing internally within the law office. But is it appropriate to Reply All when the opposing counsel emails you and CC’s his client? That’s a more nuanced discussion and requires analysis. While there are some obvious cases where it is most likely…
Today’s tip is from Attorney@Work and Will Hornsby, who is an attorney focused on the professional responsibility of innovative and tech-based legal services. He served as staff counsel in the ABA’s Division for Legal Services for 30 years. His post Blogging, Posting and Ethics — Oh, My! is very useful information for any attorney who wants to blog or post online about his or her law practice. Spoiler Alert: Obtaining the client’s consent in advance before posting is a simple safe harbor.…
Today’s tip is something completely different. We will discuss your vocabulary. Lawyers generally have a larger vocabulary than most because we work with both the written and the spoken word— and we had to add many new words to our vocabulary in law school. But when drafting, it is very good to know some words can have entirely opposite meanings, depending on how they are used. So your attention is directed to 25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites. The first example in the article is sanction. As we lawyers know, sanction can mean two completely different things, from…
iPhone JD’s Jeff Richardson has just published 20 iPhone tips for lawyers in 2020. Did you know VIP notifications can be set to notify you if you receive an email from someone special? There are some great tips here, including using your iPhone as a magnifying glass, taking a picture while recording a video without interrupting the video or how to change Siri’s accent. (My new British assistant’s voice seems much more eager to help.) Check out Jeff’s Tips to learn some new ways to work — and play.  …
The 2020 OBA Annual Meeting kicks off today. It is virtual this year and Oklahoma lawyers can register for free for some great programming. Our Annual Meeting offers 12 hours of MCLE credit including several hours of ethics education. It is not too late for OBA members to register. I’m going to focus on the law practice management and technology focused content in this post. We have some great experts teaching at our meeting. Jack Newton is CEO and founder of the practice management solution Clio. His program The Client-Centered Law Firm: How to Succeed in an Experience-Driven World…
This question sounds a bit clandestine. But in an age of mobile phone and spam phone calls, many of us are concerned about widely sharing our mobile phone numbers. Several months ago I wrote a column for the Oklahoma Bar Journal Text Messaging for Lawyers. In it, I mentioned ZipWhip, an enterprise texting service that allows one to use their app to send and receive text messages on a mobile phone without revealing the phone number. There are other similar services. But, there is a free method that allows you to block your number from being displayed when…
Lawyers often must handle emotionally taxing matters. Sexual assault and/or child sexual abuse litigation are challenging for the lawyer because the subject matter is often the trauma the client has suffered. Trauma-Informed legal advocacy by Texas lawyer Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey draws on her years of experience in this area to share some wisdom. Her advice is thoughtful and compassionate. Any lawyer who works with individual clients would be well served to read this post. It might assist you in identifying someone as a trauma victim who might not clearly present themselves as one.…
Calendly now integrates with Teams, Zoom, and GoToMeeting and the integration is done through its basic free plan. See Calendly Announces Integration with Microsoft Teams, Makes All Video Conferencing Free For Users. If you don’t know what Calendly does, you haven’t been to a legal technology conference in a while because “let me send you a Calendly invite” is often overheard in these venues. Lawyers, particularly those serving individual consumers, should consider using a tool like Calendly that lets prospective clients (and all clients) schedule their appointment at a time that is best for them. They pick from times…
Zoom became extraordinarily popular this year. When people were locked down and working from home, what was not to like about a free videoconferencing service that was simple and easy to use? We then got to hear a lot about Zoom’s shortcomings from bloggers and reviewers. I always suspected Microsoft was encouraging that line of attack. But some critiques were valid and Zoom did a remarkable job this summer plugging security holes and changing other features to increase security. But as Microsoft 365 continues its march to become THE business platform, many Office users may find themselves tending to favor…
The ABA 2020 Legal Technology Survey Report is out and the ABA has published the statistics related to Technology Basics and Security. Sharon Nelson, President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., breaks down the results in her post Cybersecurity Stats are in for the ABA’s 2020 Legal Technology Survey Report. The responses indicate there are still improvements that  can be made with some powerful security tools not in widespread use by law firms. Some examples include two-factor authentication (used by 39% of respondents), intrusion prevention (29%), intrusion detection (29%) and remote device management and wiping (28%). Many law firms do…