Law Blog Week in Review: Smartphone Warrants, Real Numbers, and Going Paperless by Force

Welcome back from the holiday weekend, Americans! I hope you had a great weekend drinking things, grilling things, and watching pretty explosions. (Non-Americans, I guess it was just a regular weekend for you, but welcome back, anyway.)

Each weekend, I round up the best law blog posts I have found during the previous week. You can help by sending me links using our contact form, starting discussions in the Lab, or tweeting the link to @lawyerist. Or just tell me what I missed in the comments.

This is a short one, because the legal blogosphere was pretty sleepy leading up to the holiday weekend.

Real Numbers on Solo Practice

Another update from Florida Esq, who had a great June.

Overall, June was not only the best month I’ve had by far, but a better month than I ever thought I’d have my first (or even second) year. I feel like my efforts in getting my name out there have finally started to pay off, and now momentum is on my side.

I love following this column. It reminds me of my first few years in practice, and it is a great perspective on what it’s like to start a solo practice — unlike the bluster and braggadocio you will get from local solos over drinks. [Associate’s Mind]

“You Are Going to Be Paperless Whether You Like it Or Not”

Pretty much. Despite the truth of this statement, I’ve met many lawyers who seem to be planning to die or retire before they buy a scanner. The good news is that nobody is going to take your paper away. You just have to learn to deal with digital files, too. [Law Technology Today]

Your New Lock Screen Wallpaper

Courtesy of the boys at Philly Law Blog, a reminder just where it will be needed most:

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(More options at this link.) [Philly Law Blog]

Youth ≠ Tech Competence

Most young people know how to use Facebook and Instagram, but properly formatting a Word document using styles isn’t the sort of thing they teach in social media 101. This is Vivian Manning’s point about young people and technology, and it bears repeating — especially to lawyers who assume they are getting an IT department when bringing a young law clerk on board. [Attorney at Work]

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  • Jay Brinker

    I agree entirely with Vivian. I have hired 12 law clerks in 8 years, but not one of them has been able to teach me anything new technologically. I always ask them to let me know if they see a better way of handling tech or office processes, but no one has volunteered anything to date. In fact, their graduation gift from me is an external hard drive which is usually their first.

    I like your new pic, Sam.