Legal Technology

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VPNs to Avoid Until they Plug Their Leaks

You know that here at Lawyerist, we are all about encouraging you to safeguard your data, and one of the ways to do that is to make sure you use a virtual private network (VPN) when you are using the coffee shop’s wi-fi connection. VPNs function in a few different ways, but at root they […]

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Podcast #24: Ed Walters on Robot Lawyers and the Law of Robots (Replay)

This episode we’re trying something a bit different. One of our favorite interviews to date was Sam’s conversation with Ed Walters about law and robots, so this week we are replaying it. If you missed it the first time around, you’ll want to tune in now. Ed Walters on Robot Lawyers and the Law of […]

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Podcast #23: Bob Young on Being a Plaintiff’s Lawyer in a Defense Firm

In today’s show, ABA Law Practice Division chair Bob Young talks about being a plaintiff’s lawyer in a defense firm, and explains what the ABA LPD is doing to help lawyers with marketing, management, finances, and technology. But first, is solo practice a terrible economic proposition for most people? Is Solo Practice a Terrible Economic […]

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7 Google Docs Add-Ons You Should Try

In the past, we have covered some alternatives to Microsoft Word, including Google Docs. For quite some time now, Google Docs has done a lot of things exactly right. Easy collaboration, compatibility with a wide variety of formats, cloud-based, free. However, Docs has also lacked some things that are often necessary for a law practice, […]

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Can’t Make it to Court on Time? There’s an App for That.

Many lawyers need to be in two places at once. Lawyers get over-booked, and handle multiple cases in multiple jurisdictions that require frequent court appearances. It can even happen in the same courthouse: I have had multiple cases at a time be called in front of different judges, and have missed the calling of my […]

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Podcast #22: Allison Shields on Doing More in Less Time

In today’s show, Allison Shields talks about how to be more productive, also the subject of her new book, How to Do More in Less Time. But first, Sam and Aaron talk about Lee Rosen’s advice to block your firm website from your firm computer. The Importance of Your Mobile Website On Divorce Discourse, Lee […]

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LegalPad Is Medium, for Lawyers

A few months ago, we wrote about Casetext, a nifty little platform that seeks to essentially democratize/wiki-fy/open source the law, allowing users to annotate cases and share comments. Casetext recently expanded on that open source idea and launched LegalPad, which is WAY cooler. LegalPad is basically the legal equivalent to Medium. However,where Medium is a publishing […]

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Podcast #21: Todd Hendrickson’s Tech-Powered Trial Practice

Today Todd Hendrickson talks about how he uses technology to give him an edge against better-funded opponents in his solo med-mal and personal injury practice. But first, Sam and Aaron explain why a shredding service is better than throwing your clients’ files in the trash. Don’t Throw Your Clients’ Files in the Trash Sam has […]

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LastPass Hacked; Don’t Panic, but Change Your Master Password

While the LastPass “vault” (where your encrypted passwords are stored) is safe, LastPass was hacked: LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised. That sounds bad, but LastPass says no password vaults were accessed, and that means your passwords are still safe. Just in case, LastPass is requiring […]

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DIY Law Firm Letterhead Using Microsoft Word

No longer see the point of having printed letterhead sitting on your shelf? Do your own "on demand" electronic letterhead in Microsoft Word. Here's how.

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DOJ Selects Box for Cloud Storage

Absolutely, with one enormous caveat: the US Department of Justice is probably the only law office in the US that doesn’t have to worry about being spied on by the US government, which has shown itself to be extraordinarily resourceful when it comes to infiltrating cloud services. For the average family or transactional lawyer, maybe […]

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Website Metrics 101: Hits, Pageviews, and Rankings

Hits, pageviews, and other metrics don't matter if you don't know the goal of your site.

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Podcast #20: David Colarusso, Hacking for Justice

n today’s podcast, David Colarusso, a lawyer and data scientist for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services,1 talks about what a legal hacker is, how he incorporates hacking into lawyering, and why lawyers should learn to code.

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Should We Crowdfund Lawsuits?

Lawyers are expensive. And, as we all know, everyone loves a good lawsuit. Further, if history is any guide, tech-based startups are a no-fail way to make truckloads of money. Finally, if the Millennial generation has taught us anything, it has proven that you can, and should, use Kickstarter to do everything. Which brings us to […]

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Book Appointments through Your Website

Stop sending emails and playing phone tag to set your appointments. Use one of these apps instead.