DocketAlarm Follows Court Dockets So You Don’t Have To
One of our biggest problems with law is not that we lack information – it is that we have far too much of it. Take, for example, PACER. PACER is an unwieldy behemoth that exists, seemingly, to frustrate lawyers immensely with its pre-21st century interface . However, once you have managed to adapt to technology from […]
6 Legal Technologies That Should Be Obsolete
Sure, we don’t use quills or mimeographs anymore, but there is a pretty good chance you still have a fax machine taking up space in your office.
Every Legal App for iPhone and iPad
iOS apps for lawyers abound, whether for case management, billing, or trial preparation. This page has every legal app for iOS that we could find.
The 5 Most User-Hostile Microsoft Word Features
Microsoft Word doesn't always win awards from users for its intuitiveness. Here are five features that could be a lot easier than they are, with some suggestions for working around them in a pinch.
Send Your Snail Mail to the Cloud
The United States Postal Service is a remarkably efficient, albeit spectacularly unprofitable, piece of work. It is available to everyone, relatively cheap, accessible from a spectacularly wide variety of locations, and they bring the J. Crew catalog right to your house. However, there remain two incontrovertible downsides: First, you have to actually go to a post […]
Best Practices for Protecting Client Information, According to the CFPB
New federal regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will apply to real estate lawyers. But they are also a pretty solid starting point for any lawyer or law firm. Here’s a summary of the best practices, compiled by Law Technology Today’s Pegeen Turner: Create and implement a written Privacy and Information Security Policy […]
How to Format an Appellate Brief
The complexity of appellate briefing requirements can make your head spin even before you try to translate them into a Word document. This comprehensive guide to building an appellate brief in Word will get you started.
Podcast #25: Five Things Deborah Savadra Thinks You Should Know About Microsoft Office
Deborah Savadra writes for Lawyerist as well as for her own blog, Legal Office Guru. She specializes in making Microsoft Office do what lawyers need it to do, and in today’s podcast she identifies the five things she thinks lawyers ought to know about Microsoft Office and explains why. But first, Sam and Aaron try to figure out to what lengths lawyers will go to avoid turning in their timesheets.
Luddite Lawyers Are Ethical Violations Waiting To Happen
Technological incompetence used to be merely a competitive disadvantage. Now, it is a potential ethics violation — or even legal malpractice. During my first year of law school, we were not allowed to do computerized research. Instead, we were taught to use the leather-bound reporters, Shepherds, and treatises. It was only during our second year […]
Office 2016 for Mac is (Finally) Available for Office 365 Subscribers
Office 2016 for Mac has been released for all Office 365 subscribers.
6 Alternatives to Evernote
Evernote has become a bit of a bloated mess over the years. Here are some alternatives to Evernote if you are feeling overwhelmed.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]