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It Ain’t Easy Being Green…Or Is It?

The amount of paperwork lawyers see on a daily basis would make any environmentalist weep for the future of our forests. I share in environmental concerns, I try to do my part to be green, but when it comes to the practice of law, I often feel like I don’t have much choice. I hear of “paperless offices” but have ...

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Breaking the Barriers to Knowledge Sharing

Breaking the Barriers to Knowledge Sharing The beautiful thing about working in a law firm is that you have access to the collected wisdom of the lawyers and support staff of the firm. Their experience and advice are easily available to you, no matter who you are or where you sit within the organization. In theory, this is an accurate ...

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Bridging The Tech Chasm

Some things never cease to amaze me. Like the fact that lawyers, who want to be the best at everything they do, don’t seem to care if they are incompetent at technology. Sound extreme? I don’t think so. If they cared, they would actually be upset, or at least concerned, about the fact that they and their staffs don’t know ...

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Really Simple Substitutes for Google Reader

July 1st marks the beginning of July and the end of Google Reader. Many companies have wasted no time jumping on this opportunity to become the next go-to RSS reader. AOL, for one, has received a lot of attention for its launch of AOL Reader. An article from The Verge provides a good overview of this particular reader, claiming it offers ...

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Small Law Firm with Big Ideas on Technology!

Greetings from Dine Law, P.L. located in sunny Southwest Florida! We are a small law firm providing Elder Law services in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, and in October 2012, the members of the firm embarked on quite a journey together as we moved our entire practice (server, telephones, time-keeping, email and document management systems) into the cloud. And by members, ...

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iOS 7: Overview of New Features

Apple recently announced the features of the new iOS 7 operating system. As is true with most software updates, it aims to make the things you do every day “even easier, faster, and more enjoyable.” Here is an overview of some of the new features: Control Center: allowing for quick access to the controls and apps you need right away ...

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Tech Competence: Knowing What Matters

In August of 2012, the ABA House of Delegates voted on a series of amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct recommended by the Ethics 20/20 Commission. One of the most basic yet important changes came in the comments to Rule 1.1: Competence. As amended, the comment now states: [6] To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should ...

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Law Schools Teaching Law Practice Technology

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On the eLawyering Blog, Richard Granat has posted 13 Top Law Schools Teaching Law Practice Technology, an excellent starting point for learning what law schools are teaching students today about law practice technology. The list is part of an effort the ABA’s eLawyering Task Force is making to identify the law schools offering courses on the “intersection of internet technologies and ...

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When Technologists Nudge

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After endless hours of analysis and planning, we thought we had created an extremely fine piece of technology for the lawyers of the firm. And then we launched the application, only to discover that the lawyers didn’t agree with our assessment of the tool. It was, to put it mildly, disappointing. This experience is not unique to our team, and ...

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The Importance of Listening

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Sometimes a convergence of ideas, none of which relates to law firm management, provides food for thought about how law firms (and other businesses) operate. That’s the case with this post, whose theme is the importance of listening, and how avoiding a dictatorship can help your firm grow. Let me provide four examples. First, there is my local florist. The ...

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