Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jeff Taylor, Catherine Sanders Reach, Craig Bayer, and John Simek, speakers at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Jeff, Catherine, and Craig talk about using Mac, PC, and Android devices and how to keep them in sync. John identifies the privacy dangers for lawyers’ mobile devices on public networks and what to do to help prevent breaches of confidential client information. Topics include:
Cloud-based agnostic apps
Security and password managers
Google apps and Microsoft 365
The best web browser for multiple devices
A paperless practice
Jeff Taylor is a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City and writes the Droid Lawyer Blog.
Catherine Sanders Reach is the director of law practice management and technology for the Chicago Bar Association.
Craig Bayer is a legal technology consultant in Louisiana. He installs software for law firms.
John Simek is the vice president of Sensei Enterprises where they do digital forensics, information security, and information technology. He is also the host of the Digital Detectives podcast on Legal Talk Network.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti and New Solo host Adriana Linares conduct separate interviews with Ivan Hemmans, Barron Henley, and Dan Pinnington about their speeches on using Microsoft Office properly in your law firm. Hemmans focuses on the basics of Outlook, Ribbon, Calendar, and Search. Henley talks about how to save time utilizing advanced features in Word while Dan Pinnington gives tips on how to save time and be more efficient in your law practice using Excel.
Ivan Hemmans is the Manager of Technology Development and Communications at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Barron Henley is a lawyer and partner with Affinity Consulting Group and often speaks on law practice management and technology.
Dan Pinnington is the vice president of claims prevention and stakeholder relations at the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) in Canada.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Debbie Foster, a technology consultant for lawyers, about the practice management track at the ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Foster discusses using technology to make regular processes for your law firm that eliminate waste and mistakes. Debbie Foster is the managing partner of Affinity Consulting Group’s Tampa Bay office and is an active member of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section.
In 2013, the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) launched a statewide e-filing portal for civil, criminal, and Florida Supreme Court cases. As usually happens with technological changes, many legal professionals were caught off guard. Navigating drop-down menus and searching for the right documents can be very confusing. So what are some things Florida lawyers can do to make using the portal easier?
In this episode of The Florida Bar Podcast, Adriana Linares interviews Carolyn Weber, program manager for the design and implementation of the portal, and Tom Hall, lawyer and consultant to the FCCC. Together, they discuss the major issues lawyers have with the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal and tips on document requirements. Weber mentions the main subjects called in to support staff and suggests that lawyers watch the various YouTube videos that explain each page of the portal. Hall explains that attorneys, in fact, should give their documents generic names (most attorneys prefer to be specific). Listen to the end to learn about removing metadata properly or potentially revealing attorney-client privilege information.
Carolyn Weber has designed, developed, and implemented automated document production programs, electronic case filing, and case management systems for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida and the Orange County Clerk of Courts. In 2013, she joined the FCCC in November 2012 as Program Manager to help in the design and implementation of the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal.
Tom Hall is an appellate attorney with The Mills Firm in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also President of TLH Consulting Group and he currently serves as a consultant to the FCCC providing non-legal advice to the Portal Authority Board. Hall serves as vice chair of the Technology Committee of The Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 Commission.
ABA TECHSHOW 2015 was recently held in Chicago from April 16th through the 18th. This popular legal technology conference featured presentations about a paperless office, the iPad, security, marketing, the cloud, Microsoft Office, and much more. At ABA TECHSHOW, Dennis and Tom presented, hosted and participated in podcasts, attended sessions and events, toured the exhibit floor, and socialized, all in order to bring you the information you need to get up-to-date on what’s happening in legal technology. As always, they are happy to make this kind of sacrifice to help their audience.
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell reflect on their experiences at ABA TECHSHOW 2015, share notes on legal technology trends and products, and have the aftershow discussion that they didn’t have time to have at the conference. In a general overview, Kennedy discussed spending time at the concierge desk and catching up with old connections. Mighell commented on how the conference is about building relationships, gaining outstanding technology education, and interacting personally with vendors. The hosts also discuss top highlights from ABA TECHSHOW, new products that excited them (pay attention for Legaler, Zola, and others), and the Appathon hosted by the ABA Legal Technology Research Center (LTRC). Finally, Kennedy and Mighell analyze whether similar conferences are still relevant as and how ABA TECHSHOW might be adapted to a global legal community in the future.
In the second part of the podcast, Kennedy and Mighell ponder why lawyers are so hesitant to purchase even the most reasonably priced apps. Apps like Trialpad might cost $89.99, but they are well worth the price and cheaper than desktop alternatives. However, lawyers seem to complain about even paying $.99 for an app that can provide them with much more than the free option. What is the mentality behind these purchases? As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.
Beer for Bloggers is a cooperative social event in its 8th year at ABA TECHSHOW between the ABA Journal and LexBlog, which celebrates law blogging and law bloggers. Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with 20 blogging lawyers to highlight their blog(s) in 60 seconds or less.
Below is a comprehensive list of the blogs mentioned, where to find them, their main topics, and the authors’ Twitter handles.
AvoidAClaim Blog – Helps lawyers avoid claims. Latest legal frauds. Slaw – #1 Canadian legal blog with articles from lawyers all over Canada. Dan Pinnington @DanPinnington
Above the Law – Legal industry gossip about biglaw, government jobs, small practices, and anything else newsworthy in law. AssociatesMind – Longest running professional development site for new lawyers. Keith Lee @associatesmind
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Digital Detectives and The Digital Edge host Sharon Nelson, Digital Detectives host John Simek, The Kennedy-Mighell Report host Dennis Kennedy, and ABA Journal: Asked and Answered host Stephanie Francis Ward at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. Each host briefly explains the topics discussed in their podcast and discusses preparation for and excitement about the conference. Learn more about the background of these tech-savvy hosts and whether their podcasts might peak your interest.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews three presenters from the “How-To…” Track of the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. Philippe Doyle Gray discusses how lawyers can use Evernote as a digital extension of their memories to increase efficiency and space for critical thinking. Samantha Meinke talks about taking control of a law firm or lawyer’s online reputation by claiming and optimizing your Yelp profile. Cody Heinz emphasizes the increasing importance of having a website that is mobile friendly or easy to read and understand on a cell phone or tablet. All three experts give a brief explanation of their presentation, how much time they spent preparing, and how lawyers who are listening can find out more.
Philippe Doyle Gray is a barrister from Sydney, Australia, practicing civil law for document intensive commercial disputes involving fraud. He was recently elected to be a member of the Law Practice Division council and at ABA TECHSHOW, he spoke about about Evernote software in a session titled “How to Never Forget Anything – Incorporating Evernote Into Your Practice.”
Samantha Meinke is the communications manager for the State Bar of Michigan. She is a marketing specialist who teaches lawyers how to market their law firms and legal programs. Her presentation was titled “Clients are Yelping You – How to Use Yelp to Market Your Law Firm.”
Cody Hinze is a front-end website engineer and developer in Lansing, Michigan. He also teaches professionals how to develop websites with a user-experience design.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews attorney Randy Juip about his three presentations at the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. Juip presented in the Litigation Track, the Mac Track, and as a part of “60 Tips in 60 Minutes” during the General Session. On the podcast, he shares a couple of tips about best tool use and how to keep busy if you’re bored with no wifi.
Randy Juip is an attorney from Detroit, Michigan, where he practices general complex civil defense for physicians, hospitals, and physicians groups. He is a very active trial lawyer, trying 70 trial cases over his career. He is a technology enthusiast and he loves the ABA TECHSHOW.
Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judge Herbert Dixon, Jonathan Lomurro, and Bjorn Christensen, who spoke on the iPad Track during 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. During the track, presenters explained how to input documents, work with them, manipulate them, and then create a presentation, all on an iPad. Judge Dixon, Lomurro, and Christensen each discuss their favorite iPad features and apps for trial lawyers and analyze the growing influence of the iPad as a laptop-replacement tool.
Judge Herbert Dixon has been a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for 30 years, where he helps develop the technology-enhanced courtrooms. He is a former member of the ABA TECHSHOW Board and writes a technology column for the Judge’s Journal. With a keen interest in technology, he often finds himself involved in issues related to law and technology.
Jonathan Lomurro is a plaintiff, personal injury, and medical malpractice attorney from New Jersey. His love of technology has led him to lecture and write on it for many years.
Bjorn Christensen, a practicing lawyer from Manitoba, Canada, has gained such an interest in practice management that he advises many other local attorneys. As he says, “Technology is practice now. If you want to do practice management advice, you have to know technology.”