Excerpt: Finally, a tablet that can replace a laptop. Much as lawyers love their iPads – and they are great for surfing, e-mailing and presenting evidence in court – they are not true laptop replacements when it comes to business productivity. This is the next true war – consumer tablets have reached a saturation point and consumers are not replacing them as fast as manufacturers had hoped.
Excerpt: It is somewhat mind-boggling to realize that Facebook is only a decade old. Yet here we are, with more social media platforms than we can count. One sixth of the world’s population was on Facebook as of 2014. 74% of all online American adults use it. And yet, we have had very little concrete history in the courts – what opinions we have are often contradictory. Unless you’ve dealt with a particular judge, you may have no idea what kind of a ruling you are likely to get with respect to social media evidence.
For those running a business or law firm which is actively on multiple social media platforms, you may need to archive all that data for compliance reasons. And it goes without saying that your data will be subject to discovery. In real life, many companies are not archiving, regulations notwithstanding. And few firms understand that their social media postings are subject to discovery until they receive a discovery request.
Excerpt: Here’s the rub: It is HARD to find legal tech presenters who are both engaging and have in-depth knowledge. We regularly see state bar associations and other legal education groups bemoan the difficulty of putting together compelling legal technology education.
It therefore occurred to us that we might share our own experience in organizing the Virginia State Bar’s TECHSHOW – a clear and ABA-approved doff of the cap to the Law Practice Division’s fabulously successful and entertaining/educational conference, ABA TECHSHOW®.
Excerpt: At least once a week we are reminded that law firms’ cybersecurity is at risk, and a newly discovered threat is The National Security Agency. After 9/11, many Americans embraced the Patriot Act, numb from the tragedy and justifiably concerned about terrorist plots on American soil. After some time, most folks became complacent and more or less bought the government’s reassurance that federal surveillance involved primarily foreigners and that the Feds were not snooping on the activities of ordinary Americans.
That proved wrong in a big way. Courtesy of Edward Snowden (like him or hate him, he exposed a lot of illegal and unconstitutional activities), we have learned that the U.S. is closer to the “Big Brother” state of George Orwell’s 1984 than we ever thought possible. So, what do we know now and what are the implications for lawyers?
Excerpt: You’ve probably heard about the T-shaped lawyer. The origin of the term was the “T-shaped person” – a reference which first appeared in a 1991 London newspaper article on the subject of computing jobs. The premise is that a T-shaped person has a depth of knowledge in one discipline (this is the vertical stroke of the T) as well as a breadth of knowledge across multiple disciplines that allows for collaboration and innovation (the horizontal stroke of the T).
C-suite executives talk with enthusiasm about seeking T-shaped employees who can successfully collaborate and innovate with our rapidly changing times.
Excerpt: Branded searches account for 38% of all searches for law firm websites. In other words, they already know your firm, someone in it or some other aspect of its brand. Any competent SEO provider should be able to get you traffic for branded search.
But 62% of searches are non-branded. This is where the fight for results gets bloody. Most lawyers suffer from the misconception that “head-term phrases” (such as divorce attorney Los Angeles) is key to success and they waste a lot of money trying to get those phrases to come up on the search engine results (SERPs).
To read this entire article click on Search Engine Optimization.
Excerpt: We do a lot of CLE presentations for lawyers and one of the legal technology weaknesses that lawyers lament is that they know only a few of the basic functions of Adobe Acrobat. If you feel that you ought to know much more about Acrobat than you currently do, you’ll benefit greatly from reading Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers by Ernie Svenson.
To read this entire article click on Adobe Acrobat.
Excerpt: We know and respect author Jennifer Ellis who has created excellent websites for law firms, lectures regularly on that topic, and also knows a great deal about search engine optimization. So we were delighted to read her new book, WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers. We use Typepad for our blogs but are considering moving to WordPress. If you think your firm might be interested in using WordPress, this is the book for you.
To read this entire article click on WordPress In One Hour For Lawyers.
Excerpt: “Bitcoins are digital currency – and yes, lawyers are beginning to accept them from clients. They are also known as virtual currency or cryptocurrency since cryptography is used to control the creation and transfer of bitcoins. They use peer-to-peer technology with no central authority or banks. The issuance of bitcoins and the managing of transactions are carried out collectively by the network. The system was introduced as open source software in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. For you trivia buffs, the capitalized Bitcoin refers to the technology and network and the lower case “bitcoin” refers to the actual digital currency.”
To read this entire article click on Bitcoins.
Excerpt: Remember the childhood game of chasing all of your friends in an attempt to merely lay a finger on them so they could assume the role of the “it” person? It doesn’t feel much different these days when dealing with technology. There are a ton of “bad guys” trying to compromise your technology for a variety of reasons. Once your computer is infected it may be a long time before you are even aware of the compromise.
To read this entire article click on A Scary Mask.