Law Technology News

I occasionally write for Law Technology News, an American Lawyer Media publication for which I have been on the editorial advisory board.

Avoid Panic on Planes, BYO Chargers for iOS and Android

Avoid Panic on Planes, BYO Chargers for iOS and Android

[Originally appeared on Lawtechnologynews.com , June 12, 2014] If you find yourself casing every room you enter for the nearest power outlet so you can charge your phone, you're now in luck. Better batteries and innovations in cords  make staying ...

Competitors or Frenemies?

[This originally appeared at Law Technology News , June 17, 2014.  It was written for the Legaltech(r) West conference on June 24, 2014, for a session focused on small firms.  The text has been modified to embed the footnotes as hyperlinks and make o...

Renovating the Law: Reality v. Wish List

[This article originally appeared on Law Technology News , February 24, 2014] Talk of change in the legal profession is a hot topic. The back-to-back conferences this month in New York—LegalTech New York , LexRedux and ReInvent Law —all addressed par...

A Cloud View for LegalTech NY

[This article originally appeared on Law Technology News, February 4, 2014 ] Mobile apps are enhancing lawyer productivity and new tools are emerging to manage and integrate cloud services with existing Web-based legal technology. Cloud adoption...

Marketing Without Software Boundaries

[This article originally appeared at Law Technology News , January 3, 2013.  I've tweaked the title from the original because I wished I'd done it before it went live!] Open source tools can help law firm marketing, intelligence teams monitor topics ...

Lock Before You Load

[This originally appeared at Law Technology News, December 20, 2013 ] Cloud computing is getting a bit of a buffeting with the disclosures about how government agencies are attacking encrypted services. It's not that we didn't know they were probably...

Crowdsourcing Legal Information: Fad or Change Agent

[This article originally appeared on Law Technology News, October 22, 2013 ] The wisdom of the masses may not be worth much, but publishers seem to be taking into account the wisdom of experts. The impact web-based options have on legal publishing ...

Open Source File Storage and Synchronization for Law Firms

[This article originally appeared on Law Technology News, October 17, 2013 ] The cloud presents challenges to lawyers who want to take advantages of the tools without risking their professional responsibilities. In most cases, law firms can adopt...

A Quick Orientation to Cloud Search

[This article originally appeared on Law Technology News, October 16, 2013 ] Search is an integral tool for law practice. We use search every day to find information, whether it is with Google on the web, our legal research subscription, or looking...

Book Review: David and Goliath

[This review originally appeared at Law Technology News , October 7, 2013  ] You can have too much of a good thing — and that which does not kill us makes us stronger. That's the essence of Malcolm Gladwell's latest book,  David and Goliath: Under...
Don't Let Web Encryption Control You

Don't Let Web Encryption Control You

[originally published on Law.com , October 13, 2011] Secure internet communications should be the goal of every lawyer worried about keeping information confidential. Then reality sets in: If the system you are using doesn't support encryption, you...

Getting to S: Securing Lawyer Online Activities

[originally posted at Slaw.ca , September 15, 2010] The availability of secured connections and applications on the Web means potentially safer online law practices. Opt for using secure connections and develop a habit that can limit exposure of your...

Expect the Unexpected

[originally published in Law Technology News, September 1, 2002 ] The Boys Scouts motto is "Be Prepared," and there are many reasons why businesses should take this to heart. Law firms in particular need to be mindful of the susceptibility of their...

Unwiring Your Office and Home

[originally published in Law Technology News, March 1, 2003 ] The dust has finally settling in the debate over which standard will rule the wireless world, and the outcome will provide more options than ever before to the growing number of businesses...

Glum Times for Electronic Billing?

[originally published on Law.com, October 15, 2004 .  Also published in Law Technology News as The Benefits and Costs of Electronic Billing and in the New Jersey Law Journal as Electronic Billing:  Glum Times for E-invoices?] The LawNet 2004 E-billing S...

Perk Up Payroll and Bennies Online

[originally published on Law.com, April 6, 2005 .  First published in Law Technology News as Automating Benefits and Payroll Services. ] Administration of benefits may be a simple process, yet, without automation, it can be an expensively slow process. ...
Blend Your Legal Research

Blend Your Legal Research

[originally published on Law.com, July 25, 2005 . ] Cost-saving services complement West and LexisNexis Thomson Corp.'s Westlaw and LexisNexis' research services both offer indispensable tools and resources for any legal researcher. For a long time,...

Legal Research? Take it to Court

[originally published on Law.com, July 12, 2006 .  Also published in Law Technology News as Opinions Online. ] Court-sponsored Web sites are not, typically, a lawyer's first stop for an opinion, but that may change. There have been substantial developments ...

How Small Firms Can Upgrade Hardware While Keeping Costs Down

[originally published March 7, 2007, in Law Technology News as Buying Blunders. ] Small firms may not have the buying power of larger practices, but they have a number of tools and resources available to improve this fundamental business activity. Here...

Get the Straight Feed

[originally published on Law.com, February 4, 2008 .  Also published in Law Technology News as  RSS Feeds Can Help Attorneys Track Their Clients and Cases, and in the Connecticut Law Tribune and New Jersey Law Journal as  Stay Informed:  It's Really Rath...

If It Goes Walking, Encrypt It

[originally appeared on Law.com, February 2, 2009 .  Published in Law Technology News as Slip Sliding Away, and in the New Jersey Law Journal as  Encryption Protects Your Mobile Data ] Laptops, USB drives, smartphones, and PDAs all need you to keep the...

Lost in Time

[originally published on Law.com, October 1, 2009 ] The old challenge to "work smarter, not harder" can be hard when you are on a treadmill of activity. How do you slow down enough to make necessary changes? Unlike stopwatch programs that have been...

Rethink Open Source

[originally published on Law.com, April 1, 2010 ] Large firms may be surprised to find viable options. Content management encompasses not just storing information and making it available, but managing the workflow process. Proprietary products are common...
Web Watch:  Dowsing for Gold

Web Watch: Dowsing for Gold

[originally published on Law.com, May 1, 2010 ] Search tools help users divine useful information from the white noise of social media. Social networking implies give and take. Marketing gurus can teach you how to give with social media and tools. You...

Book Review: When Gadgets Betray Us (Robert Vamosi)

[originally published on Law.com, May 26, 2011 ] Robert Vamosi wants us to think about how systems we rely on for creating business value may have downsides in his book "When Gadgets Betray Us." Imagine yourself sitting in a coffee shop, your Apple...

Flip Your Legal Research 360º

[originally appeared on Law.com June 1, 2011 ] Is it time to switch your priorities to maximize benefits of tools? It's no secret  that law firms face increasing pressure to eliminate legal research charges from client bills — and that firms, facing esc...

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