Says Kevin O'Keefe: "Though Google Plus is still in its infancy, I suggest you try it out. Google Plus is here to stay and some of the people you'll want to network with as a lawyer are going to be using Google Plus."
O'Keefe's comment comes at the end of a long post in which he gives his "first impressions" of Google Plus. Follow the link and read the whole thing.
In "Six Reasons to Love the Cloud," Lee Rosen writes, "We’ve moved our case management system, document management system, accounting system, e-mail, and phones right up there to the puffy white space floating above."
Rosen lists six advantages of cloud computing, including better security, data availability, and quick laptop replacement.
In "Matthew Butterick on 'Little Big Firms'," Ernest Svenson interviews Matthew Butterick about the ways "small firms can do many things better than larger firms, if they use technology intelligently."
Topics covered include marketing, websites, blogging, paperless offices, email services, and large LCD computer screens.
A picture can be worth a thousand words. A picture that you use with a witness to exactly identify where he says something took place can be much more valuable than that when you later want to impeach the witness at trial, showing that the events could not possibly have unfolded as he previously testified. Thanks to the iPad, you have the tools to create a photograph with markings right there in the deposition, which may end up being the reason that you win your case.
Read the full post for a step-by-step method of using and marking maps and locations using an iPad during a deposition.
Confession: Although I know plenty about lawyers and their shiny new gadgets, I don't have an iPad myself. When I tried one out at Best Buy, it just seemed too heavy and hard to handle, especially when I'm used to reading from my iPhone for hours at a time. I'll probably change my mind eventually (and this cover with a handstrap might mean sooner rather than later). For now, though, no.
Meanwhile, there's been lots of discussion about the ways lawyers can use iPads. Here are a few sources for your consideration:
In my office is a telephone. My receptionist also has one, and so does my secretary. So do the 3 other lawyers in my office and the other support staff. This is how clients normally reach me. In a very non-techy way, my clients, mostly lawyers, law students, and alleged criminals, like to be pretty traditional and come to my office and meet with me. They’re not real big on video conferencing, email, or Starbucks.
There's more about the good-old-days of legal tech in the full post.
If you are like me and still dealing with attorneys who insist on using a fax machine, go to a virtual fax service. You will never regret the move. It’s as close to moving your communications to email as you are likely to get in today’s legal world.
I concur. I've been using MyFax for years and have never had a problem. When someone sends me a fax, it shows up in my email inbox, which is great when I'm not in the office or out of town.