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In TechNews we share stories that pique our interest.

Here is where we share the stuff and stories that interest us as providers of audio and video digital court reporting and transcription services.

We’re always keeping an eye out for innovations that benefit us all.

Whether networking, partnering, or communicating, our primary interest is bringing the very best of technology to the practice of law.

As we continue to grow our business, TechNews is where we share the latest trends, ideas and cultural game changers with you, our customers.

Think of TechNews as news-you-can-use.

Are you a blogger with a tech focus, either writing about new products or about the impact of technology on the practice of law? Then send us a link to your site.

It’ll be a cold day in hell (or is it HAL 9000?)

Lawyer and tech blogger Sam Glover ushers in the cool days and cooler nights of autumn by giving a talk at the ‘way cool’ Chicago’s Clio Cloud Conference “where forward thinking lawyers and cloud technology converge.”

Glover’s chat at Clio reminded us of his blog post on September 24, 2013 when he asked “Will Computers Become Better Lawyers than Humans?

According to Glover’s bio at Lawyerist, “When he isn’t blogging or lawyering, Sam likes to go winter camping.”

Maybe the chilling thought of a nation of laws and not men, supplanted by a nation of computers and not lawyers, came to Glover in a bad dream after a late night camp meal of trail mix and pepperoni, but as Britain’s comic duo David Walliams and Matt Lucas show, ‘Deep Thought’ and ‘Deep Blue are no match for common sense, and even if IBM’s ‘Watson’ can outplay a human on a game show, it’s still elementary “dear Watson” that humankind is a firewall against world domination by HAL.

On the other hand, we’re not about to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

We like Sam Glover, and we trust his opinion when it comes to the dollars and cents of getting the most bang-for-your-buck in putting together a solo practice legal tech shopping list.

Lawyerist’s recommendations for hardware, software, and accessories– with links to all of Glover’s scanner, laptop, software, and product review is definitely worth a look.

Taking the travail out of business travel

With four legal blogs, a leadership role at MyCase.com (a cloud-based law management platform), and a go-to expert in demand at conferences on the intersection of law and technology, Nicole Black knows the pain of business travel.

From a light-weight lap top, to a good deal in magazine subscriptions, here are some tips to keep you carrying-on with your carry-on.

And from her Sui Generis blog, Black sums up some key data from the ABA’s 2014 Legal Technology Survey.                
Choose the Right Tools for Client Communication
“The price of videoconferencing technology has dropped substantially,” write attorneys Wells Anderson and Seth Rowland, and videoconferencing is just one example of how “the expectation of your clients has grown for greater interactivity, faster response time, and more involvement in their legal matters.”

Both Anderson and Rowland have received ‘Consultant of the Year’ awards from TechnoLawyer.

The Apps of Summer

North Carolina attorney Brian Focht created The Cyber Advocate “to help attorneys learn about, understand, and make full use of new tools and their technologies in their practice.”

Focht’s occasional blog posts on ‘Best New Apps for Lawyers’ prove him a consummate techie (and all around good-guy) happy to share his experiences with the good, the bad, and the ugly of the small, self-contained software that we all too often load onto our smart phones at our own peril.

You can also check out his live blog from this week’s Clio Cloud Conference.

Technos Fugit (Our shameless self-promotion)

Attorney Mark Cox waxes nostalgic for the day when in a small town in Kentucky… when preparing to stand up for voir dire… I noticed there was no court reporter present.”

Surprise!

“I was told that a transcript could be accurately completed upon request, by the court reporter simply viewing the videotape which, of course, contained all of the audio. After the successful conclusion of the trial, I was given DVD’s of all 10 days of trial.”

Bonus!

I want Kandy!

Chicago-based freelance writer and copy editor Kandy Hopkins specializes in legal and healthcare topics.

A former blogger for the then Thomas-Reuters affiliated Hildebrandt Blog, her interest in legal technology and law practice management brings her to our attention.

Her occasional trends posts on ‘The Friday Five’ column at the Attorney at Work Blog are true to the blog’s mission “to give you everything you need to create a law practice and a life you can love.”

This is our favorite law technology post ever.


In TechNews we share stories that pique our interest. Here is where we share the stuff and stories that interest us as providers of audio and video digital court reporting and transcription services.

We’re always keeping an eye out for innovations that benefit us all.

Whether networking, partnering, or communicating, our primary interest is bringing the very best of technology to the practice of law.

As we continue to grow our business, TechNews is where we share the latest trends, ideas and cultural game changers with you, our customers.

Think of TechNews as news-you-can-use.

Are you a blogger with a tech focus, either writing about new products or about the impact of technology on the practice of law? Then send us a link to your site.

With this, our fourth issue of Amicus Advocati, we direct you to our Google+ page, where we’ve gathered together tech content since issue three.

This summer we’ll return to TechNews as our place to gather together the latest information on new products for the legal profession as we make our Google+ page the place to read legal news from across the United States.


In TechNews we share stories that pique our interest.

Here is where we share the stuff and stories that interest us as providers of audio and video digital court reporting and transcription services. We’re always keeping an eye out for innovations that benefit us all.

Whether networking, partnering, or communicating, our primary interest is bringing the very best of technology to the practice of law.

As we continue to grow our business, TechNews is where we share the latest trends, ideas and cultural game changers with you, our customers.

Think of TechNews as news-you-can-use.

Are you a blogger with a tech focus, either writing about new products or about the impact of technology on the practice of law? Then send us a link to your site.

We also welcome your recommendations for technology news to share with our readers.

Prest-O Change-O!

Acrolaw blogger Rick Borstein offers-up a nifty how-to on removing detritus like staple marks, fax headers, and punch-hole marks in a scanned document.

Seek and ye shall find.

Law marketing blogger Larry Bodine stresses the importance of your online presence in “today’s digital age”.

Make some time for time management.

Jim Calloway’s expertise on legal technology is familiar to anyone who reads Law Practice Management and Legal Technology News (and if you don’t read them, you should). In a recent Digital Edge podcast, Calloway, his colleague Sharon Nelson, and consultant Meg Spencer Dixon discuss time management for lawyers.


In TechNews we share stories that pique our interest.

Here is where we share the stuff and stories that interest us as providers of audio and video digital court reporting and transcription services. We’re always keeping an eye out for innovations that benefit us all.

Whether networking, partnering, or communicating, our primary interest is bringing the very best of technology to the practice of law. As we continue to grow our business, TechNews is where we share the latest trends, ideas and cultural game changers with you, our customers.

Think of TechNews as news-you-can-use.

Are you a blogger with a tech focus, either writing about new products or about the impact of technology on the practice of law? Then send us a link to your site. We also welcome your recommendations for technology news to share with our readers.

Bāb-Ē talk, or Data? I just meta

From the land down under, blogger Kylie Petersen helps lawyers confront “the tyranny of technological language.” Her cheat sheet of E-discovery terms is a good primer in the most basic E-discovery language. 

I Really Don’t Know Clouds at All

From the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, a webinar on cloud computing, and a review of software for the immigration practitioner courtesy of the ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division.

And once you’re up in the clouds, a how-to on sitting straight and flying right from Microsoft on ergonomics and healthy computing, where you can get a refresher and some new info on products that can help you sit for less (stress). 

The Legal iPad (made simple)

“For many lawyers” writes Tom Mighell, “the iPad has replaced the traditional legal pad, both in and out of the courtroom.” Mighell’s popular book is out in a second edition.

Mal Prevent

Your laptop and desktop PC are the tools of the trade in the 21st century, but most of us still don’t trust our tech savvy in performing the simplest maintenance tasks. PC World’s Eric Geier offers-up a how-to to fight pesky malware and “clean and secure your browser like a pro.” 


In TechNews we share links to stories that pique our interest.

Here is where we share the stuff and stories that interest us as providers of audio and video digital court reporting and transcription services. We’re always keeping an eye out for innovations that benefit us all.

Whether networking, partnering, or communicating, our primary interest is bringing the very best of technology to the practice of law. As we continue to grow our business, TechNews is where we share the latest trends, ideas and cultural game changers with you, our customers.

Think of TechNews as news-you-can-use.

Are you a blogger with a tech focus, either writing about new products or about the impact of technology on the practice of law? Then send us a link to your site. We also welcome your recommendations for techology news to share with our readers.

High (tide) and Dry

While Futurelawyer Rick George’s headline: “protect your smartphone from the toilet” might be a bit put-offish, his link to blogger Chuong Nguyen’s short list of the best waterproof smart phones currently on the market is worth reading.  

“You like me!”

The staying power of actress Sally Field’s proclamation during her acceptance speech at the 1984 Academy Awards for her role in Places in the Heart is what comes to mind when we read blogger Stephen Fairley’s advice on the power of social media. “Everyone wants to be liked…but for business users on Facebook, getting liked is critical to creating real engagement with prospects. This infographic by online marketing firm KISSmetrics walks you through the steps you should take to get more likes on Facebook.”

Freedom of tweet shall not be abridged…

is the take-away from Rosario v. Clark County School District when a Nevada court ruled that the plaintiff, a high school student, was wrongfully suspended from school under a cyberbullying statute. Did young Mr. Rosario tweet racist, violent, and hateful things? Yep. Does tweeting racist, violent, and hateful things while having dinner with his family at a restaurant fall under the cyberbullying statute? Nope.

Intellectual property attorney and social media commentator Venkat Balasubramani gives a thought-provoking summary of students, speech, and privacy.

Fee-fi-fo-fum…

could Twitter be a smoking gun? Attorney Daniel Cummins and Legal Intelligencer reporter Ben Present discuss Twitter, the “sleeping Discovery giant,” part of the Intelligencer’s online Social Media Law Center. Our source for this link is Florida criminal lawyer David Edelstein.  

All that and “a bag of peanuts please.”

We all know the stereotype: the gruff but kindly uncle in the golden years of life, with not much left to him but memories. A Boston-based criminal lawyer – Samuel Goldberg – is our source for this family story, so no surprise that the uncle is James “Whitey” Bulger and the family member is his nephew William Bulger, Jr., son of former Massachusetts Senate President and President of the University of Massachusetts Billy Bulger. We are grateful to Goldberg not only for giving us his take on the recording of Bulger’s conversation with visitors at the Plymouth County House of Correction, but also for a link that brings us to his source, The Boston Herald (our guilty pleasure). It’s almost hard to believe that the chuckling story-teller recorded here is stands accused of 19 murders. Almost.  

Texting from the bench…

is most definitely not a good thing as blogger Scott Henson brings to our attention in the case concerning Polk County (Texas) Judge Elizabeth Coker, who not only did something “very unethical” but seemingly pretty stupid since text messages from the bench to the prosecutor are pretty easy to document and trace.  

A crowdsource of your peers?

From age discrimination cases to criminal assault to intellectual property infringement, courts are relying on unexpected sources as this blog post on the website Urban Dictionary explains.

Are we really friends? And who’ll be the judge of that?

Attorney Venkat Balasubramani follows up one of his earlier blog entries on the failure to overturn jury verdicts based on undisclosed “social media relationships between jurors and witnesses or parties” with a discussion of two cases where judges and Facebook friends have been the issue.

Talking the talk

Billing itself as “All the legal technology and practice management news that’s fit to blog,” TechnoLawyer is our source for blogger Leo Widrich’s take on the psychology of language. 


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