Posts tagged: technology

Social Media Policies: The Impact On Your Practice

With the rapid rise in the use of social media both professionally and personally, the challenges become huge to preserve possible evidence. From text
messages on individual cell phones, to videos on YouTube, to  READ MORE

 

Upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft has cleverly delivered pop-up invitations for free upgrades to Windows 10.  Should you take advantage and become an early adopter?  In my usual pragmatic manner, I advise against it unless you want to unwittingly become an early debugger too.

Let the big firms with in-house tech support go through the pain first.  They can afford to smooth all the wrinkles and support users through the bumpy ride.  Wait until at least the first service pack comes out.  And following that, the software gets “good reports” regarding the results of the service pack installation.  Then and only then should you install.

My colleague, Jennifer Ellis, is much more analytical in her approach.  In her blog postShould You Upgrade to Windows 10?” she spells out the specific considerations to take into account for each end-user and firm.  Give it a read, to help you decide.

As always, I will post to the blog when I think the time has arrived to safely install Windows 10 for the majority of users who read my blog.  If you go back into my historical archives of past blog posts, you’ll see that I never recommended installation of Windows Vista.  As time passed it became apparent that it was never going to be a decent operating system.  I suggested keeping XP going until the next generation (Windows 7) was released, and upgraded at least once.  It turned out to be the right move.  I also recommended the same with Windows 8.  So stay tuned.  I won’t steer you wrong.

 

Upcoming Seminar Presentations

I have quite a few CLE seminar presentations scheduled for May & June.  If you’re going to be in the area, you might want to register for the CLE credits.  I promise you will be both educated and entertained 🙂 !

Allegheny County Bar Association Institute for Gender Equality
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Client Service and Marketing for Women Attorneys Within Ethical Boundaries
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (registration 8:00 a.m.)
Register online at www.ACBA.org

Beaver County Bar Association
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Technology Tools to Level the Playing Field for Solo & Small Firm Attorneys
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception
Contact the Bar Association for additional details.

Erie County Bar Association
Friday, May 17, 2013
Social Media:  Part of Today’s Client Development and Retention Toolkit
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
The Art & Science of Setting and Raising Rates
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Survival 101:  Emergency Planning for Your Law Practice
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Register here.

I am also pleased to be returning to Maryland this year to present at the Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting on Friday, June 14, 2013.  The event is being held at the fabulous Clarion Resort Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD.   What a great location for June.

Get a Grip! Effectively and Efficiently Administering Your Practice While Making the Most of Your Time
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
50 Finance Tips in 60 Minutes
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

If we’ve never had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face, please be sure to stop by after the presentation to introduce yourself!

 

 

 

ABA TechShow – Ready and Waiting

The American Bar Association’s TechShow is THE place to be if you want to get up to speed on the latest gizmos,  trends and technologies deployed by law firms.  I look forward to it each year.

I arose early this morning after a scant 1.5 hours of sleep — trying to clean up client work before departure — to make my way to Philly airport to catch a flight to Chicago. My suitcase came in at 48.5 lbs out of an allowable 50 lbs before a hefty $$ penalty applies.  So much for my usual practice of grabbing all the vendor “swag” I can fit into my suitcase.

 The windy city has not disappointed thus far.  Sunny, crisp breeze, moderate temperature, and a lovely room at the Hilton on Michigan Avenue.  Enroute from airport to  hotel, I had a delightful cab ride with a Nigerian driver who spoke beautiful English.  The accent is surprisingly similar to Jamaican.  Turns out he has his Masters in Psychology from St. Joseph’s in my neck of the woods, but couldn’t get the job he wanted, and wasn’t earning a decent wage with what he could get.  So he decided to drive cabs instead, and relocated to where he could earn the best money doing it.  He is working hard to earn enough to bring over his wife and baby daughter,  He couldn’t wait to show me pictures.  Maybe it was a ploy to increase his tip, who knows, but it was a great chat nonetheless.

So I’m unpacked, and awaiting the start of my annual update on everything related to law firm technology.  I’m especially looking forward to sessions on mobile apps, courtroom technology, Windows 8, security,  and more.    Some people come to the show to get a break from the office.  They spend as much or more time with local entertainment as they do in class.  Not me.  I take my educational opportunities very seriously.  There won’t be a timeslot that doesn’t have me in a class.  Class-free  breaks will have me going from booth to booth in the extensive exhibit hall, to see first-hand what’s new, and familiarize myself with vendors new to the marketplace.

This year my stay is much more comfortable thanks all my personal tech.  Let’s start with my high quality and very small pop-up  portable stereo speaker, all the great tunes I put on my iPhone, the multi-plug electrical cord I brought which makes it possible to plug everything in conveniently right on the night table.  No more taking turns in charging iPhone and iPad.  No more running across the room when the phone rings while being charged.    And I can leave my laptop in the room, and just carry my itty-bitty iPad around, using the convenient app to review handouts, make notes in sessions using the portable Bluetooth keyboard, keep track of which sessions I intend to attend, and even locate the next classroom on the map.

Stay tuned.  It’s going to be an exciting week.

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