All the Tech Tips You’ll Ever Need

Well… that may be a bit of a stretch, but this is still a goodie.

If you enjoy the ABA TECHSHOW format of 60 TechTips in 60 Minutes, you will certainly appreciate the lead-off presentation from this year’s inaugural Oregon State Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference.

Featuring Paul Unger and Barron Henley, “60 Legal Tech Tips, Gadgets, Apps and Websites” was a technology whirlwind.  I can honestly say I’ve saved the best post for last.  [If you missed out on prior posts, just time travel back to July 13 to see the beginning and work your way forward.]

Here are a few of the jewels Paul and Barron shared:

For the complete compilation, see this post on Storify.

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Also see the related story featuring Barron’s tips on “Superior Methods for Drafting Complex Legal Documents.”

2016 ABA TECHSHOW Wrap Up – 10 Most Important Upgrades

On the heels of the 2016 ABA TECHSHOW, here is a roundup of the top 10 most important upgrades compiled by Jared Correia.  Most involve new features of established case management programs, but there were also important developments in lawyer referral (Avvo), job search resources (Evolve Law), and peer-driven security standards for cloud computing (LCCA).  If you are ever tempted to attend TECHSHOW, you’ll also find a link to an interactive map of where to eat/drink (Gyi’s ABA TECHSHOW Recommendations).

Jared’s Top 10 Upgrades List Includes:

  • Rocket Matter
  • VineSign
  • Smokeball
  • MyCase
  • Evolve Law
  • CosmoLex
  • Clio
  • Avvo
  • Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA)
  • Gyi’s ABA TECHSHOW Recommendations (food/drink)

Access the top 10 most important upgrades here.


Choosing Legal Billing Software

4-30-2013 1-49-03 PMShould time and billing be integrated with your practice management software?  Or are you better off with a stand-alone program?  Before deciding, do your homework.  Here are some useful links and posts:

Software Comparison Charts and Buying Guides

Time and Billing Software Comparison Chart – ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Buyer’s Guide to Legal Billing Software – Technolawyer

Billing and Practice Management Software Integration

Avoid Mistakes with Time, Billing and Accounting Software

System Considerations: Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Mobile Timekeeping, Auto Capture

Ten Things You Need to Know About Back-Office Systems – ABA GP/Solo

Options for Mac Lawyers

The Fine Art of Getting Paid on a Mac – ABA Law Practice TODAY

Best Practice Tips

Billing & Collections – ABA Law Practice TODAY

ABCs of Best Billing Practices – ABA Webinar

Finance: Timekeeping by the Numbers – ABA Law Practice Magazine

Expert Tech Training – Quick!

Last week I had the privilege of attending the 2010 Annual ABA Meeting in San Francisco.  The speakers were excellent and I look forward to sharing that content with you.

The meeting reminded me of the many benefits of belonging to the ABA.  One of the most valuable (and probably underutilized) is ABA TechEZ.

Through ABA TechEZ ABA members can purchase software, hardware, and related technology services at a discount.  Even better, ABA TechEZ offers FREE training events every week.  Dubbed “Training Tuesdays,” these sessions offer ABA members expert technology training in 15 minutes or less.  The sessions are quick, to-the-point, and focus on specific features or products.  The training calendar is posted here.  Subscribe to the RSS Feed to automatically receive notices of future training sessions.

Almost everyone can make room in their calendar once a week for 15 minutes of tech training, but if you miss a session, check the ABA TechEZ Training Library for a free recording.  Here are some of the more recent programs:

  • Redacting Documents with Adobe Acrobat
  • Archiving Outlook E-mail Folders with Acrobat 9
  • Removing Metadata with Word and Acrobat
  • E-mail Management Tools in MS Outlook
  • Mac Users: Boost Productivity with Spaces
  • A “QuickJump” Around: Finding Files Fast
  • Electronic Signatures with RightSignature
  • Three Ways to Capture More Billable Time with Chrometa

Additional technology services are available through the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center.

All in all, the ABA gives lawyers great value for their money.  If you’re a solo, joining now is easier than ever with reduced dues.  So if you’ve been wondering whether it’s worth the investment: the answer is yes!

Copyright 2010 Beverly Michaelis