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Completing this week’s holiday shopping tips trilogy is the ZDNet Holiday Gift Guide 2020. Another reputable product review website, ZDNet began as a subscription-based digital service called “ZiffNet” that offered computing information to users of CompuServ. (Some will recall that first version of OBA-NET was also hosted on CompuServ.) It has a long online history, spanning most of the major online services and is now a part of C|Net and CBS. According to Wikipedia,…
C|Net is one of my go-to websites for ethical and quality tech product reviews. So C|Net always has a massive holiday gift guide and its Holiday Gift Guide 2020 is no exception. For those shopping for gifts on a budget, it has sections for gifts under $30 and under $50. If you know what you want but are not sure of features, brands or what additional features you receive when you pay a bit more,…
Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson invite you to listen to our annual ‘Tis the Season Tech Toys for the Holidays podcast on the Digital Edge podcast. We were particularly happy with this year’s edition. Every year we highlight some practical and not-so practical tech toys with some remote work and COVID-related gift ideas in the mix. Pick up some wish list inspiration for yourself and your favorite lawyer-nerds – a handy UVC sterilizer, the…
This is a very nice treatment of this issue from my friend Nicole Black— Should you copy clients on emails to opposing counsel? Those who have read my musings on the subject know I think BCC should never been used for email, unless you are using that technique to file the emails within your system, i.e. you are BBC’ing internally within the law office. But is it appropriate to Reply All when the opposing counsel…
Today’s tip is from Attorney@Work and Will Hornsby, who is an attorney focused on the professional responsibility of innovative and tech-based legal services. He served as staff counsel in the ABA’s Division for Legal Services for 30 years. His post Blogging, Posting and Ethics — Oh, My! is very useful information for any attorney who wants to blog or post online about his or her law practice. Spoiler Alert: Obtaining the client’s consent in advance…
Dennis Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft. I have mentioned him before in my 2020 tips. He recently delivered a presentation to the Microsoft Legal Department Latinx employee community about strategies for remaining visible – and increasing visibility – in the workplace despite working in a remote environment. He shared his tips in a post, Increasing Your Visibility in a Virtual World. This is a great read for those working remotely at…
Today’s tip is something completely different. We will discuss your vocabulary. Lawyers generally have a larger vocabulary than most because we work with both the written and the spoken word— and we had to add many new words to our vocabulary in law school. But when drafting, it is very good to know some words can have entirely opposite meanings, depending on how they are used. So your attention is directed to 25 Words That
iPhone JD’s Jeff Richardson has just published 20 iPhone tips for lawyers in 2020. Did you know VIP notifications can be set to notify you if you receive an email from someone special? There are some great tips here, including using your iPhone as a magnifying glass, taking a picture while recording a video without interrupting the video or how to change Siri’s accent. (My new British assistant’s voice seems much more eager to…
The 2020 OBA Annual Meeting kicks off today. It is virtual this year and Oklahoma lawyers can register for free for some great programming. Our Annual Meeting offers 12 hours of MCLE credit including several hours of ethics education. It is not too late for OBA members to register. I’m going to focus on the law practice management and technology focused content in this post. We have some great experts teaching at our meeting.…
This question sounds a bit clandestine. But in an age of mobile phone and spam phone calls, many of us are concerned about widely sharing our mobile phone numbers. Several months ago I wrote a column for the Oklahoma Bar Journal Text Messaging for Lawyers. In it, I mentioned ZipWhip, an enterprise texting service that allows one to use their app to send and receive text messages on a mobile phone without revealing…