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On January 2, 2005, I launched Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog. It’s been quite a ride. Because of ABA TECHSHOW, I personally knew many of the law bloggers who were happy to share advice and tips. (Not that there were many lawyer bloggers at the time.) But we were all experimenting. It is amazing how many of those early bloggers are still active and powerful influences today. Bob Ambrogi’s Law Sites Blog
Lawyers hear a lot about networking. Conferences and CLE programs feature “networking luncheons,” even though the only scheduled activity is eating. Networking opportunities are more challenging today because what used to be networking time in “the old days” is now the time for everyone to pull out their smart phone and disappear into it. But sometimes it works. I met Dennis Garcia, an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft, at a College of Law Practice Management meeting…
At last count, 38 states have adopted language in their Rules of Professional Conduct stating a lawyer should be aware of the risks and benefits of relevant technology. Canada recently adopted a similar change to its Model Code of Professional Conduct. But many lawyers still have concerns about what they need to know and what the real risks are to themselves and their clients. So I was very pleased when the American Bar Association’s  Solo,…
Marketing is a challenge for many lawyers. It can be time-consuming. There are ethical restrictions. People outside of the legal profession usually look at legal problems differently than those trained in law and most lawyers have little or no training in marketing. My column Tales of Fails in Lawyer Marketing in 2019 was based on several disappointing and perplexing data points I encountered recently from different studies. One of those was the Clio 2019 Legal
It’s been quite a few years since I served on the ABA TECHSHOW planning Board. That’s probably a good thing because I would have lobbied for some puns in ABA TECHSHOW 2020 marketing. ABA TECHSHOW 2020- Your vision for the future of your law practice. Or something about 2020 hindsight, if you miss this one. If we used Super Bowl style Roman numerals, it would be ABA TECHSHOW MMXX. Or we could focus on the fact…
Everyone’s Watching You Online: How to Fight Back is a well-timed post on the week of Black Friday, the kickoff of holiday shopping season, by my Digital Edge Podcast teammate Sharon Nelson. Just when some of us are beginning to believe that the battle for protecting your privacy online is lost, here is a list of affirmative steps you can take to fight back. This is not quick or easy. You wouldn’t really expect…
Tips to Avoid Some Major Technology Glitches is the subject for my November Law Practice Tips column. You will learn why I believe Focused Inbox in Office 365 Outlook is a trap waiting to catch the unwary attorney and why you should have already stopped using Internet Explorer. Plus I discuss Windows 7 end of life and buying your new Windows 10 computer.. Glitches and bugs are a part of using technology, but there’s no…
The holiday shopping season is upon us and that means it is time for our annual ‘Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays from the Digital Edge podcast.  Co-hosts Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson give you a tour of some great high-tech gadgets. We include some very practical and some not-so practical gift ideas, ranging from Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses to Rocketbooks to your very own Death Star fire pit. Clocky, the original  Alarm…
I have been warning lawyers that Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020 and that it will be dangerous to use a Windows 7 machine to hold client data after that date. The challenge is that  nearly half of the computers in the U.S. are running Windows 7. Another budgetary challenge is that some of those machines don’t have the specs to run Windows 10, so an OS upgrade will not…
For many, their most indelible and perhaps oldest memory of artificial intelligence is HAL 9000 saying “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” when Dave asks him to open the pod bay doors in the classic science fiction thriller 2001: A Space Odyssey . Here’s a YouTube video of the scene if you want a trip down memory lane or are one of the few who has not seen it. I mention that…