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The ABA 2020 Legal Technology Survey Report is out and the ABA has published the statistics related to Technology Basics and Security. Sharon Nelson, President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., breaks down the results in her post Cybersecurity Stats are in for the ABA’s 2020 Legal Technology Survey Report. The responses indicate there are still improvements that  can be made with some powerful security tools not in widespread use by law firms. Some examples…
To be honest, one of the last things I’d ever want to write a law practice technology tip about is Jeffery Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell’s deposition. But after a federal court recently released a redacted copy of her 2016 depositions, the cyber sleuths went to work. Lawyers, if you ever relied redaction of a deposition to protect a client’s confidential information, you had best read Slate magazine’s We Cracked the Redactions in the Ghislaine Maxwell
Do you find you don’t print many photos even though later you would like to have more prints? You may be great at determining which photos to use as exhibits in court, but not so good a picking which family gathering picture or nature scene to print. For $6.99 a month, Google Photos will use artificial intelligence to automatically select your 10 best photos and mail the prints to you. It should be entertaining to…
Lawyers can benefit from automated document drafting of routine documents. The challenge is investing the time and money to automate document this process. OBA members have another option: OBA Intellidrafts. This subscription offering includes about 175 forms/templates, including the computation for Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines. We wanted something like the old OBA Formbook, but automated. These templates are intelligent, providing drafting guidance and commentary in context as you use them. OBA Practice Management Advisor…
I know an Oklahoma lawyer who doesn’t understand why so many lawyers use high-powered computers. He and his staff use Chromebooks. That just wouldn’t work for me. I’m a heavy multitasker that uses speech recognition and other resource hogging tools. But for law firms who need to send staff to work from home, it is a wise and security conscious decision to send them home with a law firm laptop rather than having them use…
More lawyers and law firms are placing PDF files online for clients and potential clients to read or download. The conventional wisdom has always been to avoid placing too much information in PDF files on your website because Google and other search engines wouldn’t index them well or at all, so you wouldn’t get “credited” for your online content. It turns out that is not so true now and there are many ways to make…
As videoconferencing exploded in 2020, Zoom went from something most lawyers had never heard of to something many used every day. Zoom became a verb and, after months of a changed business environment with many videoconferences, many people now complain of Zoom fatigue. While there are many video conferencing tools, Zoom zoomed to prominence for two reasons: 1) It was very easy to operate and 2) the free version was very useful. But there is…
Lawyers are often concerned about the ethics rules requirements of understanding “the risks and benefits of relevant technology.” But you do have to competently protect your clients’ digital information and you would be wise to protect your own digital information, particularly your online financial accounts. One of the major steps in protecting digital information is using multi-factor authentication for the online services you use. Fool is a strong word. But read this great column by…
Today, the legal technology community is in mourning. We lost Gayle McCormick O’Connor, who was truly one of a kind! Tom and Gayle O’Connor have been a fixture at legal tech conferences for decades. You never knew what fascinating stories they would have to share. It is a cliche, but Gayle could light up a room just by entering. She liked people. Gayle will be missed. Many of us from all across the country are…