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Wednesday, November 13
In This Issue
Tech Tuesdays
Casemaker Training
Modern Law Practice Initiative Book Club
Quick Links
Law Practice Today
Law Practice Today is a monthly digital publication of the ABA’s Law Practice Division that focuses on the practical side of being a lawyer.
The CBA provides members with an email subscription of ABA’s Law Practice Today at no cost. To begin your complimentary email subscription of Law Practice Today, please email Sue Bertram.
From the CBA Law Practice Management Department
Five Ways to Use Evernote to Manage Data Overload

Attorneys are bombarded from every direction, many times with competing demands from clients, colleagues, staff, and family. If you don’t have a way to manage all of it, your world becomes utter chaos. Research suggests that when your environment is in a state of disarray, your attention is drawn away from what you need to focus on, and the appearance that your work is never done adds to stress. What’s more, that chaos can lead to malpractice or an ethics violation.

Chaos results not only from external obligations, but also from internal pressure. The average person has approximately 70,000 thoughts per day. That’s 49 thoughts per minute. No wonder research shows that we spend nearly half of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we are currently doing. Suffice to say, lawyers have a lot of stuff (internal and external) to keep stored, organized,and accessible when needed.

To avoid chaos and the parade of horribles that follows, you need to figure out what to do with all that stuff. Is it sprinkled throughout Word documents saved somewhere on your hard drive? Is it handwritten on notepads piling on top of your desk? Is it overloading your brain? Or, is it neatly tucked away in a central repository of information that you can access wherever and whenever you need it? If it’s not already the latter, then keep reading.

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The CBA’s Lending Library has a copy of Evernote as a Law Practice Tool. Contact Sue Bertram to borrow it!

Quick Tips
Saving Recyclable Text as Quick Parts in Microsoft Word: Video
Let’s face it, a lot of the text in legal documents has been recycled from previous documents. If you’re tired of searching for then copying and pasting common elements like signature blocks or notary acknowledgments from old documents, only to have to correct formatting or reset client-specific data, you’re going to love Quick Parts. Read more.
Three Time-Saving Technologies for More Effective Paralegals
Paralegals are not always the first team members you think of when considering how to improve a law firm’s bottom line. Read more.
Casemaker Tips and Tricks
Each month the CBA’s Solo in Colo blog provides a few tips and tricks in increase your Casemaker research efficiency. Read more.
LPM Tip of the Week
For more quick tips, check out the Tip of the Week archives from the CBA Law Practice Management Department. Read more.

Product Reviews
Best Bluetooth Earbuds of 2017
Bluetooth headphones are increasing in popularity. Read reviews and compare the best bluetooth headphones on the market. Read more.
Finally Get Organized with this $15 Rechargeable Label Maker
It might not seem like mission-critical equipment, but there are times when owning a label maker can really come in handy, and you can buy a really good one right now for just $15. Read more.
Should You Dump Passwords for Face ID or Biometrics?
In these modern times of i-devices and wireless everything, cybersecurity is really important. From phishing scams to firewalls, lawyers and law firms need to be in the know in order to avoid being victims. Read more.

Technology
Is Your Technology Still the Right Fit? Answer 7 Questions
In a solo or small law firm, decisions are often based on cost. However, when it comes to technology, determining the true cost of a solution is complex. Read more.
How to Shop for Legal Technology Solutions – Guest Lecture with Chelsey Lambert of LexTechReview
In an ever-expanding pool of Legal Technology Solutions, how do you pick the right technology for your solo/small firm practice? Read more.
2017 ABA Tech Survey shows all-time high iPhone use by attorneys
New survey results indicate that a record number of attorneys are using an iPhone in their law practice – more than 70% of all attorneys in the United States. Read more.

Marketing
PowerHour No. 2: Seasonal Business Cards
’Tis the season for seasonal marketing. Read more.
PowerHour No. 3: Ask for Testimonials
This week’s first PowerHour was Update Your Profile – so you may be wondering why testimonials weren’t covered in that post. Read more.
5 Referral Realities Lawyers Need to Grasp
One of the things attorneys frequently ask is: “How do I find more clients fast?” Read more.

Miscellaneous
Is Blockchain the Future of Pot Regulation?
The marijuana industry, despite the federal taboo and legal challenges, is booming. The law firms and other ancillary industries that cater to the marijuana industry are seeing massive growth alongside the pot boom as well. Read more.
10 Tips to Avoid Lawyer Burnout
I have been dealing with an extensive case of being utterly and totally “burned out”. Read more.
Where Does The Time Go? Ticking Away the Moments
“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day. Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way”. Read more.
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