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September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013
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Reba Nance
Reverse 911 and Disaster Preparedness Resources
The floods last week—and the wildfires before that—are grim reminders that disasters are a fact of life. Disasters happen—it isn’t of matter of if, but when. We in Colorado are fairly safe from earthquakes and hurricanes, but there is a long list of other events can that happen—for example, a chemical spill on a roadway, a tornado, forest fires or floods.

Earlier this week the CBA’s Disaster Legal Services Task Force launched a website and helpline for victims of the floods. If you are interested in helping out at a clinic or on the helpline, sign up online at colofloodlegalrelief.org or by calling 855-424-5347.

I’ll never forget watching the coverage of the forest fires last summer and hearing a reporter mention that one of the women who perished was not signed up for reverse 911 calls. I vowed then to sign up. But did I? Not then. Something was always came up, putting that thought on the back burner.

Last week, I finally took two minutes and signed up; I urge you to do the same. Simply visit 9-1-1colorado.org/notification.html to sign up for a reverse 911 notification. The website lists counties at the bottom. Click on your county and fill out a short form. Such an easy thing to do, and it just might save you or someone you love.

The ABA’s Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness webpage contains great information on disaster preparedness, disaster recovery, and information geared specifically for law firms. If you don’t currently have a plan in place, check out these links and schedule some time to come up with a plan. This is an important safety measure for every law firm to have in place.


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Tech Tuesday

Document Assembly For the Rest of Us
Henri “Hank” Vanderhage
Tuesday, Sept. 24
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Susan Borgos
Tuesday, Oct. 22
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Blog of the Month

Law Technology News

LTN’s mission is to provide lucid, insightful, and jargon-free coverage of legal technology trends and developments to an audience of legal industry professionals, helping them use technology and innovation to deliver faster, better, and cheaper legal services.

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Product Reviews

Cloud Practice Management Meets Cloud Accounting

by Sean Doherty, posted on Law Technology News
Cloud-based practice management software Clio is partnering with Xero online accounting software. The integration of the two software-as-a-service providers will give Clio users access to an accounting platform that can ingest Clio’s time, billing, and client information. Read more.
CBA members receive a discount with Clio.

Rocket Matter Launches Credit Card Options

by Victor Li, posted on Law Technology News
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Rocket Matter has finally gone where they hadn’t gone before. The company announced “Kirk”—the latest upgrade of the software that now can accept credit card payments, and also simplifies attorney-client communications, calendar invitations, and document sharing. Read more.
CBA members receive a discount with Rocket Matter.

Why Lawyers Will Love the iPhone 5S

by Jeff Richardson, posted on iPhone J.D.
Apple introduced two new iPhones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5s is the flagship model. It will be available starting this Friday, and it costs the same as the iPhone 5 that it replaces. The iPhone 5s includes some great new features, and the more I read about this device, the more I am sure that lawyers are going to love it. Read more.

Technology

2013 Legal-Tech Surveys Say…

podcast with Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, posted on Legal Talk Network
The end of summer marks the release of two legal-tech surveys that create the benchmark for solos and firms on legal technology practices and spending. The ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Survey and the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report define key trends and give lawyers a look at the current state of legal technology. On this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the highlights and conclusions of each survey and what they mean for today’s and tomorrow’s legal technology trends. Listen to the podcast.

Security

New Hacker Technology Threatens Lawyers’ Mobile Devices

by Joe Dysart, posted on the ABA Journal
Already making chump-meat of the most sophisticated of computer defenses, hackers are unleashing a new wave of malware on unsuspecting law firms. And among the newest targets are mobile phones and similar portable devices. Read more.

Cyber Risk Management for Lawyers

podcast with Sharon Nelson, John Simek and Steven Chabinsky, posted on Legal Talk Network
Lawyers hold some of their clients’ most private communications, which makes them a top target of all hackers. As technology competence becomes the required norm, lawyers need to understand not only how to protect their clients’ information but how to react if a cyber attack does happen. Listen to the podcast here.

Marketing

100 Websites to List Your Law Firm On

by Jeff Berman, posted on AttorneySync
Links, citations, likes, reviews, mentions, etc, all go into the “math soup” that search engines use to deliver sites in search results. Of course, not all of these algorithmic signals are weighted equally. Read more.

Why Should a Lawyer Blog?

by the Editors of Attorney at Work, posted on Attorney at Work
Clients do hire attorneys because of relationships, but you have to consider how those relationships are built. Does the client know you personally? Does the client know another lawyer who knows you? Is the client a friend of a friend? Whatever the reason you are hired, someone or something has communicated to the client that you are the right choice. Blogging is an easy way to communicate to potential clients and to those who refer you that you are a thought leader in your area of practice. Read more.
Write for the CBA Solo and Small Firm Section’s blog Solo in Colo. Contact Kerry Hammond for more information.

How to Build a Law Practice? Keep Showing Up

by Ruth Carter, posted on Attorney at Work
Pick a handful of groups and events where your target market hangs out, and then immerse yourself in that community. Don’t show up once, shake a lot of hands, toss out your card to everyone you see and expect your phone to ring. It doesn’t work that way. You have to build relationships with these people. If they like you and trust you, your phone will ring when they need you. Read more.
Looking for attorney to attorney referrals? Check out the CBA’s calendar of events for myriad opportunities.

Finance

Top Five Trends in Time-Billing Software

by Neil J. Squillante, posted on Attorney at Work
Here are the top five trends in time-billing software I discovered while researching the TL Research Buyer’s Guide to Legal Billing Software. Read more.

Time Management

Time Management and Productivity Tips for Lawyers Download

by Vivian Manning, posted on Attorney at Work
“A Matter of Time: Time Management and Productivity Tips for Lawyers” is Attorney at Work’s new downloadable collection of really good ideas to help you manage, organize and just plain get back to enjoying your time. Click here to download.