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April 15, 2015

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Tech Tuesday

Audio 101: How to Download Podcasts, Music, Ring Tones, and Other Mysteries
Adrian Romero
Tuesday, April 28
Noon–12:30 p.m.

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Quick Links


Reba Nance

Keep on Top of Adopted and Proposed Rule Changes

With everything there is to keep track of, many of us don‘t find out about adopted or proposed rule changes in a timely manner. Unforuntately, there are times when the change has been in effect for a while—sometimes with negative consequences. Fortunately for us, CBA CLE keeps up-to-date on adopted rules and proposed rules, and then publishes them in one place (with commentary). Here‘s how to find out about proposed and adopted rule changes:

  • Go to CBA CLE‘s Legal Connection at cbaclelegalconnection.com. If you don‘t have this URL memorized, you can always get there by going to the CBA‘s main page at cobar.org and clicking on one of the articles to the left of the CBA CLE Legal Connection logo in the middle of the page.
  • Hold your curser over UPDATES near the upper left-hand corner, and a drop-down menu will give you a choice of Adopted Rule Changes or Proposed Rule Changes.
  • The posted information is in chronological order, with the most current postings on top. Included in the post is typically information summarizing the rule change, a link to the text of the change, a red-lined copy (if available), the date it goes into effect, and comment periods or hearings on proposed rule changes.

Now you know where to go! You can either check the site regularly by seting up a recurring appointment on your Outlook calendar, or subscribing to either an email update or RSS feed.

Feel free to contact me with questions at reban@cobar.org.


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Quick Tips
Product Reviews
Technology

Before Your Firm Buys that Cool New Technology, Read This!

by Mark Billion, posted on the Law Insider
I get plenty of calls every week from vendors ready to sell me the ”next big thing“ that will revolutionize my practice. Some of them even live up to their billing. And we pass on almost all of them. Read more.

10 Legal Tech Innovations and What They Mean

by Robert Ambrogi, published in the Wisconsin Lawyer
Innovations and advances in technology over the last five years have brought dramatic and irreversible changes to the practice of law. From cloud computing to mobile lawyering, from social media to big data, technology has both simplified and complicated lawyers’ lives. Read more.

Trial Tech Tips—Courtroom Equipment Specs for Large Venues

by Ted Brooks, posted on Court Technology
If you were assembling a new trial presentation equipment set today, it wouldn’t be all that much different from what would have been done several years ago. Even with advances in video format and display technologies, it often comes to the lowest common denominator—which is still, by the way, 4:3 standard format video. Read more.

Marketing

The Big Three Internet Marketing Activities for Lawyers

by Theda C. Snyder , posted on Attorney at Work
Regardless of your area of practice, these three Internet-based actions should be the foundation of your law practice’s marketing plan. Read more.

When Everything‘s Mobile, Does Your Firm Need an App?

by Casey C. Sullivan, posted on FindLaw
As mobile technology continues to proliferate, many law firms have thrown their hat into the ring in the form of a mobile app. According to a report by Law Firm Mobile, 36 AmLaw 200 firms have produced 53 different mobile apps, and the numbers continue to rise. Is BigLaw smart to go after the mobile user? Should you join them? Read more.

Five Reasons To Share Online

by Adrian Dayton, posted on Marketing Strategy and the Law
One of the lessons we learn at our parents’ knee is the importance of sharing. Share your toys, share your popcorn. Don’t share the caterpillar you picked up off the ground. As we get older and—dare I say—more cynical, we spend ever more time trying to figure out how to share less. Read more.

Finance

Take the Guesswork Out of Flat Fees

by Peggy Gruenke, posted on Attorney at Work
A flat fee is simply a prearranged, agreed-on total fee that is paid up-front, or at least a portion of it is, to complete all work required for a particular matter. To determine if that fee is earned upon receipt or should be treated as a retainer, you need to check with your own jurisdiction. Read more.

How to Bill with QuickBooks

from Law Technology Today
Here is a quick checklist of the things that we need to do to get started. Don’t get overwhelmed. Honestly, once you get the hang of it you will find it is easy. Read more.

Miscellaneous

The Importance of Having an Emergency Plan for Your Solo Law Firm

by Melanie Fischer, posted on Solo in Colo
Emergencies, accidents and illnesses are never planned. But they happen periodically, and there may be very little you can do to prevent them. Knowing that you are not exempt from the possibility of an unexpected crisis that would require you to be away from your office for a significant period of time, it’s important to prepare for this type of unlikely event. Read more.

10 Benefits Of Moving to a Paperless Law Office

by Michael Miceli, posted on Legal Productivity
You’ve heard talk of going paperless for some time now. Perhaps you’re even aware of a colleague or friend whose law office has gone paperless recently. Still need convincing? Here are some of the top benefits of going paperless to help get you motivated. Read more.

Overcoming Fears of Virtual Legal Assistants

by Debra L. Bruce, posted on Lawyer-Coach
If you find yourself working too many long hours just to keep up, and doing work that you should be delegating, maybe it’s time to experiment with a virtual paralegal or virtual administrative assistant. Virtual workers can permit you to flexibly expand and contract your office staff as your needs fluctuate on a project by project basis. Read more.