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LPM Newsletter

March 20, 2015

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Tech Tuesday

Metadata: What is it and how do I remove it?
Reba Nance
Tuesday, March 24
Noon–12:30 p.m.

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Reba Nance

Spring Cleaning and Organizing

Today is the first day of Spring, and that means it’s a good time to take a fresh look at your personal space. Whether it’s a complete overhaul, or just a little sprucing up, it’s always helpful to reorganize. Start by taking a fresh look at your work space! There are undoubtedly things that are working, and things that aren’t. Try these simple tips to help you declutter your workspace:
  • Make it convenient to put files away, or you won’t do it. Is the credenza or file cabinet on the other side of the room? If you moved the cabinet closer to your desk, would you be more likely to file things away? If all you had to do was reach around behind you, would that make you more likely to file?
  • Use a ”to do“ list. Do you leave files sitting out as a reminder to do something? If so, try using a to do list. Outlook has a ”task“ function that is very helpful. There’s even a space at the bottom to put details like “there’s a file on the third shelf of the bookshelf that relates to this.” If you have a ”stake in the ground“ for the project or task, you can put the file away and not have to worry about forgetting to work on it.
  • Does it have a ”home?“ It could be that it doesn’t. Julie Morgenstern has a great book mentioned below that talks about this very issue. If you have something sitting on your desk, it may be that you need to change your system so it has a ”home.“
  • Consider going paperless, or less paper. ”Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers“ is a great book on this in our lending library.

We have a number of books in our free lending library that will help you tackle this project! Click here to see books, by category. We’ve scanned in the table of contents for each book so you can easily see what is covered. Also, a check out form, and policy for borrowing books. You can pick the books up at our office, or we can mail them to if you if that’s easier. Feel free to email Sue Bertram if you have questions.


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Quick Tips
Product Reviews
Technology

Ten Tech Tips for Lawyers

by Reba Nance, posted on the Docket
1. Come Up With a Plan Before You Purchase Software: Do your homework. Before you buy, sit down and conduct an honest assessment. What are you trying to do? What is your budget? The answers to these questions will drive what you need. Be aware of wants vs. needs. Read more.

Using Information Technology in Arbitration

by Thomas D. Halket, posted on GP Solo
Arbitration has many advantages over litigation for the resolution of disputes. Although speed of resolution and low cost have often been claimed as among these advantages, there is now some dispute as to whether arbitration is indeed quicker and cheaper than litigation in court. But even if arbitration is not always quicker and cheaper (this author believes it is), there are a number of procedures or mechanisms that can be employed to increase the efficiency of arbitration, to speed its resolution, and to reduce its cost. Read more.

Trial Tech Tips—Trial Presentation Shortcuts

by Ted Brooks, posted on Court Technology
Those of us who use computers frequently in our work use a handful of software programs on a regular basis. A few of the most common applications for Windows include Word, Excel and Outlook. Those are just a few of the tools we use most and know best. Many also take advantage of a series of ”shortcuts“ for handling repetitive functions. Read more.

Marketing

Five Ways to Revive Your LinkedIn Profile

by Joan Feldman, posted on Attorney at Work
If you’ve been away from LinkedIn for a while, or have just changed jobs or focus, it might be time to check out the social networking site’s new features and update your profile. Why focus on LinkedIn? Survey after survey show that’s where lawyers and general counsel go when they are focused on doing business, or learning about business. Read more.

Can You Publish Law Firm Newsletters and Alerts on Blog Software?

by Kevin O'Keefe, posted on Real Lawyers Have Blogs
Don’t tell my lawyers how to develop a strategy for blogging or how to blog, can’t you take one of our pdf newsletters and get it on blog software? Right now there are 600 loyal subscribers to the newsletter published by a renowned niche focused lawyer. This from a CMO with a large law firm over lunch last week. Read more.

Miscellaneous

General Procedure Orders from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court

by Jim Calloway, posted on Attorney at Work
Two new General Procedure Orders, an amended General Procedure Order initially issued in 2014, and a General Procedure Order from January of 2015 have been posted to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court website. Read more.

Family Leave for Solos and Small Firm Lawyers

by Beverly Michaelis, posted on Oregon Law Practice Management
How do solos and small firm lawyers plan for extended leave when a new member is about to join the family? It can be hard enough to take a vacation! Read more.

Protect Your Law Firm from Loss Exposure

by Theda C. Snyder, posted on Attorney at Work
Pat yourself on the back. You bought legal malpractice insurance, known as Errors and Omissions coverage, to protect yourself and your clients. So, your firm, your clients, you and your family are secure, now, right? Not by a long shot. Read more.

13 States Have Adopted Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

by Robert Ambrogi, posted on LawSites
In 2012, something happened that I called a sea change in the legal profession: The American Bar Association formally approved a change to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law and its practice, but also in technology. Read more.