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The Federal Courts Are Terrible At Being Paperless
PACER is getting an upgrade, which is great, but that means it is going to be removing a lot of old documents:
From an article in the Washington Post:
"NextGen replaces the older CM/ECF system and provides improvements for users, includ…
The Dropbox Q&A, Tips & Tricks Thread
Like it or not, the most-popular cloud-based file syncing service (considered a file server or cloud backup by some), is Dropbox, and that includes lawyers. I like it, I don't see any good reasons why most* lawyers should not use it, and I recommend…
Who Will Hack the Future of Law?
I try to avoid making predictions about the future of law, but I don't think I need a crystal ball to predict that some companies will start offering push-button legal services very soon. Lawyers will be quick to point out that these services will p…
Avoid Hangry Judges; Schedule Hearings After Meals
[J]udges appear to be much more inclined to approve a parole request when they’ve just come off a break. In contrast, they reject far more requests than usual the closer they get to break time — and nearly 100% of the requests just before they take …
Has anyone just bought a PC instead of dealing with parallels?
I have a 7 year-old macbook running Windows 7 on Bootcamp. I use it for PC versions of Adobe Acrobat and Quickbooks, both of which are necessary for my practice, but I only use those programs once or twice a week. The computer is starting to slow do…
The Evernote Q&A, Tips & Tricks Thread
This thread is for questions and answers about Evernote, and for sharing your favorite tips and tricks.
You can also browse posts about Evernote on Lawyerist, and here is the old Evernote thread in the Lab.
This discussion thread will track significant updates to the forum that we think you should know about.
July 29, 2013
I've just finished making a bunch of updates to the forum.
First, you'll notice that the forum's highlight color is blue, no…
Tying My Blog to Pinterest
Over the past couple of months, I've been posting to my law firm blog a lot, trying to build visibility and develop a reputation for expertise in my area of practice. When I post something to my blog, I post a link to Twitter, as well as to LinkedIn…
Is BitTorrent Sync More Secure Than Dropbox?
I have changed my approach to cloud storage and sync. Now, I only use Dropbox for information that I need to be able to access through mobile apps (since Dropbox is by far the most widely-supported cloud storage service). Everything else is synced b…
Benefits and Issues of Blogging
I'm developing a bar journal article on the benefits of blogging for lawyers. I have some already listed, but wanted to get your take.
Do you think blogging helps market a practice? Build networks? Establish authority? Improve writing skills?
Migrating Old Software To A New Computer
My old laptop is just about quit. Does anyone know how I can migrate my expensive software that requires software keys over to a new computer? I want to bring over Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, and Quickbooks among others. Also, I do have my comput…
Are Android Tablets Dead?
Jeff Taylor, the "Droid Lawyer," thinks so. You will get no dispute from me. Tablet sales are leveling-off or declining across the board (although here's some perspective). They are losing market share to phones. Tablets (read: iPads, Surface) are g…
Has anyone had any experience with Yodle (an on-line advertising company)?
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Wordpress themes for solo practice?
Hey everyone, I'm new here. Thanks for being such a great community and having such awesome information.
I'm going solo, and I'm setting up a website. I like this tech stuff, so I want it to look professional, but I can't pay professional money. Ri…
New Solo Seeking Non-Cloud Case Management Software
I'd prefer to store my docs locally and own the software, as opposed to rent a license with storage in the Cloud. It looks like my main choices are AbacusLaw and Needles (too expensive). Any others? Thanks for the help--it's overwhelming to comparis…