Monthly Archives: March 2015

Top 8 Things You Can Do to Get Yourself in Trouble with Technology

On March 10, 2015, The TASA Group in conjunction with legal ethics expert Jennifer Ellis and technology consultant Daniel Siegel, presented a free, one-hour interactive webinar presentation for all legal professionals.

Ms. Ellis and Mr. Siegel discussed the steps that should be taken to ensure security while using Wi-Fi, email and the cloud. They also covered: • Confidentiality • Routers and firewalls • Technology risks while traveling • Choosing cloud service providers • Data security while using smart phones and tablets.

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#LTNY 2015 – What A Trip!

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New York Hilton; LTNY 2015 Expo Hall Entrance, Sponsor/Techs and hallway; The Legal Connection #LTNY15 Lunch Daniel Gershburg & Andrea; Andrea & Christy Burke; Andrea & Ben Schorr & Lisa Solomon

As a professional who has worked virtually for over a decade, when the opportunity to meet with people in real life presents itself – I grab on with both hands!  I am definitely what you would call a “people” person. I like nothing more than to sit down, in a relatively quiet space (with a beverage) and really get to know the attorneys, law firm IT guys (and gals), the administrators and all those IN the trenches getting the day to day work of law firms out the door.

I also attend trade shows like LNTY and ABA TechShow to meet with those who offer services and technology they say helps attorneys, law firm IT peeps and the firm – to literally confirm that they are not clueless when it comes to the basics of having access to attorney-client work product. Believe you me, there are a ton of them out there who think of legal as nothing other than a different “vertical” and are certain attorneys are clueless and have deep pockets.

Finally, I also like to check out the swag – having produced a report on the funky and fun stuff going on so those who follow me get a good taste of the show I am at. Some of my past LTNY escapades are captured herehere, here, and all the tweets from 2013 here. I was not able to attend 2014 because of the weather and almost didn’t make it this year either!

That said, LTNY 2015 was quite a trip!

For many years I have arranged a lunch and Expo Tour and this year was no different.  The choice of restaurant was new – Virgil’s BBQ  <– cuz who doesn’t LOVE good BBQ right in the heart of Times Square?! The lunch was delish and certainly not overpriced plus the atmosphere was perfect for our large gathering, which included, another non attorney: David Roden, and NYC area attorneys: Laura Mann, Andrew Barovick, Justin Meyer, Trippe Fried, Karel Karpe and Daniel Gershburg. After feasting on BBQ – we walked the 10 blocks to the Hilton en masse and through the crowd of Elmos in Times Square and got ready to tour the Expo Hall.

Although my swag gathering efforts were hampered this year due to an unforeseen “business opportunity” and apologies again to my cohorts in swagging: Laura Mann, Justin Meyer, Trippe Fried and Karel Karpe for my not hanging with you and having more fun, I was still able to gather some of the best swag being offered, including:  2015Swag

@Payne_Group multi dongle connector; a really nice pen by BoardVantage; rubber gavel stress reliever by Legal Workspace; and a teeny tiny speaker with tremendous volume and sound by iDiscovery Solutions. Missing from the pix is the Perfect Law lion stuffed animal -which I gave to @Justin_meyer to give to his baby boy and the daegis duck which I received via Fed Ex after the pix was taken <-Thanks James!!!!

Wrapping it all up, it is always a lot of fun running into New York City and meeting up with people I normally only interact with online (Hi Bob!); and I truly spent most of the day enjoying myself and the entire LTNY experience in 2015.

For those who care to join me next year – LTNY is back in the cold bleak winter of 2016 – mark your calendars now February 2-4, 2016 at the Hilton. The Legal Connection sponsored LTNY Lunch AND Expo Tour will be on Wednesday, February 3rd and I’ll post a link for registration as the year draws to a close.

 

The Rural Lawyer – A Techie Valentine To Me

February has announced itself with cold winds, wet snow and an absolute disregard to January’s rather mild precedent. Which hurries my steps along when I venture out of the little law office on the prairie and away from my Keurig – a wondrous fount of coffee, tea, and other warm delights; given the time of year, perhaps the most vital piece of technology I currently own. But I come not to sing the praises of the various bits of tech that keep me and the LLOotP working like a reasonable oiled machine or to wax poetic over my found infatuation with open source document management and private cloud software. No this time the love goes out to the work life balance. Work life balance is a bit of a myth out here in the little law office on the prairie for both work and life tend to blend one into the other for better or worse. But somewhere in this mélange, there are those times when me needs to take precedence. So, on the odd occasion I find it necessary to kickback at take some time to slow down in order to speed up. Now I’m not one for taking a spa day or heading out to buy shoes – farm equipment is an entirely different thing; I’ve been known to take a day, drive 300 miles just to look at a mower (now when I talk mower, I’m talking 100 horsepower and 14 feet of cutting width). I prefer to take my me time and learn about something entirely unnecessary. To that end, I fly planes and grow orchids. But if I really want to earn a few points, I’ll tackle something on the honey-do list (yet another use for Evernote). For those of you who’d like to play along and fit a little more life into your work there is a perfect opportunity heading your way. On February 14th, turn your tech off, let your social media go quiet, tell your staff you won’t be in the office, and spend the day getting to know yourself and your family again – remember a sitter and dinner out may earn you bonus points. And now for something completely off-topic – have you ever wondered how to check if your marketing efforts are working as hard as they can? Then Stacy Clark’s article Are your law firm’s Marketing Efforts Being Sabotaged? is for you. She provides a 10 question test to help you identify some of the common weaknesses in your marketing strategy, things like: –               Is your staff involved in your marketing efforts? –               Are you staying in touch with previous clients? –               Are you keeping your website up to date? –               What’s your value-add? It’s worth the time to google the article and to take the entire test. As solos, it’s hard to keep all the balls in the air and this may help you focus on your efforts as you start those 2015 marketing efforts. Speaking of updating your website, 2015 should be the year that you implement that responsive design website and stop losing those mobile eyeballs. While you’re at it, take the time to develop high quality content; once you get those new eyeballs, the very least you can do is give them something to read and you can stop worrying about keeping your content above the fold; mobile users are used to scrolling down. So as long as your content is compelling you are good to go long. By the way, the stodgy old law firm website has outlived its usefulness; try experimenting with typography. Google Fonts can give your website some visual impact without breaking the bank, Bruce M. Cameron Having decided that going to law school and opening a solo law practice would be a sufficient response to the male midlife crisis, Bruce now practices Collaborative Family Law and Estate Planning in rural Minnesota. When not in the law office, he can be found on his small farm where he and his wife are at the beck and call of a herd of horses, a couple of cats, a few dogs and one extremely spoiled parrot. http://www.rurallawyer.com