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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 30, 2015

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports in PDF format. Reports of this caliber usually cost a fortune, but TechnoLawyer members can download all of them for free. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and also to the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. Click any link to get started and join TechnoLawyer today.

The Egg Theory: What Clients Really Want From Their Lawyers

Why Lawyers Need Not Fear Disruption

Three Common Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Better Than a PC

Chill, Grill, and Bill: Summertime Gadgets for Summer-Loving Legal Professionals

TechnoLawyer Demographics 2014

LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition)

Enter the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. There's no limit on how many times you can win.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Library | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Research

Reviews of VueScan for Old Scanners, Toshiba Tecra, Surface Pro 4, PracticeMaster

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, June 24, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Bill Baldwin, Review: VueScan With ScanSnap S510 And Windows 10

Tom Trottier, How To Extend The Life Of Your Scanner

Lawrence King, Review: Toshiba Tecra (Keyboard In Particular)

Jason Aguero, Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Donald Coker, Review: PracticeMaster

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Serendipity
Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Three Neglected Keys in Effective Legal Writing Plus 42 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 23, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 43 articles from the past two weeks worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.

How a Litigation Attorney Uses an iPad

Litigation Boutiques Are Making Moves to the $180K Scale

Review: TrialDirector for iPad

12 Things About PowerPoint You Probably Never Knew

Congratulations to Megan E. Boyd of Lady (Legal) Writer on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Three Neglected (Keyboard) Keys in Effective Legal Writing

How to Receive LitigationWorld
All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

Battle of the iPhone Scanning Apps (Dropbox v. Scannable); Caren Explains CosmoLex, Tabs3 Connect, Time Matters, Cloud Storage, and More

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review: Battle of the iPhone Scanning Apps: Dropbox v. Scannable

Caren Schwartz, Caren Explains It All: CosmoLex, Tabs3, Time Matters, Cloud Storage

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

How to Receive TL Serendipity
Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Lawyers Who Charge $2,000/Hour Plus Last Week's Inside Baseball

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Former eBay General Counsel Mike Jacobson Rejoins Cooley

Polsinelli Expands Public Policy Practice with Addition of Former U.S. Congressman John Shadegg

Kramer Levin Expands Real Estate, Corporate and Tax Practices in France with Acquisition of Seven-lawyer Team, Including Pierre Appremont and Arnaud Guerin

Kilpatrick Townsend Expands Global Sourcing & Technology Team in Atlanta

Spencer Fane LLP Expands Litigation Practice Group

Congratulations to Kathryn Rubino of Above the Law on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Lawyers Who Charge $2,000/Hour.

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BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

What's Hot and Not in the Legal Industry Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 51 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Bob Denney of Attorney at Work on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: What's Hot and Not in the Legal Industry

Cyber Insurance for Law Firms

Five Rules of a Paperless Law Firm

Which Networking Software Is Best?

Social Media 101 for Lawyers

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Networking/Operating Systems | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Next-Gen Practice Management Features Plus How Much Small-Firm Lawyers Make

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Practice management software companies continually extend the reach of their products to make them more valuable to law firms. However, each company spends its R&D dollars differently. For this issue of SmallLaw, the heads of five leading practice management software companies talked to us about their R&D roadmap and next-gen features. This rare glimpse inside the practice management braintrust is a must read for small law firms. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for musings about how much small-firm lawyers earn.

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Where Are the Legal Tech Journalists? Plus 57 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, June 20, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 58 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Robert Ambrogi of Above the Law on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Where Are the Legal Tech Journalists?

Exterro Project Management for Law Firms

Look Smart When Presenting With PowerPoint

The Best Soundbar

A Lawyer Reviews the 9.7-Inch iPad Pro

Siri: Once a Flake, Now Key to Apple's Future

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Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession. But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Subscribe now.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Young Guns of Case Analysis Software Plus Review of Factbox

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, June 16, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: When new software platforms arise, entrepreneurs create new products. It took a while, but two "young guns" have emerged in the case analysis niche — Jeff Kerr (CaseFleet) and Lecia Kaslofsky (FactBox). These cloud applications aim to help you organize the facts, issues, research, etc. associated with each of your cases. This issue of LitigationWorld contains an in-depth profile of these young guns and their products. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for our review of FactBox from last year if you missed it.

How to Receive LitigationWorld
All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

Exterro Project Management for Law Firms Standardizes Your Firm's Processes for Optimal Client Service

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud project management software designed for law firms (see article below), a document management tool for Office 365 users, a document management tool for Google Apps for Work users, and an ad blocker for iOS. Don't miss the next issue.

Every law firm has mission-critical processes but most law firms don't document them let alone manage them through software. This dramatically increases training costs for new employees, and inhibits the productivity of your most seasoned veterans. Even in a small firm, it's impossible to personally supervise every employee every minute of the day. The answer to this problem lies in project management software but most products on the market don't cater to the unique needs of law firms.

Exterro Project Management for Law Firms … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Exterro Project Management for Law Firms is project management software designed specifically for managing law firm projects and their corresponding workflows.

The Killer Feature

The folks at Exterro like to talk about "user defined process orchestration." Translation — Exterro Project Management for Law Firms centralizes your firm's processes and accompanying documentation. Here's how it works. You begin by creating a Workflow or tweaking one of the many templates that Exterro includes. A Workflow consists of connected "Activities." Each activity can contain checklists, tasks, and/or instructions. A Project such as matter intake, appellate brief, litigation hold, document production, estate planning package, real estate closing, etc. can consist of one or more workflows.

You begin a new project from within the software or by sending an email message. This initiates the corresponding workflows. Activities are automatically assigned to the appropriate person based on the workflow, but you can modify them as needed. Completing an activity triggers the next activity in the workflow. In addition to assigning activities to employees, you can also assign them to clients or third party service providers.

You can adjust projects and their workflows on the fly. This can entail removing activities you don't need, adding one-off activities, changing the order of activities, reconfiguring dependencies, and noting an Issue (a problem blocking an activity). Most importantly, you can "Push" an activity to accelerate a project (e.g., review a custodian's documents for an upcoming deposition).

"Exterro has a long history of enabling legal teams to apply the discipline of process optimization and project management to work smarter," Exterro Chief Marketing Officer Bill Piwonk told me. "Exterro Project Management for Law Firms continues this legacy, as we've architected it specifically to enable law firms of any size to easily tailor tasks, activities, and workflows to match their unique ways of managing projects across their firm."

Other Notable Features

The main dashboard lists all existing projects to which you have access and their status. You can toggle between a card view and list view. The card view lists the status in percentage terms with a visual progress bar. Projects tagged as a "Favorite" appear above all the other projects for fast access.

Another dashboard exists for viewing all tasks assigned to you across multiple projects and activities. You can add your own ad hoc tasks here and thus use Exterro Project Management for Law Firms to manage all your tasks in one place.

Three key reports — Project Tracker, Resource Utilization, and Project Analytics — keep your projects on track. Project Tracker displays the progress of each project by client or across all clients. Resource Utilization offers charts to assess how your team is being deployed across all projects and how well each person is performing. Project Analytics enables you to zero in on overdue and blocked projects.

What Else Should You Know?

Exterro Project Management for Law Firms is priced on a per subscriber basis. It runs in all web browsers. Learn more about Exterro Project Management for Law Firms.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Collaboration/Knowledge Management | TL NewsWire

Review of Avvo by a Legal Services Consumer Plus 39 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 40 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

A Potential Impediment to Growth, Culture, and Client Development

Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd's Office Space

The 30-Second Website Fix That Changes Everything

Seven Ways Bad UX is Killing Your SEO (And How to Fix It)

Congratulations to J.R. Bookwalter of Macworld on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Review of Avvo by a Legal Services Consumer

How to Receive SmallLaw
Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession
 
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