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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Sunday, August 31, 2014

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.

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

Six More Ways to Beautify Your Legal Writing Plus Alternative Damages

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 22, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Judges shouldn't judge your briefs by their looks, but it can't hurt to make a good impression. In this issue of LitigationWorld, legal writing expert Ed Good has six more beautification tips for your briefs. Ed covers point headings, indentation, nonbreaking spaces, and more. If you missed the five tips in his previous article, you'll find a link. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to learn about the risks of suggesting alternative damages.

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

Review of Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Plus 87 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 22, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 88 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 BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Review: Corel WordPerfect Office X7

Review: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pants Test for Men

Apple Watch Prices May Shock You

Congratulations to Ernie Svenson of Paperless Chase on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Review of Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). 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. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus First Impressions; Reviews of OneNote, Acronis, ShadowProtect; Manual Review Versus Predictive Coding

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, September 19, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, First Impressions Of The IPhone 6 And IPhone 6 Plus

Gary Chodorow, Review: OneNote

Keith Collins, Review: Acronis And ShadowProtect

Michael Duffy, Manual Document Review Versus Predictive Coding

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

How to Receive Fat Friday
Our most serendipitous offering, Fat Friday consists of unsolicited contributions by TechnoLawyer members. 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 Fat Friday newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Networking/Operating Systems

Review of Practical Law Plus Five Legal Technology Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, September 19, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: It's challenging to stay on top of your practice area let alone expand your practice to an adjacent practice area. Thomson Reuters' Practical Law consists of checklists, model documents, practice notes, and more for 13 practice areas. In this issue of SmallLaw, New Jersey lawyer Ed Zohn evaluates both the breadth and quality of Practical Law's materials as well as its pricing. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for five legal technology tips that won't cost a dime.

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 | Legal Research | SmallLaw | Transactional Practice Areas

Paperless Office Pain Points; Reviews of SmartFax, X1; Software Subscriptions

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Ted Palmer, Solutions for Paperless Law Office Pain Points

Christopher Holly, Review: X1 (Desktop and Email Search)

Steve Perlmutter, Review: SmartFax

John Courtade, Zenesi and the Software Subscription Business Model

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

How to Receive TL Answers
Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Computer Accessories | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | TL Answers

Rocket Matter iPad Edition: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers the new iPad app for a popular practice management system (see article below), a portable scanner that works with Android and iOS devices, a communications automation iPhone app, and device for improving and tracking your sleep. Don't miss the next issue.

LEGAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ON THE IPAD TAKES ORBIT

Law firms like the benefits of infrastructure but not its baggage. For example, back in the 1990s, law firms welcomed server-based practice management systems because of the collaboration they made possible. But they stuck the servers out of sight. Nowadays, cloud practice management systems have completely eliminated the need for local servers. However, web browsers have become a pain point given the resurgence of native software thanks largely to iOS.

Rocket Matter iPad Edition … in One Sentence

Announced today and launching soon, Rocket Matter iPad Edition is a free app for users of Rocket Matter, a cloud practice management system.

The Killer Feature

Rocket Matter iPad Edition features a customizable dashboard so that you can instantly see what's happening with your matters as well as across your entire law firm if you have the access rights. In addition to choosing what to display and the color palette, you can further customize the dashboard with a personal avatar and photos.

From the dashboard, you can access documents, add notes to a matter, create calendar events, delegate tasks, enter time, generate bills, review trust account balances, etc. Rocket Matter iPad Edition offers the same functionality of the web version of Rocket Matter.

"The Rocket Matter iPad Edition is not just a mere app," Rocket Matter CEO and Co-Founder Larry Port told us. "It's an entire tablet-based solution that ties into Rocket Matter's cloud data storage. We've carefully watched how lawyers, law firms, and bar associations have all eagerly embraced the practical advantages that tablets provide. We took these observations and combined them with direct suggestions from our lawyer partners to build unmatched legal practice management software."

Other Notable Features

Complementing the dashboards, Rocket Matter iPad Edition can generate a number of reports that provide a detailed snapshot of your firm's financials, including accounting, billing, and trust accounting. Customizable parameters and date ranges enable you to generate a report with the data you want. If you have an AirPrint or other compatible printer, you can print reports directly from your iPad.

Good design makes products easier to use. Legal cloud software companies have the most talented designers and user experience engineers in the industry. Rocket Matter has such an abundance of so-called "front-end" talent that it also designs websites for law firms. This team created a new user interface specifically for the iPad. Port describes the screens in Rocket Matter iPad Edition as "sleek, intuitive, and seamless."

Within a web browser, cloud applications function only when you have an Internet connection. This is a limitation of web browsers. By contrast, Rocket Matter iPad Edition works with or without an Internet connection. Any changes you make while offline synchronize when you reconnect to the Internet.

What Else Should You Know?

While Rocket Matter iPad Edition is free, it requires a Rocket Matter subscription. Prices range from $52 per month per user for the two-year plan to $65 per month per user without a long-term commitment. The company also offers annual and quarterly plans. You can try Rocket Matter for free for 30 days, including Rocket Matter iPad Edition. Learn more about Rocket Matter iPad Edition.

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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL NewsWire

The Evolution of Corporate Legal Consumers Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball 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.

This week's inside baseball sections link to:

70 press releases about lateral hires, mergers, internal promotions, and all other significant business news.

26 press releases about notable law firm and practice group accolades.

105 press releases about notable individual lawyer accolades.

Congratulations to David J. Parnell of Forbes on winning our BigLaw Pick of the Week award: The Evolution of Corporate Legal Consumers. Here's a sampling of of some other industry analysis from this issue:

Davis Polk's Litigation Group Drives Growth

How Not to Lead

How to Receive BigLaw
BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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

The Most Marketable Law Firm Ever Plus 72 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 72 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.

What You Need to Know About Legal Plans

What No One Tells You About Starting a Firm

How to Handle Requests for Free Legal Advice

12 Warning Signs of a Bad SEO Firm

Congratulations to Dion Algeri of Great Jakes on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Most Marketable Law Firm Ever

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

Five Words Used by Liars Plus 76 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 15, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 77 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.

Four Tips on Citing Authorities

How to Stab an Expert (Transcript Included)

2014 Mid-Year Electronic Discovery Update

A Federal Judge and His iPad Part 2

Congratulations to Steven Mehta of Legal Ink Magazines on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Five Words Used by Liars

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

An Expert's Impressions of Apple Watch Plus 67 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, September 15, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 68 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 BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Create a Digital Signature Stamp in Acrobat

A Warning for Lawyers About Office 365 Home

Cutouts to Help Decide Which iPhone 6 to Get

Fastcase Is the Most Popular Legal App

Congratulations to Benjamin Clymer of Hodinkee on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: A Watch Expert's Hands-On Impression of Apple Watch

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). 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. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets
 
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