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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

Top 100 Litigation Technology Innovations Plus 47 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 29, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 48 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.

Casetext's New Features Help You More Easily Get to the Essence of a Case

The Most Overlooked Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege

Five Steps to Conduct Ediscovery on a Smaller Budget

Posner on What is Wrong With the Federal Judiciary

Congratulations to Jason Krause of Wisconsin Lawyer on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Top 100 Litigation Technology Innovations

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 | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Why the iPad Can Replace Your Laptop; Lawyer Switches to Mac and Then Switches Back; Automated Disaster Recovery Caveat; Review of SmartAdvocate

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, April 29, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Rethinking Keyboards in the Context of iPad as Laptop Replacement

Margery Golant, I Switched To Mac And Then Switched Back Plus The Limits Of IPad And IPhone

Donald Lowrey, Automated Disaster Recovery Caveat

Philip Franckel, Review Of SmartAdvocate

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: Backup/Media/Storage | Coming Attractions | Computer Accessories | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Nutshell Aims to Automate Law Firm Marketing on the Cheap

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a marketing automation app that costs less than most apps in this genre (see article below), a new legal research tool, a powered iPad Pro stand, and a VPN that works on all major platforms. Don't miss the next issue.

In the beginning, lawyer rainmakers spent significant time keeping their Rolodex up-to-date. Then personal information managers (PIMs) moved these contacts into software. This century gave us client relationship management software and then marketing automation software, often with high price tags.

Nutshell … in One Sentence

Nutshell is cloud marketing automation software priced significantly lower than most such products.

The Killer Feature

Nutshell enables you to create a sales process for your firm. For example, if your firm spans several practice areas you can assign leads for each practice area to a different partner. Nutshell can ingest contacts from the forms on your website to trigger these assignment rules. Email templates enable you to send elaborate messages to leads with one click. Nutshell can automatically create a set of tasks for each new lead and assign them. You can also manually add tasks such as creating a proposal.

Other Notable Features

In addition to its web form capabilities, Nutshell can import contacts from any source, including Outlook. Nutshell can also extract contact information from scanned business cards. You can categorize contacts with tags. Thanks to an integration with Zapier (sold separately), you can send contacts from Nutshell to a practice management system such as Clio, and also to Office 365 and Google Contacts.

Nutshell offers click-to-call functionality. After verifying your identity and telephone number, you can click the Call button for any contact to place a call from your computer that looks like it's coming from your phone. Nutshell logs the call in that contact's activity timeline. You can optionally record calls too. Click-to-call also supports several VoIP services, enabling you to place calls through apps such as Skype, RingCental, and Kixie.

As noted above, Nutshell contains basic email marketing tools. It also integrates with MailChimp (sold separately) if you need more functionality and reporting. Other features include threaded discussions, integration with Gmail and Outlook for capturing email conversations, and extensive reporting to help you analyze your sales process and forecasts.

What Else Should You Know?

In addition to using Nutshell in a web browser, you can also use it in the Android and iPhone app. Nutshell costs $20 per user per month for the Starter version. The Pro version, which you'll need for sales process automation, click-to-call, and implementation assistance, costs $35 per user per month. Learn more about Nutshell.

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: Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | TL NewsWire

Mobile Technology Hellholes; Automatic Disaster Recovery; Reviews of Chrometa and Netmemo Plus; Seth Rowland Fan Mail

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Mobile Technology Hellholes

Jerry Gonzalez, Tip: Automatic Disaster Recovery System With SecondCopy And Dropbox

Frederic Wolfram, Review Of Chrometa

Steven Brower, Review Of Netmemo Plus

Jon Ladd, Praise For Seth Rowland And His Practice Management Manifesto

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 | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Do You Have These Bad Email Manners? Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 45 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.

Here's How You Compare to Your Competition

Let Colleagues Know You'll Accept Work on a Contract Basis

The Best Email Marketing Software of 2016

Squarespace vs WordPress for Your Law Firm Website

Congratulations to Kristin Piombino of Ragan on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Do You Have These Bad Email Manners?

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 | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Office Management | Legal Research | SmallLaw

Managing Partners Need to Stop Winging It Plus Last Week's Inside Baseball

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, April 26, 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:

ATB Announces Partners

Bradley Arant Welcomes Five Attorneys to Charlotte Office

Morrison & Foerster Announces the Addition of Eight New Government Contracts and Litigation Partners in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia

Former DOJ Attorney Jeffrey Wertkin Joins Akin Gump

Gray Reed Continues to Grow Intellectual Property Practice

Cole Schotz Grows National Footprint With Opening of Florida Office

Congratulations to John Remsen of The National Law Review on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Managing Partners Need to Stop Winging It.

How to Receive BiglawWorld
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. The BiglawWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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

Legal Software CEO Tests iPad Pro v. Surface Pro 4 Plus 54 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 25, 2016

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 55 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.

Five Uses for Private Browsing Mode (Besides Porn)

How Smartphones Have Changed Car Accidents for PI Lawyers

Smart Writing Set Lavishes Attention on the Paper, Not Just the Smart Pen

The Best Home Bluetooth Speaker

Congratulations to Larry Port of Law Technology Today on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Legal Software CEO Tests iPad Pro v. Surface Pro 4

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 | Coming Attractions | Entertainment/Hobbies/Recreation | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Privacy/Security | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Lessons From Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (3rd ed.)

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Coming today to LitigationWorld: You should read Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing. But at 427 pages, you might not have time right now. So we asked lawyer and legal writing coach Kiko Korn to distill four core principles from the book for this issue of LitigationWorld. You'll learn how to better organize your briefs, make your arguments more persuasive and easier to find, and improve the odds that the judge will read your brief in the first place. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a judge's advice to litigators about social media.

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

Why CosmoLex Is One to Watch; More Options for Replacing Time Matters

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Dana Riel, Why CosmoLex Is One To Watch

Lee D. Cumbie, Amicus Attorney As A Time Matters Replacement

Harry Salavantis, PracticeMaster As A Time Matters Replacement

William Ross, Clio As A Time Matters Replacement

Stan Johnson, Amicus Cloud As A Time Matters Replacement

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 | Coming Attractions | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

Smart Writing Set Lavishes Attention on the Paper, Not Just the Smart Pen

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a smart pen and accompanying app that captures the notes you take in a tablet-shaped paper notebook (see article below), a case management app for litigators, a folding Bluetooth portable keyboard, and a task management app. Don't miss the next issue.

Digital note-taking takes three forms — writing on paper and then scanning what you write, writing on a tablet using a stylus, and writing on paper using a smart pen that captures what you write. Technology companies have dominated all three types, but the latter seems ripe for participation by companies renowned for their paper notebooks.

Smart Writing Set … in One Sentence

Launched earlier this month, Moleskine's Smart Writing Set consists of a smart pen, special Moleskine notebook, and a mobile app.

The Killer Feature

Moleskine calls its paper notebook the Paper Tablet not because it's a tablet, but because it's about the same size and shape as a tablet, including rounded corners. The Paper Tablet consists of 176 pages of thick paper. You can write on both sides. An email symbol at the top of each page enables you to email that page to someone with a tap of the smart pen (you then need to use your Android or iOS device to finish sending the message).

Other Notable Features

Called the Moleskine Pen+, the smart pen is made by Neo, the company behind the N2 smart pen. A camera on the Pen+ captures what you write. This eliminates the need for a transmitter that competing products use. The paper in the Paper Tablet contains small dots that enable the Pen+ to identify its location on the page.

The Pen+ stores up to 1,000 pages of notes for offline use. Whether live or after the fact, your notes eventually end up in the free Moleskine Notes app for iOS (Android version coming soon). The app's built-in OCR makes your notes searchable.

The app automatically tags notes by date, location, and page. You can apply custom tags such as a client/matter name, and then view a list of all notes with that tag. An optional recording feature enables you to playback your notes along with the audio.

What Else Should You Know?

Moleskine Notes syncs with Evernote and Google Drive. You can export notes in PDF, JPG, PNG, or SVG formats. The Smart Writing Set costs $199, including one Paper Tablet and one Pen+. Additional Paper Tablets cost $29.95 each. Learn more about Smart Writing Set.

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: Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | TL NewsWire
 
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