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Trouble Disconnecting? Put Down Your Phone After Hours

By Jim Calloway “Smartphones and other mobile devices may be the driving force behind attorneys’ inability to disconnect from work once they leave the office or shut their laptops for the day, according to results from a Bloomberg Law survey.” That is the opening for a Bloomberg Law feature with some tips and suggestions for...
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10 Little-Known iPhone Features

By Jim Calloway Our smart phones today have so many features that it seems impossible to learn them all. Some of the less-than-obvious features can be very useful. One such feature is silencing unknown callers. So when someone calls you and the phone rings, you know it is someone in your Contacts. But if the...
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You (and Your Clients) Can Now Ask Google to Remove Your Personal Data From its Search Results

By Jim Calloway Google has announced a process to allow people to request removal of their personal data from Google search results. Removal is not guaranteed but the stated exceptions are rare. You will want to Google yourself in advance and screenshot any problematic content you find. But this is still an improvement over litigating...
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40 Wellness Tips to Help Lawyers Cope with Job Pressure

By Jim Calloway 40 Wellness Tips to Help Lawyers Cope with Job Pressure was a recent feature in the American Bar Association Journal. Oklahoma lawyers will note that one of the tipsters is Laura Mahr, who taught several seminars on wellness for us in 2020. This is an interesting collection from a diverse group, ranging...
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Good Backup Is Good Business Continuity

By Jim Calloway Most law firms now store a significant amount of data in the cloud. But that doesn’t mean data backup is not still important. Catherine Reach, director of the North Carolina Bar Association Center for Practice Management, notes: “Securing and protecting your firm’s data are essential. Client files, important communications, and valuable work...
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Great Tips for Using Zoom More Effectively

By Jim Calloway Zoom is very popular because it is easy to use and provides a free version. Most of us now have a fair amount of experience with Zoom and can use it well. But Tessa Davis, whose interests include online learning for the medical profession, published “7 Zoom “hacks” you may not know”...
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Improve Your Android Phone Security in Five Easy Steps

By Jim Calloway Lawyers today carry around much client data on their mobile devices. So mobile device security is extremely important. Some of the greater flexibility of Android devices also exposes them to different types of risks. New threats continue to emerge.  John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises shares how to Improve Android...
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Photo Geotagging for Lawyers

By Jim Calloway There are two areas related to geotagging photos that lawyers need to appreciate. One is related to privacy and security concerns of both lawyers and their clients. Another relates to the sometimes-hidden evidentiary value of geotagged photos. As Brian X. Chen, consumer technology columnist for The New York Times, noted in a...
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The Most Useful Outlook Shortcuts

By Jim Calloway Dropdown menus are great ways to navigate through software for things you do infrequently. For operations you do several times a day, keyboard shortcuts are faster, and you don’t have to remove a hand from the keyboard. Some of these we know by heart, like Esc to close a window, Ctrl+C to...
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Outlook Quick Steps–The Tool You Already Own That Will Help You Process E-mail Faster.

By Jim Calloway We all agree that email is a pain and sometimes managing email seems like a separate job by itself. But Outlook users have one great tool for processing email that is already built-in. It is called Outlook Quick Steps. Being able to accomplish several email actions with one click is a significant...
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Fastcase Adds Analytics Features

Fastcase, the legal research service provided by the OBA to Oklahoma lawyers, has added some federal court data analytics to its standard service. This new feature is the first to be released incorporating features from Fastcase’s 2020 acquisition of Judicata, a California-based legal research platform. Your attention is directed to the post In Major Platform…

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Are Your Passwords in the “Worst 20 Passwords” List?

By Jim Calloway We have discussed before in this space about the importance of using long, complex passwords, which will likely require a password manager to organize.  Protecting your information and your client’s information is very important for those of us in the legal profession. The Dark Web is awash with stolen passwords and login…

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Is It Time to Review Your Trust Accounting Procedures?

By Julie Bays Practice Management Advisor In 2019, I wrote in an OBA article that: “Frequently, lawyers go into private practice thinking more about their representation of clients rather than the business side of the practice. As a matter of fact, it’s quite common to hear lawyers joke that they went to law school because…

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Productivity Tip on How to Record Your Screen on Any Device

By Julie Bays Practice Management Advisor Recently I was working on a short presentation where I wanted to record some actions on my screen. The problem was I didn’t have a way to do it other than in Zoom, which seemed awkward to me. So, while searching for a better way to do this, I…

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10 Strategies for Bringing More Love into Your Law Practice

By Jim Calloway After two years of dealing with the pandemic, we all have experienced a lot of stress. Christy Cassisa, Founder & Director of the Institute for Mindful Works, shares her thoughts this week on 10 Strategies for Bringing More Love into Your Law Practice. “Too many law offices have emotional cultures of fear,…

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Spend Some Time Reviewing These Eight Updated Graphics on the US Legal Services Market

By Jim Calloway Director, OBA Management Assistance Program Bill Henderson, is Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law where he holds the Stephen F. Burns Chair on the Legal Profession. He blogs at Legal Evolution, and his academic focus involves analyzing data about law practice and the legal profession. This blog is…

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Time For an Attitude Adjustment?

By Jim Calloway It’s been a tough time to maintain a positive attitude with so many changes and challenges. Sally Schmidt, President of Schmidt Marketing, Inc., notes that Your Professional Attitude May Need an Adjustment . She has some interesting observations and tips about the way to improve your attitude by understanding the challenges of…

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Finetuning Your Lexology Member Benefit

By Jim Calloway Most lawyers receive a lot of emails. Every few months I find myself unsubscribing from some email update service I subscribed to previously that sounded like a good idea at the time. OBA provides Lexology as a member benefit. But sometimes less is more and limiting the subjects for which you receive…

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Craig Ball’s A Dozen Nips and Tucks for e-Discovery

By Jim Calloway Trial lawyers tend to spend more time dealing with e-Discovery issues than some other types of practices. But when you consider any business could be on the receiving end of an e-Discovery preservation letter at any time, e-Discovery is a good subject for all lawyers to know something about. Craig Ball has…

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The Font You Use for Email Matters More Than You Think

By Jim Calloway When we use software, we accept a lot of default settings. So many lawyers are just using whatever default font for email that came with Outlook or was selected by their IT department. Considering how much lawyers use email for important communications today, you should examine your options. For example, if you…

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