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The Ten Most Popular Office 365 Tips for Lawyers

By Jim Calloway Our new Digital Edge podcast, The Ten Most Popular Office 365 Tips For Lawyers, is really quite special in that I can almost guarantee you will learn at least one thing that you will immediately start to use. Our guest is Danielle DavisRoe, who is a senior consultant at Affinity Consulting Group....
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Communicating Better in a Post-Pandemic World

By Jim Calloway Communication tasks are a lot of what lawyers do daily. It is certainly a challenge to stay current with all client communications while keeping up with all of the other work in a law office. But what is the purpose of this communication? In most cases we want a response. Productivity expert...
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Choosing a Domain Name for Your Website

By Jim Calloway Every lawyer or law firm should have a website. Most people no longer use the Yellow Pages and search for everything from purchasing legal services to buying a car on the internet. The web is how most businesses obtain new customers. The law firm web site can provide many functions and resources,...
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Trust Issues with LastPass Password Manager

By Jim Calloway During the last couple of months of 2022, I taught several CLE programs on ethical issues with lawyers’ use of technology. Password managers are one key to ethical digital security because you can create extremely long passwords no one could guess, and you won’t be tempted to use the same password for...
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OBA Member Discounts for ABA TECHSHOW 2023

By Jim Calloway ABA TECHSHOW 2023 will be held March 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The OBA Member Discount Code is EP2306.  TECHSHOW is always a great event for those working in small to medium-sized law firms to attend and receive a lot of information. There is a lot to see and do at...
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How Did You Do in 2022?

By Jim Calloway The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock of how your law firm did this year and set goals for the next year. A few things to review include: Gross revenues this year versus last year. Hopefully, you can break these down by practice area to help inform...
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Holidays and Weekends: Prime Time for Cyberattacks

By Jim Calloway Holidays and weekends are the times when cyber criminals are most active. Not only should you and the members of your firm understand this, but you can also assist your family and acquaintances being aware of this trend. Lots of unfamiliar orders and shipping notices are coming into our inboxes from holiday...
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Technology Budget and Planning for 2023

By Jim Calloway Every year the ABA releases its ABA Legal Technology Survey Report. It is a massive work of five volumes and is quite pricey to purchase. ABA’s Law Technology Today annually provides summaries taken from the report including some expert analysis in its TechReports. OBA Practice Management Advisor Julie Bays undertook the topic...
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Change Your Cursor to Save Time and Improve Accessibility

By Jim Calloway Do you ever have trouble spotting your cursor? Since I often use three monitors, it is sometimes easy for the tiny, little cursor to get lost when I have many windows open. There’s an easy way to fix that – just make your mouse pointer a little bigger. Start with the Windows...
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Tech Toys for the Holidays

By Jim Calloway The  holiday shopping season is upon us and that means it is also time for our annual Tech Toys For The Holidays Digital Edge podcast. Sharon Nelson and I highlight an eclectic assortment of holiday gifts with a technology focus. We have some budget shopping items like an AIrTag lock for $15.90...
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Are You Thankful for Your Law Practice?

By Jim Calloway As we head into the Thanksgiving when we are encouraged to count our blessings, are you thankful for your law practice? Most lawyers undoubtedly are. Given the challenges we have faced the last few years, optimism is sometimes in short supply. But according to a recent Thomson Reuters survey, 2022 State of…

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Protecting Client Information on Portable Devices

By Jim Calloway What if you copied a lot of documents to a USB flash drive for working offline and now you can’t find the drive? Do you have to report this potential breach to firm management or notify the client of this potential breach? Suppose a hacker has gotten into your laptop and downloaded…

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Disaster Planning: It’s Not Just for Hurricanes

By Jim Calloway We have certainly seen many weather-related disasters this year. How long has it been since your law firm reviewed its disaster plan? Disaster Planning: It’s Not Just for Hurricanes is our new Digital Edge podcast.  Our guest Shawn Holahan is Practice Management Counsel and Loss Prevention Counsel for the Louisiana State Bar…

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Smile for the Camera: Leverage the Power of Video

By Jim Calloway If one picture is worth 1000 words, how many words does that mean a video is worth?  It is a nonsensical question. Yet we all understand that video content on the Internet is extremely popular and today many people prefer receiving their information and entertainment through apps like TikTok and YouTube. Some…

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The Ethics of Attorney-Client Email and Having Client Data on a Smartphone

By Jim Calloway Most of us are doing business in the digital world these days, but protecting your clients’ confidential information must always be top of mind. Two recently released opinions from the Pennsylvania Bar may provide helpful guidance for lawyers. Formal Opinion 2022-500 Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Storing Information Relating to the Representation Of A…

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A Keystroke to Memorize. Windows Key Plus H.

As you likely know, Microsoft 365 provides great speech recognition built right into Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote. You just click on the microphone icon labeled Dictate and begin your dictation. But to dictate into other applications on your computer, there are other built-in options. It’s simple on a PC, just use the Windows key…

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Financial Issues for Lawyers

By Jim Calloway The September 2022 issue of Law Practice Today is a finance-themed issue. Among the seven features are Fundamentals of Accounting for Lawyers, Making it Rain, Eight Ethical Financial Mistakes Lawyers Make and How to Value, Sell & Purchase a Law Practice. The ABA Law Practice Today webzine is available to anyone, whether…

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Slack v Teams for Law Firm Instant Messaging.

By Jim Calloway Can We Use Slack in our Law Firm? Some of us participate in Slack groups. Slack is a group messaging app that is simple and easy to use. As we know, group texts might work for social occasions, but aren’t great for business situations. (One reason — someone can be added late…

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Time for iPhone Users to Upgrade to iOS 16

By Jim Calloway Every fall Apple holds a media event to highlight new versions of its offerings. This year the new features of iOS 16 have received a lot of attention. We know that upgrades are sometimes a mixed blessing. They bring needed features but also, they seem to change things unnecessarily. One new feature…

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Your Law Firm Cookbook: How and Why

By Jim Calloway Why does your law firm need documented standard operating procedures? Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview guest Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association on the August 2022 edition of the Digital Edge Podcast, Your Law Firm Cookbook: How and Why. Catherine outlines…

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