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Get More Out of Your iPhone and Save Time by Customizing the Control Center

By Jim Calloway There have been several recent upgrades to the iPhone iOS operating system. Like many lawyers, I am sometimes a bit annoyed that an interface has changed. But I navigate past it and get back to work. This challenge is that I may be missing some very useful new features. A recent article...
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The Importance of VPNs for Lawyers on the Move

By Julie Bays, OBA Practice Management Advisor Lawyers deal with confidential data which requires strong security measures, particularly when away from the office. Employing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is essential to protect client's confidential information while working remotely or in public spaces such as coffee shops, airports, and hotels. Public Wi-Fi networks are particularly...
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Windows Tip: Save Time by Automating Tasks

By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway Are there some tasks that you do every day that require several computer operations? Lawyers can save valuable time and increase productivity by automating many of these repetitive tasks in Windows. One very interesting idea is setting up your computer to open several tasks every time it is turned...
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The Em Dash for Lawyers

By OBA MAP Director Jim Calloway This week’s tip covers a typographic symbol, the em dash, which is like a hyphen — but longer (see what I did there?). So why would a lawyer use an em dash? Here’s the definition of em dash from Thesaurus.com: "In general, the em dash is seen as being...
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Classic Features Return to Outlook in April 2024 Update

By Jim Calloway Most lawyers use Outlook for email. Upgrading to the “new” Outlook over the last few months has not been painless. Some functions require using the new version of Outlook and sometimes we must toggle back to the old version to get something to work. Perhaps the most frustrating thing has been the...
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The Client’s Trust is a Most Important Asset

By Jim Calloway It is important for a lawyer to have their client’s trust, particularly when important decisions must be made. While we all appreciate what building trust with our clients entails, few have examined the elements of improving trust. In The Trust Equation: The Most Important Formula for Developing New Business, Jay Harrington discusses...
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Five Security Features That All Apple Users Should Be Using

By Jim Calloway Most lawyers tend to use iPhones, based on my non-scientific observations. I believe that is true for many professionals. iPhones have a reputation for being the most secure device. But some of the security features require the user to set or enable them, like Activation Lock, which prevents others from using your...
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Upgrade Your Note Taking Tools

By Jim Calloway Like many lawyers, I still sometimes take notes by hand on a legal pad. The challenge is that saving information in a non-digital format hampers reuse and searching. I have in the past “converted” the notes to a digital format by opening Word and using its Dictate speech recognition tool to create...
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How to Pin an Email in Outlook and Never Miss a Deadline

By Jim Calloway Have you ever received an email that required your attention, but you didn't have time to deal with it right away? Maybe it was a project update, a client request, or a feedback form. You probably thought, "I'll get back to this later," and moved on to other tasks. But then, hours...
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Why Microsoft Edge is Becoming a Better Choice Than Chrome for Security-Conscious Lawyers

By Jim Calloway Edge is Gaining an Edge in the Browser Market Microsoft Edge, the successor of the infamous Internet Explorer, has been steadily increasing its market share. According to StatCounter, Edge surpassed Firefox in March 2020 and became the second most popular browser after Chrome. Statcounter notes that for January 2024, Chrome has a...
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The Power of Microsoft Word Templates

By Jim Calloway Last week in this space OBA Practice Management Advisor Julie Bays passed along a warning from consultant Barron Henley that if you don’t exercise care, Microsoft’s AutoSave feature can overwrite your form before you can click “Save as.” Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Center for Practice Management,…

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Turn off AutoSave to Protect Your Legal Forms and Templates

By Julie Bays If you’re a lawyer who is using Word and saving files in OneDrive or SharePoint, here is a Public Service Announcement by Barron Henley: be cautious about the “AutoSave files stored in the Cloud by default in Word” feature. Here’s why: The Issue: Imagine you’re working on a new document based on…

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Check Out 60 Technology Tips from ABA TECHSHOW 2024

By Jim Calloway 60 in 60, a fast-paced program covering a wide variety of tech advice was the opening feature of the last day of ABA TECHSHOW. OBA Practice Management Advisor Julie Bays was among the expert panel of tipsters. Julie has also been named to be ABA TECHSHOW 2025 Co-Chair. Check out the ABA…

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Avoiding Negative Reactions to Constructive Feedback

Lawyers often have to deliver difficult messages. Whether it is informing a client of a negative outcome or responding to opposing counsel’s paltry settlement offer, lawyers must deliver plain and direct communications. Gerry Riskin of Edge International reminds us that our lawyer direct language approach is not always the best approach when doing staff evaluations. His…

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Ethically Dealing with Negative Online Attorney Reviews

By Jim Calloway Suppose you are on a long-distance road trip and decide it is time for a nice sit-down meal for a break. You exit from the interstate, and then search your phone for dining locations. You locate several that are relatively close to you and read the reviews. One has a low 2-star…

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Artificial Intelligence in a Law Practice

By Jim Calloway For those who want to learn more about how lawyers can appropriately use artificial intelligence in their law practices, I recommend the OBA on-demand CLE program Artificial Intelligence in a Law Practice. The on-demand webinar has great presenters. OBA Practice Management Advisor, Julie Bays is joined by Catherine Sanders Reach, Director for…

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A Four-Step Approach to Increasing Your Legal Fees

By Jim Calloway Larger law firms consider rate increases annually, even though a rate increase may not be enacted every year. Solos and small law firms may not have increased their billing rate for some time, but they are likely aware of what other lawyers in their geographical and practice areas charge. For some consumer…

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Microsoft Releases Copilot Pro to All Microsoft 365 Subscribers

By Jim Calloway Microsoft has just announced that Copilot is now available to all 365 subscribers. The Verge.com broke the story and reminded us there are three versions of Copilot: “Microsoft now has three different versions of Copilot. There’s the regular Copilot that’s available free of charge to both consumers and businesses, which is essentially…

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Portable Scanners Allow You to Scan Documents Anywhere

By Jim Calloway Scanning documents in the law office is a common law office operation these days. Paper documents are often scanned so they can be digitally transmitted or filed in the digital client file. That wasn’t true when I first wrote about scanners for the January 25, 1998 Oklahoma Bar Journal calling scanners “today’s…

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Searching with Side Panels in Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Edge Browsers

By Julie Bays, OBA Practice Management Advisor If you haven’t tried the side panels in these browsers, you’re missing out on some features that can make your browsing easier and smarter. Both have something unique to offer. Google Chrome has many features including a search function that also highlights the main points in articles using…

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