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Access to Justice and Productivity Gains for All Lawyers

By Jim Calloway Access to justice is the theme of this issue of the Oklahoma Bar Journal. I’ve had the opportunity to review many of the articles in advance and this is a very thought-provoking collection. Its content ranges from issues directly impacting the practicing lawyer like delivering limited scope legal services, the need for more court reporters and the credentials…

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Technology and the Legal Profession

By Jim Calloway Much has been written about the antipathy of the legal profession toward adoption of modern technology. “The relationship between lawyers and technology is complicated” begins a column in Forbes magazine titled “Lawyers and Technology: Frenemies or Collaborators?” by Mark A. Cohen, noting many lawyers “curious ambivalence” toward adopting technology. That observation is…

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Don’t Become the Victim of a Wire Fraud Scheme

By Jim Calloway When I was in law school, a cashier’s check was deemed to be just as good as cash because it was guaranteed by the bank. While that is still technically and legally true today, the question is whether you are holding a valid cashier’s check. Criminals now have the ability to create forged cashier’s checks that…

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Two-Factor Authentication is Critical Today

By Jim Calloway Technology tools for lawyers is a regular topic in this Law Practice Tips column. Any advice columnist knows the readers will often treat their column like a buffet, taking what they like and ignoring some items that may be good for them, but don’t strike their fancy today. Password managers are like that.…

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Eliminating the Terror of Lost Client Files

By Jim Calloway To err is human, as the saying goes. We human beings make mistakes. We forget. We don’t follow through on carefully crafted plans sometimes; but the legal profession is an exacting undertaking, requiring attention to detail, and the legal system is sometimes very unforgiving of errors. Several years ago, as those of us who advise…

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Cloud Computing for Lawyers – 2019

By Jim Calloway “Is it really OK for a lawyer to use the cloud?” is one of the most commonly asked questions I hear from lawyers both today and over the years. The answer is what has been referred to as every lawyer’s favorite answer to any legal question – “It depends.” In my opinion, the expanded answer…

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Oklahoma Bar Intellidrafts

By Jim Calloway This is big. At the Annual Meeting the Oklahoma Bar Association announced Oklahoma Bar Intellidrafts, an automated document assembly service for OBA members. You can enjoy a free trial until the end of 2018 by going to oba.intellidrafts.com. I’ve given many presentations on automated document assembly, both at ABA TECHSHOW and the OBA Solo…

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Ten Tips From the OBA Opening Your Law Practice Program

By Jim Calloway It’s a challenge to open your own law firm directly out of law school. We provide some basic training to Oklahoma lawyers who are opening their own law practices. Since 2012, we have offered a free program in the spring and fall called Opening Your Law Practice. Prior to that, we called…

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Building and Maintaining Your Professional Network

By Jim Calloway Today, businesses often succeed or fail based on their marketing plans and activities. A good product or service may theoretically sell itself, but if no one knows about the business offering or if the only fact someone knows is negative, there’s little chance of success. Lawyers have traditionally had a strained and nervous relationship with marketing…

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The Lawyer’s Tools of the Trade

By Jim Calloway What are a lawyer’s tools of the trade? Many years ago, as a consumer bankruptcy lawyer, I had to research the meaning of “tools of the trade” as applied to lawyers under Oklahoma law. Oklahoma has opted out of the federal bankruptcy exemptions and instead uses the exemptions under 31 Okla. Stat. §1. The state statute…

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