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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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Text Messaging for Lawyers

By Jim Calloway Text messaging (or texting) is one of the technology advances that has impacted how most people interact with each other. Like many consumer technology tools, texting can be a time waster, but sometimes it is the absolute perfect tool. When you’re running late for a social meeting, a quick text of “OTW” or “B there in…

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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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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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A Brief Recap of ABA TECHSHOW 2018

By Jim Calloway and Darla Jackson For those with an interest in legal technology, there is really nothing like ABA TECHSHOW, held each spring in Chicago. Although this year, the weather was anything but spring-like. For us, one of the best things about ABA TECHSHOW is (really shameless plug warning) that we will be seeing…

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Time-Saving Microsoft Word Customizations and Tools

By Jim Calloway Often there are easier ways to do our everyday tasks, but we can’t use more efficient techniques if we do not know about them. TRACK CHANGES One of those efficiencies is using Track Changes in Microsoft Word. When many lawyers make final edits on a document, they print it off and make…

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Backing Up, Like Breaking Up, Is Sometimes Hard To Do

By Jim Calloway March 31 marked the observance of World Backup Day. Now, I know you think I probably made that up, but the observance has a website and everything — www.worldbackupday.com. There is even a pledge: I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31st. And a sub-pledge: I…

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‘Paperless’ Office Doesn’t Really Mean Paperless, It Does Mean New Processes and Procedures

By Jim Calloway “Let’s just go paperless. We can free up all that space in the file room and quit paying so much for outside file storage.” “What a great idea! We’ve already got those big, expensive printer-scanner-document senders in the hallways on every floor. So, let’s send out a memo! Effective Monday, we’re going…

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The Smoke Clears…After the Practice Management Shootout at the OK Bar

By Jim Calloway A great, enthusiastic crowd attended our Practice Management Shootout at the OK Bar at the 2015 OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference. Read on to learn how we are sharing this information with the other OBA members. First of all, thanks to the representatives for our six participants: MyCase, Firm Manager, Firm…

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