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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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The Benefits and Risks Associated with Relevant Technology

By Jim Calloway The technology and best practices used by lawyers to serve their clients and manage their practices has been a frequently discussed topic over recent years. For Oklahoma lawyers, there is a new reason to increase the attention paid to technology now. By order dated Sept. 19, 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court amended…

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Email Attachments vs. Client Portals

By Jim Calloway Let me start by noting this particular column is focused on tools to use in a law practice. As the title suggests, this month I am going to discuss the differences between providing clients documents by sending them as email attachments versus providing the documents through a client portal. Some readers may…

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Some Post-Summer Law Practice Tips

By Jim Calloway Summer is coming to a close and hopefully you have en-joyed some vacation and family time. Several of us enjoyed the OBA Solo & Small Firm Conference in June. We had one of the largest turnouts in recent memory. Our conference is only possible because of the support of a number of…

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Proposed Agenda for Your Law Office Retreat

By Jim Calloway This probably seems like a presumptuous title. Every law firm is a little bit different, so there are different items they may want to focus on during a law firm planning retreat. But many law firms also have reinvention and repurposing challenges they need to consider. It seems like an agenda on…

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2015 Year-End Roundup

By Jim Calloway This year I have been writing a lot about change in law offices. If you missed reading any of the prior Law Practice Tips columns in the Oklahoma Bar Journal they are online. I’m sure that some readers are tired of hearing about systemic change in the legal marketplace and wondering how changes…

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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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Those Timesheets, Those Hated Timesheets: Are You Still Using Them?

By Jim Calloway A common complaint among lawyers is the painful necessity of filling out timesheets so that the clients can be accurately billed. On its face, this is a simple exercise that should be a part of the daily routine and should be happily done for the direct rewards it provides. (You don’t bill,…

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A Little of This, A Little of That, Things Lawyers and Law Firms Should Do Soon

By Jim Calloway Last month in this space I wrote a Law Practice Tips column titled “Thinking about Tomorrow” which encouraged, among other things, Oklahoma lawyers to attend our annual meeting and hear famed futurist Richard Susskind discuss his view of the future of law. This month’s column will cover a wide variety of topics…

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