The Commodore Amiga 4000 is a true law office workhorse. We’ve got three A4000s humming in the office, two just upgraded from the 500 and one upgraded from the Commodore 64. As with many aging computers, though, how do you eke out another year without having to shell out the big bucks to upgrade to a Packard Bell or to one of the newer Wangs? With careful planning, solid optimization, and a bit of luck, you can continue to get good mileage out of your Amiga. Here’s how we do it. [Read more...]
We’ve posted before on basic tips to help streamline your practice, such as A Lawyer’s Essential Multimedia Guide to Finding Things with Google. That post featured some great screenshots to walk you through how to use Google to find things. Today, we are pleased to announce the first webinar of the Big Legal Brain Back to Basics Series. With so much confusion about technology, we help you focus on the fundamentals, like how to double click on a folder to open it and view the contents. So, sit back, push play, and in two minutes you’ll have a great refresher course on how to use your computer’s double click function.
Attorneys have a lot of tools under their belt, not all of them used effectively. One tool that typically sits in the back closet is the office chain saw. Whether it’s a Stihl, Husqvarna, or Craftsman, the chain saw — when used properly — can enhance your practice, attract new clients, and lead to overall office harmony. Here’s how. [Read more...]
If you ask around, keeping track of client files is somewhat important. A few months after you finish up a case, though, you are often stuck with a pile of papers that have no other use except staple practice or wrapping last minute gifts. You could spend a ton of your downtime handing your dog client documents to chew on as part of regular file destruction, or you could try something attorneys have not yet used more widely: controlled burns.
The best way to stay updated is to update stuff. This applies to your computer operating system, page-a-day Garfield calendar, legal research, and a couple of other things. If it’s not on your to-do list already, updating the pocket parts of ALR2d should be one of the first things completed at the beginning of the year. Why? It’s possible that you’ll miss an important case or legal development that came out nine months ago. [Read more...]
Backing up your law firm’s correspondence, files, and electronic data can be a time-consuming, frustrating, and complicated process, particularly when you have to consider the wealth of easy online options. A scrivening solution, however, provides a solid approach for data back up and also provides much needed local employment. But how do you go about implementing a scrivening solution? Here’s our top advice. [Read more...]
Now and then we return to technology basics for your practice, such as cursor settings, rebooting your machine, or plain-language typing. This time, we’ll concentrate on Google and how best to use its remarkably powerful online search engine. If you are already using Google to find things online, keep reading. Or should we say “keep looking.” We’ve got some great professional screenshots that provide a quick refresher. That’s why we call this our multimedia lawyer’s guide. [Read more...]
Overhead projectors are the draft horses of multimedia presentation equipment. They are sturdy, easy to use, and extremely effective for leaving lasting impressions with juries. But, in the wrong hands or without proper training, an overhead projector can produce a multimedia disaster at trial. Before you or your AV technician rolls your overhead projector through the courthouse doors for your next trial, remember these few quick tips for success.