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December 18, 2013
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Tech Tuesday

Adobe Acrobat: Beyond PDF Conversion
Leah Peabbles
Tuesday, Jan. 28
Noon–12:30 p.m.
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Search Engine Optimization
Natalie Henley
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Noon–12:30 p.m.

How to Boost Your Network with LinkedIn
Frankie Cervantes
Tuesday, March 25
Noon–12:30 p.m.

Blog of the Month


By Massachusetts attorney Robert Ambrogi’s. He tracks new and intriguing websites for lawyers.

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Upcoming Webinar
Top 10 Malpractice Traps and the Tools for Avoiding Them
by Clio
Tuesday, Nov. 19
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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Reba Nance

Members tell us they want help with managing their practices. We know how hard it can be to keep abreast of the law, handle cases for clients, and also try to run a business. To help meet these challenges, CBA CLE and the CBA’s Solo-Small Firm Section partnered to create a monthly series of educational programs. The series is titled Small Firms BIG SUCCESS, and the topics are predominately law practice management.

You can attend via webinar, or in person. They are recorded, so you can always access them via home study. They are very reasonably priced at $29 for Solo-Small Firm Section members, $39 for CBA members, and $59 for non-CBA members.

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Product Reviews

Why I Decided Not to Get Google Glass

by Mitch Jackson, posted on The Droid Lawyer
Glass simply can’t, and probably, to be more specific, won’t for a very long time—at least until Google releases the device for consumer use, or developers get on-board with some killer apps—be more useful than my smartphone and tablet. Read more.

Soundlogic Bluetooth Earbuds

by Mitch Jackson, posted on The Droid Lawyer
I’m loving the compact nature of the headphones, and really loving the fact that there’s no cord attached to my Android device. I walked around my office and house testing the distance. Sound and sync worked fine up to about 30 feet (10 meters)…Read more.

iPhone 5s Dock—Charge and Hold your iPhone 5 or 5s

by Jeff Richardson, posted on iPhone J.D.
If you work at a desk and you are looking for a useful accessory for your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s—or a gift for someone else who uses one—and if you don’t use a case with your iPhone, I’m a big fan of the iPhone 5s Dock made by Apple. Read more.

Easy Annotate—View and Edit Two PDF Documents at Once

by Jeff Richardson, posted on iPhone J.D.
Easy Annotate is a PDF viewer and editor app that has one unique feature: you can view two documents at the same time, side-by-side. Read more.

A Compact Portable Scanner and Projector

by Robert Ambrogi, posted on LawSites
I have been playing around with a handy little device called the HoverCam Mini 5. Billed as a pocket-sized scanner, it is actually a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera that functions as both an overhead scanner and a video projector. You can use it on your desktop, but it is even better suited to use on the road. Read more.

Comparing the New iPads for Lawyers

podcast with Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, posted on Legal Talk Network
In this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the new iPad Air and iPad Mini with retina display, how the newest iPads reflect how we use technology, and which model makes the most sense for lawyers. The second half of the show will cover the findings of the Am Law Tech Survey 2013.Listen to the podcast.

Technology Gift Guides

Tis the Season: Tech Toys for the Holidays 2013

podcast with Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway, posted on Legal Talk Network
In this edition of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway present their annual Tech Toys for the Holidays episode.Tune in for inspiration and an update on the newest, coolest gadgets like smartphone spy lenses, doorbells connected via wifi, portable chargers powered by hydrogen and oxygen, and more. Listen to the podcast.

2013 Techno-Gift Guide

by Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene, posted on GPSolo
We will share our ideas about technology-related gifts for friends, family, partners, employees, and almost anyone else. Many of the items we discuss will likely prove helpful to you professionally and/or enjoyable additions to your personal life. The items discussed in this article have a price range from less than $20 to more than $1,000. You should find something in this list suitable for almost everyone on your list (including yourself). Read more.

Top 10 and Top 25 Products of 2013 Awards

by Neil J. Squillante, posted on The TechnoLawyer
In 2013, we reported on nearly 200 new products and services of interest to lawyers and law office administrators in TL NewsWire. But only 25 of these products can win our TL NewsWire Top 10 Products or TL NewsWire Top 25 Products awards. Read more.

Top 12 Tech Gifts for 2013

by The Docket staff, posted on Solo in Colo
When it comes to holiday gifts, books are always a good idea. But it is 2013, and there’s no denying the electrifying appeal of the innumerable amount of “techie” gadgets on the market. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for family and friends or items to put on your own wish list, the following products will provide you with illuminating digital glee. Read more.


You Can Take It with You (on Vacation)

by Jeffrey Allen, posted on GPSolo
Today, no matter where you choose to travel, whether for vacation or otherwise, taking your information with you has evolved into a simple and easy process. Now, if you want, you can literally take your entire practice (all your cases and case files) with you on the road. Moreover, you can have legal research capabilities on a 24/7/365 basis from any location where you can acquire an Internet connection. Read more.

Survey Shows Fax Is Far From Dead

by Sean Doherty, posted on Law Technology News
Fax services continue to remain an important piece of transactional business because of the ubiquity of fax machines and their ease of use in transmitting an image of a signed contract or agreement, which has legal standing. Read more.


Law Firm Website Design and Content Guidelines

by Gyi Tsakalakis, posted on AttorneySync
Wondering why your law firm’s website is doing so lousy in search? Perhaps you’re not following these design and content guidelines. Read more.

Starting the Year Right: Business Development Goals for Every Lawyer

by Sally J. Schmidt, posted on Attorney at Work
I have outlined what would be excellent goals for any lawyer, along with some specific ideas to help you make progress against them. Aspirations are fine, but everybody knows the devil is in the details. Read more.


Charitable Giving

by Lisa A. Runquist, posted on GPSolo
As we approach the end of the year, one concern that often arises is how to reduce your overall tax burden. A common step is to make one or more charitable contributions. Is this a good idea? If you decide to give, what organization(s) are worthy of your contribution? And what type of contribution are you prepared to make? Read more.

Is Limited-Scope Representation the Future for Firms?

by Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, posted on Law Technology News
Technology is enabling lawyers to offer limited-scope representation, also known as unbundled legal services, to give clients pricing choices. Read more.