I’m Back

September 13, 2006

Yes, I’m finally back. After weeks of illness, back troubles, and juggling work, interspersed with trying to bring a renovated vacation rental cabin to market, getting married, and then dealing with my husband’s knee injury, I’m finally able to think about posting to this blog.

Thanks to the friends and loyal readers who dropped me a note of concern. It was much appreciated and made the days brighter.

Onward and upward!

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Rick Borstein’s blog, Acrobat for Legal Professionals, is worth a visit.  Rick is a Business Development Manager specializing in the Acrobat-Legal Market for Adobe Systems Incorporated. He’s also an Adobe Certified Expert in Acrobat and a member of the American Bar Association and the International Legal Technology Association.

His June 16th post, Commenting on Image-only PDFs,  explores tools in Adobe Acrobat to help you comment and mark-up PDFs that are images only (not OCR’ed text.)  His example was medical records containing signatures and handwritten notes.  I can imagine IP and Real Estate being interested in his recommendations, since they often encounter image-only PDFs.

Adobe Acrobat is a rich program – you or someone in your office should learn as much about it as possible to get the most efficiency from it.

Do’s and Don’ts

July 18, 2006

Allison C. Shields is the President of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. and maintains a blog here.  Her article “Too Much To Do, Too Little Time” appears in July 2006 Law Practice TODAY.  The article’s aimed at attorneys but most of us could read it and learn from it. It reinforced for me the idea that it’s OK to say “No”, and to turn down clients who are more trouble than they’re worth.  Both notions were strange to me when I started on my own a year or so ago … but these are valuable lessons.

Give her blog a visit … and stop by Law Practice TODAY to catch her article and others in this Solo and Small Firm Issue.

Andy Seldon’s Do’s and Don’ts of High-Tech Trial Presentations in Law Technology News (July 6) is especially useful because it doesn’t just concentrate on presenting technlogy … it focuses on common mistakes and suggests best practices so you can comfortably and professionally work with tech available to you in the courtroom.

Andy makes 10 well founded points. It would behoove you to read this article and absorb these points.

The 10 points are:

– Failing to learn and exploit technology.

– Incompatibility.

– Objectionable evidence.

– Going solo.

– Unprepared witnesses.

– Muddy waters.

– Overusing technology.

– No backup plan.

– Failing to make the necessary arrangements with court staff and checking the local rules.

– Not matching the technology to the case.

Andy Seldon is an attorney and is the director of information services for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, based in Minneapolis.

The Virtual Chase

June 19, 2006

Just to prove what a geek I am … I’m not a legal professional, although I do work with them. But I truly enjoy perusing Genie Tyburski’s The Virtual Chase.

The Virtual Chase
Teaching Legal Professionals How to Do Research.

The Virtual Chase is a service of the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. Genie Tyburski is Web Manager of The Virtual Chase. She writes for Law Office Computing, and speaks about Internet research issues at library and continuing legal education programs.

Get your viewers here:

Word 2003 viewer – replaces Word 97 and all previous viewers – you can open, view, print and copy all MS and Mac Word files, and files saved in many other formats.

Excel 2003 – replaces Excel 97 viewer – you can open, view, print, copy Excel 2003, 2002, 2000, and 97 workbooks.

PowerPoint 2003 – replaces PowerPoint 97 – MS says this lets you view presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and on up. No mention of copying or printing.

We’ll be posting soon about some of the intricacies and myths of WordPerfect to Word.