How to Ditch That Unprofessional Email Address

BW Pick of Week Ditch that Gmail AddressLawyers, you really do need a professional email address, and it’s not @gmail.com or @yahoo.com. You are in a profession where appearance matters. Advertising your email address on business cards, websites, and LinkedIn profiles with @gmail.com is not professional and sends a message that you do not know how to get your email configured to use the firm’s domain name. First impressions matter, and if I was looking at that business card, I would already have a bad impression.

The other case is that you have a business card with no website and an @gmail.com email address. As a consumer, that would really stop me in my tracks. No website and a @gmail.com account, and I am supposed to trust you with my legal matters?

So how do you ditch that unprofessional @gmail or @yahoo email address?

There are two ways to accomplish this:

  1. Either you do not already have a domain and maybe no website, or
  2. You have a domain name but are still using @gmail.com.

This article will walk you through the first scenario.

The term domain refers to the section of your email address that is between the @ and the .com (or .org, .net.) For example, in peggy@peggylawfirm.com, “peggylawfirm” is the domain. The steps below will show you how I set this up using the tools in Google. You can also use GoDaddy or other services, but Google is so simple it’s hard to pass up. This took me all of about 15 minutes to do.

The first thing you have to do is actually get a domain name.

1.      Get a domain name from Google Apps for business: cost ≈$10/mn.

Go to the website www.google.com/a or the below website shown.

You will now start your journey to creating a firm domain name and email address.

Google will ask you for information about you and your business. This is a good thing in today’s world of online searches and marketing.

The screen to the left is what will appear. You will enter your current email address, whether it is @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, or @aol.com. I used my Gmail address. I should disclose I am not a law firm, and “Peggy Law Firm” is for illustration only.

You need a phone number because Google sometimes sends text messages as a way to verify accounts. It also prevents you from getting locked out of your account (and I speak from experience).

The next screen is where you indicate whether you have an existing domain (our article in the next issue) or if you want to create/buy a domain. That’s the option you want to take. So enter the domain name you want to use and Google will see if it is available. You will notice that you can change the extension from .com to .org or .net, which also changes the price.

Proceed by creating a password and writing this down. You have a few more steps to go, so do not trust your memory. If you forget this, it makes this process much longer.

After the account has been setup, you will need to pay for it.

This is a yearly amount. You can set it up to auto renew, set the domain as unlisted, and verify you read the terms of service.

After entering payment information, you will see that your domain is being setup. Take note: it will take about 10 minutes for the domain to get verified. You cannot set up or access your new email until this has been completed. So sit tight or take a coffee break. Until your domain has been verified, you will not be able to use Gmail or other Google Apps services like Calendar or Google Drive.

Also note: you get a 30-day free trial for Google Apps, which, for our purposes, is Gmail and Calendars. You can set up your billing or wait until later. Google will not forget that you did not pay.

Activate Services

If you select the box labeled “Users,” you can select “Google Apps” and activate services. If your account has not been verified yet, the Calendar, Contacts, Drive, and Gmail boxes will not be enabled for activation. Once your account has been verified, you can check these boxes.

Once the account has been activated, retrieve that password and sign into your new firm-branded email account. I would send a test email to your new email address just to verify you are in business!

This account you just set up is the Admin account for your Google service. You can easily add additional users and email addresses at an extra cost of $5/each. This is handy if you want to use aninfo@peggylawfirm.com email address on your soon-to-be new website.

Below is a default view of your new email service through Google. From here, you can set up signatures, change views, and set up folders (Google calls these labels). The Gear button on the right-hand side contains the view and settings function.

I hope these steps help you get your new branded email set up.

By Peggy Gruenke, Law Firm Practice Management Consultant, Clio Gold Certified Consultant, Rocket Matter Certified Expert

This article won the BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award. The editors of BlawgWorld, a free weekly email newsletter for lawyers and law firm administrators, give this award to one article every week that they feel is a must-read for this audience.
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Clio Emerges as a Platform not a Product – ClioCon 2014

September 24, 2014 By Peggy Gruenke, Clio Consultant, Gold Certified

ClioCloud9The big news out of Clio conference (#ClioCloud9) this year was integration and the evolution of the Clio ecosystem, transforming Clio into a platform not just a product. A platform is a structure made up of integrated features. For instance, Google in 1998 wasn’t a platform; it was a really neat search engine. By adding Gmail, Maps, Docs, Voice, YouTube, and countless others, it became a true platform.

By Clio building a powerful platform, they have cultivated an ecosystem of developers, partners, users, and other collaborators who are contributing to creating better products and a more robust user experience. Their core product is being developed and improved upon in innovative ways and at #ClioCloud9 2014, the 450 attendees experienced this first-hand. Below is an overview of the integrated features announced at the conference and how the attendees got to experience all of this first-hand.

Clio set the stage for this event with the launch of their phenomenal conference app days before the start of the conference. Attendees, speakers and vendors were building relationships and talking about the anticipated announcements of new features and products even before setting foot in Chicago. The Clio social machine was put in motion and so was the competition for first place on the app.

The social continued with co-founder Jack Newton’s “selfie” taken from the stage and the 450 attendees, vendors and speakers re-tweeting and putting in motion #cliocloud9 to trend on Twitter in 17 seconds! Pretty amazing. From the stage, Jack challenged everyone to take the opportunities available at the conference to increase their knowledge and become product ninjas and business superstars.

Before getting to the list of new integrations, a big shout out to two of my favorite and frequently visited rooms: the Smart Bar and The Clio Lab.

The Smart Bar was a huge success at the 2013 conference and this year the need to make an appointment was a sign that this was shaping up to be another popular room for Clio users. Similar to Apple’s Genius Bar idea, the Clio “Smart Bar” was a room where attendees could get one-on-one personal support from Clio’s world-class team. It was also a great place to connect with the fabulous support staff that is sometimes on the other end of the phone.

The Clio Lab was one of my favorite stops, especially with the announcement of the @Zapier integration. In the Clio Lab, attendees could test out new features, get a sneak peek at what the Clio development team is working on and learn first hand how Clio gets designed and improved upon every day. As a matter of fact, they were busy coding improvements to features based on attendees’ suggestions during the conference. Because platform companies can move faster!

A preview of new integrations announced to help take Clio users’ practices to the next level and for them to grow their own knowledge base.

@Zapier: Now this is going to be fun. With the Clio/@Zapier integration, you can tell @Zapier to do something based on something that takes place in Clio. In a simple application, I set one up so that every time I add a new contact to Clio, it automatically adds that new contact to my Gmail contacts. It’s a Zap! With Zapier, Clio now integrates with over 300 web apps (including Evernote, Mailchimp, Basecamp, and more.)

CuroLegal, who focuses on helping lawyers spend more time serving their clients, is building a product based on @Zapier integration. This integration will allow lawyers to assign a task to a CuroLegal virtual assistant (VA) through the lawyers’ Clio account and automatically create a support ticket for the Curo VA services team to complete. The ecosystem is growing!

Nextpoint:The partnership between Nextpoint’s evidence management system and Clio makes it possible for lawyers to integrate their time and billing and litigation workflows. Nextpoint also offered every Clio conference attendee a free subscription!

Fastcase:With this partnership, legal professionals can track time spent researching without focusing attention away from the task at hand. From inside Fastcase, you can now select from clients and matters in Clio, start a timer for your research session, and record the activity automatically in Clio. You never have to miss or manually record your research time again. Bingo – save more time using Clio.

JurisPage: JurisPage provides professional, mobile-ready law firm websites fully integrated with Clio. With a JurisPage-powered website, you can streamline your lead generation and collection process. Instead of having to manually copy all of your website’s contact form submissions, with JurisPage all of your contact form submissions will automatically create new client contacts in Clio. Save more time – do you sense a theme developing?

Alteva: How many times have been asked, “Can Clio capture my time spent on phone calls?” The answer is now YES with the announcement of this new integration. With the Alteva Clio connector, you talk on your office phone or cell phone and all call times, billable hours and details automatically get logged in your Clio matter.

QuickBooks Online integration was announced as coming in the near future. No other news to report on this integration. However, the Xero/Clio integration continues to improve. Automatically connect client invoices and expenses in Clio with Xero to complete the accounting and billing process for your law firm. From my viewpoint, the Xero integration is so seamless and comprehensive that it remains my top pick of timesaving integrated products.

Here is a list of all of Clio’s third-party integration partners. It will be exciting to see the Clio platform continue to develop and the Clio community continue to grow. ClioCloud9 2015 is set for October 19th – 20th in Chicago.

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Part 2: More Favorite Products from 2013 ABA TechShow

checkmark-fb (1)While I’m still digesting all the great new products, there were a few vendors making announcements about new products, features and integrations. So here is a summary of some of their announcements. And then there’s the ever popular LegalTypist – home to the SuperPass for TechShow. Plan on going to 2014 TechShow and save $150 with the SuperPass – only available through LegalTypist.

Legal Typist

LegalTypist – Your legal virtual assistant and legal transcription service for firms of all sizes, but fills a great need for the solo/small firm attorney. And one exciting thing for me was I actually got to meet Ms. LegalTypist – Andrea Cannavina. Until TechShow, for me, just a friendly and engaging Tweeter.  Andrea has created a product for law firms of all sizes – a scalable digital workflow accessible from any telephone or internet connection that is as easy for the staff to use as it is on the firm to implement. Try it for free – you just may free yourself up to do more tweeting with Andrea.

clio_certified_consultant_125x125Clio announced 2 new integrations with Xero and NetDocuments. After 5 years in business providing small firms an affordable solution, this opens the door for Clio to be ready for larger law firms. NetDocuments is a popular document management system for mid to large size firms. A cloud-based document management system, every time you open or save a document, you now have the option to be doing it with NetDocuments. So this integration gives larger firms, not using DropBox or Box, a reason to look closer at Clio for their practice management solution. Xero is a cloud-based accounting package that many had never heard of until Clio announced its integration. For current clients using QuickBooks, a conversion guide is available.

bookmark side mentor horizontal (1)Building upon a well recognized brand in the legal community, Rocket Matter announced at TechShow it’s new comprehensive Internet marketing platform – RocketX1. Rocket X1 consolidates online marketing services offered by multiple agencies, eliminating the need to individually hire separate expertise – it’s a one-stop shop approach. The feature I was most impressed was  the systems in place to measure progress and ROI:  checklists, deadlines, analytics, and milestones to keep the firm on track.  The cost, well it’s not cheap but it is comparable to what other vendors might charge and RocketX1 customers  get a website, a blog, SEO optimization, PR, graphic design, strategic consulting and more in a single package. Still in beta, results won’t be out for a few months.

Hope you find the time to check out these products and see how you can use them in your practice. Free demos are always available. And if I may add a shameless plug – I am now certified in both Clio and RocketMatter. So consider contacting me for more information about these 2 great cloud based law practice management solutions.

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A Sampling of My Favorite Products from 2013 ABA TechShow

Here is a summary of my favorite vendors and products from ABA TechShow 2013. I hope next year I can get a few Cincinnati attorneys to attend with me. Mark your calendars – March 27th – 29th. It would be such a pleasure showing you around the TechShow. While reading through my list of Top Picks, have an open mind and be willing to spend a little to realize the potential you have to make your practice more efficient. And more efficiency leads to happier clients and more revenue.

Three days of the ABA TechShow just may not be quite enough when there are so many great presentations, authors to meet and products to experience first-hand. But I did my best to make it around to most of the 100 vendors in the exhibit area. I wanted to visit and test drive products that I thought would add value to a solo/small firm practice. So here are my top picks. If there are any products you want to try, let me know. I have access to discounts for some of the products.

WordRake – I have tried this product and it is one of the best Word add-in products for editing I have seen. WordRake helps you write better by instantly editing Microsoft Word documents and suggesting changes you can accept or reject to create clear and concise documents by eliminated useless words and phrases.  It’s an editor that identifies extra language to remove for brevity and clarity. With WordRake legal editor, you’ll edit your legal documents quickly, professionally, and all within Microsoft Word! Once you step back and realize the amount of time you spend composing documents, this product is just a no-brainer. $99 for one year. You can download a 3-day trial, which is what I did. You’ll be hooked. Just do it…

logo_legal_transcriptionE-Typist, Inc. – This is a small company right here in Ohio. I liked the simplicity of this product – you dictate, transfer you audio files, E-Typist transcribes, proofreads and sends them back to you – for as little as 1¢ per word. Really, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. There are 4 options for submitting your audio file – Just do it…

  1. Dial in your dictation on a toll-free line OR
  2. Upload files from your digital voice recorder or PC to a secure server OR
  3. Email your voice files OR
  4. Dictate on your iPhone, Smartphone or Blackberry and send your files  (you will need to download an app – $14.99). Dictate directly into your iPhone, utilizing the Dictamus app or DictaDroid for Androids. Then save your dictation and “share” it. You can record up to 90 minutes of dictation. The apps have all the recording features of a digital voice recorder – and won’t use your cell phone minutes.

orange-clock-black-rimChrometa – Even with the trend towards flat fees and other alternative billing arrangements, the billable hour is not dead yet. I started using this product day I got home. I love it. It tracks everything I do on my computer – every email written, every document I produce and every phone call I make from my mobile device. The web interface is easy to use and it has not affected anything else running on my PC. You can sync your time entries right into Clio, Rocket Matter or export to an Excel file or .iff file for QuickBooks.  It’s a beautifully seamless product for capturing your time, applying time to the correct matter and producing more accurate invoices. Since you are capturing more time, you just might make more money. And it’s priced right – $19/mn. Give it a try. It really is simple. Just do it…

abillity-TM-logo_236x77_RGB_72dpiAnother simple product, focused on one thing – capturing time spent on phone calls. A few minutes here or a half-hour there adds up quickly, and before you know it, you’ve lost billable hours and left sizable revenue on the table.  With this product you can capture time not only on your mobile phone but also on your office phone (if you have a VoIP system). You can record or type a quick memo about the call, as it happens, for quicker reconciliation and more descriptive billing records. All call records are accessed via a web portal and can be exported to a .csv file for integration with your billing system. I tried it and saw first-hand how simple and quick this application worked. It is currently in beta mode. If you would like to participate as a beta user, let me know.  Just do it…

SmokeballFinally, a simple and affordable document automation application that integrates seamlessly with Outlook and Word. And it has a cool name. This tool sits within Microsoft Word to assist you in generating forms and letters for your matters. But the really amazing part is it comes with thousands of Court Forms at no extra charge. They maintain the forms making sure they are always up-to-date and they are stored as Word documents so you can easily modify them. Smokeball stores the details of all clients and matters as you work, so it is automatically building your database for future access. For $29/mn you get a document automation system that includes automation of letters and forms, document management and version control, and email management with Outlook plus 1000s of court forms. At this time, not all states are available. But they are committed to adding court forms as requested and the tool is simple enough for you to convert any current Word document into a form. Just do it…

logikcull128E-discovery products were a the largest product category represented in the exhibit hall. One of the newcomers in this growing arena is Logikcull.  Here is a nice article by Brett Burney about this great e-discovery software. No gigabyte fees – you are charged by month for the amount of documents you need to upload. It’s a very robust product, well designed to work on mobile devices, recognizing that legal professionals also use mobile phones and tablets to get work done. Go mobile with your e-discovery, when you upload your documents into Logikcull, they get converted into web-viewable formats so you can access them without the constraints of original software. You can try it for free. If you do, let me know how you like it. Just do it…

Hope you find the time to check out these products and see how you can use them in your practice.

And finally, keeping with the theme, I’ll end this post with one of my favorite motivational speeches – “Just Do It”, a speech by Art Williams . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y86o1snrC-I

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Tips from ABA TechShow: iPad Apps to Use in Your Litigation Practice

Ipad 2Attending the ABA TechShow is one of my favorite conferences  for 4 reasons:

  1. The top notch  speakers who are experts in their topic;
  2. The attendees (solo/small firm lawyers, IT folks and law firm administrators) are all there in collaboration mode to share and learn from each other;
  3. The vendors with great products to add efficiency and productivity to your practice, and
  4. You get to meet, in person, all the people you have been following on social media.

As follow-up to the iPad CLE seminar on Friday, I wanted to give you a list of iPads apps talked about at the TechShow, particularly, apps for litigators. The below summary comes from presentations by Jeff Richardson, Ben Stevens, Paul Unger, and Tom Mighell (author of book, iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers) and additional research I conducted. With apps being so cheap, if you are curious, just buy it. You may also want to use an app that your co-workers or friends are using so they can help you better use and learn the app.

Why has the iPad become such a useful tool for lawyers? It is one of the biggest innovations in legal technology in the past 3 years. The design is simple, lightweight and the functionality is equally as nice with new legal-specific apps constantly being developed. So if you carry around your legal pad and Redwell to the courtroom, this summary of apps will have you thinking about dumping all that paper and using the iPad as your legal pad and digital folder. For courtroom work, the iPad can be used to access exhibits, pleadings, legal research, depositions, and other documents you may need in a hearing or at a trial. And it’s so easy to carry.

First, worth mentioning, when purchasing an iPad, do you spend the extra $100 or so for a model that supports 3G and 4G LTE on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Or do you purchase the less expensive Wi-Fi only model where you can use the hotspot feature on your iPhone, a hotspot device or the readily available free Wi-Fi. I will mention the risk of being on an unsecured, free Wi-Fi internet – if you are using your iPad as a tool for your practice, you should invest in secured access via a data plan from your cellular provider.

Deadline Calculators:

  • Court Days Pro ($2.99) This program turns your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device into a court date calculating machine. By inputting rules for various “trigger” events, Court Days Pro will be able to instantly create all the deadlines that accompany it. It’s a handy piece of software. However, the biggest problem is that the set-up process can be pretty time-consuming. The app requires a lot of initial input on the user’s part. Once you do get it up and running though, Court Days Pro can easily become a lawyer’s best friend.
  • Lawyer’s Professional Assistant ($4.99) This app from Wolfram Apha, is a reference tool to help lawyers with a number of calculations that may be relevant in your practice. Such as calendar computations, legal dictionary, statute of limitations for each state, financial computations including settlement and fees calculator, real estate law calculations, plus more. Here is a good article written by Gyi Tsakalakis reviewing this app:

Document Review and Organizers:

  • Circus Ponies Notebook ($29.99) is a powerful tool for organizing notes, research, and even full case files.  Besides it has a name that has to make you wonder. Some attorneys use Circus Ponies Notebook as their trial notebook in the courtroom, enabling a lawyer merely to carry an iPad around rather than be weighed down with boxes of transcripts, file folders, and all of the other piles of paperwork created in preparing for trial. This app has great search functions, ability to take notes, and even a voice annotation feature.
  • ReaddleDocs (FREE)  is a document manager for the iPad which saves documents so they can be accessed anywhere. ReaddleDocs can access PDFs, MS Office documents (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint), Apple iWork files, and any other document converted to PDF. PDFs in ReaddleDocs can be highlighted using multiple colors, and notes can be added directly to the files. Files can be uploaded or downloaded using many file sharing services. As an iPad app for lawyers, ReaddleDocs is a great tool for reading and marking depositions and trial transcripts. Important pages can be tabbed, significant passages can be highlighted, and reference notes can be added from the iPad without having to open the file on the computer.
  • Quickoffice Pro HD ($19.99) Another office suite option that can perform the core features found in Microsoft Office on your desktop. This app is one of the top choices for legal professionals because of its robust functionality in viewing and editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

Depositions:

  • The Deponent App ($9.99) – With this deposition questions and exhibits outline application, attorneys can select from over 150 deposition questions by customizable categories, including admonitions or expert qualifications; organize the order of questions; and customize the questions for their witnesses. Questions can be linked to an exhibit. Exhibits can be loaded into the app from DropBox in PDF, Word and other file formats, so you can view the exhibits while you are asking questions and even show the witness during the deposition. Very cool.
  • TranscriptPad ($49.99) – Once depositions have been taken, load them into TranscriptPad to review and create designations. Simple issue coding, highlighting and flagging are the backbone of TranscriptPad. TranscriptPad has a powerful search tool that allows you to find key words. Your search results will display the number of times your search term was used per transcript, and also the page and line. And once your designations are done, you can create a report and email them to co-counsel, judges or clients. When you import your transcripts, at the same time you can import your exhibits into a folder which is automatically created in your case, and then access them easily as you read.

Jury Selection/Tracking:

  • JuryTracker ($4.99) – JuryTracker is a unique jury observation tool that allows the trial attorney, paralegal, jury consultant and client to observe and report on juror behavior in a consistent, concise and effective way.
  • iJuror ($9.99) – Developed with the help of many attorneys, iJuror is juror selection for the 21st century. Simply tap the seats to add juror information, add notes, and drag-and-drop to choose jurors and alternates, and to dismiss jurors. Configurable for seating arrangements of up to 60 jurors.
  • Jury Duty ($29.99) – Jury Duty is an innovative app that will give you the control you need to take voir dire to the next level. During voir dire, you have a limited amount of time to get to know the potential jurors. This app helps speed the process, with tools to customize voir dire and capture critical information with seating charts and question lists.

Presenting Evidence:

  • TrialPad ($89.99) – TrialPad for the iPad is a powerful tool for organizing case presentations for the courtroom. Unlike many apps which have merely been adapted by lawyers to use in their practices, TrialPad was specifically designed by lawyers for use in the courtroom. TrialPad enables attorneys to organize, annotate, and manage their case files for court hearings, jury trials, mediation presentations, and other settings. To use a document or photo in TrialPad, it merely needs to be converted to a format compatible with Adobe PDF. Along with tools such as highlight, redline, and redact, TrialPad allows you to display images and exhibits using a projector or a monitor.
  • Exhibit A ($9.99) – Present your key documents, photos and videos in the courtroom or boardroom in a beautiful fullscreen HD display. Presentation tools let you highlight, mark and call-out key sections of your exhibit instantly, in real time. A virtual laser pointer improves visibility as you emphasize your points.
  • MagicPlan (Free) – This app lets you measure rooms and draws a floor plan just by taking pictures. You can then get the floor plan for exhibits and presentations in PDF, JPG and DXF format, or publish an interactive floor plan on the web. MagicPlan CSI (Free) measures crime scenes with menus that allow you to position and document evidence and create PDFs and graphics to use in reports.

Legal Research:

  • Fastcase (Free) – The Fastcase app allows subscribers to the legal reference service to search its growing virtual law library on the go, in the palm of their hand —including cases and statutes from all 50 states and the federal government. Search by citation or keyword (in Boolean or natural language), or browse statute collections.
  • Black’s Law Dictionary ($54.99) – For more than a century Black’s Law Dictionary® has been the standard for the language of law. Today it’s the most widely cited law book in the world. The 9th Edition contains more than 45,000 terms, alternate spellings or equivalent expressions for more than 5,300 terms, and West key numbers.
  • Law Stack (Free) – A “legal library for your pocket,” Law Stack comes preloaded with the U.S. Constitution, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and much more. Plus, state codes can be added to your “stack” from the apps embedded collections.
  • LawBox (Free) – Provides free access to all federal law – rules, codes and rhe Constitution. You can also purchase rules for certain jurisdictions at $4.99 each.
  • FedCtRecords ($9.99) – this is an iPhone app but completely worth the purchase for your iPad. The app provides access to your Pacer account.

I hope this summary, although not short, was helpful. Here are some additional links about top apps for lawyers.

http://www.americanbar.org/newsletter/publications/youraba/201203article01.html

http://www.attorneyatwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Top_iPhone_and_iPad_Apps_for_Lawyers-0912.pdf

Peggy Gruenke, LawBizCOO

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Headed to ABA LegalTech Show

I am sitting on the MegaBus on my way to Chicago for the annual ABA Legal Tech Show, an event I look forward to every year, using my iPad to write this log post. Besides the show, it’s my favorite city to visit (get to squeeze in a visit to see my daughter and her friends). Packed days, great dinners and after dinner parties. This is where I get to see in person my Twitter legal tech friends.

I have my ABA TechShow app downloaded and mapping out where I will spend my time this year. Because there are so many great vendors and products to explore, I’ll spend a fair amount of time in the Exhibit Hall, checking out what’s new for solo/small firm attorneys.

Then there is the Meet the Authors opportunities and great prices on books. The ABA bookstore is also a favorite place to hang out. I really do not need another book but because I get the chance to look at all the offerings and talk to the authors, it’s inevitable, I’ll have a few more in my backpack on the way home.

The sessions – so many choices, too little time. I’m still choosing but online marketing, social media, paperless technology, document production and cloud computing will some of my first choices.

The Taste of ABA TechShow was an ingenious idea. So you pick a legal tech topic you want to learn more about and meet-up with a small group for dinner with the discussions led by one of the tech show speakers. I’ll be hanging out with Jared Correia (author of Twitter for Lawyers) and Dan Pinnington and Reid Trautz.

So I have no doubt I’ll be returning with lots of information to sort through and will be sure to report back to you on what looks new, different, and beneficial to your practice. Maybe next year you can join me.

Peggy Gruenke
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