eLegal Tech Newsletter
Volume 3, No. 3 | Fall 2013

eLegal Tech News is a member-only newsletter that offers a grouping of insightful articles related to technology and its advancements. Articles in the eLegal Tech News newsletter are intended to help lawyers understand technical issues that might affect their clients or their law practice.

In the News
 

California Gives Teens an 'Eraser Button' to Hide Online Skeletons
Sites and apps targeting minors will have to delete content on request, but the new law has limitations.    Read more >>

 
 

Secret Court Reveals Justification for NSA's Mass Data Collection
Collection of aggregated phone data is permissible as long as the government can demonstrate a relationship to known or unknown terrorists in the United States, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rules.    Read more >>

 
Security News
 

New Hacker Technology Threatens Lawyers' Mobile Devices
Already making chump-meat of the most sophisticated of computer defenses, hackers are unleashing a new wave of malware on unsuspecting law firms. And among the newest targets are mobile phones and similar portable devices.    Read more >>

 
 

The Overlooked Cyber Threat - An Unlocked Door
As companies become increasingly attuned to the vulnerability of their computer systems to cyberattacks, many may be overlooking a more obvious hole in their protections: The front door.    Read more >>

 
Solo Practice Technology News
 

Law Firm Websites 101 - The Basics of Name, Design and Content
Many firms have websites, and chances are if you're reading this blog post you're probably technically savvy enough to have one for your firm. If you don't, welcome to the 21st century, and get thee to a web designer.    Read more >>

 
 

How Small Law Firms are Using Technology to Challenge the Big Guys
Think you need an established name and 50 years of past reputation to run a successful law firm? Think again! Advances in technology have paved the way for small solo law firms to challenge their more established competitors. From the opportunity to network digitally with a wider range of prospects than ever before to the ability to hire remote workers at a fraction of the cost of local alternatives, today's "small potatoes" law firms are able to build both their client bases and industry profiles in an easier and cheaper way than ever before.    Read more >>

 
Mobile Technology News
 

Mobile Security - Quick Security Tips
Your mobile devices contain a lot of valuable information, but you may not realize the extent of this value until your phone or tablet is either stolen or lost. Consider these tips and strategies for thinking about how to secure your mobile devices before it is too late.    Read more >>

 
 

White House Urges FCC to Legalize Cellphone Unlocking
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to unlock mobile phones, tablets and other devices upon request of the customer. This rule change would benefit the public in several ways, argued the NTIA, an executive branch agency that advises the president on telecommunications and information policy issues.    Read more >>

 
Social Media News
 

Six Tools to Help Firms Track Social Media
There's a pressing need for a tool that can monitor and archive everything a law firm's client says and does on social media, given that more and more e-discovery demands are including data generated by employee mobile devices.    Read more >>

 
 

Creating an Effective Workplace Social Media Policy
A new body of law is growing to address social media in the workplace. Employers must balance their business needs against employees' freedom to engage in personal pursuits. And specific industries face unique challenges, such as technology companies afraid of losing the secret behind their latest application, or a medical practice trying to maintain patient confidentiality.    Read more >>

 
Software News
 

Voice Technology Tools Should Adapt to Lawyers' Workflows
In an increasingly competitive legal industry, firms need to adopt workflows that allow lawyers to prospect, serve, and bill clients with maximum efficiency. Document creation is an ideal example of a workflow process that should be streamlined.    Read more >>

 
 

Top 5 Reasons a Document Management Program is Critical to Law Practice
Law firms use documents all day, every day--letters, email, photos, contracts, briefs, pleadings, discovery...the list goes on. Managing all this information can be overwhelming without a standardized system for organizing, securing, and finding those documents. Implementing a document management program can increase efficiency, security, and retrieval of documents that are integral to a well-run law firm.    Read more >>

 
Tech Tips
 

How to Accept Credit Cards on Your Smartphone
If you or your firm is considering whether to accept credit card payments via Smartphones and tablets, click here to read about the limitations, options and security of this new technology. You'll also find articles provided by State Bar Member Discount Provider LawPay about the rules and regulations of accepting credit card payments from clients.    Read more >>

 
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