eLegal Tech Newsletter
Volume 3, No. 2 | Summer 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
 

Fugitive to Police on Facebook: Catch Me If You Can. They Do
Taunting the police on Facebook has limited benefits--as one wanted man in the U.K. discovers when it takes police just 12 hours to catch up with him. They leave him a taunting message on Facebook in return.    Read more >>

 
 

Lawmakers Ask for Clarity on Google Glass and Privacy
Google Glass isn't officially available to all consumers yet, and it's already drawing concerns from Congress. They've sent a letter to Google asking about privacy issues for those wearing the glasses, and those who will be on the receiving end of a Glass-wearer's gaze. Google may answer the questions -- or it could wait until a Congressional subpoena arrives in the mail.    Read more >>

 
Security News
 

Lax Data Security Can Cost You Clients
While multinational corporations have long been prime targets for hackers, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting law firms—of all sizes. Often, said a LegalTech New York 2013 panel, a firm’s computer system is easy prey for hackers looking to infiltrate the financial dealings of that firm’s much larger—often global—clients.    Read more >>

 
 

Should Hacked Firms be Cybercops?
Suppose a thief breaks into your house and steals your belongings. To cover his tracks, the thief secretly hides your stuff in a neighbor’s garage. What do you do next—go into the neighbor’s garage to retrieve your property, or call the police and hope they respond promptly?    Read more >>

 
Solo Practice Technology News
 

With Radical Changes, Law Firms can Beat Recession
Just as legal process outsourcers are stealing business from law firms today by doing it cheaper, they too will face pressure in the coming years from technologies that can do the the job even cheaper than they, law firm consultant Richard Susskind tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia. And law firms may ultimately come out on top, he says.    Read more >>

 
 

The Mobile Lawyer
While the format has its skeptics, mobile apps are revolutionizing the way law is being practiced in the U.S.—a trend that will only intensify this year, according to ardent supporters. The latest smartphone or must-have tablet is no longer a technological fashion statement; it’s a critical, competitive tool that many attorneys simply refuse to live without.    Read more >>

 
Mobile Technology News
 

How to Work at Top Performance From Home
The mobile revolution has turned telecommuting on its ear. It used to be a concession for a business to allow employees to work from home -- it meant reduced collaboration and often lower productivity. Now, anytime-anywhere messaging systems that employ a multitude of communication channels keep telecommuters close at hand, and a host of collaborative apps make teamwork more streamlined than ever.    Read more >>

 
 

10 Devices You Should Never Take Along on a Business Trip
Business travel isn't always fun, and the pleasure quotient certainly doesn't rise along with the number of gadgets that must be lugged through airports and hotels. Travel-savvy attorneys hit the road with only the minimum number of devices necessary to complete their work quickly and effectively. Everything else stays at home.    Read more >>

 
Social Media News
 

Where Your Social Media Accounts Go When You Die
The beneficiaries you've named might get your safety deposit box, bank accounts and stocks, but access to your digital content isn't guaranteed. Service providers are beginning to recognize the need for more clarity, but in the meantime you can start planning ahead by learning your state laws, reading the fine print in your accounts' terms of service, and consulting a knowledgeable lawyer.    Read more >>

 
 

Will it Soon be Malpractice Not to be Social Media Savvy?
When I was a wee lad, I worked at a firm that was handling a child custody dispute. As with most custody situations, the signs were pointing towards some sort of a joint arrangement, which was unfortunate, because the opposing party was not exactly fit for parenthood.    Read more >>

 
Software News
 

How to Determine the Best Legal Practice Management Solution For Your Firm
The legal field is becoming increasingly technology-dominated, both because of the availability of technologies specific to the legal field as well as the tangible improvements to both efficiency and productivity when solutions are implemented in a law firm. The decision to purchase and implement specific technologies is a heavy one because if the wrong solution is put into place, the work environment suffers as staff struggle to adapt to the software, ultimately not taking full advantage of the software or, worst case, abandoning it altogether.    Read more >>

 
 

Firms Use Apps to Burnish Brands
Clients looking to learn more about the anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws overseas don't need to track down their lawyers. They can just whip out their smart phones.    Read more >>

 
Tech Tips
 

Accepting Credit Cards on the Go
Do you know what to watch out for if you or your firm are considering whether to accept credit card payments via Smartphones and tablets? Read about the limitations, options and security of this new technology, where you'll also find additional articles about the rules and regulations of accepting credit card payments from clients.    Read more >>

 
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