eLegal Tech Newsletter
Volume 7, No. 3 | Fall 2017

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

Can Robots Practice Law?
Can robots practice law, and if they can, is it the unauthorized practice of law? To answer those questions, we have to answer another one ... what is the practice of law? Click here to find out.    Read more >>


Macedonia, the Fake News Machine
Veles used to make porcelain for the whole of Yugoslavia. Now it makes fake news. This sleepy riverside town in Macedonia is home to dozens of website operators who churn out bogus stories designed to attract the attention of Americans. Each click adds cash to their bank accounts. Click here to read how the fake news industry is booming and how one man in particular is profiting from teaching the practice.    Read more >>


Houston Lawyers Use Tech to Continue Working
Houston-based law firms both large and small as well as technology providers with offices in the region appear to have been largely able to keep operations going as flood waters crippled much of the city. It was essential, they said, that the businesses and firms prepared ahead of time. Learn how they did it here.    Read more >>

Security News

A Pictorial Walk-Through of New Cybersecurity Tools
Take a look at what's happened in the last few months – HBO got hacked, and Equifax suffered a data breach with 143 million people's information being exposed. Before that, Dropbox was hacked, Sony, a bunch of celebrities' nude photos, Ashley Madison, all got hacked. Tech writer Jeff Benion says cybersecurity should be on every person's mind in 2017, and certainly every lawyer's--especially when it comes to helping them prevent having their clients' confidential information stolen and avoid state bar sanctions and loss of reputation. More here.    Read more >>


Does Your Law Firm Need Cyber Insurance?
When you think of cyber risk or cyber security, one might instantly think that banks or financial institutions are mostly the firms at risk. However, if you collect sensitive or personal data in any way from clients or third parties, you are exposed to the potential risk. Law firms rank up there with banks and financial institutions. And many--if not most--law firms don't realize it. Click here to see what you can do to secure your firm.    Read more >>

Solo Practice Technology News

Tech Tips for Tracking Billing Hours
Keeping track of all of your time often fails because you're distracted by the hundred different things coming at you, or because you can't re-create your day at the end when you finally have time to breathe. Click here for the top 3 ways to capture your time effectively.    Read more >>


Staying out of Trouble Online
The internet has gobbled up everything from our shopping to our social lives, to the point that even the most committed luddites have trouble staying offline. But as many of us know, going online can get you into serious legal trouble. Click here to learn why.    Read more >>

Mobile Technology News

Would You Use Apple's New Face ID?
There are already privacy concerns about the new tech. With Face ID, Apple is bringing a new way to unlock your iPhone. But whether people are going to use it is still out on the table. Click here to watch a video on the new technology.    Read more >>


Mobile Technology Is Having a Massive Impact on the Legal Industry
It shouldn't come as a surprise when you hear that technology has become incorporated into our everyday lives. However, in the past, lawyers have been slow to adopt new technologies for their practices. But, interestingly enough, most lawyers nevertheless use mobile devices. So it's not surprising that according to the American Bar Association's latest Legal Technology Survey Report, mobile lawyering is more popular than ever, and doesn't appear to be slowing down. Read more and view infographic here.    Read more >>

Social Media News

Instagram ... the Next Frontier for Law Firm Branding
Law firms are finally catching on to the social media craze after years of reluctance that saw companies in other industries strengthen their brands online. A My Case study found that 57 percent of law firms now maintain a LinkedIn presence, 35 percent are on Facebook and 21 percent are using Twitter. But what about Instagram? Turns out the app wasn't even included in the survey, begging the question: why are law firms off the map when it comes to social media's fastest-growing platform? Click here to learn more.    Read more >>


Law School Grads Agree ... Social Media Is 'Fair Game' for Employers
Should a prospective employer or the state bar use an applicant's social media presence to decide whether the applicant should get a job or receive admission to the bar? It's a thorny issue that lawyers of yesterday never had to deal with, but it seems there is a consensus among recent graduates. It is "fair game." Click here to see what grads had to say.    Read more >>

Software News

How AI Will Actually Transform the Legal Industry
As we enter the age of artificial intelligence (AI), there are some concerns in the legal profession that AI could soon replicate their work or threaten their jobs. As we examine the real-world use cases for AI for legal professionals, we quickly see that, despite all the hype, attorneys' jobs are secure for now: AI will not be writing briefs, interviewing witnesses or arguing cases anytime in the near future. Click here to learn more about the fascinating world of AI.    Read more >>


PACER Adds Millions of FREE Legal Documents
A free archive of federal court documents just got a whole lot bigger. The Free Law Project, a California-based non-profit, posted every free written opinion and order available on PACER, the federal courts' document portal. In total, this new collection contains 3.4 million documents from 1.5 million federal district and bankruptcy cases dating back to 1960. Click here to learn more. Click here to learn more.    Read more >>

Tech Tips

Keep Your Software Updated
Many malware threats exploit software problems that have already been fixed in software updates. Click here to learn more.    Read more >>

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