eLegal Tech Newsletter
Volume 6, No. 1 | Summer 2016

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

Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn for $26 billion, in One Word: Cortana
Picture a typical business trip: meetings all day, drinks at night. A good salesperson knows his or her contacts before he or she steps foot in the door. But that goes for coworkers as well: How will you make them feel comfortable? How do you make them part of a team? How do you let them know who to approach, both inside and outside the company?    Read more >>


Back In The Race - The FTC And DOJ Endorse Legal DIY Websites
Why pay a lawyer when you can do it yourself? Legal document preparation websites are generally hated by lawyers because they take away a revenue source and occasionally create unanticipated problems. But it now seems that the federal government endorses these websites from an economic standpoint.    Read more >>


The Best Thing A Young Lawyer Can Do Is Learn Technology
Dear lawyers who just passed the bar or are studying for the next bar exam: Soon, you'll find that your advanced knowledge of the elements of the tort of battery and your ability to write as fast as you can without checking any legal authority is not going to do you very much good in the real world.    Read more >>


Lawyer is Suspended For Accessing and Deleting Some Law Firm Emails After Firing
An Ohio lawyer who accessed the email accounts at the law firm that fired him and erased some controversial communications has been suspended from law practice.    Read more >>

Security News

FBI Built a Massive Facial Recognition Database Without Proper Oversight
The FBI steadily, stealthily compiled a massive facial recognition database without oversight and in disregard of federal law, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office.    Read more >>


What Apple's Differential Privacy Means For Your Data and the Future of Machine Learning
Apple is stepping up its artificial intelligence efforts in a bid to keep pace with rivals who have been driving full-throttle down a machine learning-powered AI superhighway, thanks to their liberal attitude to mining user data. Not so Apple, which pitches itself as the lone defender of user privacy in a sea of data-hungry companies.    Read more >>

Solo Practice Technology News

Ready or Not, Lawyers are Increasingly Bound to AI by Ethical, Legal Standards
Artificial intelligence (AI) is less spectacular and fearsome than one might assume. After all, in the legal industry, its machine-learning capabilities have been applied to document and contract review more than anything else.    Read more >>


Pros and Cons of a Virtual Office
After passing the bar and spending a few months job hunting to no avail, I decided to team up with another new lawyer friend to start our own law firm. As you would expect, this idea was, at first, completely overwhelming and daunting. We had no clients, little legal experience, and essentially no money. However, we felt strongly that we could form and build a successful business.    Read more >>

Mobile Technology News

Mobile Voice Technology Essential For Productivity
Everyone wants the latest and greatest technology in both their professional and personal lives. The legal profession, however, has been notoriously slow to adopt new technology. For example, many attorneys rely on dictation for document creation, but many still use analog tape recorders or stationary dictation machines.    Read more >>


Lawyer Who Created Expungement App Sees Other Tech Possibilities
When he was still a law student, Matthew Stubenberg used his programming skills to create an app that helps Maryland residents expunge their criminal records. Then when he became a lawyer and began working at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, he developed a computer program to search government databases and flag legal issues for new clients.    Read more >>

Social Media News

Social Media in the Courtroom
The courtroom was the original reality show—before our televisions and telephones were giving us access to entertainment 24 hours a day, the local courthouse was the best show in town. Free, drama-filled, exciting, and the bonus of seeing someone hauled away in handcuffs. As television invaded our culture, shows like Perry Mason, the Defenders, LA Law, the Good Wife, and the ever-present Law & Order, along with dozens of other lawyer-based shows, became the representation of our legal system in the minds of the public.    Read more >>


Clients Drop Firm After Lawyer Uses Twitter to Celebrate 'Win' Against Parents of Disabled Children
A British law firm suffered a sudden loss of business over the last few days, after a series of tweets by a founding partner who serves as its managing director ignited a firestorm.    Read more >>

Software News

When Vision Becomes Verbal
Meet Julius Sweetland: a 32-year-old software developer in London who has released a game changing, cutting edge assistive technology software for free. It's a program for Windows that allows for complete control over a computer using only your eyes. It's impressive enough on its own, but it's especially crucial for people with motor and speech limitations.    Read more >>


Case and Practice Management Software Comparison Chart
When selecting a case management program, determine your case management needs first. Pick a program that enhances your practice seamlessly and effortlessly, which is not necessarily a program with every available function to implement.    Read more >>

Tech Tips

How to Accept Credit Cards on Your Mobile Device
For information about how to accept credit cards payments from your clients on your Smartphone or tablet, click here. State Bar Member Discount Provider LawPay covers the options, regulations and security of this technology.    Read more >>

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