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Jetpack Publicize is a Worthy Addition to Law Firm Websites

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Almost every website we build these days includes social media connectivity. Whether we’re adding ‘sharing’ buttons to content pages, or posting links and headlines to the firm accounts,  social media connections are expected to happen (or encouraged) whenever new content published. Two years ago, firms would have considered this to be a choice, waffling back and forth. But that seems…

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Lock Down Your iPhone Notifications

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Have you noticed how many screen alerts on your iPhone show a “summary snippet”? It’s a default setting for a number of apps. The arrival of a new text message gets displayed on the screen, or an alert from your calendar displays a portion of the event’s description.
Probably the most frustrating part of these alerts is that they can…

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Link into a single paragraph within a Google Doc

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We do a lot of collaborative drafting in Google Docs/Drive here at Stem, and I recently came across an interesting way of referencing paragraphs or sections within longer documents.
For drafting discussions that are relevant to everyone collaborating, the “Comments” feature is often your first choice to propose changes or highlight problem language.  But there are also times when you…

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Take Your Practice to Cloud 9

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That’s the slogan for Clio’s upcoming first annual ”Cloud Conference…” (#ClioCloud9), being held this fall in Chicago, September 23rd and 24th.

Dubbed as “two days of engaging keynote presentations and interactive sessions on technology for the legal industry”, this looks like it’ll be a fantastic opportunity for legal industry folks to learn more about Clio’s law practice management

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Bring Your Own Dilemma: The Implications of BYOD for Lawyers

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I don’t often write about technology, a reluctance I blame on a liberal arts background and a traumatizing early exposure to FORTRAN. But there’s an interesting technology trend underway that has implications for how lawyers interact with their clients.
It’s sometimes called the consumerization of IT (CoIT), but I prefer the more colloquial BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Primarily, it’s…

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PLTC 2011: Moving Into the Cloud – Slide Deck

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At last week’s Pacific Legal Technology Conference, I did a presentation on cloud computing and SaaS (Software as a Service) with Catherine Sanders Reach…. Specifically, we covered how law firms can use cloud-based  technology for different aspects of their practice.
We started with basic definitions, and went on to discuss what these tools offer, what the risks are,

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Small Firm Innovation: First-Person Accounts of Small Firm Success

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Today is the official launch of Small Firm Innovation, and I’m excited to finally be able to talk about this fantastic new website. Developed and sponsored by Clio…, Small Firm Innovation inspires lawyers through first-person accounts of small-firm success.
Small Firm Innovation is a resource by, for and about solo and small firm lawyers, and it provides insights

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Online innovation: a privacy policy generator

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Stem client Harrison Pensa LLP of London, Ontario has done a great service to every organization that operates a website (which is to say, much of the corporate world). Led by business and technology lawyer David Canton (author of the eLegal blog), the firm has helped create a privacy policy generator called PrivacyTool…. PrivacyTool guides users through a

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Clio Joins Google Marketplace

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Some great news from our friends over at Clio this morning.  Google has just announced their addition to the Google Marketplace; and, Clio’s web service is now tightly integrated with Google Apps – including calendar syncing, contact syncing, and email integration.
Click on the graphic below to see the view from each of the calendars:

I’m a big fan

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Law Firm Social Media Blocking

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My latest Web Law Connected column is up at Slaw.  The article is titled Social Media & Business Productivity…, and addresses the current trend of law firms using proxy servers to block in-house access to social media websites.
Perhaps unexpected, I really sit on the fence on this issue; and didn’t take the anti-blocking stance.  There are a

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Happy Birthday Clio!

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A big pat on the back for Stem client Themis Solutions, makers of law practice software Clio…, on the occasion of its first birthday!
It’s been a tremendous first year for Clio since it launched one year ago today. Since then, the company has added has hundreds of users globally, who collectively manage (pulled from an upcoming press release):

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10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Legal SaaS

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For the past couple weeks, Stem client Themis Solutions, which offers the legal case management software Clio, has been running a series of blog posts aimed at demystifying Software as a Solution, or in its more common abbreviated form ‘SaaS‘.
Here’s a quick run-down of Clio’s 10 key aspects for legal SaaS:

What is Software …

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LexisNexis says TCO for SaaS 22% Less

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In a press release… that came out in early March, LexisNexis released their CRM product Interaction into the legal SaaS marketplace. Perhaps a sign that web-based software has finally “arrived”, the release itself was quite telling on a number of fronts.
First, the quote from Bill Wilshire, Lexis VP of CRM/Analytics:
“We estimate that the streamlined efficiencies of InterAction onDemand

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Email Tip: Filter Social Media Notices

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Project work has been plentiful here at Stem recently (which I’m blaming for my lack of blog posts). And like so many of you whose inboxes are constantly running out of control, I found myself needing to take additional action this week.
On Wednesday, notifications for twitter follows and friendfeed… alone peaked at 45 emails, so I decided to route

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LegalWEB2.0 Coming to ABA’s Law Practice

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Soon to be unveiled in the upcoming issue of the ABA LPM’s Law Practice magazine… will be LegalWEB2.0, a new column to be edited by yours truly.  I’ve included a small image capture below to pique your interest! If you care to squint, you can probably get a sneak peak at the into blurb from the first article, written by

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