Lawyers Journal

Five tips from the ABA TechShow Road Show

by Alan E. Brown
Law Practice Management Council
Associate, Morrison Mahoney LLP
Editor, Practically Speaking

Were you at the ABA TechShow Road Show in Boston? With presentations from some of the nation’s leading experts in mobile technology, knowledge management, software and practice management, there were enough useful tips to keep even the most tech-savvy lawyers salivating. Here are five useful nuggets I took away that I intend to incorporate into my practice:

1. Use two monitors.
Need to boost the efficiency of your document handling? For the very modest cost of a second monitor, you can see a 30 to 50 percent increase in productivity. The best part, besides the low cost? It targets exactly what I spend the bulk of my time doing: editing documents.

2. Do more with Adobe.
With incredibly useful legal features, including Bates numbering, electronic signatures, document creation and formatting and editing documents from any source, this software should be in every lawyer’s office.

3. Try out some new Web sites. – Find any publication at the library closest to you. It’s the old card catalog on steroids. – Quick translations to and from over 25 languages. ¡Qué bien! – Search legal content online including especially your favorite blawgs.

4. Mind your own business.
Whether you’re a solo practitioner, partner or brand new associate, take charge of your practice by setting clear goals and measuring the results of what you do. Think marketing, billing, professional development and more.

5. Read Law Practice Today.
I picked up a free copy at the TechShow Road Show. Filled with incredibly useful content, this American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section publication offers something for everyone on topics including marketing, management, technology and finance. It is my new must-read.

Want even more? The winter 2009 edition of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section’s e-zine features articles on Internet recruiting and VoIP, both great solutions for putting technology to use to save you money.

If you’d like to get involved with the e-zine, contact me at [e-mail abrown].
For more information on what the Law Practice Management Section has to offer, contact the section co-chairs, Alan Klevan, Esq., at [e-mail alan] or Rodney Dowell, Esq., at [e-mail rodney].
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