A phenomenal list of “law hacks” for lawyers who are looking to be more productive. Great for non-lawyers too!
Thanks to Jason Krause
Some of my favorites:
1 Empty your e-mail inbox daily. [Read more...]
Take a look at what we wrote at Blawg for Profit about the recent 2007 Legal Technology Survey Report.
For a long time, lawyers with the urge to blog were stymied in their efforts by technology. You had to fire up a text editor to draft the posts, remember some HTML to position links and images properly, and get it posted properly. Spell checking, proper research, it quickly turned from a labor of love to a major headache.
But now, thankfully, there’s Firefox. If you’re a blogger and use Firefox you don’t need to open any other programs to draft blog posts. The beauty of Firefox is that there are so many extensions it can do much more than any other browser, and tools to help bloggers abound. For example:
Save Text Area: This allows you to save the contents of any text box; even better.
Spell Checker: Firefox has one built in, so more more spelling “blog” as “bolg” (OK, who can catch the reference?)
There are a ton of other add-ons specifically for bloggers; one of them is ScribeFire, which allows you to draft blog posts by hitting Cntrl-F8 from any Firefox window. I’ve already spoken about Zotero for research, and many use Google Notebook for down thoughts and blog drafts – kind of a modern-day Moleskine. If you use Google Notebook, remember you can use an add-on to open it in the Firefox sidebar menu.
The upshot it this – if you sniff around long enough, you’ll find that there are a ton of tools to make it easier than ever to blog effectively and (relatively) effortlessly.
Two post that you have to read today are, The Cockroach of the Legal Profession – The Billable Hour, by Susan Cartier Liebel and The first thing we do, let’s kill the cockroaches. The second one from Michael Sherman of Lawyer Profit Systems.
Well, perhaps it’s not THE argument, but here’s a twist. Recently, a client stumbled upon my Florida probate law blog, WeProbateFlorida.com which was recently transformed from a standard, ho-hum static website to a dynamic, blog based site.
After roaming around the site for a moment, I got an email through the contact form which essentially said (paraphrased), “Not sure if your site is just informational, but do you have a normal site with information about your practice?”
This took me back a bit. Instantly, I pulled up the site and browsed around to see if there was anything about the site that was perhaps disorienting or otherwise confusing to the “average” web surfer.
Was I on the verge of a legitimate argument AGAINST blogging? [Read more...]