These days, the 21st century law firm has more options than ever. Technology such as cloud computing and online research platforms, have changed the practice of law. The days of being chained to your desktop computer, with all-important information located only on premises, are long gone. Instead of relying on costly premise-based software, innovative solo and small firm attorneys can take advantage of mobile and cloud-based technologies such as law practice management software to manage their practice at any time from any place.
Likewise, the Internet also provides attorneys with previously unheard of access to information at little to no cost. It used to be that the only place that lawyers could obtain free access to legal research and information was at the law library. Nowadays, there is a vast array of free online and mobile-based legal resources available to lawyers, including free legal research portals, online legal databases and educational videos.
Of course, knowing that the technology is out there is the easy part; researching and choosing the right tools for your law firm is the hard part. The good news is that there are lots of resources available to help you get up to speed. One way to do this is to attend ABA Techshow, a conference held every year in Chicago, which is focused on helping solo and small firm lawyers learn about and implement emerging technologies in their law practices.
During this year’s conference, Stephanie Crowley, an artist, took visual notes during many Techshow sessions on behalf of MyCase. She covered sessions focused on vast array of topics including moving to a paperless law office, making the most of Office 365, syncing across different devices and systems, online legal research tips, and iPad presentation tips. She also took notes on sessions about online reputation management and law firm management reports.
Take a look at the slideshow below to view all of the visual notes and learn about tips to help you use technology to run your law practice more efficiently and affordably. For even more information, check out our blog post series on the visual notes to learn about our favorite tips from each session.