Legal Writing Tip: Use Block Quotations Effectively

I don’t know about you, but when I come across a block quotation — in a memo, a brief, or in passing on the street — my eyelids get heavy and my head droops. Wake me up when it’s over. Most readers have the same reaction. So what’s a legal writer to do? You can […]

Lawyers, Encrypted Email, and Gmail – Part 2 of 2: The Tools

See Part 1: Lawyers, Encrypted Email, and Gmail: Encryption, for a discussion on ethics opinions, Gmail and an introduction to third-party options. Encryption refers to the process of encoding a message so that only authorized parties can read it. In relation to electronic information like e-mail, encryption uses a set of keys or passwords to […]

Lawyers, Encrypted Email, and Gmail – Part 1 of 2: Encryption

Discussions about the necessity for lawyers to encrypt their email invariably begin with the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility’s 1998 Formal Opinion 99-413 which states, “A lawyer may transmit information relating to the representation of a client by unencrypted e-mail sent over the Internet without violating the Model Rules of Professional Conduct […]

Four Ways to Properly Control Your Clients’ Documents

Clients share documents with you in various ways, often via email or cloud document-sharing services. Once you receive the files, however, you gain the most control when you use an enterprise cloud collaboration application. Over the last year or two, clients have become increasingly comfortable with cloud services. They use them to share vacation photos, […]

Lawyers Going Google: How to Use and Supercharge Gmail and Calendar

Millions of corporations, small businesses, solo lawyers, large and small law firms, and federal, state, and local governments have “gone Google.” They have moved from hosting their own e-mail servers (and in some cases calendars and documents) to using Google’s cloud-based productivity tools – Google Apps. This includes large corporations like Konica Minolta and Jaguar […]

How is Your Legal Health?

Staying in shape means more than physical well-being. Your legal health is also very important. If you keep legally fit, you can avoid problems that could be very costly in terms of your time and money. Here are a tips on how to get legally healthy and stop problems before they start. It you want […]

Nifty iPad Gestures: Multi-Touch and Assistive Touch

Apple brings simplicity, design and ease of use to its many products. On the iPad, that includes gestures – Multi-Touch and Assistive Touch Multi-Touch With the swipe of 3, 4, or 5 fingers, you can navigate through your iPad without clicking on the home button, saving time and increasing productivity. Here are a few useful […]