Note: the following conference materials are available exclusively to ABA TECHSHOW 2014 registrants. You will be prompted for your ABA login to access these materials.
Day 1: Thursday, March 27, 2014
|Microsoft Word Power for Lawyers
Barron K. Henley
Microsoft Word is a fantastic productivity tool for law firms and legal departments. In this session you will learn to master the tools in Word specifically designed for law firms. In addition to covering Word’s formatting tools for pages, fonts and paragraphs; styles, headers and footers; page and paragraph numbering and compare documents, you will also learn how to create a perfect citation, table of authority, table of content and indexes which are integral to legal documents.
In this informative session learn how lawyers are becoming more reliant on this powerful “more than just numbers spreadsheet” application. Excel use in law firms and legal departments is expanding and includes creating spreadsheets that generate child support calculations, personal injury settlement statements and corporate settlement statements. Our expert will teach you how to bring these time-saving, error-reducing Excel functions to your law firm.
|Getting the Most from Microsoft Outlook
Outlook is one of the most widely used applications in law firms today. Outlook has more power under the hood than most of us realize and its importance in the legal profession is growing daily. Learn how to master the power of Microsoft Outlook functions from better ways to manage your Inbox to effective use of the calendar, contacts, journals and tasks modules. Maximizing the power of Outlook can facilitate improved client communication, more effective docket management, better time management and more for the busy attorney.
|Getting Your Point Across with Microsoft PowerPoint
Paul J. Unger
Whether you litigate or not, presenting a topic to law firm clients, mediators, arbitrators and juries, without visual aids, is simply no longer acceptable. Our expert will show you the very best ways to harness the power of Microsoft PowerPoint to make your next presentation, trial, mediation or client meeting unbelievably powerful. Attendees will learn about how to understand the template master settings, adding sound, pictures, video and limiting text in favor of visual graphics.
|Practice Management Software – From Agony to Ecstasy
JoAnn Hathaway, Thomas L. Rowe
Compare and contrast the many options available in practice management software today. Learn how this comprehensive solution can streamline your day, and eliminate redundant actions between applications. Accurately capture time, activity, communication records, and documents in a matter-centric system to help create bills, generate trust accounts, business financial reports and more. See how to work faster, smarter, and to a higher level using this software that can be locally installed or web-based.
|Bills Out – Money In
Steven J. Best, Peggy Gruenke
If you would rather have a tooth filled than ask your legal clients for money, or if you’re billing but they’re not paying, attend this session. Our speakers will discuss and demonstrate technology available to the legal profession to ensure you get paid, from your retainer agreement (setting client expectations), through the end of the case and beyond. Say goodbye to write-offs and discounts and hello to steady law firm financial management!
|Visual Workflow Applications
Join us for an overview of visual workflow methods and technologies for managing paper and electronic information. This session provides an overview of the cloud-based application “Trello” and its ability to integrate with Google Docs and other applications. Privacy/security considerations for using cloud-based applications will also be discussed. The ideas discussed are based on the visual productivity system originally designed by Toyota for just-in-time manufacturing, known as “Kanban” (Japanese for “signboard”).
|Leveraging Technology for Practice Efficiency
Victor J. Medina, Bryan Sims
Money-saving, law office-specific tips and tricks for the busy tech-hungry attorney. Learn how to use technology in new and unexpected ways to make your office the most efficient possible place to practice law. This survey course covers topics including mobile access to all of your practice information, entering data once and using it multiple times (syncing data across applications), working paperlessly, using collaboration tools, and using software to automate your processes.
|iPad in Action
Jim Calloway, Tom Mighell
Your iPad can be so much more than just a great way to catch up with old friends on Facebook “first thing in the morning”! In this session, our iOS Experts will demonstrate the hottest hardware and accessories, the most astonishing apps, the most wonderful workflows, and top-notch tips to make your iPad the most important and useful device in your arsenal.
|iPad in Trial / iPad for Litigators
Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr., Jeff Richardson
While your iPad is an indispensable tool for helping you post snarky comments on YouTube, it can also be one of the most powerful and simple tools for trial. Learn from our iOS-master litigators how the iPad can help you organize your discovery, create timelines and graphics, pick a jury, organize your thoughts, present evidence, and even run your opening and closing.
|iGadgets and iGear for the iLawyer
Jeff Richardson, Ben Stevens
Come learn about the best and latest gadgets to use with your iPad. Our panel will discuss the best keyboards, styli and cases you can get for your iPad, as well as the numerous other tools and gadgets on the market (e.g. external hard drives, stands, adapters, etc.). If you find yourself using your iPad more than you’re using your computer, you’ll walk out of this session with even more ideas on how the iPad can help you in your daily practice!
|Advanced iPad: Working with Word and So Much More
Brett Burney, Mark I. Unger
While the iPad is so simple and intuitive that even a toddler can download a cat video, this quarter-inch thick hunk of technology is vastly more capable than most attorneys could ever imagine. Take your iPad to the next level with these top-secret tips and tricks from some of the most accomplished iPad Illuminati around.
|VDI – It’s Not a Disease
Chad E. Burton, Martin Ditkof
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure “VDI” (aka Desktop-as-a-Service) can deliver your desktop to any device. Work with YOUR programs from your iPad, Windows Ultrabook, Mac or Android device from anywhere you have an internet connection. VDI allows you to work on a Word document on your iPad, turn to your laptop and open the document to the exact same location. Forget about having to maintain servers or worrying about power loss or connection interruptions – they are things of the past and VDI will set you free!
|Office 365 v. Google Apps
James Province, Mark Rosch, Jeffrey Taylor
Microsoft’s new Office 365 offering threatens to revolutionize the way that attorneys and other professionals create and collaborate on documents. Google Apps have made collaboration transparent and easy. Learn from our panel of experts how these two titans of cloud-based productivity square up against one another in a first ABA TECHSHOW cloud software deathmatch. In the end, “there can be only one.”
|Ethics 20/20, Security, and Cloud Computing
Catherine Sanders Reach, Kevin A. Thompson
More and more law offices are either fully virtualizing or, in the least, offloading critical functions to the cloud. The new ABA Model Rules impose on attorneys a requirement of technological competence, and require that attorneys must be aware of the ethical implications of cloud computing. Come to this session and learn what cloud computing concerns are legitimate, which are not, and what to do to best protect you, your practice, and your clients from security threats.
|Document Storage v. Document Management in the Cloud
Steven J. Best, Aaron Brooks
A detailed review of how law firms and corporate legal departments utilize available cloud-based options for document management, document sharing, and document storage in the Cloud. If you don’t know the difference between these three, you definitely need to come to this session and learn about documents in the Cloud.
How To …
|Use Facebook for Your Law Firm
There are over one billion people using Facebook, which means if you aren’t using it professionally, you’re at a real disadvantage in today’s marketplace. This session will teach you how to launch and manage your professional Facebook presence. You will learn everything you need to know about capturing the attention of potential clients and building a Facebook fan base without overstepping ethical bounds.
|Create a Closing Argument Using Prezi
Brian D. Wassom
Prezi, a non-linear presentation software, provides different options to create dynamic closing arguments. Prezi makes it easy to focus on the details but incorporate them into the big picture. Learn step by step how to create winning Prezi presentations using this exciting new software option.
|Build a Website in an Hour
Watch and learn as our presenter shows you, start to finish, how to create a website for your firm that you can have up and running in just 60 minutes using WordPress. A review of the advertising ethics for law firm websites is also part of this session.
|Securely Use Dropbox in a Legal Environment
Explore several strategies and applications to increase the security of your Dropbox account. Implementing additional security measures will help assure that your Dropbox account is meeting the ethical requirements of client confidentiality and file backup.
Meet the Authors
|Judy Davis & Carole Levitt: Find it Fast and Free: Free Internet Legal Research Sites Materials | PowerPoints|
|Tom Mighell: How to Become an LP Author|
Day 2: Friday, March 28, 2014
|E-Discovery Caselaw Update
Stacey Blaustein, Martin T. Tully
How are courts addressing predictive coding, the preservation of social media, and the general expanse of e-discovery? It’s so important to be aware of the newest topics in e-discovery today to be an effective litigator. Come hear experts in the field run down the latest and “hot off the press” opinions in the world of e-discovery so you can understand how it will affect your practice.
|FWIW: How 2 Collect and Use Social Media 4 E-Discovery
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, Sharon D. Nelson
One of the thorniest questions in today’s e-discovery world is how to collect, preserve, authenticate, and present ESI from social media sources. Whether it’s a tweet, a Facebook wall status, or blog post, lawyers need to know how to identify and gather social media data for purposes of production during discovery and presentation at trial. Whether it’s a small domestic issue or a large class action claim, lawyers need to know about helpful software, best practices, ethical considerations – and what judges have to say on all these topics.
|Predictive Coding for Productive Practitioners
Stacey Blaustein, Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr., Tom Gricks
Predictive coding, or “technology-assisted review” (TAR) is a hot topic in electronic discovery circles, but if you think it’s important only to big firms with big clients, think again. Our experts will show you how firms can apply technology-assisted review to cases of any size. Learn how existing technology can improve accuracy in searching for relevant documents, reduce the cost and time spent for manual review, and provide greater insight into your client’s data by allowing for strategic early case assessment.
|E-Discovery Motions Hearing Workshop
Thomas C. Gricks, III, Christopher King
A practical look at how e-discovery law is applied in the context of a realistic scenario. Patterned after the 7th Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot program, a mock hearing will recreate e-discovery issues that may arise in the course of litigation. The workshop-style presentation will include perspectives from the bench, and offer real-world advice on how to proceed in your own e-discovery hearing.
|War Stories of Staff Use of Unapproved Data Services & Devices
John Jelderks, David G. Ries
Everyone stops for train wrecks. Make sure that data spills happen to ‘the other guy’ by looking at case studies of recent staff generated data spills from across the country. Learn what they did wrong and how you can avoid their fate.
|The Changing Face of Large Case Financing & Billing
From the newly minted position of “Pricing Director” to the debates on third-party funding of litigation, changes are underway in how legal services are negotiated and priced. Look at the tools and changes taking place and how they impact and improve options for firms moving into the future.
|Compliance Landscape Report Regulatory Impact on Information Management
From HIPPA and SOX to local data breach reporing requirements, legislation is driving the standards for data management and breach mitigation. Our experts look at changes to code and case law that is creating policy around your practice and the business of your clients. The session will also look at complaince management tools that help you stay on top of the standards.
|Where is My Client’s Jetpack? The Future of Client-Facing Technology
Toby Brown, David G. Ries
As people have turned to cloud services to meet basic business needs and we see the continued growth of CRM (Customer Relation Management) for customer self-service and project management, law firms are implementing new client-facing tools. In this session you will learn where CRM fits in your practice and how it can improve client service, interaction and loyalty.
|The Litigators Guide to Android
Daniel J. Siegel
The universe of Android apps continues to grow, and many of the apps on the market can be used by litigators to enhance trial, mediation, and arbitration presentations. This session explores the newest and best applications for Android litigators. Learn how to get the most from your Android device.
|Practice Pointers: Android Settings & Customization to Up Productivity
Debbie Foster, Jeffrey Taylor
Settings and custom controls are the gateway to improved productivity and communications using your mobile device. Our speakers take you through a hands-on program designed to help you maximize your productivity and get the most bang for your buck from your Android device.
|Road Tested: Gear, Gadgets & Guides that Smooth the Bumps in the Practice Road
Lincoln Mead, Nerino Petro
A look at new tech that can remove some of your practice frustrations or open new service opportunities for your practice. Explore the tools that you can take into trial or on the road! It doesn’t matter what flavor you use, iOS, Android or Windows, this session works for everyone.
|Mobility Killed the PC-Star – Can a Tablet Replace the Attorney’s PC?
William H. Latham, Catherine Sanders Reach
The temptation is there: Avoiding the next cycle of laptop or desktop replacements and going 100% tablet. Can it be done? Are there operational or ethical risks? A tool by tool walk-though by our mobility gurus will try to meet the challenge!
|Tools of the Trade for Paperless Practice
JoAnn Hathaway, Richard J. Serpe
In this highly informative session, you’ll learn about the hardware and software options that can help your law firm or legal department become less reliant on paper. We’ll get into the weeds including discussing scanner types such as portable, desktop, network, and flatbed scanners; software to create, manage and work with digital files; and more.
|We All Need It – The PDF Enlighteningment
Richard J. Serpe, Ernest Svenson
Law firms are becoming more reliant on the portable document format (PDF). Because court documents and filings are electronic, PDF proficiency is a required skill. Your firm is no longer able to simply print to traditional printers and survive. Learn the tips and tricks of working with PDF files including how to properly manipulate PDF content, ethical considerations of digital signatures, bookmarking, securing your PDF, PDF/A requirements of the courts and sanitizing Meta Data from a PDF file.
|You’ve Gone Paperless – What Now? Document Management and Scanning in 2014
Peggy Gruenke, Thomas L. Rowe
Now that you’ve taken steps to be more green and live in a less paper law firm or legal department, where do you go from here? In this session the presenters will discuss new options for scanning and imaging at law firms and legal departments. How to better manage your firm’s paperless content, digital signatures, creating online forms via the use of traditional and cloud based software, and services specifically designed for the legal profession will also be discussed.
|Less Paper More Mobility
Tom Mighell, Reid Trautz
Now that paper is a thing of the past at your law firm/legal department, and now that your law practice requires you to be more mobile, mobile access to your legal documents is a necessity. Learn about ways to access document content while away from your office, and which tools work best for lawyers. This session will also explore web interface options to utilize while you’re working mobile.
|The Business Case for Going All Mac
Randall A. Juip, Ben Stevens
Many firms shy away from going “All Mac” because of the perception of the higher expense. Come and learn from our panel of experts how the short- and long-term costs of running an All-Mac law office balance against the gains in productivity. See how going All-Mac can positively affect not only your P&L, but your balance sheet as well. And you’ll be cooler, way cooler. Priceless.
|Mac Power Users
Victor J. Medina, Mark C. Metzger
A Mac can be a busy attorney’s best friend; come learn how to unleash the power of Mac’s OS X and various third-party apps to the benefit of both you and your clients. Also, learn what to expect for you, your practice, and your legal workflow from Apple’s recently released Mavericks, the new operating system.
|Lone Wolf: Being the Only Mac in a PC Firm
Randall A. Juip, Ben Stevens
While more and more attorneys are going “all Mac,” many Mac-lovin’ lawyers find themselves all alone in all PC firms. Learn from this session how your Mac wolf-pack of one can work more efficiently and productively in a PC environment. This session will cover tools such as Parallels and VMware Fusion, Remote Desktop Sessions, and helpful software and workflows.
|The Ghost in the Mac: Automation and Document Assembly
Victor J. Medina, Mark C. Metzger
Bring some extra hair gel or spray, because you’re going to be blown away by the shock and awe and pure white-light power of the ability of your Mac to automate tasks and streamline the creation of documents. Learn about how you can use tools built into OS X–like Automator and AppleScripts–as well as third-party solutions–such as Hazel and Default Folder X–to streamline your practice and to bring out the Ghost in your Mac.
|Corrosion of Confidentiality – How Technology Threatens Privilege
Mark C. Metzger
How do you maintain client confidentiality and confidence in an always connected world of clouds and devices? Take a look at current threats to privilege and explore the tools, services, and tips that can keep you on top of protecting that most important duty.
|Fighting Back – Tools for Tracking Hacks to Secure Your Practice
Chris Ries, John W. Simek
The best network defense is built on knowing how and where the attacks are coming from. Our speakers take you on a tour of the threat landscape and provide insight on how to isolate, track, and report attacks.
|N.S.AY What? Firm and Client Data Security & Encryption in the Age of Monitoring
Chris Ries, John W. Simek
Go the extra mile by learning how to lock down your files, communications, and services using a variety of hardware, software and cloud-based services. Get a refresher on the types of encryption available to make the best choice for encrypting your practice without burdening your clients!
|Moving Targets – Locking Down Mobile Devices in Your Firm
John Jelderks, Ben M. Schorr
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is not going away. Stay ahead of the curve and avoid data spills by looking at how to manage mobile devices. Learn how to protect from attaching to firm data, how to track location, and about remote detonation of a lost device. Learn what can be done to manage device creep and its impact on your practice.
How To …
|Add Document Assembly into Your Workflow
Review the software options and learn how to develop a plan for document assembly deployment at your firm. You can start small, do it yourself, or hire a consultant to do it all for you. This session will provide the tools needed to help you assess your goals, resources and budget as you develop the path to document assembly implementation at your firm.
|Optimize Your Use of Evernote
Philippe Doyle Gray
Explore the best features of Evernote including tags, security and 2-step verification, email, notebooks, sharing, note links, backup, working with PDFs, extensions and apps: Web-clipper, Clearly, Skitch and more. This fast paced session will have you taking your Evernote use to an entirely new level of effectiveness!
|Use LinkedIn for Lawyers
Dennis Kennedy, Allison C. Shields
Almost everyone is on LinkedIn, but is your use of it yielding the maximum return for your efforts? Learn how to get the most out of the time you spend on LinkedIn and how to minimize the security and ethical risks of using this service.
|Create Forms in Word
Barron K. Henley
Creating a form is most beneficial when the form generates correct input from the user, is easy to distribute, and the collected data is easily compiled and reused. Learn how to build forms, from scratch or by using templates that meet all of these criteria. Explore advanced form features and then determine how you will use these new form creation skills to increase efficiency and efficacy at your firm.
Meet the Authors
|Ben Schorr: The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2013|
|Ruth Carter: The Legal Side of Blogging
|Ernie Svenson: Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers|
|Paul Unger: PowerPoint in One Hour for Lawyers|
Day 3: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Plenary: John W. Dean
|60 Android Apps & Widgets in 60 Minutes
Daniel J. Siegel, Jeffrey Taylor
Apps? We don’t need no stinkin’ apps! Widgets provide immediate control and data access without rummaging through grandma’s app drawers. See how this key technology difference makes Android stand apart as the “real time when you need it” information OS.
60 Sites in 60 Minutes
|60 Sites in 60 Minutes Now that you’ve enjoyed three days of non-stop legal tech education, allow our panel of experts to provide you a guided tour of the 60 best sites on the internet for attorneys. For the first time ever, the panel will be crowd-sourcing some of the sites! Tweet your favorites to #TS60Sites and see if yours make the cut!|