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November 25, 2008

Planning for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday will soon be upon us. The day after Thanksgiving is one of if not THE biggest shopping day of the year.

If you're planning to brave the crowds, it pays to do a little pre-planning so you can maximize your time by knowing where you can get the best deals.

A site called Black Friday 2008 can help you do just that. They've gathered together the sales ads from hundreds of stores. The site features both an RSS feed of recently released ads as well as a search engine so you can find the lowest prices for items on your gift list.

For those of you that aren't quite brave enough to face the crowds, Black Friday 2008 also has information about online shopping deals.

October 27, 2006

AmLaw Tech Survey on Technology Trends in Law Firms

AELR Blog summarizes nicely a Law.com article on a recent AmLaw Tech survey. The results are based on a summer survey of 200 highest-grossing firms in the U.S. about technology trends and the products and services that they are using. AmLaw received 125 responses that offer insight into how firms are prioritizing their technology budgets and how they are using new technologies.

From the AELR post:

1. Firms desire e-mail programs that work with a variety of document management and client relationship management programs. However, since most e-mail programs currently being used by firms need to be upgraded to do this, there is a risk of jeopardizing confidential attorney-client materials in the conversion.

2. Firms are not only wanting remote access now, but universal access.

3. Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) is a hot trend for law firms.

4. 66% of the firms in survey stated that their IT department increased in size in the past two years.

5. Firms are finding that the capabilities of the firm's IT department are a selling point to clients.

6. Some law firm clients are beginning to require that the firm use an e-billing service.

7. In 85% of the firms, a majority of the lawyers used flat panel displays that were 17 inches or larger.

8. For the firms in the survey, Dell is the most common brand of both desktop and laptop computers.

9. Windows XP is used by 90% of those responding to the survey.

10. Almost 90% of the respondents supply BlackBerrys or Treos to both partners and associates.

11. 94% of the respondents have installed a wireless network in their law firm.

July 17, 2006

Sing the Praises of an Unsung Support Staff Hero

"Lawyers in Wisconsin do terrific work. But where would they be without the members of their support staff who, behind the scenes, quietly make it all happen?" So asks the nomination form for Unsung Heroes of Wisconsin's Legal Community award. The program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

This is an outstanding idea. There are so many dedicated legal professionals in our libraries, firms, and courts. I urge you to nominate someone who you feel has gone above and beyond in service to Wisconsin's legal community. Categories include: Secretary, Paralegal, Librarian, Administrator, Human Resources, IT Specialists, Marketers, Court Reporters and Court Clerks.

Nominations are due by August 11th and winners will be announced in November. Nominees will be profiled in Wisconsin Law Journal's Unsung Heroes 2006 magazine.

June 21, 2006

Employee Use of Blogs IM, IPods & Camera Phones

If you are a firm administrator or someone else who manages employees, you should take a look at an article from FindLaw's Modern Practice entitled, Workplace Worries: Blogging, IMing, IPods, and Camera Phones, Oh My!.

Despite the cheesy title, this article highlights some interesting - and troubling - issues surrounding employees' use of these technologies in the workplace.