Everywhere we go, we see lawyers using iPads. But what are they using them for? There are thousands of Apps available for the iPad – so many that it’s hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, Tom Mighell has written a new book called iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers. In this episode, we discuss the importance of iPad apps for effective use of iPads, Tom’s book, and our favorite iPad apps for lawyers and others.

Link to the episode:  Essential iPad Apps for Lawyers

Segment 1:  Essential iPad Apps for Lawyers

Segment 2:  The Rant. In this new segment, Tom rants about getting LinkedIn invitations from “Friends” he doesn’t know.

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  June 1, 2012
Length:  37:32


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*Tom is a member of an affiliate service that pays him a very small commission on each app sold.  The links to these apps go through this affiliate program.  If you would prefer to purchase apps without using these links, just Google “[name of app] iPad app”

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Many lawyers say they are “good lawyers,” while knowing very little about legal technology. So does that statement really compute in this technology driven world? Recent discussions about possible changes to ethical rules include requirements that lawyers stay up-to-date on technology.  In this episode, we discuss the intersection of technology, law practice and ethical rules, potential changes to ethical rules related to technology knowledge, and the implications for lawyers.

Link to the episode:  Lawyers’ Duty to Know Technology?

Segment 1:  Lawyer’s Duty to Know Technology?

Segment 2:  Revisiting - wherein we revisit the topic of our last episode, Planning for Your Digital Estate.

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  May 18, 2012
Length:  33:57


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It’s hard enough for most of us to remember our passwords and manage our online accounts.  What happens when we aren’t around?  As more of our key information and assets migrate to online formats, the question of what happens to our “digital estate” upon our death or incapacity has become a more pressing, difficult and common question than ever before.  In this episode, we discuss how important our digital lives have become, the growing number of issues that arise after death or incapacity, and current approaches to “digital estate planning.”

Link to the episode:  Planning for Your Digital Estate

Segment 1:  Planning for Your Digital Estate

Segment 2:  Revisiting - wherein we revisit the topic of our last episode, Lawyers Go Mobile.

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  April 27, 2012
Length:  31:28

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Facebook recently revealed that approximately half of its more the 800 million users access the site from their mobile phones.  People are increasingly using smartphones to view websites of all types.  What might be the implications of the move to mobile for the standard law firm website?   In this episode, we discuss the impact of mobile devices on web design, the web design movement known as Mobile First, and what you can do to optimize your website for the mobile era.

Link to the episode: Law Firms Go Mobile

Segment 1:  Law Firms Go Mobile

Segment 2:  Revisiting - wherein we revisit the topic of our last episode, OMG!  Lawyers are Texting?

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Recorded:  April 21, 2012
Length:  _____

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Twenty years ago, lawyers were debating whether to use email in their practices.  It’s now impossible to imagine lawyers practicing without email.  Today, people send more than a trillion text messages each year.  Will we see texts and instant messages (IMs) becoming as integral to law practice as email?  In this episode, we discuss the growing use of texts and IMs by everyone, how these technologies are starting to play a role in the everyday practice of law, and how lawyers should prepare for the use of these technologies in the future.

Link to the episode:  OMG!  Lawyers are Texting?

Segment 1:  OMG!  Lawyers are Texting?

Segment 2:  Revisiting - wherein we revisit the topic of our last episode, Turning TECHSHOW Topics into a Technology Agenda

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Broadcast:  April 6, 2012
Length:  _____

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Each spring, ABA TECHSHOW takes center stage as one of the premier legal technology conferences. While there is great value in attending legal tech conferences, all lawyers can benefit simply from seeing what’s on the agenda at TECHSHOW and other events.  Show organizers put a lot of thought into show agendas and we can all learn where to put our technology focus by seeing what topics these shows cover.  In this episode, we use TECHSHOW 2012 as an example of how you can assess your current technology agenda, talk about the major topics being covered at TECHSHOW, and suggest ways you can use the TECHSHOW topic list to help set your technology priorities for 2012.

Link to the episode:  Turning TECHSHOW Topics into a Technology Agenda

Segment 1:  Turning TECHSHOW Topics into a Technology Agenda

Segment 2:  Revisiting. Wherein we revisit our topic from Kennedy-Mighell Report #77:  New iPad, New Decisions.  Tom reports on his experiences with the new iPad, and Dennis laments having delayed his purchase.

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

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Google’s new “Search Plus Your World” represents and new direction in Internet search, where social elements become part of our search results.  Bringing our social media world into search results indicates both the growing importance of social media and the need to find new ways to get relevant results.  Can we make use of what our friends and connections find on the web to get us better search results?  In this episode, we take a look at Search Plus Your World, whether bringing social into search might help us, and whether this approach might work for you.

Link to the episode:  Search Plus Your Legal World

Segment 1:  Search Plus Your Legal World

Segment 2:  Revisiting - wherein we revisit our last episode, Ultrabook Benefits for Attorneys, and don’t find much to say.

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Broadcast:  February 13, 2012
Length:  31:39

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Has it really been three years since the introduction of Windows 7?  Surveys indicate that Windows XP users still outnumber Windows 7 users.  And we’ll be seeing both Windows 8 and a new Mac OSX update called Mountain Lion in 2012.  In this episode, we discuss what we have now learned about operating system updates, the current state of operating systems, and what our future operating systems might look like.

Link to the episode:  Future OS:  Windows 8, Apple Mountain Lion, and Beyond

Segment 1:  Future OS – Windows 8, Apple Mountain Lion, and Beyond

Segment 2:  Revisiting - wherein we revisit our last episode, Search Plus Your Legal World.

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

Broadcast:  February 28, 2012
Length:  28:02

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The big story at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show was “ultrabooks.”  This new category of computer stole the thunder, at least for a few days, from tablet computers.  Should lawyers be considering ultrabooks in 2012?  In this episode, we take a look at the new world of ultrabooks, whether tablet computers like the iPad are taking over the computer market, and what it all means for traditional notebook computers and desktop PCs.

Link to the episode:  Ultrabook Benefits for Attorneys

Segment 1:  Ultrabook Benefits for Attorneys

Segment 2:  Revisiting – wherein we revisit our last episode, Making Collaboration Tools Work in 2012, and answer the question, are there ways to subtly or unsubtly push people into using collaboration tools?

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

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People are collaborating more than ever before.  There are more collaboration tools and technologies than ever before.  Yet, the actual adoption of collaboration tools seems to lag behind the desire to use them.  In this episode, we discuss the gap between tools and people in collaboration, the common challenges faced when implementing collaboration tools, especially ones used by lawyers, and our best recommendations for improving the adoption of collaboration tools and technologies in 2012.

Link to the episode:  Making Collaboration Tools Work in 2012

Segment 1:  Making Collaboration Tools Work in 2012

Segment 2:  Revisiting – wherein we discuss some legal tech issues that we left out of our last episode, Pardon the Legal Technology Interruption 2011

Segment 3:  Parting Shots

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