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  • LegalTech West Coast Returns to Los Angeles | Registration Discounts Available
    06/21/2010 - 14:39
      On June 23 and 24, 2010, ALM’s LegalTech, the largest annual gathering of legal professionals on the West Coast, returns to Los Angeles. This year marks the conference's fourth consecutive year at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.    LegalTech is the one of the largest legal technology events of the year, and highly regarded among those in the...


  • Free Productivity Power Tools From Google
    06/04/2010 - 15:41
      Since its launch more than a decade ago, Google has become synonymous with Internet search. But since 2004, as many lawyers know, Google has also been expanding its reach by offering free productivity applications and services like Gmail and Google Docs. And it continues to innovate with amazing regularity, launching different innovations not just to its search features, but also to its...


  • Google Allows Further Customization/Personalization of Default Search Page
    06/02/2010 - 13:08
    In what appears to be a tip of the hat (and a bit of one-upsmanship) to Bing's image-rich search page, Google has announced the ability personalize your default view of the Google search page with your own photo. While Bing has become known for the daily rotation of lush images (and the informative annotations that accompany them) on its homepage, users have no control over the selection of those...


  • Study Finds More Than Half of Adult Internet Users Search for Information About Themselves
    05/26/2010 - 11:33
    A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that more than half of American adults who are online are conducting search engine searches to locate information posted about themselves on the Internet. While the concept of "ego-surfing" is nothing new, the study indicates an increase in awareness  by adults of the volume of information that can...


  • New ABA Book Helps You Mine the Internet for Publicly Available Investigative Research Resources
    05/21/2010 - 09:46
    Finding information and conducting research on the Internet can be overwhelming and intimidating.  To help all professionals – not just lawyers – conduct effective research on the Internet, the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section has published Find Info Like a Pro, Volume 1:  Mining the Internet’s Publicly Available Resources for...


  • Google Scholar Adds E-mail Alerts
    05/10/2010 - 23:32
    Google has made it easier to keep up to date with topics, cases, patents, etc. searched via Google Scholar with the addition of e-mail alerts to the Scholar service. An envelope icon now appears at the top of each Scholar search results list. The Scholar Alerts feature functions similarly to the more-familiar Google Alerts (previously known as News Alerts) but with a few differences. Clicking...


  • Social Networking Sites are Valuable Tools for Lawyers: But Beware the Potential Ethical Pitfalls
    05/10/2010 - 15:19
    Social networking and ethics: what do these two concepts have in common? Plenty, if you're a lawyer. Using social networking can ensnare attorneys in ethical traps in two different ways — when accessing information in someone else's profile, or when an attorney's own profile information might be used against them. These are real world issues many practicing attorneys face every day. Let's...


  • Judicial Conference Announces Changes to PACER
    03/16/2010 - 16:29
    In a March 16, 2010 press release, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced "key steps to improve public access to federal courts by increasing the availability of court opinions and expanding the services and reducing the costs for many users of the Public Access to Electronic Court Records (PACER) system." Changes to the PACER system stemming from the announcment, include: Allow[...


  • Google Announces Google Buzz Social Networking Tool
    02/10/2010 - 01:26
    At a live press event at its Mountain View, CA headquarters on the morning of February 9, 2010, Google announced its latest foray into Social Media - Google Buzz. Bradley Horowitz, Google's VP of Product Marketing opened the event by describing Google Buzz as "a Google approach to sharing." Google Buzz incorporates many features of popular social media sites like status updates (Twitter,...


  • American Bar Association Launches Technology Directory/Discount Program
    11/24/2009 - 11:42
    On November 23, The American Bar Association launched its new TechEZ technology marketplace for members. The online directory features nearly two dozen software packages, ranging from time and billing and legal research applications to collaboration tools. It was developed to serve an educational purpose as well as provide special pricing on legal software for ABA members —...


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