9781634250740

The 2015 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

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  • ISBN13:

    9781634250740

  • ISBN10:

    1634250745

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-07-07
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
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Summary

This one-of-a-kind annual guide is written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You'll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office will need. It's written in clear, easily accessible language to make implementation easier whether you do it yourself use an IT consultant. Either way, you'll learn how to make technology work for you. Topics include:
  • A vendor-neutral look at the best and worst legal technology for both Mac and PC
  • Protecting your confidential data from anyone, including our own government
  • Keeping current with the ever-evolving smartphone market
  • Moving your data to the cloud safely and easily
  • The best law practice software for case and time management, financials, and the Paper LESS office
  • Cost effective software and hardware with a strong shelf life
  • Using social media to its full advantage
  • Legal technology forecasts for 2016

Author Biography

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., is the president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc, a digital forensics, information security and information technology firm in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast series called "The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology" as well as "Digital Detectives." She is a frequent author (eleven books published by the ABA, including The 2015 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, ISBN: 978-1-63425-074-0, Locked Down: Information Security for Attorneys ISBN: 978-1-61438-364-2, The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines, ISBN: 978-1-59031-670-2, and How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times, ISBN: 978-1-60442-573-4, and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics. She is the president of the Virginia State Bar June 2013 June 2014.

Mr. John W. Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., an information technology, digital forensics and information security firm located in Fairfax, VA. Mr. Simek has a national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has testified as an expert witness throughout the United States. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Simek holds the prestigious Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) certifications in addition to multiple other technology certifications. He currently provides information technology support to over 220 area law firms, legal entities and corporations. He is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. He is a frequent author (eleven books published by the ABA, including
The 2015 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, ISBN: 978-1-63425-074-0, Locked Down: Information Security for Attorneys ISBN: 978-1-61438-364-2, and The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists and Guidelines, ISBN: 978-1-59031-670-2, and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, information security and electronic evidence topics.


Michael C. Maschke is the Director of Computer Forensics at Sensei Enterprises, Inc. He is an EnCase Certified forensic technologist (EnCE) and a Certified Computer Examiner (#744). Mr. Maschke holds a degree in Telecommunications from James Madison University with a minor in Computer Science. Mr. Maschke has significant experience with network troubleshooting, design and implementation, systems integration, and computer engineering. He previously was the Director of Sensei's Information Technology department, which provides support to more than 150 area law firms, legal entities, and corporations. Mr. Maschke is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional, and a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. He has spoken at the American Bar Association's TECHSHOW conference on information security and is a coauthor of Information Security for Lawyers and Law Firms (American Bar Association, 2006).

Table of Contents

About the Authors xvii
Acknowledgments xxi
Preface to the Eighth Edition xxiii
Introduction xxvii
Chapter 1: Computers 1
Chapter 2: Computer Operating Systems 15
Chapter 3: Monitors 21
Chapter 4: Computer Peripherals 23
Chapter 5: Printers 33
Chapter 6: Scanners 41
Chapter 7: Servers 45
Chapter 8: Server Operating Systems 57
Chapter 9: Networking Hardware 67
Chapter 10: Miscellaneous Hardware 79
Chapter 11: Smartphones 85
Chapter 12: Productivity Software 93
Chapter 13: Security Software 105
Chapter 14: Case Management 111
Chapter 15: Time and Billing Software 125
Chapter 16: Litigation Programs 139
Chapter 17: Document Management 141
Chapter 18: Document Assembly 149
Chapter 19: Cloud Computing 153
Chapter 20: Collaboration 161
Chapter 21: Remote Access 171
Chapter 22: Mobile Security 179
Chapter 23: More from Apple 187
Chapter 24: iWin: iPad for Litigators 201
Chapter 25: Unified Messaging and Telecommunications 243
Chapter 26: Utilities 251
Chapter 27: Social Media for Law Firms—An Overview 275
Chapter 28: Taking Your Firm Paperless 301
Chapter 29: Tomorrow in Legal Tech 325
Glossary 339
Index 357

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