Don’t Be that Luddite Lawyer

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word Luddite describes “one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest [for fear of losing their jobs]; broadly: one who is opposed to especially techno­logical change.” Being an out of the closet technophile, I frequently en­counter self-described “luddite law­yers” who brag about their lack of … Read More

Form of Consent to Robo Calls in PayPal User Agreement Violates the TCPA Warns FCC

Last week the FCC sent a strongly worded letter to PayPal regarding amendments to the PayPal User Agreement to become effective July 1, 2015. The FCC warned PayPal that the changes may violate provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) which restricts the use of autodial, prerecorded, and artificial voice calls, including text messages. The provision of the new PayPal … Read More

Useful iPad Apps for Lawyers – Summer 2015

Here they are- the Hytech Lawyer’s updated iPad Application recommendations for Summer 2015.  The basic criteria for inclusion are that the App be practical, useful for lawyers, easy to use, and among the best in class. If you think there is a great App that we are overlooking, please let me know- Enjoy! EMAIL, CONTACT AND CALENDAR INTEGRATION MS … Read More

Technological Disruption and Lawyers

Technology is rapidly changing the practice of law forever. For example, advances in ediscovery tools have made discovery much more efficient, even as the volume of documents to be located, gathered and processed has grown exponentially. Mostly gone are the days of dozens of full price partner track associates manually reviewing hundreds of thousands or even millions of paper documents. … Read More

Look Ma! I Just Created My First Legal Expert System

The technology freight train is barreling down the track; for those law firms and lawyers hobbled and bound by an inability or unwillingness to innovate, the collision will be a messy one indeed. One innovation rapidly gaining traction is the use of legal expert systems by law firms and clients alike to provide quick answers to repetitive legal questions.  Legal expert … Read More

Does Your Data Breach Insurance Policy Measure Up?

My role on our law firm’s data breach rapid reaction team includes mitigating litigation risk and assessing the data breach and other insurance coverage available to the client in their time of need. I also help the client comply, if feasible, with any policy preconditions to obtaining coverage and help frame the initial notification to the insurer(s) to improve the … Read More

Cool Apps to Show Your Friends

Recently, I had a delightful dinner with my distinguished co-counsel renowned Arkansas trial lawyer Bobby Jones and his beautiful and delightful wife Cheryl. Over the course of the night, the topic of fun Apps came up (imagine!). The Apps we discussed, which normally would not be the focus of this blog, are some of my current favorites I am recommending to … Read More

Lawyers Get Organized With Microsoft’s OneNote

Microsoft’s OneNote is an easy-to-use electronic notebook and organizational system (Windows, Mac, iPad, Android, Windows Phone and Kindle) that is one of the most useful tools in my electronic arsenal.   Heavy in features, OneNote is totally integrated with the Microsoft Office suite, so you likely already have it installed if you use a Windows PC with Outlook.  If it is not installed … Read More

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium – Video Demo and Review

Nuance has introduced Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 – the latest and greatest of its voice type dictation programs. In the linked video, I demonstrate the accuracy of the program and the ability to dictate and control your computer by voice. The major improvements are a claimed 15% greater accuracy over Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, the ability to switch microphones with less hassle, … Read More