Friday, September 7, 2007

Great how-to program for lawyers

The Illinois Bar's 2007 Solo & Small Firm Conference had tremendously useful tips for lawyers in firms of all sizes. Along with Nerino Petro, I co-chaired the technology track and spoke at several events. Here are some preliminary highlights. I will be filling in details shortly.

  • Top cases on ediscovery summarized--how we got here
  • The practical problem: how do you meet your burdens without bankrupting both parties?
  • Practical tips for using the new rules to greatly reduce the discovery burden
Virtual IT department:
  • Using several remote access tools to manage your computer remotely (Dave Yavitz)
  • Practical tips from an IT guy who gets the business side on how to simplify (John Ahlberg)
  • Ethical concerns of using remote services--better read that privacy agreement (Judge Bob Moss)
Vista v. Mac v. Linux shootout:
  • Vista: more stable than XP, a little better design, 3d-party software not ready yet
  • Mac: great, slick, but expensive. Some software won't run on it, but very little
  • Linux: example, Zonbu PC. Cheap, does what you need, no IT hassles
  • How-to tips (text callouts, diagramming, timelines, etc.) to be posted soon (some already below)
  • Detox your slides--no clutter, abandon bullets where possible, use plain backgrounds.
  • Use the evidence in PowerPoint, not characterizations
  • Increase throughput by using summaries, like timelines
  • Think strategically. Ask what the goal is and let that drive the presentation
60 tips/gizmos and gadgets -- too many: will add my favorites soon

Several other presentations I saw, all good. Will be adding them too.

I'll continue to revise this post somewhat over the next few days.


Jeremy said...

It'd be interesting to see the top cases summarized... I'm assuming it is a "lessons learned" from recent litigation?

Todd Flaming said...

Good thought. I will post the ones we covered. Stay tuned.