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The Allegory of Septa Tokens & Law Office Technology

An old Ziploc bag sits on my desk, worn, a bit dirty, and empty. For over 12 years, the bag housed my Septa tokens. I loved my tokens, my quick way of getting through the turnstiles of the El. When I heard that Septa was discontinuing tokens, and replacing them with the Key, a new hi-tech substitute for tokens, I continued to buy tokens, hoping they would stay on sale forever. Hoping – despite recognizing the futility of my hopes. Then came the announcement. Septa stopped selling tokens. And I had to buy a Key card. I dreaded it. Not for any logical reason, it’s just that I loved my […]

When you stick your head in the sand, you get a lousy tasting “sand”wich

The almost overly stale cliché that it is not good to stick your head in the sand applies to so many topics. But for lawyers, or at least a large number of them, mention technology and they want to scream “na na na na na” and ignore you. But more and more, sticking their heads in the sand won’t help lawyers. Lawyers are now bigger targets for cyberattacks, which is the point I highlight in my column in the May 1st issue of The Legal Intelligencer/Pennsylvania Law Weekly. The column, “Law Firms Must Be Proactive to Prevent Cyberattacks,” begins with a quiz, asking whether the readers know what these items […]

Now Available – The Ultimate Guide to LexisNexis CaseMap

The Ultimate Guide to LexisNexis CaseMap is now available for purchase. Authored by Attorney Daniel J. Siegel, the book is the definitive guide to users of CaseMap, the premier litigation analysis software. LexisNexis CaseMap makes analyzing cases easier and allows lawyers to do a better job for their clients – in less time. Click here to buy the book, which is available in .epub or .mobi formats. With material (including step-by-step instructions and numerous screenshots) for everyone from new users to advanced CaseMap users, the book explains how to use every feature in CaseMap, and also provides Dan Siegel’s unique insights into the program. Many consider Siegel to be the most […]

Coming Soon: The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Acrobat DC

Pamela Myers and Daniel Siegel’s new book, The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Acrobat DC, has gone into production. Published by the American Bar Association, the book is a comprehensive guide for anyone who uses the software. Every chapter contains step-by-step instructions and illustrations showing how to use the program so that users can quickly maximize the power of this software. The book, which contains nearly 300 screenshots, covers virtually every feature, including: Getting to Know the Acrobat Workspace Navigating PDF Documents Working with Toolbars and Task Panes Changing User Preferences Creating and Saving PDFs Converting Web Pages to PDF Creating PDFs from Microsoft Outlook Emails Saving/Exporting PDF Files to Other Formats Arranging and […]

New Pennsylvania Policy Will Require Litigants to Remove Confidential Information From Filed Documents

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy for court records that will dramatically change how lawyers file and access documents in all courts in the state. Attorney Daniel J. Siegel, President of Integrated Technology Services, LLC, was a member of the working group whose proposal the Court adopted. The policy, which goes into effect on January 8, 2018, will require litigants to remove confidential and sensitive information from documents filed with the courts in civil, criminal and family law cases. Click here to read the policy. The policy outlines how requests for access are to be handled, establishes a limit on copying fees and delineates what […]

Coming Soon – The CaseMap Book (Second Edition)

We are pleased to announce that the second edition of the CaseMap book by attorney Daniel J. Siegel will be going to press shortly. Two years in the making, this book is a major revision of the first edition, The Lawyer’s Guide to LexisNexis CaseMap, and focuses not only on how to use CaseMap, but also includes numerous tips to get better results. The book covers CaseMap 12, the latest version of the litigation/case analysis program, and will be published by LexisNexis as an e-book. The manuscript is in LexisNexis’ hands, and includes 155 illustrations/screenshots as well as more than 50 sidebars/productivity tips, all designed to assure that every user can […]

Lawyers – even those who aren’t techie – can make some changes to their software – and save time

When Allison Shields and I authored How to Do More in Less Time: The Complete Guide to Increasing Your Productivity and Improving Your Bottom Line, we included tips for being more productive in how lawyers manage our days, and our staff, etc. We also included tips for improving a lawyer’s (and really anyone’s) use of technology. After all to be productive, we all must manage our time. While we’re at it, saving time with technology also means that if you learn to use your computer (and the many programs on it) more efficiently, you save time on each step. Just saving one minute a day saves you over four hours […]

Dan Siegel to Discuss Social Media & Ethics in Pittsburgh & Philadelphia

Need a CLE credit? Or perhaps you have a concern about your use and your clients’ use of social media? Then Dan Siegel’s upcoming program, “Current Issues in Technology, Social Media & Ethics” is for you. Dan will present this one-hour program at PBI’s Pittsburgh center on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 3 p.m. Click here for registration and other information. Dan will also present this one-hour program at PBI’s Philadelphia center on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 3 p.m. Click here for registration and other information. These programs are part of PBI’s Ethics Potpourri program, a full day of ethics continuing legal education. For more information, go to www.pbi.org. Of […]

Social Media Matters! And thank you to SEPTA!

Just this morning, I was speaking with an attorney whose firm consults with us about technology. He insisted that social media really wasn’t relevant and that people really don’t pay attention to it. No matter what I said, he simply was in denial mode. Sorry, but social media matters, and law firms and all businesses need to be aware of its impact and the need to actively use sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Fast forward to lunchtime. We were on our way to a meeting at the Philadelphia Bar Association. As usual, we boarded a Market-Frankford El train at the Milbourne station. The heat hit us like we were […]

Passwords & Security – It’s Truly Time to Think About Them

Passwords – we all hate having to deal with them. After all, we’re supposed to have different passwords for every website. Plus, they must be complicated. How in the world can we create all of these passwords and still remember them? Instead, it’s easy to just use ABC123 or Password or some other generic phrase. The problem is that those among us with less than stellar motives can easily hack those passwords and access all of our confidential information. If that weren’t enough, now the government is reminding us. I read an advertisement today for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – you know, the agency that reminds us of […]

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