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Thursday, October 8th, 2015 technology  research  practice

  • Practice

♫  I need to hear from You 
Before this night is through 
I need to hear from You 
So I’m waiting, waiting just to hear from you…♫

Lyrics and music by: Robert Hartman, recorded by Petra.


This week, Garry Wise and I chatted about the possible topics that we could cover in this column over the next while.  Without being exhaustive, I pulled together the following list from our discussions.  Now it is up to you. In the comments section, please indicate which topic(s) are of greatest interest to you!  We really want to hear from you and to write on the topics that you most wish to hear about.

Here is the (incomplete) list of possible topics:

New ways of working:

  • Virtual office examples
  • Virtual assistants
  • Virtual contract lawyers
  • Using Skype and other communication methods to reach out
  • Portals
  • Collaboration tools/applications/websites
  • Dragon Dictate and VR on the Mac
  • IBM’s Watson and AI: What are the implications?

New Software/web tools:

  • Emerging Canadian software
  • Apps, Apps Apps!
  • Websites: Are they relevant anymore?
  • Blogs: Are they relevant anymore?
  • Vlogs: Are they the way to go?
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Sony paper
  • Microsoft’s Matter Center
  • Why use Twitter? Facebook? LinkedIn? Other SM ?
  • Windows 10
  • OS X El Capitan
  • Do Process Software

Capturing, Organizing and Using Information

  • Evernote and OneNote
  • Don’t Forget the Milk
  • Wunderlist
  • IFTTT recipes
  • Wikis and law firms
  • CanLII Connect
  • SurveyMonkey and lawyers/law firms
  • MindMapping: The New Way of Legal Thinking?

Security and Privacy

  • Portals
  • Encryption
  • Cryptolocker and other ransomware
  • Ethical Hacking?
  • How do you handle a security breach?
  • Canadian Backup and Storage Services
  • Canadian Hosted and Managed Services

Practice Management Software Reviews

  • CLIO
  • Amicus Attorney
  • MyCase
  • RocketMatter
  • PracticePanther
  • HoudiniESQ
  • LegalFiles
  • PCLaw
  • ProLaw
  • TimeSolv Legal
  • Synergy Legal Suite

Legal Accounting Software and lawyers

  • PCLaw
  • Brief Legal Software
  • Quickbooks
  • Sage50
  • XERO
  • BillQuick
  • CosmoLex

Stages in a Lawyer’s Life

  • Entering law school
  • Finding Articles
  • Life as an Associate
  • Life as a junior partner
  • Life as a senior partner
  • Life as a managing partner
  • Life as ‘of counsel’
  • Going out on Your own
  • Moving Firms
  • Finding an Associate
  • Office Sharing
  • Easing into Retirement
  • Moving an Office
  • Closing an Office

Using Consultants and Service Providers

  • Bookkeepers
  • IT providers
    • In house IT
    • Managed IT services
    • Hosted services
  • Working with Security professionals
  • How to use IT Consultants to Max Advantage
  • Apple vs Mac vs Does it Matter Anymore?
  • Finding and working with an Office Administrator

Setting up in Practice

  • Finding the right location
  • Finding the right staff
  • Working with staff
  • Balancing life and work
  • Hiring, firing and managing staff

New Ways of Handling Legal Matters

  • ADR
  • ODR
  • Virtual courts and trials
  • Setting up a virtual practice/services
  • Taking Technology to Court/Mediations/Arbitrations
  • Taking Technology to clients

Other Legal Software

  • Optinet Systems
  • Emergent Solutions
  • Tracument
  • Triage Data Solutions
  • Dye & Durham
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Lexis Nexis
  • Econveyance
  • Esentire
  • Worldox
  • Primafact
  • SAI Systems Auditing
  • LexBox
  • WordRake
  • SimplyFile

Innovative ways of Practising:

  • Cognition LLP
  • Axess Law
  • ABS across the world

New Ways of Thinking about Legal Practice

Whatever we have missed.

Please indicate in the Comments (below) the topic(s) that are most important. Or drop me a line at  We hope to hear from you!