How I Went From 1,000 Emails to Inbox Zero (and Stayed There) with Mailstrom-LifeHacker

BY:  Adam Dachis

Inbox zero: it’s the impossible dream that gets further and further away as you let your emails pile up, but you don’t have to get stuck with the clutter. Thanks to an awesome webapp called Mailstrom, I finally got my thousand-email inbox under control in an hour. Here’s how.

Inbox zero is a lofty and often unachievable dream for most, and for a long time I just assumed that piles of email would rule my life. Almost by accident, I came across a webapp calledMailstrom and, along with other options, decided to give it a try. After playing around with it for an hour, I noticed something strange: my inbox was virtually empty.


Can I connect my email account using POP?

Sorry, Mailstrom does all of it’s work using IMAP. To use Mailstrom, your email provider must support IMAP. This means we cannot work with,, and email accounts. We are sorry about this technical limitation.

Can I clean up my POP accounts anyway?

Sure, here’s one way you can clean up a POP account. First, sign up for a free Gmail account. Go to Settings, and go to the “Accounts and Import” tab. In the section titled “Check mail from other accounts (using POP3)”, add your other email account, and make sure to uncheck “Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server” and “Archive incoming messages”. Now connect your new Gmail account to Mailstrom, and start cleaning up those old messages!

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Why Skype is the Most Used Software in Our Law Firm – Divorce Discourse

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Lee Rosen:

Skype is my most used software package. I use it, literally, all day long. It’s pretty amazing when you really put it to use.

I use Skype, primarily, as my instant messenger client. Everyone in my firm, in all three offices, runs Skype all day and we communicate with instant messages constantly. I use it when I want someone to call me. I send a quick message that says “call me now” or “call me when you get a chance.”

We use it when someone arrives at the office for a meeting to let the attorney or paralegal know their visitor has arrived. We use it to arrange for front desk coverage when the receptionist needs to go to the bathroom. We alert attorneys that a caller is holding when the attorney is on another call. Skype works well between offices and within a single office. It’s also terrific when someone is working from home. Of course, you can send messages while already on a call so you don’t need to deal with a noisy intercom or putting a caller on hold.

That’s just the beginning of what Skype can do.


Read the rest of Rosen’s paen to Skype.


Lee Rosen has practiced family law for more than twenty years. With four offices, Rosen Law Firm serves Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rosen served as the Law Practice Management Editor of the ABA Family Advocate for more than a decade and received the ABA James Keane Award for excellence in eLawyering. He served as Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, is a frequent speaker and is often sought out by the media as a source of family law insight and commentary. Read more about You can also follow Lee on Twitter



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JuryPad Jury Selection App for iPad | The Mac Lawyer

By J. Benjamin Stevens on February 11th, 2013Posted in iPadProduct ReviewsSoftware
This review takes a look at JuryPad, an app for the iPad from Bench & Bar, LLC that is designed to assist litigators in conducting voir dire and quickly and easily selecting their jury.  If you are a trial lawyer who regularly works with juries, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this easy to learn and easy to use app.


JuryPad was developed by Bench & Bar, LLC, a company that was founded by trial lawyer and legal technologist, Stephan Futeral, Esq., who is based in Charleston, SC. It is currently priced as $19.99 on the App Store, and you can get more information here or by visiting Bench & Bar’s website.


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EZ Practice Management Resource Center: Mi Apple Practice

Michigan Bar Apple Practice Center

Now here’s a great Idea:

A dedicated corner for all things “trending” with iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

February’s Featured Resource
Using the iPad in Meetings–Tom Mighell suggests the iPad can actually add value to the services you provide to your clients. He’s also pointed to some useful apps and iPad accessories.


For tech junkies and others, TechCrunch is a great way to stay up-to-date with developments on new technologies, computer systems, mobile devices, software, and a wide array of tech-related matters. On the top of the homepage, visitors can check out Hot Topics, which might feature anything from updates from Microsoft to venture capital funding developments for new web-applications. On the right-hand side of the screen, visitors can look over the Trending Stories, which track some of the latest news from the industry. The What You Missed section features key pieces of business news that might have escaped the attention of those who have not visited the site recently. Further along, the Product Guides offer detailed profiles of smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, laptops, and headphones. The site is rounded out by a place where visitors can sign up to receive a daily newsletter.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013.

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Lincoln’s Other War-Time Proclamation | United States Courts

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Lincoln’s Other War-Time Proclamation

Lincoln's Other War-Time ProclamationMore than 200 years after his birth, on Feb. 12, 1809, and with a movie about him in the Oscar spotlight, Abraham Lincolnremains a source of fascination to Americans, including those in the world of law.


The public can learn more about one of Lincoln’s most enduringly controversial Civil War decisions —  to suspendhabeas corpus. Lincoln first suspended habeas corpus in April 1861, amid fears that Maryland would join the rebellion. A full narrative of the habeas dispute and the Supreme Court Chief Justice’s response in the opinion Ex Parte Merryman is available on the Federal Judicial Center website.


Throughout the Civil War, Lincoln carefully weighed which limits on liberties were necessary to maintain the Union. He considered the legal authority for suspending habeas secondary to his obligation “to preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution. There were many who disagreed with that position.


The Federal Judicial Center’s website covers the opinion, the legal questions raised by Lincoln’s decision, legal arguments, and more. Learn about the opinion, read about popularmedia response at the time, or conduct your own classroom debate on the suspension of habeas corpus.

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