In a Paperless Office, A Bigger Monitor is Better

English: Multi-Screen Computer Desk with a Mus...
English: Multi-Screen Computer Desk with a Music Studio Setup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Multi-Screen Computer Desk with a Music Studio Setup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by TODD HENDRICKSON on MAY 17, 2013 in LEGAL TECHNOLOGYPRACTICE MANAGEMENT

 

In a paperless practice, screen size is critical. Don’t skimp on the screen real estate. You have two choices: jumbo monitors or multi-monitor setups. I’ve opted for the jumbo monitor. Here’s why:

Multi-monitors are great for segregating programs to different screens. They look very cool. But if you are reading this, you are an attorney, not a day-trader. You will spend the majority of your time at your computer doing two things: reading and writing. Most of what you do falls in one of those two categories. And for those purposes, jumbo monitors excel.

Read why here.

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New US manual for diagnosing mental disorders published | DSM-5 | guardian.co.uk

 

The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders.

Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical opinion so firmly that authors of previous editions are among the most prominent critics.

Known informally as the psychiatrists’ bible, the $199 tome from theAmerican Psychiatric Association is the guidebook that US doctors will use to diagnose mental disorders. The latest edition is the first major update in 20 years.

Read entire analysis by Guardian.

 

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NYSBA Pro Bono Appeals Program

The New York State Bar Association is proud to provide an innovative Pro Bono Appeals Program that offers free representation to individuals of modest means in selected appeals to the Appellate Division in both the Third and Fourth Departments.

The Program, which began in the Third Department three years ago, was recently expanded to the Fourth Department. Family law appeals have proven to be the area of greatest need. The Program also offers appellate representation in cases involving education, health, housing, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation. The Association’s Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction selects cases based on several factors, including the merits of the issues raised and the potential impact of the case.

If you have clients of modest means who could benefit from this Program, please tell them about it and help them complete an application, available at www.nysba.org/probonoappeals, along with other details about the Program. Applicants with income up to 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible for representation. Also, if you have appellate experience and would like to participate in the program, please contact the Program at info@probonoappealsny.org.

Sincerely,

Seymour W. James, Jr., President

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MCLE | New England CLE Programs, Seminars, Webcasts – Advising Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, a host of critical legal issues have surfaced for victims and their families, as well as for impacted businesses. Register for this FREE webcast to learn about some of the key insurance law, disability law, and Family and Medical Leave Act issues that your clients may confront. Whether you represent impacted parties as pro bono or paying clients, you need to be able to spot the legal issues and help secure the best practical remedy possible.

 

 

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Many Tax-Exempt Organizations Must File with IRS By May 15 to Preserve Tax-Exempt Status

A key deadline of May 15 is facing many tax-exempt organizations that are required by law to file annual reports with the Internal Revenue Service. Organizations will see their federal tax exemptions automatically revoked if they have not filed reports for three consecutive years.

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Practice Management Advice: Future-Proofing Your Law Firm |LPM Section| Jim Calloway

About the Author

Jim Calloway is director of the Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program. He publishes the blog Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips (jimcalloway.typepad.com) and also produces, with Sharon D. Nelson, the monthly podcast, The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology. His Twitter handle is @jimcalloway.

THE FUTURE OF PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE has been a subject of much speculation the last several years. While some law firm partners behave as if they believe things will go back to business as usual, most of those who are paying attention believe we are headed to a “new normal” in our future. Among the factors cited to support this proposition are business clients more engaged in negotiating legal fees, an overexpansion of law schools that has led to more attorneys entering an already packed job market, the continuing impact of technological advances on law firms and the proliferation of legal services offered online by people or entities that are not lawyers.

So, it’s a basic fact: Planning is critical for lawyers and law firms. But it remains far too easy for firms to get mired in important short-term planning issues such as budgeting and managing large projects at the expense of investment in the firm.

Read Calloway’s eight (8) avenues to “Future-Proofing” your practice.

 

 

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Multilevel Marketing: | David O. Klein | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

The most popular multilevel marketing (“MLM“) companies and brands have attained near-cultural icon status: AmwayHerbalife,Mary Kay, and Shaklee.  Many Americans are familiar with these brands, as well as some of the lesser-known variations that might have been introduced by an overzealous acquaintance, through an infomercial, or via the Internet.  The popularity of the multilevel marketing method is no fluke; direct sales can be a profitable business model.  However, caution is warranted for prospective market entrants, for there is a network of state and federal laws and regulations that must be navigated in order to ensure that a given multilevel-marketing operation is not deemed to be an illegal pyramid scheme.
If you’ve ever wondered just what is the legal difference between a MLM operation and a pyramid scheme, read the entire analysis here.

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