Law Technology for the progressive Lawyer 

Program Agenda

9 - 9:50 a.m. Productive PDF Tips that Every Lawyer Should Know – Adriana Linares, Legal Technology Consultant & Trainer, Law Tech Partners; and Benjamin Carpenter, CarpenterLaw, P.A.
  This session is designed to cover the basics such as creating, editing, combining, securing and sharing Adobe PDF documents before moving on to cover tasks especially useful for legal professionals. Topics will include creating, editing and manipulating PDF files and converting PDF files to Word.


10 - 10:50 a.m. The Ethics of Mobile and Cloud Computing – Adriana Linares, Legal Technology Consultant & Trainer, Law Tech Partners
  Practicing anywhere at any time is no longer just a dream for lawyers…it is a reality. This new freedom requires heightened security practices and ethical standards. Let us walk you through best practices for taking your office on the road.


11 - 12 Noon 7 Ways to Make Your Law Firm More Efficient – Larry Port, CEO & Founder, Rocket Matter

Many law firms can provide better, more error-free service to their clients and bring in more money to their firm by embracing time-tested productivity and efficiency principals.

In this session, we examine excellent productivity methods to reduce mistakes and wasted time and improve the operations of law firms. In addition, modern office work can be incredibly difficult, with myriad electronic devices competing for our attention. Email, tweets, Facebook - all of these distract us from the work at hand and can leave people feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

We'll examine how to minimize these interruptions, prioritize work, communicate clearly with others, in an enjoyable and 50 minute session.


12 Noon - 12:45 p.m. LUNCH


1 - 1:50 p.m. iPad for Lawyers – Tom Mighell, Contoural, Inc , author of iPad in One Hour for Lawyers and iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers
  When the iPad first debuted 3 years ago, it was seen only as a content consumption device, suitable for surfing the web, playing games or watching movies. Now, lawyers are finding that the iPad is a serious productivity tool, and more and more lawyers are using it to take notes, review and store case files and documents, and even present evidence in trial. In this session, you'll learn some of the best ways lawyers are using iPads in their practices, and the best apps and accessories for getting the job done.


2 - 2:50 p.m. Dollars and Sense: Law Firm Accounting – Joan Bullock, Chair, ABA Law Practice Management Section, Associate Dean & Professor of Law, FAMU College of Law
  Mismanagement of a trust account can have terrible consequences for a lawyer. Law schools fail to train law students on how to handle trust accounts and seasoned lawyers continue to struggle with all of the requirements contained in Rule 1.5. We will explore the issues surrounding trust accounting and the programs available to assisting in managing them.


3 - 3:50 p.m. Outlook for Busy Legal Professionals – Adriana Linares, Legal Technology Consultant & Trainer, Law Tech Partners; and C. Todd Smith, Founder, C. Todd Smith Law Firm
  If you're only using Outlook to send and receive email-you don't know what you're missing! Practicing law can be busy and stressful and even more so when the basic details of your business, your clients and case information aren't well organized.


4 - 4:50 p.m. Technology and Malpractice – William Loucks, Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
  Attorneys must develop computer skills as part of their core competency not only to sustain a profitable practice, but also to avoid losses due to malpractice claims and bar grievances. The presentation will begin with an introduction of what constitutes a legal malpractice claim and what to do and expect in the event you are involved in such a case. Discussion regarding a recent study by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Professional Liability regarding attorney errors and how technology errors (e-filing, e-discovery, e-service) may be a new area of potential practice claims if attorneys don't embrace technology will follow.