I’ve been attempting to save my stamina, and your vision, of late, through the execution of smaller blog posts, as if I had fed my larger blog postings the small-making “Drink Me” vial from the Alice in Wonderland adventure-tales. I have found that one of the easier ways to decrease the length of my postings is to relay information and insights (assuming I have any of those) from continuing legal education programs that I have attended/been a part of as a faculty person. Is this a cop-out? Well, it’s certainly NOT Cop Rock; but, I don’t think so. I realize that specific sets of information, in smaller chunks, can be just as valuable as larger chunks of information, perhaps more so, depending on how they hit. Don’t worry, there’ll still be the appearance of the longer, more substantive postings at this here blog, complete with “Liner Notes”, for those longer postings. However, I will, from time to time, insert these blurbish sort of creatures. Let’s call them my “Considerations” series, and let’s say they’re something like Jack Handey’s “Deep Thoughts”, absent the burning of DisneyLand. (Which is still less depressing, and which involves far fewer infant-directed murder-suicides than your average Thomas Hardy novel would.)

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Last week, I appeared on the faculty for the “Paperless Office” program (I know, real original, right), that was held Friday, March 26, in bucolic Greenfield, Massachusetts. The program was part of a joint law practice management series put on by LOMAP and the Franklin County Bar Association (this one, not that one). I am greatly appreciative for the hard work that Katie Schendel, executive director of the Franklin County Bar Association, put into planning and organizing the program.

Joining me on the panel (and, I won’t get into my discussion points; you certainly already know quite enough about me), were Channing Migner, of the Law Office of Channing Migner, PC, of Worcester and remote parts of the Commonwealth, pending office space and internet access, and David Crowe, Director of Marketing for Catuogno Court Reporting. These two really made for a phenomenal tandem, and made it very easy for me to mostly keep my mouth shut. Channing has leveraged the Needles practice management system, and a grafted online portal from eCase, that works in sync with Needles, to create a secured portal for client and co-counsel and referring counsel contact and collaboration, with Channing controlling access points and permissions. Channing is a veritable proselyte for the leveraging of the web for the improvement of the practice of law. He has done a tremendous amount of research into what he is currently accomplishing, and stays well on top of improvements to his products, in fact, perhaps, suggesting most of them. For our part, we have Channing on panels whenever we can, as he does a fine job demoing his programs live. If you get a chance to see him speak on this topic in person, it’s well worth the time investment. Channing has been able to apply constituent parts of a virtual law practice for his own defined uses, in a very impressive way. David was kind enough to sub in, at short notice, for an ill colleague, and did a fine job discussing the best uses of technology, particularly the choice of laptop and netbook; David, in fact, produced his own laptop and netbook for purposes of demonstration and weight comparison: netbook, light; laptop, heavy. Catuogno Court Reporting, through its newly-minted stEncrypt arm, much under the auspices of David and his passion for the subject, has provided Massachusetts attorneys with a number of excellent and cost-effective web- and security-related features, priced and meant for the solo and small-firm attorney. David and his office have been on top of the data security laws in Massachusetts from well before they became effective. David is a great point of contact for starting your research into effective compliance measures for securing your data in a way that comports with the new Massachusetts regulations.

So, this is like the part of the Cracker Jacks box when you have dug down deep enough to find the toy at the bottom of the container. (Did I pimp these two guys above a bit hard? Yeah, but I don’t pimp for pimping’s sake. Channing and David both really do know what they’re talking about; and, you’ll get a lot out of talking with them/hearing them speak.) For the Greenfield “Paperless Office” presentation, Channing and David and I produced a Powerpoint covering, very generally, considerations for attorneys establishing a paperless office, including the tools required, and the specifications for those tools; we also tried to throw in some things that may not be considered as obvious inclusions within a paperless practice, but which we believe can become necessary as you move toward a paper-reduced environment–including some things that you may be doing already. I have provided your access to that Powerpoint at this drop site. I’ve also included with our Powerpoint, a tremendous Powerpoint developed by LOMAP’s Rodney Dowell and Law Practice StrategiesAlan Klevan, which Powerpoint dives deeper into the scanning process and questions of document protection, including encryption. If you may view our Greenfield Powerpoint as an overview, you may view Rodney and Alan’s Powerpoint as an in-depth, hands-on model for adopting certain, specific paperless-style processes within your office. I have included both Powerpoint 2007 and Powerpoint 2003 versions of each of the Powerpoints, in order to provide for the broadest range of access possible.

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Kinder Liner Notes

What does inspire me to such great heights of writing, here at an otherwise ununique legal blog?

Well, when I wrote this, I was on the train, listening too loudly to a De Barge double shot, of: “Who’s Johnny” (by El) and “Rhythm of the Night” (by the DeBarge brothers and sister). From mixes my Dad had made. Yes.

(Now that’s more fearsome than a “bu
ffalo sweat”.

Bonus points if you can tell me what soundtrack “Who’s Johnny” was featured on. Hint: It was an 80s classic starring the immortals–Steve Guttenburg, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens, in what would probably be viewed as an offensive roleplay today.)