Category Archives: Technology

Teaching Technology in the Academy

In my last blog post about the ABA TECHSHOW, I mentioned that one of the conference’s workshops would be hosted at Chicago-Kent: Dean’s Roundtable: Teaching Technology in the Academy. This half-day program, held the morning of March 16, focused on the ways law schools are teaching technology concepts to law students, as well as which concepts are most important. Continue reading

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Tech Tip: Data Hacking Techniques & Security Strategies

How secure is your personal information? What steps do you take to protect your privacy? Do you know what sort of threats could affect you and what tools or strategies are most helpful to defeat them? It’s easy to find a … Continue reading

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A Productive Spring Break- the ABA Techshow (March 17-19)

We hope you all are having an excellent spring break.  Many of you won’t be back until next week, but if you are in town consider attending the ABA Techshow, right here in Chicago.   This annual event features dozens … Continue reading

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The Rules Have It – Applying Court Rules to Your Brief

A couple of weeks ago, Emily Barney showed you how to find and use the style tools in Word 2016.  But why use the style tools at all?  As Emily noted, federal and local court rules often specify exactly which … Continue reading

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Easier, Better, Faster, Stronger: Word 2016 Styles Tools

We posted back in September that Word 2016 was finally available for Mac Users. It’s also available for PC users now. We’ve had some time to use this new version and found that it makes using Styles significantly easier with a … Continue reading

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The Tablet Wars Heat Up: iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface

Lawyers love their mobile tech. A recent lawyer technology survey showed that 50% of attorneys use a tablet and 90% use smart phones. But as useful as they are, phones and tablets haven’t been an ideal replacement for desktop computers, or even laptops.

In the last few months however, the legal tech landscape has changed. Microsoft introduced the Surface 3 in 2014, and followed up with the even more powerful Surface 4 last fall. Apple, not to be left behind, started shipping the full-size iPad Pro last November.

Lawyers have praised both technologies. The iPhone JD blog was very excited when the iPad Pro was announced, and a tech writer for Above the Law loves the Surface 4. But are either replacements for a full desktop or laptop computer? If they aren’t yet, we’re certainly getting close. Continue reading

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Tech You Should Know: PDF Skills for Law Students and Lawyers

PDFs seem like they should be intuitive to use – just click them open and you’re done, right? You’ve probably already noticed that many legal documents are PDFs, including articles from legal databases or maybe even the online version of your casebook. But while basic PDFs are easy to use, lawyers often need to take advantage of more advanced features. Continue reading

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The Wayback Machine is Moving Forward

The Internet Archive is the closest thing we have to a backup of the Internet.  Founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996, the Internet Archive is a non-profit organization with the bold mission statement of providing “universal access to all knowledge.” … Continue reading

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Tech you should know: IL Prof. Conduct Rules & Tech. Competency

On October 15, the Court updated the rules to reflect how technology has changed legal practice, including a requirement that Illinois lawyers demonstrate technological competency as part of their ethical obligations. Continue reading

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Tech you should know: Word 2016 for Mac

As you start to gear up for your law school writing assignments, you may have noticed a new tool you can use – Word 2016 for the Mac.  Introduced in July as part of Microsoft’s Office 2016 for Mac suite, this new … Continue reading

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