Legal Tech Tips
BY NATALIE R. KELLY AND MIKE MONAHAN
1 Lawyer Life Hack
Try a walking meeting. If you and other colleagues need to meet, take a long walk. Get some fresh air and some exercise while being productive. Bring a phone along to take minutes or record notes. #LawyersLivingWell
2 Best Podcast Microphones
If you are new to recording pod-casts or just want to know what the best options are for microphones, take a look at the Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser ($30+); the Blue YETI USB Microphone ($120+); or the Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone ($225+). When shopping for microphones, look for the mic’s recording method and the directional capability (directions from where the mic can pick up sounds). You should also focus on an impedance rating of 600 Ohms or lower, and a mic with a mid- or high-frequency response for recording vocals.
3 Use Outlook Rules
Don’t lose track of eFiling confirmations and notifications. Use an Outlook Rule to manage your eFiling emails. If you need step-by-step instructions on how to set up an Outlook Rule, go to https://bit.ly/2HpmowB.
4 Use Google Alerts www.google.com/alerts
Use Google Alerts to monitor the Internet for issues that affect your practice or that interest you personally. Go to www.google.com/alerts and “Create an Alert.” For example, if you want to track what’s new on the web on the subject of Qualified Immunity, type “Qualified Immunity”—and be sure to use the quotation marks to ensure your search pulls up the phrase, not the individual words. You’ll get alerts related to articles, CLEs, news and more.
5 Built-in Virtual Laser Pointer
Have you noticed that there is a built-in virtual laser pointer in PowerPoint 2016? Start up your presentation. Look down at the tool bar below the presentation. You’re welcome.
6 Send a Video Instead of Words www.loom.com If you need to show a colleague or your paralegal how to do something, use Loom rather than back-and-forth emails. Capture your screen, record with your front-facing camera and narrate it all at once, then instantly share with a simple link. No switching apps or upload required.
7 Receipt by Wave App www.waveapps.com/receipts
If you hoard receipts in hopes of making your life easier for...