SEMINAR AGENDA


LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR SERIES:
Course I - USING THE INTERNET & TECHNOLOGY

TO IMPROVE YOUR LAW PRACTICE

 

Seminar Sponsor:
Technology 4 Attorneys, LLC

 

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR CLE CREDIT IN THE FOLLOWING STATES:

 

STATE BAR OF TEXAS

OREGON STATE BAR

NEVADA BOARD OF CLE

IDAHO STATE BAR

UTAH STATE BAR (Co-Sponsor)

WASHINGTON STATE BAR

VERMONT BAR (Co-Sponsor)

 

FACULTY


Kenneth O. Kreis, J.D., a former Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois, and a former Assistant District Attorney, 47th Judicial District, State of Texas, has also engaged in the private practice of law in Idaho for more than 20 years, and is now the President and CEO of Technology 4 Attorneys, LLC.  He has also undertaken specific training and research into web page design issues, html coding, computer hardware, and software issues. Currently, he is developing a prototype law firm web page, a wireless mobile law office for frequent traveler or trial attorneys, and a simple, yet technologically advanced law office, to all be linked to incorporate many of the ideas presented at our seminars. He has lectured at multiple state bar approved CLE seminars in 8 different states to date on the topics presented herein.


John B. Hinton, J.D., L.L.M.in Tax Law, has practiced law in Idaho for more than 10 years, and has undertaken significant efforts to streamline his law practice by incorporating and utilizing various computer software programs in order to save time, link files and programs, and creatively use such technology in the small law office.  He has also lectured on various software topics at multiple state bar approved CLE seminars in 8 different states to date on the topics presented herein.


 Rick Visser, J. D., is the Director of the Idaho State Law Library in Boise, Idaho, and has engaged in extensive internet and CD-ROM legal research for several years in order to improve legal research options for attorneys to enhance their legal research capabilities.  He has lectured on internet research related topics at multiple state bar approved CLE seminars in 6 different states and for various government agencies.


AGENDA TIMELINE: 7.0 CLE CREDIT HOURS


08:15 - 08:45 Registration

08:45 - 9:35 Your Law Firm Web Page: Res Ipsa Loquitor

Importance of Firm Domain Names & Search Engines
• Issues to Consider in Setting Up or Upgrading Your Firm Web Page
• Features You Need to Include in Your Firm Web Page

 

09:35 - 9:55 Ethical Issues in Web Page Design & Online Communications
• Web Page ethics - the trends

Ethical issues involving online communications

 

09:55 - 10:05 Ethical Issues in Internet Legal Research

Ethical concerns in online legal research


10:05 - 10:55 Analysis of Internet / CD-ROM Legal Research Options
• Concise comparison of the various subscription service alternatives
• Two click cite checking online
• Free internet research sites that work

 

10:55 - 11:10 MORNING BREAK


11:10 - 11:40 Online Security Issues: Firewalls, Encryption, & Digital Certificates
• Firewalls: Available Choices and Options
• Encryption: Protecting Your Documents Online
• Digital Certificates: Verifying Your Online Identity


11:40 - 12:10 Online Documents: Editing / File Conversion / E-Mail / Storage
• Methods to Transmit and Edit Documents online
• Videoconferencing and Whiteboarding

Specific E-Mail Concerns

Online Document Storage

 

12:10 - 01:00 LUNCH BREAK

 

01:00 - 01:30 Case Management Software
• Amicus Attorney Case Management
• Amicus Attorney Telephone Pro
• Comparison of alternative case management options

 

01:30 - 2:00 Document Assembly Software

Hot Docs Document Assembly Software

Amicus Assembly Document Assembly Software

 

02:00 - 02:40 New Technology Options for the Law Firm
• Hardware, Software, & Equipment Options to Consider

• CD-ROM Business Cards - The Future is Here
• Computer Advertising / Fax / E-Mail
• Internet Yellow Pages / Web Links

 

02:40 - 03:20 Wireless Technology: Stay Connected Outside of the Office

Perform the same work on the road or in court as at your office

• CaseMgmt / File Backup / Video Conferencing / Presentations

• Online Legal Research / Web Access / DVD / Unified Messaging

Printing / PDA / Time & Billing / Fax / E-Mail / Synchronization

 

03:20 - 03:35 AFTERNOON BREAK

 

03:35 - 03:45 Ethics in Internet Advertising

Ethical isssues in Advertising on the Net

 

03:45 - 04:05 Ethical Issues relating to Software

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest / Docket Control Issues

Client Billing Ethics

 

04:05 - 05:10 Improving the Bottom Line: Automating Time & Billing

Spend Less Time Keeping Time

Simplifying Client Invoices & Fee Agreements
Comparison of time billing and accounting software programs