Best Smartphone for Lawyers? Nerino Petro Tells All

There are multiple smartphone contenders in the market, including:

  • BlackBerry 10 from Blackberry (fka Research in Motion)
  • Windows Phone8 from Microsoft
  • iOS 7 from Apple
  • Android 4.x from Google

Who better than Nerino Petro to guide us through the pros and cons? One key insight:

Ultimately, the decision may come down to who your current cell phone provider is and which phones fit your budget. Apple has introduced a lower-cost model of its iPhone 5, the iPhone 5C, to reach a broader audience. Google introduced its own smart phones that are designed to its specifications and run stock Android with the guarantee of getting the latest Android updates, such as the Nexus 5, as soon as they’re available.

When Cutting Edge Ideas Go Mainstream, Part II

When I predicted in my 1999 book, The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers that the Internet would make outsourcing of legal work to India popular, people thought I was nutty.

What a difference 10 years made. Now the New York Times reports:

The number of legal outsourcing companies in India has mushroomed to more than 140 at the end of 2009, from 40 in 2005, according to Valuenotes, a consulting firm in Pune, India. Revenue at India’s legal outsourcing firms is expected to grow to $440 million this year, up 38 percent from 2008, and should surpass $1 billion by 2014, Valuenotes estimates.

“This is not a blip, this is a big historical movement,” said David B. Wilkins, director of Harvard Law School’s program on the legal profession. “There is an increasing pressure by clients to reduce costs and increase efficiency,” he added, and with companies already familiar with outsourcing tasks like information technology work to India, legal services is a natural next step.

Creating Your Own Letterhead

Lawyerist caters to our do-it-yourself impulses with an article on creating your own professional-looking letterhead:

While you may have to use a commercial printer for business cards, you do not necessarily need professionally-printed letterhead. If you already have a logo, you don’t even need professionally-designed letterhead; you can just DIY.

This is especially true when you consider that most correspondence never gets printed, and a lot of correspondence does not go out on letterhead in the first place. This makes DIY letterhead an increasingly defensible choice. Using resources like Typography for Lawyers, a few Word tips, and perhaps a bit of well-placed graphic design help, you can design your own letterhead.

via DIY Law Firm Letterhead Using Microsoft Word.

Lawyerist: Computer Monitor Setup for Lawyers

The Lawyerist has a good look at the ins and outs of computer displays in The Best Computer Monitor Setup for Lawyers. The idea of using multiple monitors to improve productivity is not news, but this article takes it to another level. Ideas particularly worthy of note:

  1. Pixel size (as opposed to screen resolution) makes a giant difference in screen legibility. The smaller the pixels (i.e., the more that can be jammed into a square inch), the better. The author contents that at very small pixel sizes, it’s as easy to ready material on a computer monitor as in a well-printed book.
  2.  A good really large monitor (27 inches may be better than two 22 inch screens. One good 27 inch monitor is more expensive than two smaller ones, but it may be worth it.

Ambrogi’s Tips for Finding Lawyers on Twitter

Bob Ambrogi has some tips for finding lawyers on Twitter:

When lawyers who are new to Twitter ask me how to find other lawyers to follow, I point them to either of two directories, LexTweet, operated by the folks at legal blog company LexBlog, and LegalBirds, part of the Justia legal portal. Both of these enable you to find lawyers on Twitter by popularity and location. In addition, LegalBirds organizes them by practice areas, so if you want to find an estate-planning lawyer on Twitter, you can.