Wednesday, May 2, 2012

“In One Hour for Lawyers” Series

Among the titles in the Brooklyn Law School Library's most recent New Books List are three items from the ABA Law Practice Management Section “In One Hour” series of books on legal technology topics. All three are short and to the point with lots of color screenshots and simple, step by step approaches to the essential components of the tools they discuss.

First is iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers by Tom Mighell (Call #KF320.A9 M478 2012) a guide to the best iPad apps for lawyers. There are more than 80,000 iPad apps currently available, and this list is designed to be a “best of the best” list of those apps that lawyers would find useful in their practice. The chapters are Lesson 1: how to buy, install, and update your apps -- Lesson 2: apps for getting organized and being productive -- Lesson 3: documents on the Ipad: creating, managing and organizing them -- Lesson 4: apps for the law office -- Lesson 5: news, reading and reference apps -- Lesson 6: utilities -- Lesson 7: the Ipad on the road -- Beyond the lessons: fun apps for lawyers, social networking, tv and movies, games.

Next is Microsoft OneNote in One Hour for Lawyers by Ben M. Schorr (Call #KF320.A9 S368 2012) which has instructions on how to use OneNote in law practice to save time and increase productivity. The book explains, in plain English, how to get started with the software, develop best practices, and become more effective in note-taking and research. The chapters are: Getting started -- Taking notes -- Using OneNote for research -- Sharing notebooks -- Working with other apps.

Finally, there is LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers by Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields (Call #KF320.A9 K46 2012) the main portion of which has ten “lessons” that will get readers up and running on LinkedIn, the social networking tool for business, which can help lawyers create, nurture, and expand their professional network and gain clients. The lessons section has three action steps anyone can take to improve their LinkedIn effectiveness. There is also a set of advanced materials, covering topics like ethics, apps, advanced features, and more, plus a list of 60 of LinkedIn tips.

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