Legal research on a mobile device has become easier as more and more sites are coming online. In the Bose Law and Technology Blog, Cheryl Niemeier lists eight subscription services apps or mobile optimized sites to get you started. You can read her article "Legal Research in Your Pocket: Fee-based Services" here.
You can never be too careful when you are surfing online. Fortunately, there are tools that can help you stay safe. Rex Santus lists eleven tools to keep us safe in his Mashable article "11 free tools to protect your online activity from surveillance". You can read it here.
Court News Ohio reports that the Ohio Supreme Court is already testing its new e-filing portal with a pilot project involving a subset of 85 lawyers who regularly file documents with the Court. In addition to online access, the portal provides an online user guide and Administrative Order, plus links to the Court's online docket and Rules of Court.
A full lanuch for all attorneys who practice before the Supreme Court is planned for early 2015. There are also a couple of specific guidelines that the Court is observing for its beta test:
"Filing documents through the e-Filing Portal does not alter any filing deadlines imposed by the Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Documents received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time through the e-Filing Portal will not be considered for filing until the next business day."
Court News Ohio has announced that the Ohio Supreme Court has purchased the Lexis Digital Library of ebooks. A browsable and searchable list of what the Supreme Court is purchasing can be found at this link. According to the Supreme Court:
"The LexisNexis Digital Library is a virtual library website that provides legal books in an e-book format. The digital library allows Supreme Court employees to access the library’s complete Lexis collection from any location and from any type of electronic device such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops. All other patrons can access the complete collection from any computer inside the Supreme Court library.
Patrons can download the e-books for free, which include the legal volumes Page’s Ohio Revised Code, The Law of Professional Conduct in Ohio, Ohio Civil Practice with Forms, and Corbin on Contracts. Once checked out, Internet access is not required to read the e-book."
The Cleveland Law Library is also in the process of purchasing an Ohio collection of books from the Lexis Digital Library for our patrons. We hope to have this collection available by 1st quarter 2015. When we do, we will make a big announcement on this blog and though email communications to members.
With all the news about hacking and social media sites tracking users online without their consent, you may wish to lock down your online browsing. In her Techlicious article "The Best Browser Privacy Tools (That Don't Make Life More Difficult)" Natasha Stokes gives us her list of privacy tools for the four most-used browsers in the United States: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. You can read her article here.
When you are out and using a free Wi-Fi network, you may actually be on a hacker-run router. Fox News' Kim Komando gives us three of the most popular methods that hackers use and how to protect yourself in her article "3 ways crooks attack on public Wi-Fi" You can read her article here.
The October issue of Law Technology News contains an interesting article on the ABA's new partnership with Rocket Lawyer. According to the article, these organizations are "teaming up to explore innovative solutions to a vexing legal paradox-the difficulty small businesses face finding affordable legal services at a time when many lawyers would welcome expanding professional opportunities." This means that they are collectively going to look for solutions to help laywers serving individuals and small businesses get more business while also helping consumers better afford routine legal services such as wills, medical directives, incorporations.Key to this new initiative will apparently be exploring ways to deliver online legal services. A pilot program will also be developed to link lawyers with potential clients using Rocket Lawyer's cloud-based platform.
Lawyers-you may not know that there are 2 top-level domain names available for you to use when you create a web site. According to ICANN, both .Lawyer and .Attorney are both available from the registry maintained by IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority). Using either of these top-level domain names, your web site address or URL could be www.johndoe.lawyer or www.johndoe.attorney. If you have not already created a web site or want to re-brand yourself, these might be a good idea. Many companies are available to help you register a name for your web site, but here is a list of a few to browse.
It has been reported that there has been a 197% increase in mobile malware in the last few years. Are you at risk? The New York Times' Molly Wood writes "... is mobile malware a threat? Sure. But your threat level depends on who you are." To read more of her article "Mobile Malware: Small Numbers, but Growing", click here.