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Web Links from Patrick Keating

zite.com Zite searches the web to find the most recent publications in subject areas that users select. It is a one-stop shop that allows me to avoid running multiple web searches each day.   sethgodin.typepad.com Seth Godin publishes a new post each day on business, marketing, and shipping work that matters.  … Continue Reading

Web links from Benson Varghese

Feedly: Feedly is my favorite news aggregator. It allows you to review the latest news from hundreds of sources within just a few minutes. Google Alerts: Google Alerts notifies you when a term is used on the Internet. It is particularly useful if you are handling a case that has garnered media attention or if … Continue Reading

Casemaker and Fastcase: Reviews from the trenches

This summer, the State Bar of Texas became the first bar association in the nation to offer its members access to both Casemaker and Fastcase. While this is no doubt exciting for those attorneys who already know the benefits offered by these two legal research products—others might be wondering how it affects their daily practice … Continue Reading

Decreasing the paper shuffle in Montgomery County

Although many of Texas’s 254 counties have technologically savvy infrastructures, others have not yet implemented modern, digital operations. Some of these communities are small or remote and less “plugged-in,” while others are more populated but satisfied with or accustomed to their current system. But the permanence of the digital age and the Texas Supreme Court’s … Continue Reading

New law practice management website offers helpful resources and CLE

The Law Practice Management Committee of the State Bar of Texas has launched a website, available at texaslawpracticemanagment.com, that features the popular how-to brochures used by solo and small firm practitioners. While much of this content previously was available through the TexasBarCLE website, the LPM website serves as its new home and gathers other relevant … Continue Reading

Firm introduces patent procedure app

 Searching for the latest on patent law post-grant proceedings? Look no further than your smartphone. Fish Richardson, a global firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, has launched the “Fish Post-Grant” app for iOS and Android. The free application features details of post-grant proceedings, with timelines and related articles; archives of webinars; news alerts; … Continue Reading

Twibel, Tumblr, and the First Amendment: Ongoing themes at SXSW Interactive

With the option to hide behind avatars, handles, and screen names, people can be downright mean, even libelous, while communicating online. When defamatory statements are published online and a victim chooses to take action, who is to blame? For websites like Tumblr and Twitter, which provide outlets for anyone with a username to publish content, … Continue Reading

SXSW Interactive Wrap-up: With Lightning Speed

South by Southwest has a tradition of encouraging innovators to push the tech envelope. But with new developments come new legal questions, and technology often moves faster than the legislative process. During the opening days of SXSW Interactive, tech and law experts converged to discuss some of the legal issues currently at play regarding tech … Continue Reading

Attorneys must include email addresses on e-filed documents

With the continued implementation of the Texas Supreme Court’s e-filing mandate, attorneys are reminded to include their email addresses on all e-filed documents, including petitions, pleadings, and motions. Documents uploaded to third-party Electronic Filing Service Providers should already have the email address(es) noted.  According to Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 21 (f)(2), “The email address … Continue Reading

394th Judicial District Court becomes digitized

A courthouse in a West Texas county known for wide-open spaces and dry desert landscapes has just become fully digitized. On Jan. 17, the 394th Judicial District Court in Brewster County unveiled new technological additions, which included several digital inputs and computer monitors at the bench, lawyers’ tables, and jury box. This technology will be … Continue Reading

Local bar association to treat Federal Circuit judge to East Texas hospitality

Today’s issue of The Recorder, an ALM publication in California, includes an article about the Eastern District of Texas ("Big Tech Shouts ‘Yipee!,’ Patent Bar Chattering as Rader Heads to Texas").  To help prepare for his imminent elevation to chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judge Randall Rader will … Continue Reading

A new take on the case digest

Casemaker, which provides free caselaw for Texas lawyers, has launched a unique case digest service for Texas legal pros.  The site kicks the traditional digest up a notch by allowing keyword searches and sorting case summaries by practice area, court, and even judge. Take a look now for free, and starting on September 1st sign … Continue Reading

Email yourself a case with Casemaker 2.1

File this one under "the small things that count." Casemaker 2.1, our free legal research tool, has quietly added some new printing options you’ll find useful. Looking at the full text of a case, you’ll see a print dialogue in the upper right (see below) which now allows you to print the case, save it as … Continue Reading

A Milestone for the State Bar’s Social Network

In May, Bill Medaille of Austin became the 10,000th Texas lawyer to register for Texas Bar Circle, our social and professional network for State Bar of Texas members. Since then, 800 more lawyers have joined the ranks. We’re recognizing user 10,000 because he met a goal of the 2008-2009 State Bar Web Services Committee, which … Continue Reading

The end of lawyers? Susskind shakes up ABA Techshow

Legal technologist Richard Susskind created a huge buzz among attendees of last week’s ABA Techshow with his keynote speech about the future of the legal profession. Susskind’s latest book, "The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services," foretells radical changes to business of law, including a commoditization of nearly every aspect of legal … Continue Reading
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