Hats off to Erik Mazzone, who brought the house down at the recent ABA Techshow in Chicago with his crowd-pleasing “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” presentation.
Erik and three other presenters capped off the annual tech gathering by sharing their favorite websites for lawyers.
Their recommendations ranged from audio applications that help visitors pronounce your name to small travel sites offering flight and hotel deals that even William Shatner can’t beat. The picks leaned toward sites that are practical, easy to use and free.
Erik is the Director of the Center for Practice Management for the N.C. Bar Association, where he advises lawyers on legal technology and practice issues. He is also a leader in the ABA Law Practice Management Section, where he writes for Law Practice Magazine and is a past TECHSHOW Board Member.
Thanks to Erik, lawyers statewide have access to a wealth of valuable information on the NCBA website, including free videos such as LinkedIn in One Hour For Lawyers, How Not to Commit Malpractice, and Free Pointers for Your Website.
The ABA Journal raved about Erik’s “60 Sites” presentation. Among the choice selections:
- Viivo and Sookasa. If you share and store documents in the cloud-based storage system Dropbox, then you’ll want to first encrypt sensitive data using either Viivo (free) or Sookasa (paid).
- The Wirecutter. Need help finding the best tech gadget for you? This website offers helpful shopping tips and reviews on tech products for your practice and home.
- CopyPasteCharacter. All of the odd characters you may ever need to type into an email, tweet or mobile document displayed in a single page. Just click, copy and paste.
- Cloudsurfing. Discover and evaluate new web-based services and apps. It even provides screenshots of different user interfaces so that you’ll know what the services are like before you sign up for a demo or purchase.
- Momondo and Skyscanner. Neither website is controlled by hotel or airline companies (unlike other popular travel sites) and offer a wider variety of travel options and hard-to-find deals.
- Byliner. A collection of fiction and nonfiction short stories and long-form articles written by established and promising new writers.
- Meeting Wizard. No more telephone tag! This free service employs simple technology to allow users to send online invitations to plan and schedule meetings and other events, plus propose optional dates, manage responses and send automatic reminders.
- BirthDatabase and TLO. One website can help you to track down information about an individual by supplying the birth date of more than 120 million names stored in its database. The other is a comprehensive investigative research database that tracks names, aliases, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers (even unlisted ones), relatives, neighbors, assets, driver’s licenses and vehicle info, and email addresses.
- AudioName. Is your moniker difficult for others to pronounce? This website allows users to attach personalized audio recordings of their names in emails and on websites so that others don’t commit the awkward faux pas of mispronouncing it in person.
Jay Reeves a/k/a The Risk Man is an attorney licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. Formerly he was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He and Erik both love coffee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 919-619-2441.
For more information:
- N.C. Bar Association Center for Practice Management http://cpm.ncbar.org/
- ABA Journal http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/websites_lawyers_love_and_you_will_too/?goback=%2Emyg