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Artificial Intelligence, Center For Practice Management, Document Generation, Productivity, Research, Technology

Modern Note-Taking

Lawyers take notes. Lots of notes. Client notes, research notes, brainstorming, checklists, ideas, reminders and the list goes on. Taking notes on paper is comfortable and efficient, but extremely limited. Handwritten notes on paper cannot be searched or repurposed. They are difficult to share or use for collaboration. Paper notebooks begin to proliferate like bunnies. In our multimedia world paper…

Artificial Intelligence, Center For Practice Management, Research

AI and KM: Two Great Tools That Work Great Together

By Catherine Sanders Reach and Ben Schorr For many years the promise of knowledge management in law firms was poised to take off, but the technology and the results proved expensive, illusive or both. Effective knowledge management puts content at the fingertips of those who develop and provide your products and services. Knowledge management helps shorten development cycles for new…

Artificial Intelligence, Document Generation, Email Management, Productivity, Research, Technology

Google Bard Gets a Big Update

When Google’s generative AI Bard was released, it was less capable than competitors like ChatGPT, Claude2, and Microsoft’s Bing Chat. However, with the introduction of the DeepMind project named Gemini, there are many enhancements including the ability to reason in Google Workspace products like Drive and Gmail, as well as the release of the Google NotebookLM, a “smart” notebook. Google’s…

Artificial Intelligence, Document Generation, Productivity, Research, Search

The Difference Between Search Engines, Generative AI, and Automation Tools

Search engines like Google, generative AI applications like ChatGPT, and automation tools like Zapier serve distinct purposes and have different capabilities. The key is choosing the right tool for specific business needs and use cases, rather than trying to replace one with another. With an understanding of the unique capabilities of each, organizations can combine these technologies to enhance productivity….

Artificial Intelligence, Center For Practice Management, Document Generation, Productivity, Research, Search

Using AI for Conversational Q&A and Knowledge Management

The technology that powers ChatGPT, Open AI using a large language model (LLM), can be turned to look at specific data repositories. Law firms can create tools that can be used internally or externally to query and chat with a firm’s own data. Several products are already on the market that let you turn an LLM generative AI towards your…

Artificial Intelligence, Center For Practice Management, Microsoft Office, Research

Bing Chat and Bard: The Basics of AI Chat Search Engines

Microsoft’s Bing and Google’s Bard are two chat-based search engines powered by artificial intelligence. What can they do? Let’s run through the basics, including how you can get access to these tools. Google’s Bard If you haven’t already, you can sign up to get on the waitlist to try Bard. Bard is listed as an experiment, and readily admits to…

Center For Practice Management, Cloud Computing, Financial Management, Marketing, Microsoft Office, PDF, Productivity, Research, Security, Technology

Free and Cheap Technology for Thrifty Lawyers

During the program “Weathering the Storm: Managing Your Firm Through an Economic Downturn” Erik Mazzone and Catherine Sanders Reach presented “Free and Cheap Technology for Thrifty Lawyers“.  As law practice becomes increasingly technology-oriented, law firms spend on technology has also increased to command an ever-larger share of the budget. We can’t turn back the clock and practice without all the…

Center For Practice Management, Marketing, Research, Smartphones, Technology

The Wonderful World of Podcasts

Podcasts are serial audio programs on a vast range of topics that you can subscribe to and listen at your leisure. While you can listen to them on a browser, there are podcasts players that provide more bells and whistles for your mobile device. What podcasts cover practice management topics? What if you want to go from listening to starting…

Email Management, Microsoft Office, Productivity, Research, Security

Practical and Tactical Tech Tips

Every week subscribers receive the ICYMI enewsletter from the NCBA Center for Practice Management. The newsletter highlights tips, tools, trends, and techniques to help your law practice. Following are a few quick tips from past issues of the newsletter, highlighting tech know-how you can use today! How to Compress Images in Microsoft PowerPoint Many presentations built in Microsoft PowerPoint result…

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Center For Practice Management, Microsoft Office, Productivity, Research

Microsoft OneNote: Your Electronic Trapper Keeper

Law firms have used Microsoft OneNote to help corral firm information both in litigation and in transactional practices. The product is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, but rumors of the demise of the software and other issues may have scared lawyers off from exploring it as an option. Learn the latest on the product and how law firms can…