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PA Appellate Courts Schedule Arguments Using Electronic Media

No. 1,642 PA appellate courts have announced arguments to be conducted by electronic media, reports Howard Bashman in his blog “How Appealing.” Here is what he stated on April 22, including links: The state appellate courts of Pennsylvania have announced plans for the video or telephonic oral argument of appeals: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania […]

Taking Notes the 21st Century

No. 1,412 Taking notes during the day really is a good idea.  You can’t remember everything.  You don’t remember some things correctly.  And sometimes, hopefully not too often, you don’t remember anything without consulting your notes. Effective note taking requires being organized — you have to have your act together.  Keeping track of notebooks or […]

Computers Won’t Replace Lawyers, But They Are Making Us Better and More Productive.

People have been constantly predicting that automation would cause mass unemployment for at least a century. In one sense, it does. But temporarily.

Dictionary.com Announces Apple Watch App.

While looking up the word “pled” in Dictionary.com, I discovered that we will soon be able to get a Dictionary.com app for the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch as a Productivity Tool.

No. 1,139 The first Apple Watches are scheduled to ship on or about April 24.  Like children anticipating Christmas, many can hardly wait.  But the Apple Watch is not an expensive toy.  It is a tool, a valuable one for people who are out and about, including busy lawyers. Time Management Ninja, a blog by […]

Internet Explorer and On-line Filing in the Allegheny County Department of Court Records

No. 1,138 Back in the day, Internet Explorer (IE) was the overwhelming favorite web browser, attaining its peak of about a 95% usage share in 2002 and 2003, according to Wikipedia. The article stated: “Its usage share has since declined with the launch of Firefox (2004) and Google Chrome (2008), and with the growing popularity of operating systems such […]

Robotic Lawyers and Other Science Fiction About the Future.

No. 1,136 A filler article in USA Today recently listed “small-time” lawyers as a professional group that will not exist in 15 years. It states that computers will take over the services presently being performed by these lawyers. Such predictions are not new. The age of artificial intelligence is dawning.  The IBM Watson computer, which beat […]

Scanning With Your iPad — What Will They Think of Next?

No 878 If you are interested in using your iPad as a document scanner (I am) heres a link to a post on the subject from the Time Management Ninja. CLT

“Predictive Coding” is a trend worth noting.

No. 849 Electronic discovery is so expensive that it has heretofore been confined to cases involving high stakes.  However, a variety of technologies have emerged that sometimes enable searchers to cull out a vast number of documents.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on a Virginia federal case in which the court  authorized the use of Predictive […]

801 and Counting.

No. 801 As 2012 has just begun, and I have just passed the 800th post in this blog, a late New Year’s Resolution. Less paper.  Lots less. Actually, I’ve been working on this one for a while, but now is the time to press onward and upward. I resolve not to send anything by mail […]

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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