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Practice Innovations - Managing in a changing legal environment
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JULY 2012 | VOLUME 13, NUMBER 3
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Siri as Reference Assistant?

Siri as Reference Assistant?

Siri represents an amazing step forward in voice recognition and personal virtual assistant technology, but law firms should not get rid of their actual (as opposed to virtual) reference assistants quite yet. In our test, Siri worked best when questions were very specific. Any level of abstraction in the question created difficulty. Most of the performance deficiency was the voice recognition aspect (i.e., Siri not understanding the question correctly), but some was the Web search once the verbal question was understood. Siri improves its accuracy the longer it is used by a particular person/voice.

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KM: It's Time to Evolve

KM: It's Time to Evolve

The intent of KM is at once to collect knowledge and distribute knowledge. It's about optimizing collaboration, increasing information transparency, and making it easier to reuse content. Offering rewards – and a fun way to earn them – may be just what KM needs to drive knowledge sharing in law firms.

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The Future of eBooks in Law Firms and the Future of Libraries

The Future of eBooks in Law Firms and the Future of Libraries

The reading public has widely embraced eBooks, but their future in law firms remains unclear. The success of eBooks likely will hinge on a close collaboration of law librarians and legal publishers. It will take time, but the right platform with the best workflow at the right price could be a "win-win" for law firms and legal publishers.

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Impact of New Legal Research Platforms on Attorney Research

Impact of New Legal Research Platforms on Attorney Research

The economic challenges faced by law firms in the past three years have required them to innovate and adapt to meet the changing expectations of clients. Technology is playing a crucial and leading role in helping redefine value between the corporate client and the law firm as well as presenting opportunities to implement processes to deliver information more efficiently and cost-effectively. Specifically, new developments in legal research are transforming the way attorneys approach finding a solution for their client. The legal industry saw a dramatic leap forward in the area of legal research with the launch of WestlawNext® in February of 2010.

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The iPad: How Did We Make Do Without It?

The iPad: How Did We Make Do Without It?

In a short two years, the iPad has redefined how we interact with technology; we have embraced it at home, at work, and at play. As a device, the iPad is friendly, accessible, and highly functional, and in short, we love it. We love it for its portability, its speed, its versatility; we can do research, play games, read books, watch movies, take dictation, surf the Web, check email, manage our calendars, and so much more. The possibilities seem endless, but has it had a real impact on how we work and how attorneys practice law? What are attorneys using their iPads for?

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