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February 2010
Affinity Columbus Gives Back
Tech Gifts for Your Valentine
Affinity University February Classes
Events in February
Free Mindmapping Webinar
Tips of the Month - Worldox and MS Word
New LexisNexis Annual Maintenance Plan Requirement
Green Corner - Recycle Your Batteries
AHI Repeats as President's Circle Honoree
Current Versions of Law Office Software
February is a great month to think of others first.  We have the Valentine's Day holiday mid-month where we try to do something special for the person closest to our heart - our spouse or significant other.  At the other end of the spectrum, our nation's generous response to the recent earthquake in Haiti reminds us that we can be selfless in helping those we've never met.  

This month we look at ways to give back to people far and near.  Included is a feature story on Affinity's Columbus office giving back by providing free training to its local legal aid office.  We also look at top tech gift choices for your Valentine.

We have an important announcement for users of LexisNexis software such as PCLaw and Time Matters.  Starting May 1, LexisNexis is requiring purchase of their Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP).  We provide the details in this month's newsletter.

Don't miss our regular features including highlights of this month's convenient and affordable Affinity University webinars,  Worldox and MS Word tips, and Green Corner.

Finally, don't forget to register for the ABA TECHSHOW 2010 by February 19 for a substantial "early bird" discount.
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Affinity LogoAffinity's Columbus Office Gives Back
On January 26th, Affinity Consulting's Columbus office partnered with The Legal Aid Society of Columbus to offer a day-long free Microsoft Word training for 21 Legal Aid professionals.

Read the complete story here.
Tech Gifts for Your Valentine Great Tech Gifts for Your Valentine
This month we give back to the person who is always there for us.  Flowers, a nice night out, and jewelry are all terrific ideas.  But if your Valentine loves technology the way we do, here are some gift ideas.

See our Valentine tech gift suggestions.
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Classes in February 
Affinity University is the leading source for web based training sessions for the legal community.  All of our classes are one hour, making it easy and affordable for lawyers, paralegals and support staff to take time from their day to improve their efficiency and productivity.  No software is required and sign up is simple.

In February, we have a wide selection of classes:

2/11 - PCLaw - Front Office
2/11 - PCLaw - Billing
2/16 - PracticeMaster Basics
2/17 - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Basics
2/18 - Tabs3 - Billing
2/18 - PracticeMaster Productivity
2/19 - Tabs3 - Reporting
2/23 - PCLaw - Time, Fees and Costs
2/23 - PCLaw - Trust Accounting
Events in February

2/10 & 17: Barron K. Henley will teach Document Automation and Intermediate Word 2007 for the Ohio State Bar Association in Fairfield (2/10), and Cleveland (2/17).

2/18:  Debbie Foster speaks at a National Business Institute (NBI) teleconference on law firm marketing.

2/18 -20: Steve Best and Debbie Foster will be at the Affinity Consulting Group booth at the ALA's Law Firm Financial Management Conference & Expo in Arizona.

2/24:  Debbie Foster addresses the Collier County Women's Bar Association luncheon in Naples, FL, on avoiding technology mistakes.  Cindy Emmerson will also attend.

2/25:  Steve Best, Debbie Foster, and Adriana Linares will speak at the TECHNOLOGY ROAD SHOW in Atlanta co-sponsored by the ABA and the State Bar of Georgia. 
Free Mindmapping Webinar February 26
Mindmapping is changing the way lawyers practice law.  Whether used for communication of complex issues, visual organization of litigation or transactions, or contextually relevent capture and organization of legal research, mindmapping enables lawyers to increase their productivity, retention, and creativity. 

Join Trotter & Maxfield litigator Dave Maxfield and Mindjet General Counsel Ken Hirschman for a one-hour free webinar demonstration of the many uses of mindmapping for lawyers. 

Tips of the Month
This month we bring you tips for Worldox and MS Word.  

LexisNexis Announces Maintenance Plan Requirement
Users of the LexisNexis products PCLaw™, Time Matters® and Billing Matters ® may have recently heard that LexisNexis is requiring customers to purchase or reinstate their Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) by May 1, 2010.  While news of additional software costs can sometimes be alarming, it's important to remember that purchasing an AMP is something that Affinity recommends to all its clients.

Read the details here including information on AMP renewal discounts.
Green Corner - Recycle Your BatteriesCall2Recycle
Modern rechargeable batteries for our cell phones, music players, and notebook computers are a tremendous convenience.  But they also contain harmful chemicals and toxic materials.  It is our obligation to keep those chemicals and toxins out of our air, water, and earth.  Don't simply throw old batteries in the trash.  Recycle!

Call2Recycle is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1994, Call2Recycle has diverted 50 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 recycling drop-off points. Find a battery drop-off location near you.
AHI Honored with President's Circle Award Again in 2010
Britt Lorish Knuttgen and her staff at Automated Horizons, Inc. (Affinity's partner in Roanoke, VA) were named to the elite 2010 President's Circle by Software Technology, Inc, makers of Tabs3 and PracticeMaster.  Only the top twenty most experienced and knowledgeable consultants receive this designation.

Read the press release here.

In addition, AHI was named Client Server Version Consultant/Reseller of the Year by Software Technology, Inc.
ABA TECHSHOW 2010 ABA TECHSHOW 2010 in Chicago
March 25-27  
There is still time to catch the early-bird discount when your register for the ABA TECHSHOW 2010 by February 19.  This is a must-attend event for any lawyer, law firm administrator, staff member, or consultant interested in improving profitability through the efficient use of technology. 

2010 offers dozens of sessions on topics such as Scanning and Paper Reduction in the Law Office, Implementing Document Management Software, Securing Your Firm's Data, Using Technology in the Courtroom, "Cloud" Computing for Law Firms, Practice Management Software that Works the Way You Do, What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Accounting, and many, many, more. 

We are thrilled that Affinity Tampa's Debbie Foster is the Chair of this year's
TECHSHOW.   The faculty also includes Barron Henley and Paul Unger from Affinity Columbus, Steve Best from Affinity Atlanta, and Britt Lorish Knuttgen from Affinity Roanoke.    
Current Versions
Check out our list of the current versions of important law office software we support.  Staying current is an important way to protect your data and documents.

Read the complete Current Versions list.