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March 2010
Don't Be Lucky - Be Prepared
Don't Miss ABA TECHSHOW 2010
Affinity University March Classes
Events in March
Microsoft Word Tip of the Month
Tips of the Month - PCLaw and Time Matters
Discount on LexisNexis Annual Maintenance Plan Until March 15
Free Tabs3/PracticeMaster Webinars
Green Corner - Affordable Solar Cell Phone Charger
Current Versions of Law Office Software
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This has been a hard winter almost everywhere in the country.  Now that we are into March, we can at least dream of warmer and sunnier times.  A holiday that precedes the official arrival of Spring by only a few days is always cause for celebration.  On St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish for 24 hours. 

Unfortunately, dressing in green, wearing shamrock pins, or drinking green beer cannot guarantee you the luck of the Irish, especially when it comes to your mobile law office technology.  Make your own luck - on St. Patrick's Day and beyond - by taking necessary precautions to protect your mobile equipment and your confidential client and law firm data residing on that equipment.  It is always better to be prepared than lucky.  Luck runs out.  Preparation endures.  This month's feature article will highlight ways to prepare for and prevent loss of your smart phone, notebook, or netbook PC, and the valuable data each contains.

We also bring you our regular newsletter features this month.  Included are software tips for MS Word, PCLaw, and Time Matters, our Affinity University Schedule, an update on the fast-approaching ABA TECHSHOW 2010, Green Corner, and Current Versions of law office software we support.
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Shamrock Mouse PadDon't Depend on the Luck of the Irish - Be Prepared
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day.  It is the one day each year when everyone can claim to be Irish.  But not everyone can claim the fabled "luck of the Irish."  When it comes to protecting your mobile hardware (smart phone, notebook or netbook PC) and important client and law firm data that resides on those devices, don't depend on luck.  It is always better to be prepared than lucky.  We highlight things you can do to protect your mobile equipment and data.

Read this month's feature article.
ABA TECHSHOW 2010 Attend ABA TECHSHOW 2010 in Chicago, March 25-27
There is still time to register for this year's ABA TECHSHOW.  Online registration continues through March 18.  Your Affinity Consulting Group partners will be there as planners, presenters, vendor representatives, and attendees.  Affinity Tampa partner Debbie Foster is this year's TECHSHOW Board Chairperson and Affinity Columbus partner Paul Unger is Vice-Chair.  Affinity Roanoke partner Britt Lorish Knuttgen is a Board member.  The faculty also includes Affinity Columbus partner Barron Henley and Affinity Atlanta partner Steve Best.  Affinity partners will speak at TECHSHOW 2010 on the following topics:

3/25:  Paul Unger - PowerPoint Storyboarding in the Courtroom
3/25:  Steve Best - Document Management Software: The Electronic File Butler for the Law Office
3/25:  Paul Unger - Paperless Law Office Library, Research and Forms
3/26:  Paul Unger - PowerPoint Storyboarding in the Courtroom
3/26:  Barron Henley - The Inbox Ninjas: Helping you Chop Through Your Email Inbox
3/26:  Steve Best - Implementing Document Management Systems
3/26:  Britt Lorish Knuttgen - Beyond the Keyboard - Workflow Alternatives
3/27:  Barron Henley - Microsoft Word
3/27:  Steve Best and Britt Lorish Knuttgen  - What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Law Firm Accounting and Business
3/26:  Steve Best and Paul Unger - 60 Tips in 60 Minutes
3/27:  Debbie Foster - 60 Sites in 60 Minutes

A complete program schedule is available here.  Attending the ABA TECHSHOW 2010 is the best way to get up to date information on all aspects of law office technology.  Don't miss it!
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Classes in March
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.

This month we have classes for to help you with a wide variety of law office software:

3/03 - Amicus Attorney Small Firm Edition Basics
3/03 - Amicus Attorney Small Firm Edition Productivity
3/04 - Microsoft Word - Introduction to Styles
3/08 - Microsoft Outlook - Contacts, Calendars and Tasks
3/09 - Microsoft Outlook - Email Management
3/11 - PCLaw - Productivity Tracking and Reporting
3/11 - PCLaw - Firm Financial Reporting
3/11 - Time Matters Basics
3/18 - Microsoft Excel for the Law Office
3/18 - Amicus Attorney Premium Edition Basics
3/18 - Amicus Attorney Premium Edition Productivity
3/19 - Microsoft Word for the Law Office
3/19 - PCLaw - Time, Fees and Costs
3/19 - PCLaw - Trust Accounting
3/22 - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Basics
3/23 - Document Assembly for the Law Office
3/23 - Worldox Basics
3/24 - Worldox Productivity
3/29 - Microsoft PowerPoint for the Law Office
3/30 - Time Matters Productivity
3/31 - Adobe Acrobat for the Law Office
3/31 - Fujitsu ScanSnap for the Law Office

Events in March
03/03: Barron Henley - Advanced Word/ Word for WordPerfect Users - Ohio State Bar (OSBA) - Columbus
03/10: Barron Henley - Advanced Word/ Word for WordPerfect Users - OSBA - Cleveland
03/13: Barron Henley - Paper Reduction Strategies / Electronic File Management Workshop for Lawyers - Hampton Roads ALA - Richmond, VA
03/17: Barron Henley - Advanced Word/ Word for WordPerfect Users - OSBA - Cincinnati
03/30: Paul Unger - Leveraging the Internet for Your Law Practice - OSBA - Columbus
03/31-04/01: Paul Unger - Legal Technology & Management for Lawyers - New Hampshire Bar - Concord, NH 
MS Word Tip MS Word Tip of the Month
We learned that our Microsoft Word tips are among the most popular features of our email newsletter.  Now we will bring you a Word tip each month.  This month, learn how to easily turn on and control Word 2007's automatic paragraph numbering feature.

Read the MS Word Tip of the Month.
PCLaw TipTime Matters TipPCLaw and Time Matters Tips of the Month
This month we bring you tips for PCLaw and Time Matters.  For PCLaw 10, use the new "matters list." to manage your matters.  For Time Matters, use the Matter Journal for a quick look at information.

Read the PCLaw tip of the month.

Read the Time Matters tip of the month.

Discounts on LexisNexis Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) until March 15
We reported last month that users of the LexisNexis products PCLaw™, Time Matters® and Billing Matters ® will be required to purchase or reinstate their Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) by May 1, 2010.  To help, LexisNexis is offering a discount of 15% off current AMP prices for non-AMP customers who purchase a Subscription by March 15th, 2010.  Also, LexisNexis is waving all AMP reinstatement fees for non-AMP customers who rejoin the AMP program until April 30th

CSV Webinar Tabs3 WebinarFree Webinars 
If your firm users Tab3 or PracticeMaster, here are two free webinar opportunities:

3/18 - Accepting Credit Cards:  Learn how to process credit card payments and trust deposits in Tabs3.

3/23 - Understanding Client Server Version:  Learn the benefits of Client Server Version (CSV), including features like HotBackup and Report Accelerators.
Green Corner - Affordable Solar Cell Phone ChargerSolar Cell Phone Charger
Until recently, solar-powered battery chargers and backup batteries were expensive impractical gadgets.  Now, as solar power becomes more mainstream, we are beginning to see the first inexpensive solar chargers that are practical alternatives to plug-in chargers/batteries. 

An example of this new affordable breed of solar products is the Scosche solBAT II charger/backup battery for cell phones and other small USB chargeable devices.  It will work with almost any cell phone, smart phone, and digital audio player (Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, etc.). The solar cell charges a built-in 1500ma lithium-ion battery that charges your phone or other portable device.  Included is a suction-cup windshield mount.  The solBAT II sells for less than $30.   
Current Versions 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.