Techshow’s Favorite Websites for Lawyers
Posted Mar 31, 2012 1:05 PM CDT
By Rachel M. Zahorsky
The always crowd-pleasing session “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” closed the ABA Techshow Saturday where speakers Dan Pinnington, Catherine Sanders Reach, Natalie Kelly and Reid Trautz shared their top websites for lawyers.
A few of our favorite sites include:
Fastcase: Although there’s still a commercial option for this legal research site, many state bars have signed on to participate in a members-only availability of the tools. Members of state bar associations with the service can now sign into their state bar accounts and sync cases to their mobile devices.
Cellular Abroad: It allows visitors to compare available cell phone options in different countries.
TinEye Reverse Image Search: Users can upload images that are then matched with a unique thumbprint. The program can then search the Web for websites that have posted the image, even if it’s cropped, stretch or manipulated.
Google Scholar: This legal research site now has a quick link to legal journals and cases.
Law Practice Today Archive: The site stores useful articles on law practice management and marketing.
Room 77: A hotel deal-finder website where users can view floor maps and room views that are uploaded by visitors to hotels around the world.
Scoopertino: Unreal Apple News: The Onion-like blog that pokes fun at faux Apple practices and products. Hear Siri sing!
An American’s Guide to Canada: A place for U.S. lawyers to learn about their Canadian colleagues.
If This Then That: Put the Internet to Work for You: A website that allows users to write recipes for their tech. Examples: Thank people on Twitter when they retweet your tweet. Send an email alert if it will rain tomorrow based on the weather report. If a PDF is saved on Evernote, also save a copy in DropBox.
Zamzar: This service converts documents and files, including video, into a wide range of other formats. Helpful for converting Wordperfect docs to Word.
Ninite: A list of nearly 90 apps that allows users to mass-install updated versions on their machines.
Visual.ly: Create info graphics by inputting twitter feeds or other social media.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse: Planning for a zombie apocalypse is very similar to planning for any large-scale disaster. So be prepared!
Attackpoint: Social media meets peer pressure at this website to share training schedules and regimes with fellow runners.
HBS Elevator Pitch Builder: The site helps hone a really good 30-second to one-minute pitch for people and their practices. For Harvard alums, there’s also a peer review option.
99 Designs: This is an online graphic design marketplace for firm and website logos and branding.
Contact the ABA Law Practice Management section for when materials from this and other Techshow sessions will be available online.