Today small law firms, well as big firms, are facing competitive pressures from clients looking to reduce costs, competition from new legal service providers, new ethics requirements to keep their knowledge current and e-discovery needs, among others. One factor that helps address these demands and to leverage a solo or small firm attorney's know how, is the implementation of the right technology for their practice. ( See : Who’s eating law firms’ lunch? , Legal Technology Trends in 2013 and Beyond )
The release of the ABA Law Practice Division's book, The 2014 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, by Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, Michael C. Maschke, provides 28 chapters of up-to-the-minute guidance on what is available now, with recommendations to aid choices for this crucial factor in law practice.
In the introduction to the book, James A. Calloway is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association Management Assistance Program and an author of several books on law practice management, states that :
"The 2014 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide may not replace a law firm having a full-time IT director, but annually it provides the bedrock information for a small firm lawyer who is the firm IT director, like it or not. Some of the book will be read and reread, while other portions will be skimmed or skipped depending on the immediate technology needs of the firm. But a law firm of any size today can no more avoid technology than a trial lawyer can avoid the courthouse."
From the product description : "This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You'll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office might need. It's written in clear, easily understandable language to make implementation easier if you choose to do it yourself, or you can use it in conjunction with your IT consultant. Either way, you'll learn how to make technology work for you."