Here at MyCase, we strive to provide solo and small firm attorneys with lots of useful advice and information on how to efficiently and effectively run a successful law practice. Whether through webinars, ebooks, or infographics, our goal is to help make the lives of solo and small firm lawyers better. That’s why we decided to launch this blog post series highlighting recently published books focused on helping lawyers practice law in the 21st century.
Today’s book is “Evernote as a Law Practice Tool, written by Heidi Alexander. Heidi is the Director of Practice Management Services for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, where she advises lawyers on practice management matters, provides guidance in implementing new law office technologies, and helps lawyers develop healthy and sustainable practices. Read on to find out why she wrote this book and why she thinks it’s important for lawyers to use technology to streamline their law practices.
What is your background and what inspired you to write this book?
Writing has always been a significant part of my life. In law school, I served as the editor-in-chief of the law review and then started my legal career writing memos and helping draft opinions as a clerk for a justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Then as a litigator, I wrote persuasively as an advocate for my clients. Now, as the Director of Practice Management Services for Massachusetts Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, known as the Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP), I write on a variety of practice management topics as well as consult with lawyers on practice management matters, provide guidance in implementing new law office technologies, and help lawyers develop healthy and sustainable practices.
Writing is an everyday task for a lawyer. What is your number one writing tip for lawyers?
Be concise. If you don’t make your point quickly, it’s a lost cause. We are bombarded with too much information on a daily basis to spend time weeding out all the noise.
What motivated you to address this topic for your book?
Everyday I work with busy attorneys who must manage their practices while also doing the substantive work. I’m a huge proponent of technological tools that can alleviate the burden on practitioners and help them to be more productive. As a former practicing attorney and longstanding Evernote user, I recognize the benefit Evernote can have in helping firms manage information to be more efficient. I’m also an organization and productivity geek at heart, and thus Evernote appeals to me personally as well as professionally. I’ve got three young kids and it helps me maintain at least some sanity!
Why should every lawyer learn about your book topic?
I believe every lawyer could benefit from a cloud-based note-taking/keeping program. Evernote just happens to be one that’s been around for a while and works well for lawyers. In my book, I discuss specific uses for attorneys; conceptually, these uses could carry over to any other note-taking program, such as OneNote, Apple Notes, or Google Keep.
How do you hope other lawyers will utilize your book when they practice law?
This book provides new Evernote users with a starting point for how to use Evernote in their practices and existing users with new ideas and advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of Evernote. In addition to my discussion of Evernote, I’ve included a number of real-life examples from individual attorneys.
How do you envision your book will help lawyers run their practices?
As a central repository for information in a law practice, Evernote can help lawyers access the information they need with then need it. By saving time, attorneys to get more done, be better advocates, and make more money. My book will help attorneys learn to use Evernote as an effective tool in practice.
What sets your book apart from other books devoted to the same or similar topics?
There are a number of books written on Evernote, but my book focuses specifically on how lawyers can use Evernote.
What are the top 3 takeaways you hope readers will retain from your book?
1. Evernote is a robust tool that can help lawyers be more productive in practice.
2. There are a variety of ways in which you can use Evernote in practice; including to collect, organize, and access data; save and store web articles and e-mails; draft content and take notes; collaborate with others; and annotate PDFs.
3. Evernote is not a complicated tool to work with, but to use it effectively you should first experiment with it and then design a system that works for you.
Are you using technology effectively to streamline your law practice and increase efficiency? Evernote is great for note-taking and PDF annotation, but to run all aspects of your practice, from time tracking, invoicing and accepting online payments, to document management, backup, and storage, you need robust law practice management software. MyCase can help. Find out what a difference it can make in your law practice. Sign up for a free trial here.