We sometimes need that extra push to get us through the end of a work day. But who knew that listening to music can actually help?

There are many reasons why music has a place in your law office. Not only does it make you more creative and focused, it also lifts up your mood, thus making you more empathetic towards your clients and work colleagues. It also makes your mundane tasks more enjoyable and speeds up the work process.

As you know, NetDocuments keeps a log of user activity within your Cabinets, detailing who accessed, edited or saved each document - but it goes far further than that. If you select a document in the NetDocuments User Interface, and use the HISTORY command - you will see a complete list of all auditable events. However, instead of looking at these events from a document level, what if you wanted to know about the auditable events in a given period of time or related to a given user?

That is the function of the Consolidated Activity Log, and every Repository Administrator needs to be familiar with this feature, as the resulting report not only details "who did what and when," but it also logs the IP address from which the user performed the function.

This blog post "Lean Six Sigma at Your Firm: Transportation" from Debbie Foster, Manager Partner at Affinity Consulting Group, is part of a lean six sigma series from the Columbus Bar Association Blog.

Transportation is all about the movement of information or materials from one place to another. Paper files tend to be at the heart and soul of transportation waste in a law firm. It all starts when deciding whether you are going to have, or continue to have paper files, and understanding what purpose they serve in the firm. There are quite a few challenges that go along with paper files: two people cannot be looking at it at the same time, they get lost, left at home, in the car, in the conference room, etc. When we ask professionals who work in firms that rely heavily on paper files where they waste the most time, the answer is often, “looking for paper files.”

This blog post "Lean Six Sigma at Your Firm: Non-Utilized Talent" from Debbie Foster, Manager Partner at Affinity Consulting Group, is part of a lean six sigma series from the Columbus Bar Association Blog.

They say that the most valuable asset in any organization is its people. But, in many working environments, we don’t see everyone working to their highest potential. Waste is defined as any activity that does not result in moving the process toward completion, or performing tasks that do not add value to the finished product.

A great blog/site, Lawyerist, runs a regular feature describing how various lawyers get their work done. Affinity Partner Barron Henley was interviewed for the most recent installment. This is your chance to see a photo of Barron's office and learn that he hates working in coffee shops.

We received a number of calls from clients over the past few days regarding the latest Worldox software update that includes Indexer as a Service (IaaS). As such, we thought it would be beneficial to clarify a few things. Last week, World Software announced that the long-awaited IaaS offering is now ready and is going to be packaged into the latest Worldox GX4 update, WDU10. While we will explain below more about the benefits of running your Indexer program as a service, we want to first caution you from updating your site without proper guidance and planning beforehand. The indexer as a service will automatically install after the update and start running in a semi complete state, while it waits for further configuration. If the Indexer is not configured properly, after the update, the text and profile databases along with any other scheduled jobs (i.e.,scheduled imports of new client matters) will cease to update or run. It is for this reason that we want to caution you from updating Worldox without first understanding how to configure the new software.

Electronic data…it is everywhere and has made its way into our everyday lives – including evidentiary investigations. Whole industries are forming around mining it, investigating it and protecting it. E-discovery is a quickly evolving tool that is proving to be a valuable source of evidence in criminal and civil litigation. But, e-discovery has a reputation for being time-wasting and expensive. Do you know enough to use it well?

Our year-long Thought Leadership Webinar Series continues next week with Brett Burney, Principal of Burney Consultants LLC . Brett focuses the bulk of his time bridging the chasm between the legal and technology frontiers of electronic discovery. Law firms seek out Brett’s expertise to solve their troubling questions about litigation support software and e-discovery challenges. In this session, you’ll get the benefit of hearing Brett’s top 5 e-discovery “gotchas” and how you can avoid them.

"The pervasive nature of social media has made it an extraordinary source of legal evidence today. As such, there is both a duty to preserve social media content and a need to access relevant social media evidence in litigation," according to Social Evidence, experts in use of social media as evidence. This month’s Thought Leadership webinar series focuses on why and how e-discovery and social media are playing such a pivotal role in the legal industry.

Our year-long Thought Leadership Series continues Friday, July 28th with Andy Adkins, Chief Information Officer for Social Evidence. Social Media is becoming more prevalent in lawsuits today, you can no longer ignore it. Time and time again, Facebook posts and photos, Twitter tweets, Instagram photos, and YouTube videos are all potential evidence goldmines, if you know who, what, where, when, and how to grab it. This short session will provide you with “How To” tools on collecting, organizing, and analyzing social media data.

There is a new phishing scam where you may receive a Google document from a known contact. It requires you to log in and allow it to control your contacts which gives the hack control of your Google email account which in turn further propagates the scam.

The bad documents are very hard to detect, so it is best to get confirmation from the sender before opening it.

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