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Fav Holiday Tech Gifts


Tis the season for shopping! It’s also the time of year when bloggers and websites assemble their annual list of suggestions for tech gifts.   SC Bar PMAP has picked through the lists to find some of our favorite tech gifts for the lawyer or loved one in your life:

From TechCrunch’s 11 awesome gifts for your favorite 20 something:

Aukey External Battery Pack

This great little gadget is perfect for anyone on your shopping list, especially those who always seem to need a little extra boost of energy when their smartphone battery dies. This cool little device can charge up two devices at once, from a cell phone to a tablet or laptop.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

Remember Polaroid Instamatic cameras (No? Well, here’s a refresher.) Relive the good ole’ days and get instant gratification with the new generation of instant cameras. It’s a conversation piece at holiday parties, or a practical addition for your law firm.

From Reid Trautz’s Blog – 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers:

Reid Trautz has been filling his blog’s gift guide for lawyers for more years than he’d like to say, but it’s always worth a visit!

Amazon Echo

Listed as one of Oprah’s favorite things, this cloud-based device lets you listen to music, audio, news, weather and more. It’s 360 onmi-directional audio fills any room with immersive sound and allows its user to control the device by voice.

Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch has been around for a little while now, according to Reid Trautz, this little gadget does have a “great application for lawyers. Many lawyers are prohibited from using smartphones in courtrooms, but a quick glance of the wrist to review an important text message goes unnoticed because it looks like you are merely checking the time. The same works if you are in a client meeting or deposition and get a message from a spouse or child.” As Reid says, it “makes a great gift idea for lawyers.”


Whether you are a fitness guru or not, this great gadget is perfect for engaged lawyers who want to be challenged with their fitness goals. This device helps analyze your fitness goals through your food, weight, sleep, and fitness habits all while being connected to your wrist. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all and there are several models to consider before you make your purchase.

From PC World – 12 travel friendly tech gifts you’ll want to take with you

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Keyboard

This cool gadget works with Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, and Apple TV devices and can connect up to three of them simultaneously, according to PC World. For those who love a physical keyboard over a touchscreen keyboard, this is the perfect device to travel with because it is lightweight and easy to carry.

Trackdot Luggage Tracker

This cool gizmo is one solution to lost luggage. Slip this into your suitcase and it will notify you once powered on by email or SMS (text message) when it reaches an airport. If the location is not the correct destination, you can quickly find out the location and get it shipped to you. (Like the fitness watches, there are similar products out there, so shop for the one you like best.)

ThinOptics Glasses + Phone Case

Reading glasses are a great thing to have – particularly if you’re of a certain age -  but for some people, they’re a pain to tote around. This ingenious design lets these glasses fit into the back of a specialized phone case. Pretty brilliant when you consider how many times people remember to pack their smartphone vs. their glasses. Now, techies can have the best of both worlds.

Other neat tech gift ideas can be found through TomsGuide, Brostick, Techlicious and so many more!

Happy shopping from SC Bar PMAP!

Check frauds and scams continue to target lawyer trust accounts


Remember the old saying, "If it seems too good to be true...." The Bar continues to receive reports of sophisticated check scams targeting lawyers. Scammers use real companies and real names to convince their victims. Some scams are particularly convincing, with phone calls from "clients" and even some reports of in-person visits from scammers. Even banks are sometimes fooled by the fake wire transfers and high level of check forgery; and they may misinform the lawyer of a check's authenticity. Sometimes, the checks are authentic, but stolen. Stay vigilant. If a large amount of money is involved with a client you do not know, wait before disbursing funds. There have been instances where the fraud is discovered by the bank up to a week later. Report all frauds to your malpractice carrier, local law enforcement and the Secret Service field office in your state.

Microsoft Excel Tip


Have you ever wanted to convert a read-only Microsoft Excel file into an editable file but didn’t know how? This great video from E-How Tech shows a really simple way to convert a read-only file into an editable Excel file using a few simple clicks in versions of Microsoft Excel 2007 and newer. The Practice Management Assistance Program offers free advice to lawyers and law staff at (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or Don’t forget to look for more tips here on the SC Small Firm blog.

Fastcase Free Legal Research


Did you know the Bar provides free legal research from Fastcase? If you need to get up to speed on how to use Fastcase, there are a number of options. Webinars are offered each month, and you can register on the Fastcase home page. Also, you can get individual attention from a Fastcase research lawyer by calling 866-773-2782. They can answer questions relating to your current research, or you can schedule an individual remote training session from the comfort of your own desk. There is also a handy user guide both in Fastcase and in the members only section of the Bar website. You’ll also find a link to the training page with video tutorials. If you need support while you’re using Fastcase, just go to the help menu on the top of the screen. Don’t miss out on this great free member benefit!

Phishing E-mails


Phishing emails appear in computer user’s inboxes year-round. “Phishing” Phishing is an e-mail fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. These tricky e-mails seem to appear more often during the holiday season. Here are 10 clues from Tech Republic to help computer users spot "fishy" emails. Find great tech tips like this and more practice pointers on the South Carolina Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program webpage.