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Practice Management Assistance Program’s 12 Days of Practical & Technical Gifts (2018 Edition)

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Sometimes searching for the perfect gift can be rather difficult, especially if you don’t have time to do the research.

That’s why, every year, the South Carolina Bar Practice Management Assistance Program produces an annual “Practical and Technical Gift” list for legal professionals. This year’s list focuses on practical and technical products that are portable, purposeful and productive:

  1. Microsoft – Surface Pro 6 – 12.3” Touch-Screen- Intel Core i7 – 8 GB Memory – A laptop and tablet combined into one; a favorite among many legal and technology professionals.
  2. Powercap LED Lighted Beanie – Do you like to exercise outdoors? This powercap LED lighted beanie contains a wearable hands-free flashlight that illuminates areas up to 72 feet.
  3. Bose Soundlink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker –Looking for a speaker to hear music from a smartphone or phone calls better? This waterproof portable speaker gets high reviews on Best Buy and Amazon.
  4. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation – Sleep better and wake up refreshed. This fancy light therapy alarm clock uses simulation technology to allow the user to experience the modeling of a real phenomenon such as sunrise and sunset and increase performance optimization. It also comes with a back-up alarm in the event of a power failure.
  5. Felt Letter Boards – A fun addition to any office or home.
  6. Smart Mat – This mat pairs with Women’s Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa, is 4” longer than the average yoga mat and contains 5mm thick cushioning to protect your knees.
  7. SeniTurn – If someone on your gift list loves to cycle, walk, or run at dark, this safety indicator is a good gift idea.
  8. Bagsmart Travel Universal Cable Organizer – this organizer contains several pockets, inserts, and enclosures for various electronic accessories.
  9. Dymo LabelWriter 450 Thermal Label Printer – this handy little label printer is an office must-have. Print one label or multiple labels at a time including mailing labels, file labels, shipping labels, etc.
  10. SuperNova 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Camping and Emergency Lantern – this lantern is a great tool to have in the office emergency kit when there is a power outage.
  11. Law Firm Themed Gifts – looking for that perfect law-office / lawyer themed gift? Here are a few ideas to check out.
  12. Palmetto State Gifts and Experiences – don’t know what to get that person who has everything? Shop local from South Carolina artisans and businesses.

Look for other ideas from The Digital Edge PodcastTechRepublic and WorldMarket.  Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.

What is a LegalBoard?

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Has this happened to you?

You’re deep in thought, writing a legal document on your PC, when you have to stop what you’re doing to remember how to insert a section symbol. Or maybe it’s the paragraph symbol, or the abbreviation for the court.

Lawyer Brian H. Potts has developed a keyboard for lawyers, called the LegalBoard.

LegalBoard puts symbols, track changes, common legal terms and more--right on your keyboard! If you are interested in learning more about this time and aggravation-saving device, read reviews on LawSites and Lawyerist.com.

Watch Out! Scammers Targeting Lawyers Through Phishing, Fraud & Other Scams

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It seems no matter where legal professionals turn these days, there always is a scam to be on the lookout for!

Below are two scams that have been reported to the Bar.  If you have any questions about these scams, please contact pmap@scbar.org.

Alert: Phishing emails targeting lawyers

SC Bar members are cautioned to be aware of emails indicating that a complaint has been made against the lawyer or firm or that they contain a special message from the Bar president. Such emails are not coming from the Bar and are an attempt to phish members. Phishing emails are fraudulent emails that may contain links to phony websites or may request that you share personal or financial information by using a variety of techniques. Look for clues, including a suspicious “from” email address. The email may include directions to click on a link, which purports to be a copy of the complaint or of the “special message.” Do not click this link, as it could be an attempt to put ransomware on the affected computer. Bar members are reminded that any official grievance would come via U.S. mail from the Supreme Court and that any important Bar announcement would appear in E-Blast or would be sent by an individual Bar staff member.

Learn more here


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 high level of check forgery and 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.

SC Bar PMAP’s Fun and Practical Tech List

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An annual favorite – the PMAP fun and practical Tech list is here just in time for the holidays. If you’re clueless about what to buy this year, don’t despair. We’ve got 12 great ideas!

FujifilmUS Instax Mini 8 camera – remember those old Polaroid cameras?pexels-photo-191160 They’re back!
Don’t be afraid! This is not your Mom’s polaroid! This camera comes in a variety of colors with this particular link going to the powder blue option. It comes with a lot of accessories, with the exception of film. It’s perfect for any age to use and makes a handy camera to have at the office!

Armani EA Connected Watches – this unique watch wireless syncs and is compatible with Apple® and Android™ smartphones. It has a 6 month guaranteed battery life. Some of its features include: the ability to automatically convert time as you travel, track sleep and activity, set up notifications, etc.

 Padaday Darth Vader Optical Illusion Desk Lamp – Stars Wars is back and so is Star Wars memorabilia. snipdarthvaderThis lamp comes complete with a color changing mode and with a USB power adapter. You can use it as a nightlight or as a fun conversation piece in your bedroom, living room, theatre room, etc., with your other Star Wars memorabilia.  Be sure to note the light does not cut off automatically and may not be delivered until after Christmas, according to Amazon.

Corkcicle Canteens – these fun, colorful canteens come in a variety of shapes and sizes.16oz_glosscaribbeangreen_front
They are guaranteed to keep drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12 without freezing or sweating…and possibly, even longer for drinks containing ice! These make the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list!

Google Home – Google Home is Google’s version of Amazon’s Echo and Alexa. It’s not on your computer but is a separate device. Ask it to play music, answer questions, handle smart home/office requests (like turn the lights down or turn the thermostat up), etc.

Nintendo Classic Edition – Millennial gamers will remember this fun 1985 classic! Many are guaranteed to have it on their holiday wish list. pexels-photo-120222However, Nintendo doesn’t want fans to get their hopes up too much, as this Nintendo Classic Edition is currently out of stock. Marketers believe Nintendo will bring it back after the holiday rush is over. If you love this fun throwback, watch for announcements from Nintendo after the holidays. And, if you’re one of the lucky ones who happen to find one before January 1st, don’t pay over $60 for it, as scalpers will try to market it for four times that much.

Personalized Yoga Mat – Lawyers, like many professionals, are embracing meditation and yoga. Even if you do not practice Yoga, these personalized Yoga mats make for great gifts! Choose a mat color, thread color and monogram style from a variety of options. 16rolled-custom-matsPlus, enjoy shopping for other personalized items including pet mats, baby mats, place mats, Greek mats, bags, and more!

Paws for a Cause – Do you know someone on your gift list that is an animal lover? These adorable pillows add a cute accent for your office plus a portion of this product’s proceeds goes directly to ASPCA to help animals find their forever home!

iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – this self-charging vacuum is designed to vacuum where dirt and dust hide. It is perfect for any law office, and because of its convenient scheduling, it won’t disturb meetings or office time. It can run up to two hours and allows you to clean, schedule and set preferences from your smartphone. (These feline friends approve too!)

Yoga 700 – No it is not another Yoga mat- this Yoga is an adaptable PC! However, it is as flexible as a Yogi. It can twist into different shapes such as laptop, stand, tent or tablet. It does all this with a touchscreen. Thin and light, it’s easy to carry just about anywhere!

Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard – This foldable Bluetooth portable keyboard is just right for any iOS, Android, Windows, PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. It is easy to use and pairs fast with any device with just an ON/OFF switch and a function command. It contains a built in battery, charges with micro USB cable, and turns on automatically when you open it.

Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Night Visionpexels-photo-101808This smart home security system comes with no contracts or monthly fees. Its high resolution 180 degree view camera is complete with night vision for live and recorded video. It has motion/sound detection, temperature / light humidity sensors and a 105 dB siren. Simple setup and easy to use, it is a great gift for the loved ones in your life.

Look for other fun practical and tech ideas below from other practice management advisors and tech companies around the world here:

CNET's Holiday Gift Guide

Computerworld's Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Best Buy's Top Tech 20

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