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  • 12 February 2015 4:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Scan v Store, Which Costs More? 

    A Common Sensium for Legal Records

    A White paper from a recent LFSN webinar on scanning versus storing paper from DociSolid. 


  • 12 February 2015 3:15 PM | Anonymous member
    A Blog post on the Lawyerist from Sam Glover on 25 November 2013:  

  • 12 February 2015 2:59 PM | Anonymous member

    An Interesting webinar discussing how paper purchasing decisions can help preserve forests. In a nutshell:

    • Maximise recycled content
    • Maximise recycling
    • Look for paper and forestry certifications
    The webinar also discusses alternative paper sources and reveals the comprehensive strategies used by the Disney Corporation to promote and protect the natural environment (including placing an internal price on carbon!). 

    Click on the image to play, which will open the original site

  • 11 July 2014 2:48 PM | Anonymous member

    Paperless chase is a resource developed by USA attorney and author, Ernest Svenson which provides advice and guidance on transitioning to a paperless law office. Access to webinars generally costs $40.

    Click here to view webinars or find out more info.

    Current webinars available include

    PAPERLESS 101 (+ Ethics)

    An introduction to creating a paperless law practice, presented by Legal Ethics expert & Loyola Law Professor, Dane Ciolino, and attorney Ernie Svenson. They explain how they set up their paperless law practices, with recommendations about which scanner to use, how to manage digital documents, and ethics issues.Cost: $40 – Click to Pay & Watch Now.

    PAPERLESS 102 

    An extension of Paperless 101. Dane Ciolino and Ernie Svenson continue their explanation of how to create and maintain a paperless law practice, focusing on the use of PDFs, which are prevalent in e-filing and e-discovery. PDFs are the equivalent of digital paper, and are crucial in creating a paperless law practice. Also discussed: case management software.
    Cost: $40

    EMAIL EFFICIENCY (+ Professionalism)

    Dane Ciolino and Ernie Svenson draw on their personal experience and offer practical tips on how to overcome email overload. They also give useful advice on how to communicate better, and more professionally, using simple but powerful strategies and processes.
    Cost: $40 .

    CLOUD COMPUTING (+ Ethics) 

    Dane Ciolino and Ernie Svenson discuss the practical use of cloud storage tools such as Dropbox, and Google mail. They explain what cloud computing is, and how it can be helpful for lawyersundefinedespecially solo and small firm lawyers. Professor Ciolino draws on his Ethics expertise to offer advice on how to avoid Ethics problems while using cloud services.
    Cost: $40 

    iPAD BASICS & SECURITY (+ Ethics)

    Ernie Svenson and California attorney David Sparks explain how to set up an iPad for maximum security and confidentiality. They cover how to password protect an iPad, and also how to find a lost iPad, or remotely wipe all of the data if it’s stolen. Much of what they discuss is applicable to iPhones as well.
    Cost: $40 


    Ernie Svenson and California attorney David Sparks explain how to documents and PDFs onto an iPad, and how to manage documents & PDFs once on the device. The cover the basic apps that are best used for managing documents and PDFs, and offer recommendations based on personal experience in using iPads in their law practice.
    Cost: $40 


    Ernie Svenson draws on his more than 10 years of experience in using PDFs in his commercial litigation practice, and explains the basic skills that lawyers need to work with PDFs in their law practice. This session covers things that can be done with the free Adobe Reader program, and also talks briefly about some of the reasons lawyers would want Adobe Acrobat.
    Cost: $40 


    Ernie Svenson has started and maintained several law related blogs, and has extensively used social media tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. He explains how to discover your online reputation, and how to influence it in a positive way. He doesn’t cover blogging or maintaining your website.

    Cost: $40


    Legal Technology trainer Adriana Linares has taught hundreds of lawyers around the country to get more out of Microsoft Word, the most popular word processing tool used by busy lawyers and their equally busy staff. Stop being frustrated by Word, and get the basic knowledge you need to create better pleadings and contracts quickly, and with less stress.

    Cost: $40

  • 11 March 2014 12:18 PM | Anonymous member

    During this webinar, well known attorney and author, Ernest Svenson (aka “Ernie the Attorney“), explained the ins and outs of transitioning to a paperless law office. Among other things, he covered:

    • Benefits & challenges in shedding paper in your firm
    • The roadmap & best practices for going paperless
    • Storing & managing digital documents
    • Myth-busting: “Paperless” is not paper free
    • And more!

    One interesting statistic we learned during the webinar was that 26% of the webinar attendees’ law offices [in the USA]  were nearly paperless. Not bad!

    Recorded on 27 February 2014. Shared with permission from MyCase and Ernie Svenson
  • 09 October 2013 10:59 AM | Anonymous member
    Green Paper Guide by Finsbury Green is a useful compendium of the environmental impacts of paper. Developed for the print industry, but also very useful for those with a paper passion. 

    Order a copy from Finsbury Green. 
  • 06 June 2013 1:46 PM | Anonymous member


    The Ideal Paper?
    Update on Evolve Recycled
    Ideas for Reducing Paper

    The Ideal Paper?
    During an AusLSA webinar on paper, the Wilderness Society and ECO-Buy identified the ideal paper would be:
    • Carbon-neutral,
    • made from 100% recycled post-consumer waste, AND
    • Australian-made.
    Unfortunately, a single paper that satisfied all three didn't exist...until now!

    Reflex 100% is 100% post-consumer recycled, FSC certified, NCOS certified Carbon Neutral and Australian-made.

    Currently it is only available through Staples (link to product page).

    For any law firms that have signed the Ethical Paper Pledge, please note that this is a Reflex product.
    Update on Evolve Recycled
    A number of AusLSA Members have used Evolve Recycled paper, but the Alizay mill in France where Evolve was manufactured was shut down last year.

    The French government has negotiated with Double A to purchase the mill and recommence manufacturing Evolve Recycled Paper.

    Double A has committed to continuing the production of Evolve alongside their own paper, and plan to start the plant back up again mid-2013. The recycled pulp used will continue to come from a pulp mill in the UK.

    Double A is a Thai company that has their own version of sustainable paper made from eucalyptus trees planted in the empty space between rice paddies.

    Link to news story

    Ideas for reducing Paper
    Reduce paper weight
    A number of UK firms (members of LSA-UK) are further reducing their paper use by selecting paper that is less than the usual 80gsm.

    One firm has opted for using 65gsm (including in external communications) and noted that there was no noticeable difference in printer performance or appearance. An immediate 20% reduction in paper use!

    Reduce font and margins
    Decreasing font size by 1 point and slightly decreasing margins can have a significant impact on the number of pages in large documents.

    Talk to your marketing teams about changing your firm's style guide and templates.

  • 16 October 2012 1:55 PM | Anonymous member
    An AusLSA webinar recorded on 16 October 2012 featuring a discussion between Robert Symons, Head of Compliance for Norton Rose Australian and Julian Smith, Partner at Maddocks. 

  • 16 October 2012 1:34 PM | Anonymous member
    A quick guide produced by AusLSA intern Hayley Roberts on how to be responsible with paper procurement decisions.

  • 05 June 2012 2:30 PM | Anonymous member
    Members of AusLSA and participants in the AusLSA Paper Webinar #1 were invited to share their thoughts and habits on selecting which paper to use. 

    The Survey reveals which papers are used by AusLSA members and what criteria they used to make their selection. 

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