Young Lawyers Journal
Technology for your practice: Young Lawyers Division favorites
by Kerry Mierzwa, Esq.
As young lawyers in 2011, we have a multitude of hurdles to
overcome. The transition from law school to young lawyer
encompasses so many more challenges than we probably imagined.
While some of us are trying to navigate student loans, others are
still trying to figure out the rules of Civil Procedure and
Evidence (Can we go over Hearsay one more time?). Some of us are
looking for jobs while others struggle with the ones they have and
search for a balance between all their responsibilities. In the
midst of all this, let's throw in that the field of technology is
constantly evolving at an amazing rate. Fortunately, technology
does not have to be something that presents another challenge to us
on our journey.
While we at the Massachusetts Bar Association - Young Lawyers
Division can't offer you all the solutions to life - we can share
the ones that have helped us on our journey. I asked several
members of the division to pass on what their favorite pieces of
technology were. For a variety of reasons, these are some of the
tools that assist us in our day to day activities:
- "Mine is definitely my iPhone! I'm kind of an info and
news junkie, and it lets me look things up whenever I want to,
whether trivial or more substantial. But the calendar and clock
functions probably have become most essential for me. And I
love my Flashlight app! I never have to be in the dark anymore!" -
Linnea R. Michel, Esq.
- "E-mail" - Ashley Brandin, Esq.
- "An electronic calendar is my favorite piece of technology.
From the days of actual palm calendars, to a Blackberry I used for
a few years, and now with Android software the electronic calendar
is my favorite. As life and practice gets busier and busier, the
electronic calendar helps reduce mental clutter for me, so I love
it!" - Thomas M. Hoffey, Jr., Esq.
- "I guess it really would be my Blackberry…can't live without
it: Carries my calendar, accesses the Internet, views documents,
receives faxes, delivers Sirius Satellite Radio, takes pictures,
tracks investments, calculates, makes calls" - Jake Skinner,
- "IPhone, Facebook and LinkedIn." - Kristine Ann Cummings,
- "My scanner as it turns documents into MS Word Docs, PDF files,
or Excel where it can be edited." - Kyle Guelcher, Esq.
As for me personally, I'd probably say my Blackberry is my
favorite piece of technology. I have the ability to automatically
keep track of my time -- for billing purposes -- with an
application, the internet to stay on top of news, email to stay
current with work matters, a calendar to keep the whole show
running smoothly and a flashlight to prevent injuries in the dark.
Although technology is constantly changing, it's not impossible to
keep up with some of the trends that can help us navigate our first
years as attorneys. We at the YLD will do our best to help you with