Ted Roberts

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This App May Forever Change How You Read Legal Documents

Out today is a significant enhancement to an app that may forever change how you read and annotate complex documents — at least if you use an iPad …

Apps

How I’m Using My iPad Pro for Appellate Arguments

I just completed my second Fifth Circuit argument using my big iPad Pro in a more prominent role than ever before. Inspired by Jeff Richardson’s post …

IPad Pro

Is Pleading Style Really a Matter of Taste?

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are “part of the supreme law of the land.” 1<i>Laker Airways Ltd. v. Pan Am. World Airways</i>, 103 F.R.D. 42, 49 (D. …

11 Tips to Get More Clients from Your Website

Small things can make a <i>big difference</i> on your website.There are changes you can make in minutes to impact your website’s performance, which will make …

North Carolina

That Reminds Me: Examples and Analogies

When Utah sued the federal government over the 2000 census, a census-taking technique called “hot-deck imputation” was on the hot seat. Utah was none …

Review: iPad Pro 12.9" (2nd generation 2017) -- an incredible tablet for lawyers

In November 2015, Apple started selling the 12.9" iPad Pro. the first iPad sold by Apple with a screen larger than the 9.7" screen that had been …

IPad Pro

7 Reasons You Might Actually Want to Use Google Keep

It's the best free program you're not using and perhaps never knew existed in the first place.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Dictate email messages in Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft's new Cortana-powered plug-in adds speech recognition to the desktop mail client, and can even translate your words to different languages.<p>I can dictate an email on my phone, so why can't I do likewise on my computer?<p>It's now possible, at least for Microsoft Outlook users: Microsoft's new …

Microsoft Office

OneNote and Office Lens – hidden gem or does everyone know?

This is one of those blog posts that I’ve thought about for a while, but worried that I was stating the bleeding obvious and so have put it off. I’ve …

Apps

10 Recommendations for Getting Started with Mac Automation

Many readers and subscribers of MacAutomationTips are Mac users that are already using Mac automation applications, and that’s super great. But I …

Automation

Mastering the Colon

You could probably use more colons. They’re handy: they can help you write concisely and briskly. In this column I’ll discuss several good colon uses …

Handy

Mastering the dash, Part 2

In Part 1, I said the dash follows few rules and is a flexible mark with many uses. With all those possibilities, how do you decide when to use a …

Writing

Mastering the dash, Part 1

Let’s get to know the dash. It’s good for breaks and pauses, emphasis and force. In Part 1 I’ll explain how to create the right dash and go over some …

Typography

A word that doesn’t persuade: blatant

Writing a persuasive document? May I suggest a word to avoid? Avoid the adjective <i>blatant</i> and its adverb form, <i>blatantly</i>. Labeling something as blatant …

Jury Duty

Collective Nouns: Singular or Plural?

A collective noun refers to a group of people or things. <i>Group</i>, for example, is a collective noun. Legal writers often have to deal with collective …

Language

Justice Gorsuch’s first opinion shows his style

If you search “Neil Gorsuch writing,” you’ll find a number of sources describing new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as a strong writer, a writer …

Neil Gorsuch

Using Google Scholar For Legal Research - Part 1

Until recently, legal research costs were a significant part of overhead for most law firms. Whether it was maintaining a costly legal library full …

Google Scholar

Using an iPad to draft an appellate oral argument

Last year, I wrote a post about using an iPad to prepare for oral argument. In that post, I described how useful it is to have all of the record on …

Public Speaking

How to Choose the Right Tools to Automate the Mac

Over the last year I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the ways that you can automate a Mac.I’ve written detailed tutorials about <b>Hazel</b>, <b>Keyboard …

Operating Systems

How To Dictate Text In MS Office With Dictate By Microsoft

By default, the add-on adds punctuation marks itself. This means every time you pause, it’s going to add a period. You can turn this off by clicking …

Tell Me What You Want to Do

• <i>I know it can be done in Word (or Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote). I’ve done it before but I don’t remember how or where it is on the menu.</i>• <i><br>I</i> …

Databases

Digital Dictation and Transcription Options

Many lawyers dictate their thoughts into a recording device, then send the recording to an assistant for transcription. This is a great time-saver …

MacBook Pro

Pardon my parentheticals

<b>Parentheses are useful.</b> As the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) notes on the World Wide Web (WWW), “Parentheses () are used to say something that is …

Text snippets for typing dates for today, the future, and yesterday

Once you start using TextExpander for Mac, PC, iPhone, and iPad to communicate smarter, you’ll want to fill it with snippets of text you can type …

TextExpander and Keyboard Maestro: How I Use Both

No doubt subscribers and followers of this site are aware of the recent changes SmileOnMyMac has made for the recent update to their highly popular …

iOS Apps

7 hidden features of Google Drive

Learn Drive's secrets to get the most out of Google's cloud service.<p>I use Google Drive every day. I use it for work. I wrote this blog post in Google Docs, in fact. I use it at home, whether using Sheets to map out the summer schedule for my kids, or adding to my ever-expanding folder of recipes -- …

Google Drive

This Is Why Android Is Better Than iOS

They say there are two kinds of people. PlayStation or Xbox, Coke or Pepsi, and of course, Android or iOS. There are hundreds of thousands, even …

New ‘Box Drive’ Helps Ease Law Firms’ Transition to the Cloud

The cloud-based content-management company Box is today releasing a new desktop application that is designed to help law firms and other enterprises …

Software

The 10.5” iPad Pro: Future-Proof

There's something about the screen of the new 10.5” iPad Pro that feels immediately novel but quickly becomes normal, and something that seems obvious at first but reveals itself as a deeper change after a few days. As a heavy user of the 12.9” iPad Pro, I've been pleasantly deceived by this new …