Lawyer use of technology to provide legal services in the United States is nearly universal. More than 97 percent of respondents to the ABA 2003 Legal Technology Survey indicated that they used a computer for work-related tasks.The survey is a comprehensive look at how the legal profession uses technology. More than 1,500 ABA members in private practice in the U.S. returned questionnaires relating to law office computing, litigation and courtroom technology, and Web and communications. The survey covers issues including technology training, budgeting, hardware and software purchases, as well as where and how lawyers use technology.Lawyers continue to adopt technologies common in other industries, underscoring the similar business needs lawyers share with other professions. More than 26 percent use a laptop as their primary computer, and more than 70 percent have access to a laptop on a temporary basis. Nearly all lawyers, 97 percent, reported using e-mail for work-related tasks, with eight in 10 using e-mail every day for such purposes.Lawyers have seen an increase in their development of business Web sites. More than two-thirds of respondents now have a company Web site, and every firm in the survey with 50 or more lawyers reported having one. However, fewer firms were hosting their Web site internally, down to 37 percent from 40 percent in 2002.High speed Internet connection has increased in law firms, with 36 percent of respondents now using DSL to connect to the Internet at work, up from 27 percent last year. Just 12 percent of respondents use dial-up connections, down from 20 percent in 2002.Of the 90 percent of lawyers who used the Internet to conduct research of any type, almost two-thirds favored Google as their general-purpose Internet search engine or directory, up from 52 percent last year.Another 16 percent of respondents preferred Yahoo! — a 7 percent drop from the previous year. While the Internet is a significant research tool for lawyers, more than half of those surveyed still receive their technology information from print publications, as opposed to the Web.One area of significant growth over the last year was security. In possible response to the increase of unwanted e-mail, anti-spam software usage increased from 48 percent in 2002 to 72 percent in 2003. E-mail and Internet policies also grew in importance, with 60 percent of firms reporting that they had an e-mail usage policy and 57 percent reporting an Internet usage policy, increases from last year of 11 percent and 6 percent respectively. More than half of the firms had implemented a disaster recovery or business continuity plan, up 10 percent from the previous year.In the general office software category, there were few surprises. Word processing, spreadsheets, and accounting were still the most popular general software packages. The availability of software applications specifically geared toward the legal profession increased, with time and billing being the most widely available, at 78 percent of firms, and widely used at 46 percent.The survey is an annual project of the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center, a specialized unit providing lawyers, bar associations, law schools, and other legal organizations with information on technology and its use in the practice of law. The center’s professional staff research and write on technology issues and provide continuing legal education on practice management using technology. For more information on the 2003 survey or the resource center, visit www.lawtechnology.org or call (312) 988-5465. Lawyers go hi-tech August 15, 2004 Regular News Lawyers go hi-tech
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU’s Kaley Schafer offered the association’s general support for the NCUA’s proposed rulemaking on supervisory committee audits and verifications, thanking the agency for its “commitment to providing supervisory committees flexibility in performing their audit duties.”Schafer, NAFCU’s regulatory affairs counsel, said the association was supportive of the following provisions within the proposal:removal of the “report on examination of internal controls over call reporting” alternative audit option;removal of the 120-day language in engagement letters to outside compensated auditors regarding the required written report; andthe flexible and streamlined Appendix A to Part 715 alternative audit option.In addition, Schafer asked the agency to preserve the Supervisory Committee Guide to allow credit unions to continue to access it as a resource, and to not include any additional areas of review in Appendix A at this time.
Returning Class AA All State squad members Terry Swanson and Dravon Henry from Aliquippa. (Courier Photos/William McBride/File)HARRISBURG (AP) — Considering the history at the quarterback position in the WPIAL, what South Fayette signal caller Brett Brumbaugh accomplished this season qualifies as special.The 6-4, 200-pound Brumbaugh established the single-season passing mark for quarterbacks from the Pittsburgh area by throwing for 3,910 yards.South Fayette also erased a bad memory from the 2010 PIAA Class AA championship game by defeating Imhotep Charter 41-0 in the state title game behind Brumbaugh’s 299 yards and three touchdowns.In the end, Brumbaugh had 41 touchdown passes for the undefeated Lions (16-0).Brumbaugh’s strong arm, record-breaking season and overall savvy helped South Fayette win the first state championship in school history and earned the junior Class AA Player of the Year honors as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Football Team.South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh (7) looks for a receiver during the first half of a PIAA high school Class AA championship football game in Hershey, Pa., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)This is the fourth year the selection of the all-state team has been overseen by the sportswriters who cover high school football around the commonwealth. Players were nominated in all four PIAA classifications, then a statewide ballot was sent out affording all the writers to cast their vote.South Fayette coach Joe Rossi guided the Lions to their second state championship game appearance in four years and was named Class AA Coach of the Year.The 2013 Class AA All-State squad features six returning selections including Brumbaugh. Three players are from Aliquippa: Dravon Henry, Terry Swanson and Jaleel Fields. Linebacker Eric Haney from Danville and Paryss Marshall from Catasauqua round out the returnees.With plenty of seniors bound for FBS college programs filling out the big-school classification, it speaks volumes that the voters chose Neshaminy junior running back D’Andre Pollard as the Class AAAA Player of the Year.The 5-7, 170-pound Pollard rushed for a staggering 2,928 yards for the District 1-champion Redskins. He averaged 9.0 yards per carry, scored 39 touchdowns and his 195.2 yards per game over 15 weeks is an impressive number.St. Joseph’s Prep coach Gabe Infante guided the Hawks through a brutal regular season that saw his club lose two games but ultimately came out on top by claiming a state championship. Infante was the choice of the voters as the Class AAAA Coach of the Year.Only four of the 34 Class AAAA All-State selections made the grade a year ago. John Reid from St. Joseph’s Prep and Gateway’s Montae Nicholson made the squad again at defensive back. Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius and Erie McDowell offensive lineman Scot Augustine each were selected last season a juniors.A closer look at the Class AA and AAAA teams:CLASS AAOFFENSEQuarterbackMatt Shaffer, Richland, 6-2, 200 seniorBrett Brumbaugh, South Fayette, 6-2, 200 juniorZack Bradley, Catasauqua, 6-1, 177 seniorRunning BackTerry Swanson, Aliquippa, 5-9, 185 seniorShannon Jackson, Fairview, 6-1, 215 seniorRyan Heim, Pine Grove, 5-9, 160 seniorRa’Von Burton, Catasauqua, 5-11, 195 seniorWide ReceiverParyss Marshall, Catasauqua, 6-2, 188 seniorJamal Custis, Neumann-Goretti, 6-5, 205 seniorBrandon Kuntz, Camp Hill Trinity, 6-4, 200 seniorTight EndAlec Bloom, Ligonier Valley, 6-7, 242 seniorOffensive LinemenDylan Brennan, Troy, 6-3, 280 juniorAaron Ruff, Imhotep Charter, 6-5, 300 seniorMac Storm, Northwestern, 6-3, 300 seniorJaleel Fields, Aliquippa, 6-2, 287 seniorBen Henry, Palisades, 6-2, 305 seniorAthleteDravon Henry, Aliquippa, 5-11, 180 seniorDeandre Scott, Imhotep Charter, 5-10, 180 seniorMatt Voytik, Hickory, 6-1, 180 seniorKickerShayne Riley, Danville, 6-0, 150 juniorDEFENSEDefensive LinemenPietro Gaspari, Berks Catholic, 6-1, 215 seniorBen Verhovsek, Richland, 6-0, 230 seniorBrady Mutton, Pen Argyl, 6-2, 260 seniorTyrone Barge, Imhotep Charter, 6-1, 276 seniorLinebackerEric Haney, Danville, 6-0, 210 seniorJared Nosal, Catasauqua, 5-11, 210 seniorRyan Morris, Corry, 6-1, 210 seniorDaulton Linton, Hickory, 5-11, 205 seniorDefensive BackDrew Newcomb, Lewisburg, 6-1, 185 juniorKyle Datres, Loyalsock, 6-1, 185 juniorNoah Osman, Chestnut Ridge, 5-10, 135 juniorMatt Kase, Berks Catholic, 6-0, 185 seniorAthleteJustin Watson, South Fayette, 6-3, 195 seniorCam Richardson, Northwestern Lehigh, 5-8, 155 juniorPlayer of the Year: Brett Brumbaugh, South FayetteCoach of the Year: Joe Rossi, South FayetteCLASS AAAAOFFENSEQuarterbackChris Martin, St. Joseph’s Prep, 5-10, 185 seniorAndrew Ford, Cedar Cliff, 6-2, 195 seniorMark Pyles, Lebanon, 6-0, 215 seniorRunning BackD’Andre Pollard, Neshaminy, 5-7, 170 juniorKareem Williams, Parkland, 6-0, 190 seniorChase Edmonds, CD East, 5-10, 185 seniorSmir Bullock, Archbishop Ryan, 5-7, 165 juniorWide ReceiverTroy Apke, Mt. Lebanon, 6-2, 190 seniorElijah Zeise, North Allegheny, 6-2, 200 seniorTight EndLuke Carrezola, Neshaminy, 6-3, 242 seniorOffensive LinemenScot Augustine, Erie McDowell, 6-1, 200 seniorJon Daniel Runyan, St. Joseph’s Prep, 6-4, 255 juniorAlex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon, 6-6, 295 seniorMichael Grimm, Bethel Park, 6-6, 308 seniorSterling Jenkins, Baldwin, 6-8, 300 juniorEric Gallo, Council Rock South, 6-3, 280 seniorAthleteTroy Spencer, Lower Dauphin, 5-11, 180 seniorEli Redmond, Parkland, 5-7, 175 seniorKickerJoe Julius, Lower Dauphin, 5-11, 200 seniorDEFENSEDefensive LinemenMichal Menet, Exeter Twp., 6-4, 255 sophomoreTrey Klock, Lower Dauphin, 6-4, 260 seniorZack DeLuca, Pittsburgh C.C., 6-2, 240 seniorBen Huss, Upper St. Clair, 6-3, 275 seniorLinebackerTyler Burke, Coatesville, 6-4, 245 seniorZaire Franklin, La Salle College HS, 6-1, 220 seniorNiko Thorpe, Pittsburgh C.C., 5-11, 220 seniorNezar Haddad, Parkland, 6-2, 210 seniorTyler Heisey, Cumberland Valley, 5-11, 195 seniorDefensive BackConnor Golden, Archbishop Ryan, 6-0, 190 seniorJohn Reid, St. Joseph’s Prep, 5-10, 180 juniorMontae Nicholson, Gateway, 6-3, 200 seniorRyan Bonshak, Whitehall, 5-10, 185 seniorAthleteVince Moffett, St. Joseph’s Prep, 5-10, 185 seniorDaquan Worley, Coatesville, 5-11, 175 seniorPlayer of the Year: D’Andre Pollard, NeshaminyCoach of the Year: Gabe Infante, St. Joseph’s PrepCOMING THURSDAY: Class A and AAA teams.