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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: American Bar Association (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570736405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570736407
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,614,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Internet tutorial, reference and troubleshooting guide for lawyers. From getting online and conducting research, to using newer applications such as Internet phone, radio and videoconferencing, Jerry Lawson reveals how to use the Internet to improve, grow and market your practice.

From the Author

Practical Help for Legal Professionals Using The Internet
The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers is intended to help make lawyers using the Internet more productive.

Law librarians, paralegals and other legal professionals, as well as law students should also find much of interest in the book.

The book evolved from a CLE course manual I wrote that consistently received high evaluations. This convinced me (and the American Bar Association) that there was a need for nuts and bolts type information about how lawyers can use the Internet effectively. Here is the Table of Contents:


Part I  Getting Started

1. Why the Internet Matters to Attorneys

2. What Is the Internet?

3. E-mail: The Internet Tool Attorneys Use Most

Part II  Research

4. The Net Research Environment

5. Search Engines

6. Directories

7. Discussion Groups

8. Legal Research

9. Factual Research

Part III  Marketing

10. Law Firm Marketing on the Internet

11. Planning an Effective Law Firm Web Site

12. Publicizing a Law Firm Web Site

13. Marketing Via Discussion Groups

Part IV  Ethics and Security

14. Net Legal Ethics Overview

15. E-mail Privacy

16. Net Security Overview

17. Computer Viruses and Other Malicious Code

Part V  Putting It All Together

18. Collaborative Tools

19. Thinking About the Net

20. The Future of the Net

Part VI  Other Voices

A collection of 30 sets of "top ten" Internet use tips from 30 leading experts

[The "Other Voices" section is my personal favorite and it has been highly praised by reviewers as well. The contributors include David Johnson, Lynn Chard, Mary Ellen LeBlanc, Bob Ambrogi, Diana Botluk, Josh Blackman, Billie Jo Brooks, Genie Tyburski, James Wheaton, Peter Chapman, Arlin Nesser, Joseph Matthews, Claudia Rast, Bertrand Harding, Jr., Evan Farr, Mike Curreri, Debbie Steele, Tom Strassburg, Ross Kodner, Greg Siskind, Guy Alvarez, Kenneth Johnson, Bernard Hibbits, Elliot Chabot, Randy Singer, Patrick Wiseman, Sherry Katz, Sam Lewis, Susan Ross, Peter Krakaur, Judge Philip Harter and Wendy Liebowitz].


A. Other Internet Tools

B. Internet Addressing Outline

C. Troubleshooting the Web

D. Internet Connection Pointers

E. Selected Technical Issues in Web Site Design

F. Sample Internet Use Policy for Law Firms

G. Cyber Issues: Overview of Internet Substantive Legal Issues




The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers includes thorough coverage of legal and factual research. It includes easy to understand explanations of key issues such as:

* When is it better to use Westlaw and Lexis, and when is the Internet the smarter choice?

* How should lawyers evaluate the reliability of Internet information?

* What practical techniques can help lawyers sort out the valuable material they need from among the mountains of junk that abound on the Internet?

Although the book includes many URLs, and a "Legal Research Short List" compiled exclusively for it by two leading law librarians, it focuses mainly on teaching techniques and principles. The philosophy is "Don't give people fish, teach them to fish."

The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers is unique in that it works in tandem with a comprehensive web site hosted on the ABA server. This web site provides the online equivalent of the familiar paper "pocket parts," but it also provides additional services to the book's readers that could not be duplicated through any medium except the Internet.

While The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers contains some basic tutorial information, I also included a fair amount of more advanced coverage. My sense is that an increasing number of lawyers already have a fair sense of Internet basics, and I felt it was important to cover their needs as well as those of beginners.

Lawyers don't deal in produce or steel, but information and communication--the very stuff of the Internet. This makes the legal profession particularly sensitive to Internet-induced disruptions that have already begun to affect other industries, including the medical profession. For this reason, the last chapter, "The Future of the Internet" concentrates on analyzing the probable economic effects of the Internet on the legal profession. Learn who will get hurt and who will benefit, and why.

I hope each reader finds reading this book as educational and enjoyable as I found writing it.

Jerry Lawson

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