How to Avoid e-Filing Pitfalls [Webinar Recap]

//How to Avoid e-Filing Pitfalls [Webinar Recap]

how-to-avoid-e-filing-pitfallsThanks to all those who attended our free webinar on “How To: Avoid e-Filing Pitfalls.” We had an amazing turnout and I’m delighted that we could offer useful and practical education to our legal community.

E-Filing is scary for a lot of attorneys and we covered several topics to make the transition easier. In the webinar, I talked about Illinois Supreme Court Rule changes, why you should create a separate email address for filing, redacting tips, using a file naming convention, and why it’s best to use an integrated e-Filing service provider.

I even got to share one of my favorite quotes about e-Filing during the webinar:

“To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.” Farmers’ Almanac (1978). In parting, we note that the cause of this error was that Carelock’s counsel had unfortunately failed to double-check the document he had electronically transmitted to the District Court. Although the modern use of the computer is a great time-saver, its ease of use should not assuage the almost obsessive attentiveness that is required when filing any document with a court. Otherwise, a scenario such as Carelock’s may occur, which proves the adage that “a computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history—with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.” Mitch Ratcliffe (quoted in Herb Brody, The Pleasure Machine: Computers, Technology Review, Apr. 1992, at 31). U.S. v. Carelock, 459 F.3d 437 (3rd Cir., 2006)

Also, the winner of our $100 Visa gift card drawing from the webinar is Ginger Gosselin of Shaw Law Ltd. in Waukegan, Illinois.

You can view a recording of this webinar by clicking on this link.

E-Filing is a tremendous technological leap forward for the Illinois Courts. However, this change can be very disruptive to your law firm. It’s much easier if you get help from a company that knows the legal landscape of Illinois. Smokeball, as your trusted advisor, is here to help you transition your office with a complete legal practice management software enabling you e-File easily and become more profitable.

If you want to learn more about Smokeball and how we can help your small law firm be more productive, organized and profitable, click here for a demo.

By |January 19th, 2018|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.