Introducing the New Essential Forms Integration with Smokeball

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Smokeball Essential Forms IntegrationCEB, the California lawyer’s trusted source for fast, relevant, and practical legal guidance has partnered with Smokeball legal practice management software to offer attorneys the option of creating, editing and saving Essential Forms directly in Smokeball.

Get Complete Law Firm Efficiency in 2018

Creating Judicial Council Forms will never be faster or easier with Essential Forms’ two-way integration with Smokeball. Now you can have complete law firm efficiency with Essential Forms and Smokeball legal practice management software, allowing you to focus on the two things that matter most: practicing law and serving your clients.

Essential Forms customers who use Smokeball will also be able to:

  • Eliminate duplicate entry of client and case information
  • Stay more organized with all your forms in one place
  • Improve collaboration with staff on all of your cases
  • Much more!

For over 70 years CEB has given California attorneys reliable, authoritative information with California-specific expertise. By bringing the most powerful and versatile Judicial Council Forms software into practice management, CEB and Smokeball are leading small firms into the future of legal technology.

Are you an attorney in California and want to see how the new Smokeball and Essential Forms integration works?

Watch a demo and see why the most profitable and productive law firms choose Smokeball legal practice management software.

See the official press release below for more information.



Continuing Education of the Bar Offers Integration of Essential Forms with Smokeball’s Case Management Software

Partnership enables small law firms to seamlessly create California Judicial Council forms and save them directly to one centralized, cloud-based legal software interface.  

OAKLAND, CA AND CHICAGO, IL, March 15, 2018 – Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), California’s leading law publisher and continuing legal education provider, announced today a partnership with Smokeball, a leader in cloud-based case management software, to integrate its Essential Forms product and expand Smokeball’s suite of practice management tools.

Starting today, attorneys who choose to integrate the two applications will be able to create and edit Essential Forms and save them directly to Smokeball’s case management software. Essential Forms, a flagship software product of CEB, enables legal professionals to easily and efficiently complete, print, and save over thousands of California Judicial Council Forms. It features shrink-to-fit fonts, custom form groups, custom fields, and a database that auto-populates new forms with shared data. With Essential Forms’ e-Filing capability, attorneys can send documents directly and securely from their computers to the courthouse.

“CEB was founded to help California attorneys succeed in the practice of law by providing them with the information and tools most relevant to their area of practice, and we believe this combination of Essential Forms with Smokeball offers attorneys an extremely powerful productivity tool,” said Kelly Lake, chief executive officer and executive director of CEB. “By listening to our customers who talk about the demands of modern practice, we are finding new ways to integrate our content with software that can save attorneys valuable time and allow them to focus on serving their clients.”

This two-way product integration will enable the auto-population of California Judicial Council Forms with matter information already entered in Smokeball’s software, and completed forms will be linked to the relevant case for easy retrieval and organization. Access to Essential Forms’ Judicial Council Forms and all firm documentation is available using Smokeball’s centralized interface, which can be shared with other attorneys and legal professionals to improve collaboration.

“Smokeball’s primary goal is to increase the productivity and profitability of small law firms, and we see this partnership with CEB’s Essential Forms product as a perfect fit,” said Jane Oxley, president of Smokeball. “By integrating our powerful case management software with Essential Forms’ trusted library of Judicial Council Forms, California firms now have a truly integrated case management software that powers productivity, organization and profitability like never before. We’re excited to continue leading small law firms into the future with the best legal technology and tools available.”

The complete Judicial Council Forms library will be accessible from the Matter Details page in Smokeball. Attorneys can easily search the library by form name or form number, then select any California Judicial Council form with the click of a button. All matter information will be automatically populated in seconds and law firms can file with confidence knowing the forms are always up-to-date and court approved. To learn more visit


About Continuing Education of the Bar

Continuing Education of the Bar is the premier source of California legal research, guidance, and continuing education for all California lawyers, from solo practitioners to AmLAW 100 firms. Its print and digital resources, including OnLaw®, are renowned for their authoritative content and feature expert step-by-step guidance from experienced California lawyers and judges. CEB was founded in 1947, as a program of the University of California and is the state’s first CLE provider. Find more information about how CEB makes legal research as efficient and accurate as possible, visit 

About Smokeball

Smokeball is the first and only complete cloud-based legal practice management software that automatically records time and activity for you. Whether you bill hourly, fixed fee, or on contingency, Smokeball provides you the insights you need to run a more productive, organized and profitable law firm. Plus, with over 14,000 automated forms, industry-leading integrations and a dedicated account management team, managing your law firm has never been easier.


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Media Contact for CEB:

Lydia Chan

Ph. 201-725-0558


Media Contact for Smokeball:

Taryn Mohnsen

Ph. 855-668-3206




By | March 15th, 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 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.

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