social media law courts south africaShe’s been described as the Dr. Eve of social media, ready with that much-needed reality check just before we send out a message into the world that one day will come back to haunt us. Invited to SXSW to talk about South Africa’s first trial by social media, Memeburn had the opportunity to sit down with Emma Sadleir at one of Austin’s most opulent hotels, the Driskill.
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getsmarter paralegal course 2015Paralegals, also known as legal assistants or secretaries, fill an essential role in the South African legal system. Those hoping to enter this fast-growing profession need to have a combination of relevant industry knowledge, specialist technical expertise and administrative ability. This highly practical 16-week short course equips you with a broad knowledge of South African legislation and gives you a foundation on which to build the knowledge and expertise required for specific paralegal work.
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e4March brought with it an exciting development within the e4 Group, with the launch of a legal subsidiary focussed on attorney solutions. The new subsidiary, e4 Legal Studio, will have national presence with its head office based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

typewriter repairOn a recent bleak, winter afternoon in the Flatiron District Paul Schweitzer was once again hard at work, trying to breathe life into a black, jazz-age Underwood typewriter. Behind his spectacles was a furrowed brow and behind that was a tangle of keys, steel, carrying cases and filing cabinets of rollers, spools, levers and keys, a morgue of mechanical guts.
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LSSAThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) voices serious concern at the recent sweeping statements made by the Minster of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and other organisations in the healthcare sector, regarding the possible limitation of the right to fair compensation of medical malpractice victims and the role of lawyers in these claims.

cybersecurityThis past week, I attended and presented at LegalTech New York. It was my first experience at this conference and I got the feeling it was a bit of an anomaly to have someone from the cybersecurity field there as well. That being said, I had some great conversations, listened to some fantastic presentations, and presented on a panel about how cybersecurity and information governance are converging. Overall, I left the conference with some really valuable information.
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best-law-firm-websites-2015This year we had over 100 nominations for the best law firm website of 2015. With the help of Lawyerist contributors Gyi Tsakalakis, Andrew Cabasso, and Karin Conroy, Sam and Aaron narrowed the list to the ten best.
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Ernest Kleynhans2015 represents a monumental year for local specialist software and IT service provider Assimilated Information Systems Pty Ltd. (AIS). The company will reach a milestone by marking nine years of successful operation.

electricity theftNon-technical losses also include non-payment, fraud, pre-paid electricity vouchers from stolen vending machines, and illegal electrification schemes. About 32% of all electricity delivered by City Power Johannesburg is lost to theft and non-payment, according to electricity expert and director of EE Publishers Chris Yelland. If these non-technical losses could be eliminated, peak demand would be reduced enough to completely eliminate the need for load shedding, Yelland said.
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2015 law firm predictions"Thanks to the recession and other grim economic realities, law firms have done a good job of trimming the fat. Now they need to build muscle mass. In 2015, I see more firms using big data to improve attorney and staff performance and to enhance client engagement.  Instead of ceding ground to online legal services providers, firms should hire some 25-year-old millennial whiz kids who understand the Internet and social media and find a meaningful way to compete with the LegalZooms and RocketLawyers of the universe. Firms that ignore market realities do so at their peril," says Lori Tripoli, J.D. of Contemporary Law Office Management.
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ross legal research onlineIf you like Mike Ross, the brilliant pretend-lawyer on the popular TV show Suits, you’re in luck because now there’s an app for that. Students at the University of Toronto are behind the new app, named Ross after the TV character, and they say it may not get rid of lawyers but it is sure to become “a major disruption” in the legal profession. Ask Ross a legal question using lay language, just like you’d ask a colleague, and it will turn billions of documents into snippets of answers for you in a matter of seconds.
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econveyancingThe biggest revolution of the conveyancing system in Ireland since the creation of the State has begun with the start of the implementation phase of the Law Society’s eConveyancing project. eConveyancing will make all interactions between solicitors, lenders and the Property Registration Authority (PRA) entirely electronic for the first time and will greatly reduce transaction times and costs while increasing security and transparency.
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IBM Watson for Law firmsLawyers have been thinking for a while about whether artificial intelligence would ever start to displace or complement lawyers. Richard Susskind, the leading legal futurist/technologist, did his work in this area starting in the mid-1980s. In the August issue of the ABA Journal, one of the commenters to an article about LegalZoom feared: “Once we have fully artificial intelligence enhanced programs like LegalZoom, there will be no need for lawyers, aside from the highly specialized and expensive large-law-firm variety.
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telvivaTelviva, Connection Telecom’s market-leading hosted communications platform, has been making massive inroads as the core switching application for hosted contact centres of late.

Southern African Compliance AwardsTechnology solutions powerhouse e4 Strategic (Pty) Ltd has been identified as the “Best GRC Solution Provider” in Southern Africa having won the award at the prestigious 2014 Southern Africa Compliance Awards at a ceremony at Monte Casino on 18 November.

docclyThe South African leg of the DocuSign Signature City Tour 2014 took place in Johannesburg on 13 November, 2014 when local businesses had the opportunity to join the digital transformation and learn how companies worldwide are seeing improved efficiency and huge cost savings by keeping business digital with DocuSign.

bighandBigHand, the market leading productivity software vendor in the global legal and professional services sector, has announced that it has been awarded the ‘Infrastructure Innovation of the Year’ at the UK IT Industry Awards.

garlicke-bousfieldThe Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Garlicke & Bousfield Inc will be hosting their third International Business Dialogue meeting at 16:00 on Tuesday 18th of November at Garlicke & Bousfield’s offices in La Lucia Ridge.

ajsAJS is proud to announce the release of the Smart Office Toolbar as an add-on for Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 & 2013. The Smart Office Toolbar allows AJS users to access the AJS system from within Microsoft Outlook, Excel & Word (MS Office).

simon slaterSouth African ICT solutions and services company e4 has taken its training to a new level and launched their new eAcademy, complete with the latest in digital technology, to provide clients with comprehensive training on all e4 solutions.

fax machines may come back to law firmsIt looked like the fax machine going the way of the tape deck and discman, but the New Zealand Law Society says the technology could be about to have a comeback. Hackers have been targeting law firms and client's email systems and issuing false instructions, says the society's financial assurance manager Jeremy Kennerley.
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NewERAThe Future of Money and Business – Part 1 - Welcome to a new world. A world where money does not exist and everyone lives in a Utopian society.

simon slaterLocal technology services powerhouse e4 has been added to a shortlist of contenders hoping to win a 2014 Southern Africa Compliance Award.

ais logoAssimilated Information Systems (AIS), a specialist provider of software and IT solutions, has joined the IBM PartnerWorld Program as an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) giving it access to a variety of IBM technologies, tools, and services to further enhance its offering to customers.

Bongani Mgaga director at Garlicke and bousfieldBongani Mgaga clearly remembers his first job at the age of twelve, where he tended the garden of his mother’s employer every Saturday and earned R3.50 (minus 80c bus fare) for his efforts. He has come a long way since then, now a Director in the Labour Department at Garlicke & Bousfield.

LSSAThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the promulgation of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014. The Act was assented to by the President on 20 September and gazette on 22 September 2014.

LaW TrustGoogle is adding its considerable weight to the online security space by giving a rankings boost to sites that go HTTPS. HTTPS means adding an SSL 2048-bit key certificate to a website, and thus increasing the security of the site.

speechexec-for-smartphonesA law firm in Belgium - Knokse Advocate and Associate combines professional dictation technology and Philips smartphone app for maximum time savings and flexibility. Shortly after being established in 2005, Knokse Advocate and Associate, successfully made the transition to digital dictation.

Lexis nexis south africaLeading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, marked its 80th year of operation in the country this year with a spate of new technology platforms that have strengthened its position as a digital innovator in the regulatory content industry.

White canyon wipedriveWipeDrive secure and certified data wiping software is currently being used by many government and commercial organisations worldwide.

Lexis nexis south africaLexisNexis South Africa, a leading provider of content and technology solutions for the legal and professional markets, has continued its drive to make the practice of law more efficient and mobile, by introducing Wi-Fi technology at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

LLB degree scrapRetired Gauteng Judge President Bernard Ngoepe says there is a need for lawyers to be trained properly, and has called for the "genuine" postgraduate LLB degree to be brought back. His comments on Thursday evening come amid concern in the legal fraternity over the quality of the four-year LLB programme.
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sabinetExorbitant operating costs are one of the biggest barriers in starting a small or medium enterprise in South Africa today. Many law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa have felt this financial pressure, it is impossible for businesses and institutions everywhere to ignore these economic times.

speechexecBirmingham Law Firm oversees administrative tasks and distributes departmental workload with optimised digital dictation solution from Philips.

sabinetSabinet is pleased to announce that an agreement has been concluded with NewsBank, Inc., publisher of Access South Africa and the South African News Archive. NewsBank, has been one of the world’s premier information providers for more than 40 years. As part of this agreement, Sabinet will distribute the NewsBank services to Corporate and Government institutions in Southern Africa.

video conferencing paroleThe Department of Correctional Services will spend R10-million installing video-conferencing technology in all its 53 centres to allow victims of crimes to be part of the parole process. Correctional Services acting national commissioner Zach Modise said that in terms of Section 299A of the Criminal Procedure Act, victims or their relatives had a right to make representations on parole of offenders serving terms for murder, rape, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping.
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mobile data security popiOver the past three decades legislatures across the world have been trying to update their legal systems to address growing concerns around how our private information is being used once handed over to companies in both the public and private sectors.

Bowman Gillfillan AfricaBowman Gilfillan’s maritime, transport and logistics practice area has announced that one of Durban’s leading maritime law firms, Velden Pike Nichols, will be joining the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group with effect from 1 August this year. 

Interbrand for canonCanon, world-leader in imaging solutions, has risen to 26th place on the latest Interbrand Best Global Green Brands list, up from 30th place in 2013. The Interbrand report highlights Canon’s implementation of sustainable practices in 2012, including reducing CO2 emissions over entire product life cycles by nearly three times the company’s target, and collecting 310,000 tons of used toner cartridges globally since 1990, consequently reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 450,000 tons and avoiding the need for 201,000 tons of new resources.

facial recognitionThe use of facial recognition within surveillance systems is gaining a lot of traction locally, especially in secure environments such as border posts, as well as platinum- and gold mines where these systems protect employees against illegal miners and the mines themselves from product theft.

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