Duly Noted

Input sought for Michigan’s ‘One Court of Justice’ website

Getting users’ feedback and suggestions for Michigan’s “One Court of Justice” web site is the goal of an online survey posted at http://courts.michigan.gov/.
The brief survey asks participants what features they most often use on the web site and whether the information was easy to find. The survey also invites participants to suggest ways to improve the site.

The “One Court of Justice” web site includes information from the Michigan Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and State Court Administrative Office. Other online features include a trial court directory, a news center, links to trial court web sites, and a self-help service for those who want to represent themselves in legal matters. The Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center offers educational resources, a virtual tour, and tour booking information through the web site.

The survey closes on August 8. Survey results will be used in a redesign of the web site.

Tools and apps for bloggers

From the State Bar’s Practice Management Resource Center

Dan Pinnington, Practice Management Advisor and practice PRO Director for Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company in Toronto, recently linked to a list of resources designed to make blogging easier. If you are a blogger or interested in improving the quality of your blog, take a few minutes to read “20+ Essential Tools and Applications for Bloggers”  at http://andymerchant.visibli.com/share/q4bJso. The list includes resources to help you to organize your thoughts, develop interesting content, find keywords for search engine optimization, share your content, and publish and edit your posts.

Even if you don’t blog, the list includes information regarding how to create

documents using a web-based word processor, how to save documents, tasks, and reminders that can be accessed from your computer or mobile device, and how to record notes and ideas using digital dictation. If you are going to use one of these applications (like Dropbox) for secure client data, be sure you understand who holds the encryption key.