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Practice Management Resource Center promotes plain English law dictionary and casemaker training
From the State Bar of Michigan’s Practice Management Resource Center (PMRC):

NOLO’s Plain English Law Dictionary is a free application is available for both iPad and iPhone. (NOLO is a company with the slogan “Law for All,” whose website offers do-it-yourself legal products.) NOLO’s dictionary app was updated in October of 2010 and has even more definitions and features than the original 2009 version. NOLO’s dictionary will not compete with the $50 Black’s Law Dictionary application, but it does a good job explaining common legal terms in plain English. The NOLO dictionary is also available online from your computer. The application may prove most useful when attorneys are looking for the plain English definitions of complex legal terms to help their clients understand the legal lexicon.

Free Casemaker Training: The State Bar of Michigan has partnered with Casemaker to bring premium state and federal research materials to its membership. This service provides case law, constitution, and statutes for all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. Members also have access to several advanced legal research tools, including a case citation tool that simultaneously runs a search for secondary and/or third part treatises and publications, and a tool capable of searching all customized books within any state and/or federal library in a single query.

To learn more about this dues-paid member benefit, we encourage you to attend one of the training sessions being offered during the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting (see calendar page 2). Visit Casemaker, then follow the steps and sign up for live web training.

Training sessions will be held on Thursday, September 15, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m.

Although there is no charge for the training, registration is required. (Visit http://www.michbar.org/programs/pdfs/casemaker_help.pdf.)

To reach a practice management advisor, call the PMRC Helpline at (800) 341-9715 or e-mail your questions to pmrcHelpline@mail.