wrote here in December about the impending release by LexisNexis of a Web-based practice-management application designed for smaller-firm lawyers called LexisNexis Firm Manager. At the time, it was still in private beta with plans to release it to an invitation-only public beta starting in 2011.

That day arrived at Legal Tech New York last week, when Lexis released Firm Manager to public beta. During this beta period, there is no charge to use the application. However, in order to use it, you have to register and request an invitation.

As I explained in my earlier post, I was a member of a 15-member advisory board that provided feedback on the product’s development. Because of this, I am able to invite interested lawyers to participate in the public beta.

If you would like to register, visit http://www.myfirmmanager.com/sign-up-101KS-962DL.html and add my name to the comments field. According to Lexis, this will give you priority access to the public beta version.

And now the most important news: If you sign up for the beta, you will be entered in a drawing for an Apple iPad.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.