March 01, 2012

Lawtech of Yesteryear

Jerome Kowalski

My senior colleague, Sam Ott, and our junior associate, Dave Kocaj, were relaxing in a Starbucks recently after conducting an intensive webinar on legal knowledge management and efficient use of extranets for law firms. I was reviewing e-mails on my smartphone, Sam was reviewing some spreadsheets on his notebook computer, and Dave was glued to his iPad. Out of the corner of my eye, I sensed somebody looming over us. I tore my eyes away from my inbox and looked up to see my old mentor, Leon Finkle. Leon, a robust, strapping, six-foot octogenarian, had been actively practicing law for six decades and always swore that he would retire only when he was wheeled out of his office, feet first. He clutched a well worn, over-stuffed cardboard Redweld folder under his arm.

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