September 01, 2012

Four Technology Tips to Beat the Big Firms

Peter LaSorsa

One major achievement of technology is making the world a much smaller place. What does this mean for tech-savvy lawyers? It means that the practice of law is a much bigger place. Technology allows you to practice in a wider geographical area—once possible only for the largest of firms.

You can now file a motion for a federal case while sitting in a coffee shop miles from the courthouse. For that matter, you can be halfway across the country. All you need is an Internet connection, a computer, and a program that allows you to convert your document to a PDF. (Obviously, you also have to be admitted to the federal bar in your jurisdiction and register for a user name and password with PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system.) You can file documents 24/7. You can also check the status of cases from anywhere. Technology levels the playing field because you don’t need staff running to the courthouse with documents.

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