September 01, 2013

Sidebar: Change

A description of the ways in which lawyers need to change to function in a changed legal landscape.

Kenneth P. Nolan

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I hate change. I’ve always lived within five miles of where I was born. I’ve practiced with only one firm since law school graduation in 1977. Many close friends are people I met more than 50 years ago in Holy Name grammar school. And I always order penne with lobster sauce whenever I dine at Gargiulo’s in Coney Island.

I’m not a Neanderthal or anything—I love my iPhone and texting and the instant video of my grandson Luke taking his first steps. What would we do without GPS, E-ZPass, Google, or the new TaylorMade golf clubs that occasionally help me find the fairway? Even typing this article is ecstasy compared with using manual typewriters and medieval printing presses, which were dirty and slow when I worked at the New York Times. From driving a car to watching TV, technology has made life so much easier, better, and more efficient.

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