May/June 2014: Law Practice 2020

How Technology Is Changing the Practice of Law

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How Technology Is Changing the Practice of Law

Lawyers must walk a fine line between their risk aversion and the evolving demands of legal services consumers.

Your coffee shop knows everything about you. Your phone told them.

Securing office technology is an obligation that applies to every attorney.

From EZ Passes to nightclub ID scanners, all kinds of information is transmitted about us in everyday life.

Smart checklists and integrated forms help attorneys improve quality, reduce costs, avoid malpractice, and comply with ethics rules.

Can an unpaid law firm internship satisfy both the American Bar Association and the Department of Labor?

We must improve our efficiency and learn to deliver high-quality legal services to the unserved and the underserved.

Lawyers owe a duty to keep up with technological advances and in some cases to use those new technologies.

Mobile technology will continue to move ever faster from cutting-edge to obsolescence.

Learn to market what makes you unique—and get out of the business of selling time.

Check out these ABA books, CLE programs, and web resources for advice on the future of law practice.

The challenges that lawyers will face in 2020 will be extensions of those they face today.

Our annual awards celebrate the accomplishments of solo and small firm practitioners as well as bar leaders and associations.


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