October 23, 2012

Better Start Swimmin'

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Google and Zoho Web-Based Tools Face Off Against Microsoft Office


From the Editor

News from David J. Bilinski

Technology. The very word defines change—and adaptation. Change is sometimes not particularly welcome in a profession that is accustomed to change that happens at a more...shall we say...sedate pace. When confronted with technology, the standard advice comes from the likes of Bob Dylan, who has said: "Then you better start swimmin', Or you'll sink like a stone, For the times they are a-changin'."

But Bob was onto something. The lyrics in that song continue and are less well known:

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again.

In this issue of Law Practice, we have writers and critics who have prophesized with their keyboards (or with their voice recognition software— after all, the times they are a-changing!). And we welcome you, our readers, to keep your eyes wide, for this issue won't come again. We have assembled the best writers and thinkers that we could find and asked them to gaze into the crystal ball of legal technology and tell us what they see—so that you, the reader, can start to envision the future and adapt.

We have an article on Google and Zoho and talk about how the law firm of the future may use applications that are totally Web-based. Speech recognition, the Holy Grail for so many lawyers, is re-evaluated. No issue on legal technology would be complete without a discussion of electronic evidence, as well as an evaluation of Adobe Acrobat's new features and how they can be used by lawyers, particularly its web-conferencing abilities. I am especially proud of our ABA TECHSHOW roundtable article, which discusses technology and where it is taking us as a profession, and our second Case Study, which places you in the middle of a hypothetical law office facing some very real technology issues.

This issue would not be what it is without the talents and energy of our Issue Editor Mark Tamminga. Mark, a past ABA TECHSHOW Chair, used all kinds of technical gadgetry to produce this issue. This magazine is truly a team effort and I for one, am honored to be part of that team.

We hope we have provided you with world-class, practical real-life tools, tips and information that allow you to swim these fast-moving waters and adapt your practice to the times that are a-changing.

David J. Bilinski Editor-in-Chief