Lawyer Technology Competence

Being a lawyer today requires a skillset beyond knowing the law, being able to negotiate, and write persuasively. Today’s lawyers need to have an understanding of the rapidly evolving technology around us, so they can better know and serve their clients, and run a more effective practice.

States Have Adopted Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

via Lawsitesblog by Bob Ambrogi

A few years ago, the ABA Model Rules adopted a comment to the Competence Rule (1.1) to require lawyers to understand the benefits and risks of relevant technology. To-date, many states have adopted this model rule, and others have adopted similar rules. In short, understanding technology out there in the marketplace is requisite for the modern lawyer. Favorite action point: To stay abreast of the latest technology and how people are using it, get on social media. Ask questions. Check out online forums.

The Legal Tech Audit Proves Lawyers are Terrible at Technology

via Lawyerist by Lisa Needham

Kia Motors’ in-house counsel developed a tech audit to assess lawyers’ basic competency when it comes to Word, Excel, and PDFs because he believed most lawyers are technologically incompetent, which leads to wasted time and money. After administering the test to 9 outside firms, all failed badly. The audit helps show how productive users are in Office and PDFs, allowing you to evaluate if you could use some additional training. Favorite action point: For in-house counsel, the legal tech audit can help assess which outside counsel could be the most cost-effective.

5 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Technical Skills Without Spending a Dime

via Makeuseof by James Bruce

Usually when I need to figure something out, I Google it. I have friends who are IT techs, and they tell me that the first thing they do when troubleshooting a problem they’ve never seen is, “We Google it”. Of course they know the right search terms to use, whereas I would probably Googe “Computer broken. How to fix?” This article provides recommendations on how to improve your technical skills without paying for a class. One way is to join a local meetup group that focuses on a particular area you want to improve. Favorite action point: Take a free online course with Coursea or MIT OpenCourseWare to boost your knowledge.

How Technology Can Make You a Better Lawyer

via Above The Law by Jeff Bennion

Using the right technology and software in your practice can help you serve clients more efficiently by wasting less time. You can do depositions via videoconference to save you from having to travel. New smarter ediscovery platforms can save time with their advanced analytics and automation features. Favorite action point: Regularly back-up your files off-site on remote servers to protect your information and be able to access your data from anywhere.

And just for fun:

The 50 Worst Fails in Tech History

…I liked Google Wave

Andrew Cabasso
About the Author: Andrew Cabasso
Andrew Cabasso is a practicing attorney and VP of Web Services at Uptime Legal where he runs JurisPage, an Internet Marketing firm specializing in online presence solutions for law firms including website design, SEO, and search marketing. He has given many lectures and CLEs on website design and Internet marketing to legal professionals. He is the author of Search Engine Optimization for Lawyers and The Complete Guide to Attorney PPC. Follow Andrew on LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter.

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