Monday, November 30, 2015

Technology tips for the non-technology inclined lawyer

Recognizing that while lawyers have a professional duty to develop and maintain technological competence, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep abreast of the many changes affecting contemporary law practice, legal tech blogger Dennis Kennedy has compiled for your convenience a "short list" of the key competencies for which most lawyers must now develop some level of facility. These include:

  1. Cybersecurity – an essential part of client confidentiality. Plays an increasing role in client concerns.
  2. Encryption – confidentiality and encryption continue to move closer together.
  3. Data location, storage and nature of evidence – potentially a concern in every matter.
  4. E-discovery – part of every litigation today, no matter how small?
  5. Metadata – protecting your documents and understanding weaknesses and hidden information in other documents and files.
  6. Track changes – redlining is a key component of nearly every negotiation of agreements.
  7. Forensics – understanding the basic details of how data can be found, revealed and recovered.
  8. Social media – a treasure trove of information on people – parties, witnesses, experts, opposing counsel, and much more.
  9. Smart phones – people use smart phones all of the time. There are many implications for lawyers.
  10. Digital estate planning – passwords, digital accounts.
  11. PDFs – from e-filing to transmitting “locked” documents, PDF is a fundamental tool for lawyers.
  12. Internet of Things – you ain’t seen nothing yet – sensors and data everywhere, from cars to surveillance cameras to watches to fitness trackers to, well, everything.

Dennis also offers calming words and practical advice for lawyers feeling overwhelmed by the new demands that technological competence has imposed on them. Check out the full column here


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