Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thirty years of changes in legal writing

Los Angeles lawyer Scott Bovitz recently compared today’s law practice with the practice when he got his J.D. in 1980.  His observations about legal writing mention some well known changes like the demise of carbon paper and the adoption of on-line research. Possibly less well known is that lawyers are now acting as deputy clerks of the court who can make on-line docket entries (sometimes with unwelcome advocacy).  And a few techno-savvy lawyers are dictating documents right into their computers, which type them out simultaneously.


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