Technology + Law
The Future of Practice
In the future, there will be robots. But right now a surprising number of lawyers still rely on fax machines. Understanding how and why technology intersects with the law (and the practice of law) is essential to be a good lawyer in the 21st century.
But there is a lot of marketing puffery surrounding much of legal technology. What’s hype and what’s real? Let me show you.
Confused about where to begin?
How To Know Who (And What) To Trust
The first skill you need to develop in regards to legal technology is the ability to spot bullshit. And there’s lots of it.
Companies will promise you the Moon, but you’ll be lucky to get free tacos. You need to approach legal technology with a hefty dose of skepticism.
You also need to be skeptical of people. One of my favorite comic panels from the past few years explains why better than a 1000 words.
A few years ago I swung by a legaltech company that had a large, professional online presence…but was actually operated out of an old, beat-up strip-mall.
People like to make themselves seem like more than they are online, and you need to be wary of it.
But technology is such a fundamental part of the world, an increasing number of State Bars are adopting a “technological competence” requirement. You can’t ignore this stuff any more. So who to listen to and where to start?
The best place to begin online is my resources page.
Next you should follow me on Twitter, and in particular, look at who I follow (not many people).
But Which _____ Software Should I Use?
Whichever software that lets you get started the fastest. Don’t spend hours agonizing over it. It’s more important to make a decision and just start.
I don’t review or compare software, I don’t find it particularly interesting. I do like to go on deep, technical dives into the intersection of technology and law.
If you want to read about a topic and really learn something, you’re in the right place.
Deep Dives On Technology + Law
This is an on-going, 7-part series, spanning 10,000 words following a case that offers this question: Can you assault someone with a Tweet?
Spoiler: Yes. State Bars are now reviewing your social media profile when you apply to take the Bar. Here is a case study of such an action.
Cryptomania is sweeping the world? But what are courts saying about it? How about administrative agencies? Is it actually a currency? Updated bi-annually.
Encyclopedias and other reference materials are dead. Wikipedia reigns supreme. Everyone relies on it. But what about courts?
Think you’re anonymous online because you’re in incognito mode? Think again. This is a guide outlining how people really cover their tracks online.
Latest Technology Posts
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This is Part IX of the ongoing coverage of Assault With A Deadly Twitter. Previous entries: Can You Sue Someone For A Tweet That Induces Epilepsy? (Part I) Can Kurt Eichenwald Get Pre-suit Discovery From Twitter? (Part II) Can You Assault With A Tweet? (Part III)...
I’m sitting in another airport. They blur together after a while. Glass and steel and advertisements. Windswept arcologies of a future that never was. Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta. I’m currently somewhere over the East Coast on my way to Boston. Sitting outside a gate,...
I've been pretty vocal lately that I think Facebook is bad, and should feel bad about itself. I took the app off my phone over a year ago. The amount of tracking that goes on through it is insane. Great @WIRED piece on the internal machinations of Facebook. Takeaway:...