Monday Clicks: Lawyers Need to be Tech-Savvy


Like it or not, technology use in law firms is here to stay. And thanks the ABA’s recent resolution that lawyers keep up to date on “relevant” technologies and duly protect electronically stored confidential information, it’s time to get tech-savvy on everything from mobile apps to data plans and security issues. Also: Are robot juries in our future?

  • While lawyers don’t need to become IT experts, they do “need to know enough to be sure they’re not overlooking important issues,” says an ABA Journal article. The article details a few issues that could occur if you’re not actively aware of IT trends and how it’s used.
  • In “The Mobile Lawyer,” ABA Journal  writer Joe Dysart covers the increased use of smartphone apps and other mobile technology in the administration of legal services. And while you may not to open your own virtual firm, the article shows how several firms are using mobile apps to serve clients on the go.
  • Unfortunately, mobile devices are often prone to security issues that can open your firm to hackers. “Mobile device security issues fall into four key categories,” Legal Technology News states. “One is an accident; the others are criminal.” Read how to protect yourself and your firm here.
  • Data is only as useful as your ability to use it, according to a couple videos on capturing and utilizing big data. “Big Data: Can You Seize the Opportunity?” covers how data project implementation is different from other IT implementation and “Native Data” explains why electronically stored records should be kept in their original formats.
  • Big data needs a big data plan, or so says the HBR Blog Network. In “The Case for Crafting a Big Data Plan,” David Court notes that “most companies fail to put in the time required to create a simple plan for how data, analytics, front-line tools, and people can come together to create business value.” A plan, he writes, should focus on three core elements: data, analytic models and tools.
  • But what happens to all the data you don’t need? Often, it just eats up valuable memory. It could also become a liability. ABA Journal covers how to “regularly jettison the burgeoning morass of irrelevant emails, texts, social media posts and other detritus … without fear of significant sanctions should someone with a discovery order come calling.”
  • Can robots spot lies? Maybe. European scientists recently fed testimony from several Italian court cases into a computer using text analysis software. The testimony was from defendants who were later found to be lying. The robots were able to correctly identify lies 53 percent of the time and the truth 75 percent.

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