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Technology has significantly changed the manner in which work is done in a law office, as well as the manner in which lawyers communicate with and serve their clients. With the advent of networked computers and email, many law offices are operating in a much more digital fashion with far less paper. Changes brought about by the fax machine and email – which were seen by many as earth-shattering when they occurred – seem small and insignificant relative to emerging technologies on the horizon.

Our articles focus on how lawyers can better put technology to use, as well as looking at emerging trends in technology and the law.


Artificial intelligence: What is AI and will it really replace lawyers?

artificial intelligence Some suggest that AI is in the process of fundamentally changing our lives at work, home and play. It could bring us virtual-reality worlds and self-driving cars. Or it may be that people, including lawyers, will lose our jobs to AI technology and robots. There is no doubt that AI technologies will bring changes to the legal services arena. This article attempts to sort out the hype and reality of how AI will impact the legal profession.

How to safely put your data in the cloud

cloud over desk Putting data on the cloud raises issues like maintaining confidentiality, usability, cost, portability and applicability to your area of practice. Keeping in line with the Rules of Professional Conduct is the primary concern. Here are some key questions to ask when you are considering using a cloud service from a confidentiality point of view.
 

Reduce the distraction from the casino in your pocket

man looking at smartphone We’re all carrying around what some call a casino in your pocket. The apps on your phone mimic some of the techniques casinos use to lure customers in and get them to stay. How does this distraction affect the work you are doing for your client? Your lack of focus could mean missing a key piece of information that could result in a claim later.
 

Essential do’s and don’ts for LinkedIn Users

smartphone with linkedin With more than 500 million users in more than 200 countries (including at least a million lawyers), LinkedIn is the social networking tool of choice for professionals. If you aren’t on LinkedIn, you should take the plunge. This article covers the basic dos and don’ts of creating and building a presence on
LinkedIn.
 

10 tips to better manage your inbox

computer and email If there is one technology that adds to the stress of a harried lawyer’s day, it’s their email inbox. Clearing out emails often feels like Hercules cleaning out the Augean stables. Here are 10 tips to help you both better manage and reduce the number of messages in your inbox. Some tips apply to specific programs, and some are universal.


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