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The Bottom Line Volume 35, No.6 , December 2014

MCLE Self-Study Article Lawyers and Legal Technology: Savvy or Safety

By Richard Wagner, Esq.

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Joe Patrice of Above The Law wrote, “as savvy hackers look to steal financial and intellectual assets from computer systems, the smartest cyber criminals have even figured out the best way to get what they want is to avoid the target corporation entirely and aim straight for their law firm.” Mr. Patrice goes on to say, “Let’s face it, lawyers aren’t the most technologically savvy bunch. It’s not uncommon for firm leadership to harbor one or two partners who still have their emails printed out for them and then dictate their responses to a secretary.”

Where does this perception of lack of technological savvy come from? Could it be that lawyers as compared to other professions, vocations or occupations are just as tech savvy? Could it be that lawyers’ reluctance to keep up with the speed of technological advances is not a question of being savvy, but comes from the fundamental way lawyers think?

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