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Remember, remember the 5th of November

by Joe Kaczrowski | Sep 18, 2015

Technology has been a hot topic with lawyers recently, on this blog and elsewhere. Competition has increased due in part to changes in technology. Processes can be improved or replaced through new technologies. The Rules of Professional Conduct while not changed have been clarified to highlight the necessity of technological competence for lawyers. With the rapid pace of change, it becomes even more important for lawyers to have a forum to keep up-to-date and discuss new developments in the practice of law.

The comments to the Model Rules have been updated, and several states have issued ethics opinions on various technologies, including cloud computing. One state (Florida), has even go so far as to make technology a mandatory CLE class.

Looking at the MSBA's own CLE calendar for this fall it is readily apparent that technology is an area of focus for many sections. Keywords like "online" and "data" show up frequently in titles and program descriptions. The Practice Management and Marketing Section has a webinar series featuring Barron Henley discussing various tools that can be used more effectively to increase office efficiency, including Microsoft Excel in two weeks. Several sections and other programs have offered programs relating to data breaches, including next week's "Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish In The 'Net" CLE and cocktail hour sponsored by the Certification program. Several programs relating to technology also are available through the MSBA's On-Demand program, with more on the way.

MSBA Tech Conference 2015And then there's the MSBA's Tech Conference, which is set for November 5 at Brackett's Crossing in Lakeville. The member price is $50 through September 30, after which the member price is $65 ($150 and $195 for nonmembers, respectively). In addition to lunch, a social hour, and a full day of CLE credit (including ethics and elimination of bias), the conference will feature a 'learning lab' component during the social hour, where attendees can interact with presenters and others. Registration is now open. 

The substantive portion of the conference will include five hour-long sessions from different speakers, including Casey Flaherty of Procertas and developer of the Legal Tech Audit, Todd Scott of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual and Judge Peter Reyes from the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

In addition to several interesting topics like "Lawyers and Technology: Making a Bad Marriage Better" and "Finding a middle ground between security and accessibility," attendees will have the opportunity during the closing social hour/learning lab to learn more about some of the MSBA's technology partners, including HotDocs, Fastcase, and Citrix ShareFile. Attendees also will be able to learn more about the proposed Minnesota edition of the Legal Tech Audit. 

The MSBA also now includes a separate section on technology in its new and improved weekly eNewsletter, Legal News Digest. Social media, both the MSBA's channels like @practicelaw and @mndocs and our partners like @goclio, is another medium through which members can find many short updates and articles relating to developments in legal technology. Planning to attend the MSBA's Tech Conference in November? Use the hashtag #MSBAtech to share your thoughts.