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And the beat goes on

by Joe Kaczrowski | Nov 12, 2015

2015 TECHstar speakers

Last week the MSBA held its first, or first in a long while according to Todd Scott of MLM, technology conference in Lakeville. The well-attended event covered a variety of technology-related topics and issues facing the legal profession, and included the opportunity to learn more about new systems and offerings like Fastcase 7 and the Legal Tech Assessment (and the development of a Minnesota-specific version). Minnesota is not the only state having these conversations, and technology is an area of increasing concern and relevance to the legal profession, as evidenced by amendments to the Model Rules.

The Ohio State Bar Association holds its tech conference next month, covering topics such as how to develop a strategic business plan, modern marketing practices, maintaining a paperless law office, Cloud-based practice management, using project management in your law firm, law firm security, and how to get the most out of Excel and Adobe.

While conferences like these offered by state bar associations, and national programs like ABA TECHSHOW, are a good forum for these discussions, they are by no means the only opportunity to explore the changing legal profession. One of the presenters at Ohio's conference is MSBAdvantage partner, Clio. Clio offers up this list of ten tech mistakes that lawyers make:

  1. Not having a BYOD policy
  2. Not encrypting your data
  3. Not being aware of ethical limitations
  4. Not backing up your data properly
  5. Leaving computers on overnight
  6. Not even trying with your passwords
  7. Not having a strong web presence
  8. Thinking that tech is one-size-fits-all
  9. Getting too print-happy
  10. Owning a fax machine

Didn't make it to this year's MSBA tech conference? Check out the website for some supplemental materials and information from presenters and sponsors on the conference webpage. Also watch for additional information to be posted to practicelaw in the next few days.

Sessions from this year's tech conference were also recorded and will be offered as part of the MSBA's On-Demand CLE offerings. Sessions should be available in a month or so.

MSBA leadership recognized the importance and increasing impact of technology on the legal profession and created a technology committee to continue the conversation and explore the affects of technology on the practice of law in Minnesota today. Technology offers many challenges but it also presents opportunities. The application deadline for those interested in seeking appointment to the new technology committee has been extended until tomorrow. Those interested should contact Nancy Mischel.