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We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own

by Joe Kaczrowski | Aug 20, 2015

Legal technology is changing at a rapid pace. While some may see it as an opportunity others see it as a challenge or threat. One thing of which there is little doubt is that technology is changing the practice of law. There are many ways a potential client can address a legal issue; he or she can hire a lawyer or use LegalZoom or some online tool. But it doesn't have to be either/or. Lawyers don't need to fight the future; rather than competing with technology, lawyers can take advantage of new innovations to streamline workflows and processes and offer optimal solutions to clients.

The MSBA has been working on a technology conference scheduled for November 5 in Lakeville. This conference will offer a full day of CLE programming on a number of technology topics, but it will also include a session at the end of the day where attendees can learn more about some of the products and services offered by Association's technology partners. Attendees will be able to ask questions, see demos, and try out the systems. 

The conference will explore the ethical duty of technological competence required of Minnesota lawyers, addressing questions like how do legal professionals get better with technology and how can lawyers use technology to differentiate themselves. One of the presenters will be Casey Flaherty, who has developed a system to help lawyers become more familiar with basic office technology and demonstrate technological competence to potential (or existing) clients and peers. 

The conference also will address topics like cloud computing and security, document assembly and automation, and how technology is impacting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Registration for the conference will open shortly, with an early bird member price of $50.

You can also keep an eye on the ABA website, where they list various ethics opinions from different states. As discussed in an earlier post, even though Minnesota hasn't issued a formal opinion, nearby states like Wisconsin offer some factors to consider. (And, of course, factor in what your clients expect.)

Technology is changing the legal profession. Sometimes it may be as increased competition, but it also offers lawyers new tools and opportunities. From the client's perspective, there will be many paths to a solution to their particular legal problem; the most effective path is the union of lawyer and technology.