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Artificial intelligence will have a big impact on the legal world (access required)

Over the past year, there’s been a lot of talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential, both negative and positive. Some tout an idyllic world where robots cater to the every want and need of humans. Others, like Elon ...

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ABA survey shows lawyers are more mobile than ever in 2018 (access required)

The iPhone, released in 2007, revolutionized the way that we communicate and access information. Once a novelty, smartphones are now commonplace in the legal profession. Lawyers jumped on the mobile bandwagon fairly quickly, unlike with other types of technology. As ...

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Court rules on discoverability of Facebook messages (access required)

For litigators, social media platforms have increasingly become an invaluable source of evidence. So it’s not surprising that discovery disputes often arise regarding the scope of requests for social media-related information. In February, one of those discovery disputes reached the ...

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Report: Law firms should invest in business development, technology (access required)

Since the economic downturn in 2008, law firms of all sizes have struggled — and most have failed — to maintain profits at levels existing prior to the market’s near-collapse. During that same timeframe, technology has advanced at unprecedented rates, ...

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Bitcoin and Blockchain 101 for lawyers (access required)

Earlier this month, the Nebraska Ethics and Advisory Committee handed down Opinion 17-03, concluding that it was ethical for lawyers to accept Bitcoin as payment for legal services. It was the first opinion to address this issue and most certainly ...

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Significantly more lawyers are using cloud computing in 2017 (access required)

Cloud computing, where data is stored offsite on servers owned by third parties and accessed via an internet connection—has been around for more than a decade now. At first, lawyers were slow to adopt to the concept even though it ...

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Lawyers and technology in 2017: Change is good (access required)

According to a recent study conducted by Altman Weil, “Law Firms in Transition 2017,” 72 percent of responding firms believe that change in the legal industry will continue to take place at a rapid rate, compared to 2012 when only ...

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U.S. Supreme Court on First Amendment rights and social media (access required)

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the intersection of the First Amendment with social media in Packinham v. North Carolina, No. 15–1194. The court struck down a North Carolina criminal statute on First Amendment grounds. The law ...

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Survey shows how lawyers use technology in 2017 (access required)

Technology is inescapable. Its impact on our culture has been tremendous. In the business world, technology has helped to streamline processes and improve efficiencies. Although most lawyers weren’t first in line when it came to using technology in their practices, ...

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Don’t let fire destroy your files (access required)

In the past, I’ve discussed the many benefits of online data storage via cloud computing. Whether it’s convenience and flexibility, 24/7 access to client data from anywhere, affordability, simplicity or the ability to eliminate IT staff and software management requirements, ...

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