Law Technology Today

Law Technology Today is the official legal technology blog from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC). Law Technology Today provides lawyers and other legal professionals with current, practical and innovative content developed by some of the leading voices on legal technology.

The Importance and Value of Lead Disposition

By Vince Wingerter, CEO and founder of 4LegalLeads.com  Johnny Mercer famously wrote, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” You may be asking – what does a songwriter from The Great American Songbook have to do with lead disposition and legal marketing? The answer is that Mr. Mercer unwittingly identified the two crucial actions regarding lead disposition. Emphasizing …

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LTRC Roundtable Discussion: Tech for the Ideal Home Office

David Seserman (DS), Debra Bruce  (DB),  Jim Calloway (JC),  Lance Johnson (LJ), Reid Trautz  (RT), and William Goren (WG) What would you consider your top three primary communication tools for home office use, and is there a different primary use for each one? DS: The primary communication tool is an effective and reliable email and phone system. DB: Email, telephone, client portal. Client portal is used primarily for securely …

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Five Top Tech Solutions to Streamline your Legal Practice

Running an efficient and caring legal practice takes time, effort and a lot of energy–particularly with a small team. With only so many hands on deck, you can spread yourself too thin. But adopting the latest technology frees you from administrative tasks, allowing you to grow your practice and develop client relationships. To get started, here are some suggestions to …

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How Artificial Intelligence in Document Processing Impacts a Legal Firm

Even with the public’s increasing interest in artificial intelligence, experts say lawyers are not soon to be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) but will instead be supported by AI to handle administrative tasks. Automation can’t replace the problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, or creativity of a professional lawyer and people will always seek another person within the profession to handle these …

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Why Your Firm Needs a Bookkeeper

Every law firm needs a bookkeeper. Now for a period of time, that bookkeeper might be you but at some point, you really should consider hiring someone else to be your bookkeeper and here are 5 reasons why. 1) a bookkeeper can help you keep your finances organized, 2) you didn’t go to law school to practice bookkeeping, 3) every …

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Bridging the Gap: How Legal Tech is Revolutionizing the Legal System by Promoting Fairness and Reducing Bias

As we move into a new decade, the legal industry is undergoing a transformative shift with the rise of technology specifically designed for this field. With an array of tools, applications, and software available, this innovative technology is enhancing and streamlining legal operations in ways that were once impossible. From increasing efficiency in proceedings to improving access to justice, these …

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Next-Gen Bar Exam That Truly Tests Daily Practice Skills Must Include Technology

“Professed technological incompetence is not an excuse for discovery misconduct” is not a court holding you want to see (James v. Nat’l Fin. LLC, No. CV 8931-VCL, 2014 WL 6845560 (Del. Ch. Dec. 5, 2014)).  In today’s legal profession, lawyers must be technologically competent. This is reinforced by ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 and Comment 8. Currently, most …

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LTRC Roundtable Discussion: The Future of the Office

Alexander Paykin (AP), Allison Johs (AJ), Lance Johnson (LJ), Reid Trautz  (RT) 1. From fully in-office, to fully remote, and everything in between, law firms seem to be settling into a hybrid model.  What are your expectations for the future of the office over the next five years, and why? AP: I believe the hybrid model will only gain traction over the next 5 years. Less …

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A South Carolina Legal Technology Case is Likely Headed to the Supreme Court – Why You Should Care

Public access to court data through automated collection of online court records is a fundamental First Amendment right and it is critical to meaningful access to the United States legal system. The recent ruling in South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP v. Kohn et al, denying the motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the NAACP alleging that South …

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The Financial and Legal Costs of ID Theft to Small Businesses

Identity theft is an ever-present threat in today’s digital age, and it can have a devastating impact on small businesses. The cost of identity theft extends beyond just financial losses. It can also lead to legal consequences and irreparable damage to a business’s reputation. As a small business owner, it is crucial to understand the potential risks and costs associated …

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