This month we present articles about legal tech tools for small, mid-size, and large firms. There are useful tips for everyone. As always, we are here to help!
I hope you enjoy the read.
Three Ways In-House Attorneys Are Using eDiscovery Software to Reduce Legal Spend
By Eleanor Brock
Document review is not exactly an enticing activity: late nights, mangled DVDs, and unending piles of unread files. Add in clunky legacy software, and it’s enough to make even the most seasoned attorney consider calling in sick.
Don’t get us wrong—this bad reputation is earned. For decades, document review, especially in the context of eDiscovery, was expensive, tedious, and incredibly risky. Not exactly a winning combination.
But as technology continues to advance, the process of gathering and sorting electronic information is finally starting to shift. Recent advancements, like self-serve eDiscovery software, make arduous tasks like doc review less painful on an individual level.
They also have many companies rethinking how their legal spend is allocated on a larger scale. Rather than reflexively outsource work to outside counsel, corporate legal teams are leveraging technology to recapture a range of legal processes, thereby reducing outside spend, increasing data security, and simplifying administrative procedures without having to spend a fortune.
Three areas provide fertile ground for such innovation and cost reduction: early case assessment, internal investigations, and third-party subpoenas. Here’s how innovative in-house professionals are tackling these issues.
How Legal Technology is Impacting the Modern Solo/Small Firm
By Jennifer Anderson
It used to be the case that if you wanted to practice law at a firm with all the latest technological bells and whistles, you had to go to one of the mega-firms. Small firms largely didn’t have the resources to absorb the great costs associated with fledgling (yet undeniably effective) technologies.
Fast forward twenty years and things have changed dramatically. While I used to be particularly fond of toiling away in large, dusty law libraries, lawyers today carry the universe of case law, legislation, regulations, and administrative rulings right in their smartphones. There’s almost nothing that can’t be researched on a moment’s notice. This accessibility, along with other technology-based conveniences, has made the practice of law infinitely more efficient for today’s solo/small law firms.
These efficiencies aren’t mere conveniences. Since 2012, the ABA Model Rules have required that a lawyer’s duty of competence include a degree of technological competence. In light of this mandate (and all the cool resources out there for lawyers), we thought we’d share a few of our favorite technologies and the ways they have impacted modern, small law firms.