Atkinson-Baker – The Right Technology

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05Jul2012

Atkinson-Baker – The Right Technology

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Sheila Atkinson-Baker

This issue is for those of you who do not have a fully staffed, competent Information Services Department offering complete setup, training and a 24-hour help desk.  If you are one of those lucky ones who do have this, then you can turn to page four and skip the rest of this issue.

The rest of you are faced, one way or another, with adapting your legal practice to the Information Age.  You might subscribe to Law Technology Product News or the ATLA’s Computers for Lawyers. Perhaps you just follow the articles in your bar journal and attend an informational session at the annual convention.  Maybe you are hoping that you can make it to retirement without having to learn anything more about the area. The new technologies can work miracles, even if it’s just a word processor.

Scanning the Help index in WordPerfect, for example, you will find a list of 2000 different topics.  All these features are very useful, but it would take years to thoroughly learn them and the software would be outdated by then. It doesn’t stop with just a word processor. You also have all your case management programs, office automation programs, time and billing programs, document management programs, document assembly programs and on and on.

The bottom line on any of the technology is whether you can use it to to improve your law practice.  If it helps you to do a more effective job of representing the interests of more clients, then it is valuable and you should take the time to learn it fully.  If not, no matter how many wonderful features it has, it is at best a distraction.

A Ferrari is unquestionably a superb automobile, but if you don’t really need to go 180 mph all that often, you might decide to save yourself $100,000 and get a car that only does 140. In deposition reporting there is similarly a range of technology options that attorneys have which can enhance your litigation practice, or not, depending on your own style of practice.

During the last few years, new methods have become available which enable attorneys to receive their testimony sooner and in ways which save them and their staff many hours of work on trial preparation.  It’s not that long ago that condensed transcripts were “the latest thing,” and now we  have realtime and e-mail. In this issue, we will be taking a look at some of the different options you have for receiving your deposition testimony.

You are already familiar with some or all of the options that are covered, but they have never been offered side-by-side so you can “comparison shop” and see which fits best with your type of practice. Whether you love all the latest bells and whistles or simply want an on-time and accurate paper transcript, be sure to let us know what your preferences are.  We are here to service you and to help you practice more effectively.

Sheila Atkinson-Baker

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