Lawyers tend to have a love/hate relationship with technology. Of course, that’s often true for any of us who use today’s technology for our work. But for many lawyers, these feelings are quite pronounced and, without offering any amateur psychological diagnosis, I feel many members of the legal profession evidence a split personality when using technology.
So begins my column, It’s Time To Love Technology, in the January/February issue of Law Practice Magazine. (Column now behind ABA firewall.) I know that statement is easier for me to say with my interest in technology rather than the very-typical lawyer aversion to technology. But it is time, past time actually, to be updating to technology-based digital work flows. It is time to embrace the fact that the tools of our trade are mainly technology-based tools. We would certainly judge others who did not know how to use the basic tools of their trade properly. It is time. I appreciate that you are too busy and think you don’t have the time.
But, as I noted in my column:
If you are billing a client for four hours to do something that could be done in 20 minutes, you are not doing right by your law practice or your client.