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Fire

Fuel the flame sparked by your law school education with a legal certificate program

December 04, 2018

While the concept of certificate programs in business executive education has proliferated over the past few decades, this offering is new in the legal profession – and far overdue, in my experience. Certificate programs hit a sweet spot: offered by law schools that are uniquely positioned to bring together highly qualified instructors, the programs provide timely, cohesive learning experiences.

Mobile Security

Security and lawyers working on their mobile phones – do they mix?

October 03, 2018

So, why is it that lawyers are not using better tools, with better mobile adaptability? The classic excuse has been security: “We simply can’t work on mobile because it’s not secure.” At this day and age, when literally everyone else is on mobile, including banks and stock trading platforms, can this still be regarded as a valid argument?

ABA TECHSHOW

Presenting the case for law students to attend ABA TECHSHOW

April 26, 2018

For the past two years, we have seen the academic community grow at the ABA TECHSHOW. This year was a continuation of that growth with the University of Oklahoma Law Center for Technology and Innovation in Practice sponsoring six law students to attend. Instead of me talking about how great TECHSHOW is for law students to attend, below are their own short summaries of their experiences.

Automated Process

3 workflow processes lawyers can automate

April 24, 2018

Admit it: sometimes the practice of law can be tedious. The truth is that on a day-to-day basis, being a lawyer isn’t always nearly as glamorous as it seemed to be in the movies that lured many of us to apply to law school. Sure some parts of practicing law

Robot-Driver

Are autonomous vehicles really safer than humans?

April 04, 2018

By their very nature, autonomous vehicles were crafted to purposely battle the phenomenon of reckless or negligent driving; the underlying philosophy was built on the premise that a computer-based system is less likely to err than an absent-minded human behind the wheel. But exactly makes the autonomous vehicle less prone to such accidents?

ABA TECHSHOW

LegalTech school: Keeping up with ABA TECHSHOW

March 14, 2018

ABA TECHSHOW came to town last week, and it was great catching up with old faces that I've never seen. I probably met 20 people that I've talked to forever but have never actually met in person. Some were just visiting and taking in an education panel or 10. Some were

14 apps that can help you improve your well-being

March 01, 2018

We lawyers can be externally focused, constantly worrying and thinking about our clients and their cases and neglecting our own well-being. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to care for your well-being thanks to apps and other online programs. So the next time you catch yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, give one of these apps a try instead.

Legal-Tech-2

Legal technology you should know

January 10, 2018

To be an effective lawyer today means something quite different from what it meant even as recently as 10 years ago. Today technology plays an outsized role in our lives. Our cellphones have become inextricably linked to each one of us. In fact, the very term cellphone has become a

Shortcuts

8 ways to leverage technology as a lawyer

December 07, 2017

We lawyers and law students are trained to think in the past. We are taught that the law changes slowly, that we should stick to precedent, and that stare decisis is king. But living in the past comes at a cost: we are often the last ones to pick up

Technologies

Essential tech skills for the new lawyer

November 02, 2017

Whether you’ve already landed a job, you’re looking for a job, or you’ve just started law school, from now until the end of your career, you’ll market your own assets. At the beginning of your career, you may not have much legal expertise or experience, so your assets may be

T-shaped Lawyer

The T-shaped lawyer: Building your knowledge in disciplines beyond the law

November 02, 2017

Nothing in the law is guaranteed. And when you’re racking up law school debt, that thought is particularly scary. Law students anxiously search for the perfect mix of academics and extracurricular activities in hopes of landing their first job. But the (not-so-secret) secret is that there’s no perfect formula to guarantee

Autonomous Car

How much will it cost to insure self-driving vehicles?

October 26, 2017

Looming changes in insurance laws are susceptible to the rapid rise in autonomous vehicles and the transformation or potential eradication of personal liability under Michigan’s No-Fault Act pursuant to state laws.

Future-Of-Law

Dear law student: The future of law is now

June 07, 2017

The Future Is Now. Not only is that title prophetic, it was also the name of a conference hosted by my organization, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, last month. Held in the Art Institute of Chicago, we welcomed almost 400 attorneys to a series of TED talks

Cybersecurity

Join the cybersecurity fight as an ABA liaison

May 24, 2017

These days, it seems you can't escape news about cybersecurity issues. Whether it's commercials on the radio about identity theft all the way to what's going on in Washington, the digital war is at our doorstep. Enter the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.

Robot Lawyer

Should law students be afraid of AI? Nah.

April 05, 2017

To most of you, the idea that artificial intelligence will have a huge impact on the practice of law won’t come as a surprise. To anyone in the industry who has been watching technology closely over the last few years, the reaction is much the same. But to a lot of people,

Legal Career Chat

How to set up your career in legal tech

March 14, 2017

The American Bar Association's Legal Career Central talked with R. Amani Smathers about careers in legal tech and ABA TECHSHOW in a Twitter chat on Monday, March 13. [View the story "Legal Tech Careers on #LegalCareerChat" on Storify]

Access to Justice (ATJ) Technology Fellows Program

Put your skills to work in the new ATJ Tech Fellows program

February 02, 2017

The Access to Justice Technology Fellows Program is seeking diverse and entrepreneurial-minded law students who are passionate about social justice and want to spend the summer learning new ways to leverage technology to improve access to legal services for people who can't afford a lawyer. The ATJ Tech Fellows

Driverless Car

Driverless car makers should not receive a liability free pass

November 17, 2016

This year is the fifty-first anniversary of Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed, which was the best-selling nonfiction book of 1966. The 1950’s and 1960’s were not happy days when it came to automotive safety. Prior to the advent of products liability, the American automobile industry designed their vehicles for looks, not

Doc Review

Discovering your legal path through document review

November 14, 2016

Recent comments about a quick review of 650,000 emails of a pretty famous person brought on fond memories (and great tweets) about my brief stint as a document review attorney. It is possible that I missed the conversation, but I do not recall learning about document review until after

Students using mobile apps

Back to law school: Mobile apps for law students

September 19, 2016

The end of summer is near, and school is back in session. With that in mind, most students and teachers have already taken the first steps towards getting ready for the new school year in which they will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and experiences. The same goes for

Pokemon Go

The Pokeball's in our court: Here come the Pokemon Go lawsuits

September 08, 2016

Outside of D.C., there are few attorneys who understand cyberspace law and internet law and how it affects the legal system, as our laws are just now presenting problems in terms of addressing how to prosecute and defend cybercrimes. I saw my chance to break into this field at the

Legal Technology

New tool for Dayton law students: The 'tech credential'

August 31, 2016

Every week, I get information about CLE programs on technology in the legal profession. I also see plenty of bar journal articles and blog posts about lawyers using technology. But what I don't see are law schools making sure students head into the workforce with appropriate technology skills. This shouldn't be on-the-job