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.
The Clio Cloud Conference is all about being creative and breaking the mold of traditional legal work. In many ways, being a law student or young lawyer is an advantage.
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?
Relativity Fest, the e-discovery industry’s largest user conference, will take place Sept. 30 though Oct. 3 in Chicago – and Relativity wants to invite 10 tech-savvy law or paralegal students to join the fun.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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
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
What happens when the desire to use smart technology means sacrificing our privacy rights, and maybe even our 4th Amendment rights afforded by our Constitution?
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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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]
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
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
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
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
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
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