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,
Legal technology is constantly changing, improving, growing, and increasing in importance. Now is an ideal time to reflect upon past advances and start setting goals for the future. Recently, there have been major advancements in the importance of e-discovery. Law and paralegal students alike need to find opportunities to increase their knowledge
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
When the e-discovery industry’s top talent gathered at kCura’s Relativity Fest 2016, they were joined by 11 special guests, the first winners of the Relativity Academic Partners program scholarship. Digital data is here and new legal practitioners need to know how to handle it. The
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
It has been less than a week since Pokémon Go invaded the world. Here's a roundup of some of the pertinent legal writings on how the app's runaway success is intruding into the field of actual law.
As a practicing attorney, the basic knowledge of business, whether you have your own firm or not, is critical.
Law school isn’t easy. From the beginning of 1L year, you’re expected to absorb mountains of information every day — and yeah -- that means late night study sessions and virtuosic organizational skills. While law school is certainly an exercise in discipline, mobile productivity apps can help ease your pain!
Last semester, I saw a Facebook post from one of my classmates encouraging everyone to join her in WeCiting. I had no idea what WeCiting was or why I should be doing it, but the post intrigued me, so I decided to check it out.
You are at the helm of the Starship Enterprise, and are boldly going where no one has gone before. Suddenly on the viewscreen a shining and twirling object that you can’t quite make out appears and is approaching the ship at warp speed. You only have seconds to decide your next
With at least one million cybersecurity job openings in 2016, why do women make up only 11 percent of the information security workforce? Breaking the traditional notion of a male-dominated industry, the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech) is highlighting women who are using their passion for
The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law is hosting a first of its kind Internet of Things National Institute at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. starting a week from today on March 30 and 31. The best thing about it: There’s a $49 student rate! This program in this
Here is a special invitation for law students from Steve Best, Chair of the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Committee: Back in 1986, when the very first ABA TECHSHOW took place, we were using this great new technology called fax machines. Now, we’re using little "know-it-all" handheld devices called smartphones