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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,

E-discovery

E-discovering your career path

March 16, 2017

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

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

Pokemon Go

Catch them all – Pokemon Go and the law

July 12, 2016

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.

Apps

Top 5 mobile apps for law students

May 31, 2016

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! 

Spock and Kirk

Searching for the Mr. Spock in you

May 13, 2016

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

Women of Cybersecurity collage

Insights from the women of cybersecurity

May 13, 2016

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

SciTech Internet of Things

Take part in SciTech's Internet of Things at a special rate

March 23, 2016

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

ABA TECHSHOW 2016

Special invitation for students to ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago

March 09, 2016

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