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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?

Student Lawyer: Navigating your own law school experience

September 17, 2018

The issue of Student Lawyer takes to the stormy seas of your own personal choices on how to study in law school. Experts weigh in on what works and doesn’t in studying and share their best advice for figuring out what will work for you.

Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson's blueprint for his year as ABA president

August 07, 2018

All ABA presidents are sworn to follow the policies of our Association, adopted by our House of Delegates. We value due process and democratic input with the consensus of state and local bar associations from every state, plus specialty bar associations and the ABA’s full range of expertise from all our sections and divisions. Yes, we are driven by ideology, but let’s be clear what our ideology is.

FCC Explorer

We know what you did last session: E-discovery made easy

July 10, 2018

Adam Candeub, professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law and director of the Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Law Program, and his team of law students led by Christina Micakovic have finished designing the FCC explorer, the latest breakthrough in e-discovery.

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

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

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

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]

Amani Smathers

Talking tech: Join #LegalCareerChat to learn about legal tech careers

March 06, 2017

Join ABA Legal Career Central (@abalcc) as we tee up #ABATECHSHOW and host #LegalCareerChat showcasing a career in legal technology with R. Amani Smathers on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET. Amani works on the cutting edge of legal technology helping legal teams find better and faster

LegalTech

The importance of legal tech and continued education

December 20, 2016

Law school provides many young attorneys with the critical thinking and analysis skills necessary to be a successful lawyer in today’s legal marketplace. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, hosts Chris Morgan and Sandy Gallant-Jones speak with Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Executive Director Kelly Lake

Technology and Ethics

Don't let technology 'bite you in the backside' – ethically speaking

November 17, 2016

Rule 1.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Competence) states that in order to maintain requisite skill and knowledge, lawyers should “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology…” Many states are adopting this language, which resulted

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

Airplanes at the Smithsonian

Why become an aviation attorney?

September 28, 2016

As a student of the law, or one who may be considering the law, maybe you have thought ahead to the particular area you would like to focus on, and develop a specialized expertise in. Whether that's the case or not, however, I would like to ask you to consider

Fortune Teller

Are law schools preparing students for the future of law?

July 13, 2016

The most recent reports on the future of the legal industry show law firms are in a dire need of fresh talent, and new skills. However, the big question is: Are law schools preparing students for the future of law, and the changes already taking place?

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

You should understand and embrace legal tech. Here’s why.

March 01, 2016

For law students, becoming proficient in technology tied to the practice of law presents a huge opportunity. You can add value for your employer by leveraging technology to enhance productivity. And in a challenging job market, you can set yourself apart and develop a strong personal brand by demonstrating a meaningful understanding of legal technology.

Tech tools to simplify legal research and writing

March 01, 2016

If there’s one class law students love to hate, it’s Legal Research and Writing. Although it’s clear LRW is important—arguably it’s the most important class you’ll take as a 1L—the reality is that it can take over your life if you’re not careful.

Leverage your tech skills into a legal job

March 01, 2016

A recent graduate gives a firsthand account of how he’s adapting to his employers’ technology on the job and adding value by volunteering to lead its social media efforts.