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How to advocate for technological change in law firms

By Thomas Berman, Principal, Berman & Associates

1 May 2012

By Thomas Berman, Principal, Berman & Associates

For countless law firms, efficiency and the ability to tap into the firm’s collective intellectual property through the use of technological resources will make the difference between prosperity and mere survival in the next few years.

Unfortunately, lawyers in small and mid-sized US firms often fail to grasp what new technology means to them in terms of their own practice (which is the basis by which most will make their decisions). Because of this lack of understanding, there is an unwillingness to pay for important software developments, let alone new technologies.

Compounding the problem, non-lawyer individuals who are in control of the software choices (upgrades and so on) do not always understand technology from the manager/user/lawyer perspective. As a result...

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