03. Goodbye to the Age of Luddite Lawyers
You heard us. Proud Luddites have no place in law. Every practicing lawyer must have at least a base level of technology competence (ethics opinions agree with us).
That said, we aren’t advocating for every lawyer to run out and learn to code (quite the opposite). But, every lawyer should understand that technology is important and should be curious about how to use it to improve their work. There is a difference between those proud of their technological ignorance and those on the path to learning a new skill. Learning technology—like everything else—takes time.
Technology isn’t something to pursue for its own sake. Too many lawyers rush to find the latest tools assuming it will “fix” all their problems. Instead, think of technology as a tool. By documenting your law firm systems and understanding your processes, you’ll discover where technology can improve things. Understand the problem first and you’ll more easily discover how technology can help you.
Yet, there are a few non-negotiable pieces of software every business needs, including a way to: manage your sales pipeline, manage your cases, store documents, track expenses, invoice clients, maintain your trusts accounts, and communicate with your team and the outside world. You also need to protect your electronic information with the best security practices.