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Why change?

The legal profession is founded on precedent, and pretty much anything else that reveres the past.  The profession doesn't bother much trying to deal with the future, which is increasingly a problem.  That's because, these days, the future can quickly become the distant past in the blink of an eye.  A lot of lawyers lament this situation, especially when it comes to the idea of using technology in the practice of law.

Why change?  That's what many of the older members of the profession say.  Of course, not everyone who is old is against change.  And not everyone who is young is for it.  Still, there are some patterns that are inescapable.

I remember about 5 years ago when I was trying to convince an older lawyer that scanning paper would be worth doing.  He disagreed, smugly asserting that basic lawyering skills were more important and always would be.  Of course, that was not a point that I was attempting to undermine.  So it's i

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