Subscribe to some of these blogs and you’ll be well on your way to meeting your ethical obligation to stay abreast of changes in legal technology.
The majority of jurisdictions (28) now require lawyers to stay on top of legal technology changes. This means that the majority of lawyers have an ethical obligation to learn about and understand technology in order to make informed decisions about whether to use technology in their practices.
Of course, the challenge for most lawyers is figuring out how to find the time to learn about technology, given the ever-present demands of practicing law and running busy law practices. Aside from attending on-point CLEs, one of the easiest ways to learn about legal technology is to use an RSS feed reader such as feedly (my feed reader of choice), subscribe to number of legal technology blogs, and spend a few minutes each day reading them and learning about the latest legal technology trends.
There are a lot of blogs out there, however, so knowing which ones to subscribe to isn’t always easy. To get you started, here are some of my favorite legal technology blogs. I read posts from these bloggers each and every day and find their insight and advice to be invaluable.
For starters, there are the legal technology bloggers here on Above the Law. The posts from my fellow legal technology bloggers here on ATL are always informative and cover a variety of legal technology issues.
One of the most well-known legal technology blogs that has been around since 2002 is Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites. Bob has been covering this topic for 20 years and provides news about the legal tech industry and lots of great advice for lawyers seeking to learn more about using technology in their practices.
Other blogs covering the practical ins and outs of legal technology are: 1) Future Lawyer, written by the always-knowledgable attorney Rick Georges; 2) Technologist, a Findlaw group blog; 3) Divorce Discourse, where attorney Lee Rosen shares technology and law practice management advice; and 4) Law Practice Tips, a blog chock full of wisdom from Jim Calloway, an attorney and the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program.
If you’re interested in learning more about using mobile apps in your practice, make sure to read Apps in Law, Brett Burney’s relatively new blog that includes reviews and helpful tips on mobile apps for lawyers. And, if you’re all about Apple mobile devices, then iPhone JD is the blog for you, and you’ll find that attorney Jeff Richardson’s coverage of iPhones and iPads will be right up your alley.
For blogs that cover a host of legal technology topics, ranging from practical how-tos and legal tech industry news to more esoteric topics, including the future of technology and its effect on the practice of law, consider some of these blogs: 1) Attorney at Work, a group blog that covers an assortment of legal practice management issues, including legal technology; 2) Law Technology Today, an ABA-sponsored group blog covering a host of legal technology topics; 3) 3 Geeks and a Law Blog is another group blog written by law librarians that addresses legal technology and its current and future impact on the legal profession; 4) Legal IT Professionals is a group blog that covers the legal technology industry and topics that impact larger firms; and 5) Ride the Lightning, where Sharon Nelson tackles a variety of interesting legal technology issues and offers her opinion on the affect of legal technology on the practice of law.
There are a handful of bloggers who focus on a variety of topics relevant to running a law practice, including legal technology issues. So consider these blogs if you’re looking for well-rounded sources of information on law practice management, legal marketing, and legal technology: 1) Legal Ease Blog, attorney and law practice management consultant Allison Shields shares her knowledge on a host of topics relevant to running a successful solo or small law firm; 2) Real Lawyers Have Blogs is a blog written by attorney Kevin O’Keefe, CEO of Lexblog, who provides insight on blogging and social media, along with some legal technology topics, too; 3) Stacey E. Burke is an attorney and legal marketing consultant who shares her knowledge of online legal marketing for lawyers and and touches on legal tech issues, too; 4) My Shingle is where my co-author, attorney and solo law practice guru Carolyn Elefant, blogs about a plethora of issues related to running a solo law firm, and of course, technology is part of the mix.
There are also some great blogs that cover legal technology that are published by local and state bar associations: 1) Mass LOMAP is a group blog that covers law practice management issues, which of course include legal tech topics; 2) Solo in Colo is another group blog focused on law practice management for solo and small law firms; 3) the Chicago Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology blog is a group blog that often includes lots of practical how-to legal technology posts.
So what are you waiting for? Subscribe to some of these blogs and you’ll be well on your way to meeting your ethical obligation to stay abreast of changes in legal technology. And, because you’ll be making informed decisions about implementing legal technology into your law firm, you’ll also be well on your way to providing more efficient and responsive client representation. No matter how you look at it, it’s a win-win.
Editor’s Note – article published with permission of the author – first published on Above the Law.
Editor’s Note – See also BeSpacific.com – Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002 – with thousands of posting on legal technology – updated regularly.
Editor’s Note – See also LLRX articles on Legal Technology (over 300 published)