Welcome to the Tech Learning Club, Texas!

Texas is the most recent state to adopt a rule proclaiming that it is a lawyer’s ethical duty to achieve and maintain technological competence. The Supreme Court of Texas amended Paragraph 8 of Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct to read: Maintaining Competence 8. Because of the vital role of lawyers in the legal process, each lawyer should strive to become and remain proficient and competent in the practice of law,including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill of a competent practitioner, a lawyer should engage in continuing study and education. If a system of peer review has been established,

Tech-Savvy Firms More Profitable: Now There’s Proof!

A recent report by Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory proves something I’ve suspected for a long time: Tech-savvy firms are more profitable. Also, lack of technology skills is one of the major reasons that firms fall behind. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the 2019 Future Ready Lawyer report: Technology Leading firms (law and business services) report being more profitable. There’s no question that the global future of law is under way and that technology and the acceleration of technology offerings are key forces for change. As we enter the next-generation legal industry, some players already have a head start on the future, while others will need to catch up quickly to ensure cont

Need a Budget for Ransomware Training? 60 Minutes Made the Case for You

On May 5, 60 Minutes ran an entire segment on ransomware and, if you’re looking for ways to convince your partners to invest in security awareness training, you should make them sit down and watch this video! In it, your firm’s leaders will learn what you’ve probably known for a while: Ransomware is on the rise: 26% of cities and counties fend off an attack every hour Dozens of hospitals have been held hostage “Everyone should expect to be attacked.” The FBI “Once it happens, you can’t afford NOT to pay.” A Security Professional Think Your Firm is Too Small for Criminals to Care About You? Think Again. Another myth that the segment busted was the commonly held view by many small to mid-size

Is Your Firm Getting Sucked into a Black Hole?

Did you see the recent news about the black hole? Scientists released the first-ever image of a black hole as seen by the Event Horizon Telescope. I watched this video of it and found myself mesmerized. And then I thought, “Wait. Some of this sounds like a dysfunctional law firm!” Bear with me here… In a well-balanced law firm, we should experience a natural gravitational pull toward tools and people that will make us more efficient, more productive, able to deliver better work to our clients. These may include: Excellent paralegals A strong, well-trained word processing team Well-designed technologies Training that enables (and requires) people (including lawyers) to use the technologies an

Is Your Firm Getting Sucked into a Black Hole?

Did you see the recent news about the black hole? Scientists released the first-ever image of a black hole as seen by the Event Horizon Telescope. I watched this video of it and found myself mesmerized. And then I thought, “Wait. Some of this sounds like a dysfunctional law firm!” Bear with me here… In a well-balanced law firm, we should experience a natural gravitational pull toward tools and people that will make us more efficient, more productive, able to deliver better work to our clients. These may include: Excellent paralegals A strong, well-trained word processing team Well-designed technologies Training that enables (and requires) people (including lawyers) to use the technologies an

Are Your Files Safe from Ransomware? Test Them!

I recently wrote a blog about the terrifying ransomware trend, including stories about some of the major headline cases we’ve seen in the past few years. (The University of Calgary ransomware experience was chilling.) Many law firm IT professionals are asking themselves, "How can I prevent ransomware at my law firm?" So I wanted to see first-hand what IT professionals at law firms are doing about ransomware. I called up an IT friend at a law firm where my company has provided trainings and asked him if I could visit and discuss ransomware attacks at law firms. I wanted to know if the problem is truly as invasive as the media make it sound. (Lord knows the media have gotten a few things wrong

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