Just published in the Law Office Management & Administration Report, a short article on what’s hot and what’s not in small and mid-size law firms in the U.S. The data used in the article comes from the American Bar Association’s annual technology survey. The legal profession is not taking any aggressive technology direction but there is the appearance of a leveling of the playing field. Small firms are able to utilize much of the technology that is available to larger law firms, although perhaps not with the same staff and financial resources. There appears to be a focus on the basic technologies needed in a law firm – word processor, e-mail, telephone – but solos and small firms are starting to dabble with technology like wireless LANs. On the other hand, video-conferencing and voice recognition remain little used despite the benefits – and the hype – that have accompanied them in recent years.
I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.