Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is understanding technology a lawyer's job? Or the paralegal's job?

Lawyers are often behind on technology. It's a fact.

It’s not our fault, though — law school taught us from the very beginning to focus only on the theory of law as if practical skills never existed. Just look at the bar exam and ask yourself how many times have you or anyone you have ever known ever had to challenge POTUS’s ability to appoint major Cabinet members without congressional approval? How many of you practice criminal law and live in a state that has adopted provisions of the Model Penal Code? Those are mandatory law school classes and a good portion of the MPRE and possibly essay portion of your bar exams.

On the other hand, how many times have you had to draft billing entries so they aren’t cut by the client?

Article here (via Above the Law). 

If you're an attorney and think you can "get away" with just shoving technical responsibilities onto the shoulders of your support staff, think again. The ABA has changed the Model Rules to include technical know-how as part of the attorney's job.

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