Have you ever heard of “tech law”? If you have it’s probably because it’s one of the most popular law practices today. The boom of startups in the 1990s, where anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit and a computer would begin an internet business, brought this practice to the forefront. Tech law keeps you and your information protected in the big, unknown world of the internet.
The world of technology can be a confusing trail of “I don’t know’s” that seem to be more confusing every day. How many of us actually look into the terms and conditions when we sign up for a social media platform? How do these companies make money from you signing up for a free service? There are many questions that seem too daunting to even ask. This is where tech law comes in to serve you and all of your questions. There are many things put in place by tech laws that protect users and their information from these big tech companies from extorting.
There is also the other side of technology in how there are technologies created to help lawyers automate certain processes. Part of what is spurring the technology revolution in law is the digitization of case law.
The 2017 Law Firm Flexibility Benchmarking Survey found that 64.7% of law firms allow their lawyers to telecommute. Setting up unified communication tools enable lawyers to work remotely while diversifying the ways they communicate with clients and each other.
By using these tools, lawyers are able to be more productive. Lawyers can communicate with clients wherever and whenever they are needed.
Unified Communication and Collaboration solutions allow lawyers and clients to communicate using instant messaging, email, voicemail, or web conferencing. Clients can talk with their attorneys over the Internet in lieu of traveling to a law office.
In preparing cases, lawyers need to spend many hours sifting through documents to find relevant evidence. Today, most of these documents are digital. Evidence could come from email, mobile devices, database archives, or IoT devices. eDiscovery tasks are often relegated to paralegals. Even so, the process can be costly to clients because of the time it takes.
eDiscovery automation software uses analytics to speed up the process. Advanced analytics can search for keywords and phrases. Automation also eliminates irrelevant documents, streamlining the process.
Cognitive analytics help automate time-consuming and routine legal processes. Natural language processing can be used to examine textual threads and understand the context of complex statements in legal documents.
The tech startup LawGeex uses artificial intelligence to analyze contracts and automate the editing and approval process. The organization claims it can use analytics to reduce the cost of contract reviews by 90% and save law firms 80% of the time they normally devote to contract review tasks.
Online communities can help disadvantaged and underserved communities gain access to pro bono legal advice, resources, and counseling. They also connect lawyers and law students so information can be shared and issues in the profession can be debated. The American Bar Association (ABA) has its own online community, LegallyMinded.
Social media is becoming more popular as a forum for lawyers to network and collaborate. LinkedIn is a logical choice for lawyers because of its focus on professional growth and networking. However, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube also have their benefits. Lawyers can participate in online discussions or post informational videos and links to articles.
New software, platforms, and communications systems are transforming the law profession. Many law firms are embracing digital transformation. However, making this transformation requires the right technological foundation. Partnering with the ideal technology provider will give your organization access to the tools you need.
FirstLight provides a wide range of technology resources for law firms wishing to undergo digital transformation. We offer cloud and data center services that enable your business to run advanced applications and protect sensitive data. When you partner with us, you gain access to unified communications solutions and a super-fast fiber-optic network so your lawyers can work more efficiently for their clients.