Working with technology requires a set of guiding principles to overcome the technical details.

 

simplicity

Legal technology must be simple. While complex solutions do offer marginal temporary benefits, they create additional overhead both in your memory and your office. Every moving piece (even a digital piece) is something that can break. Simple technologies require less maintenance, less training, and are easier to use. Less technology is better technology.


Continuity

Practising law is a long-term business. Legal matters may span years or even generations. This requires that lawyers consider both immediate requirements and downstream challenges. Technological obsolescence, emergencies, staff turnover, retirement, and death all raise questions of continuity. 


Mobility

The modern practice of law is mobile. Whether at a client's office, in court, or at home with the kids, lawyers need to be able to work on the move. Their practice needs to move with them.


Security

Security is likely to be the defining issue of the network age. As custodians of confidential information, lawyers must commit to keeping this information secure. Each legal technology introduces a set of security risks that must be evaluated according to privacy and business circumstances.

“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”
— Stewart Brand