Legal Tech Resources

The Association of Legal Administrators is an exceptional source for legal technology information. These recent articles range from reimagined workforce deployment to the adoption of legal artificial intelligence.

How Emerging Technology Is Evolving the Legal Administrative Assistant Function

For decades, firms have faced pressure to have non-lawyer staff do more with less and have turned to technology to help keep pace with large volumes of work. Today, a new wave of technological innovation within firms is creating another inflection point for LAAs. In turn, LAAs gain a growth path focused on modern technology, higher-level thinking and client-facing service.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/january/departments/how-emerging-technology-is-evolving-the-legal-administrative-assistant-function

Increasing Access to Justice with Technology

What are current trends in legal technology and access to justice? While technology was making some headway in that regard through telephonic hearings, Brandon Fuller notes the pandemic accelerated the acceptance of technology — necessity overwhelmed historic reluctance. How can technology shape informational access to courts?

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/january/departments/increasing-access-to-justice-with-technology

Embrace Legal Technology: Avoid the Cost of Doing Nothing

In fact, nearly every activity in managing the business aspects of a law practice involves technology. Rapid innovation is creating excitement in the legal technology space. A needs analysis with a technology vendor or consultant is a good first step.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/november-december/departments/embrace-legal-technology-avoid-the-cost-of-doing-nothing

Communicating with Clients Via Today’s Technology

Major technological advances in recent years — ranging from the advent of email to high-quality videoconferencing capabilities — have introduced numerous ways to reach out and respond to clients. Videoconferencing tools were, in fact, the most popular type of technology law firms adopted in response to Covid-19-related needs.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/october/features/communicating-with-clients-via-todays-technology

Demonstrating Value to Gain Buy-In for New Technology

Making new technology a success.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/january/departments/demonstrating-value-to-gain-buy-in-for-new-technology

Prove Your Technological Competence to Your Clients

We all know that it is hard to get attorneys to care about technology training. You need to train every single person at your firm to use technology properly. Use assessments that directly correlate to technology skills that attorneys and staff must master.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/april/columns/prove-your-technological-competence-to-your-clients/

In the New Era of Remote Work, What’s Your Best Technology Strategy?

With social distancing measures expected to last in some form for the foreseeable future, it’s important to learn from those companies that have successfully handled the remote work migration to develop the best technology strategy to effectively support your remote workforce. Cloud technologies to the rescue.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/may/columns/in-the-new-era-of-remote-work-whats-your-best-technology-strategy

How Legal Technology Is Changing the Practice of Law

Technology around the legal world perpetually evolves at a faster rate, and legal professionals have struggled with how to keep pace. Legal technology continues to redefine the practice of law. There can be a certain amount of trial and error involved with technology adoption.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2019/june/columns/how-legal-technology-changing-practice-law

Creating a New Vision for Attorney Support at Law Firms

Operationally minded firms are embracing new technologies and resourcing models to realize crucial efficiencies and cost savings. Accomplishing this feat for multiple attorneys and their clients often involves a mixture of people, process and technology that requires specialized skills and training. If upping internal staffing is not a viable option, there are two primary alternatives to consider: leveraging technology and outsourcing parts of the legal work.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/july-august/columns/creating-a-new-vision-for-attorney-support-at-law-firms

6 Steps for Increased Technology Leverage

Oodles of it lies in the technology your firm operates on. What are the benefits of leveraging technology in the law firm?. Before getting to the fun technology tools, you need to be secure.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2019/july-august/columns/6-steps-increased-technology-leverage

How to Ensure Successful Technology Onboarding

High-performing businesses combine people, process and technology to create unique and valuable products and services. These are the members who directly influence the success of technology onboarding. Training courses should be tailored to the different user roles and varying levels of comfort with technology.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2018/june/columns/how-ensure-successful-technology-onboarding

How to Get Senior-Level Buy-In for New Technology

The pace of innovation in technology is always on the march. But as technology marches forward, change is inevitable. Not fully knowing the technology

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2018/june/features/how-get-senior-level-buy-in-for-new-technology

Legal Market Demands Sustainable, Practical Technology

There are many ways to benefit from Lean, including changing processes or implementing technology. How can these technologies and concepts be applied in order to appreciate the benefits today?. The trend of using these technologies is not new; e-discovery products have been on the market for years.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2018/march/columns/legal-market-demands-sustainable-practical-technology

4 Tips for Sound Financial Practice for Your Tech Spend

Technology spend by 7.1% in 2021. The question then becomes how do you best manage not only the increasing technology needs of your firm, but also its increasingly short refresh cycle to ensure your firm’s technology is up to date?

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/may/departments/how-tech-can-enhance-the-employee-experience

Tech Tips to Operate More Efficiently

Taking on a new technology is not unlike taking on a new employee. In a law firm, this vetting process should gather individuals from across the organization who possess multidisciplinary expertise to “depose” the legal technology and legal technology vendor. Technology on its own is just an enablement, but under the guidance of a well-structured business model and involving key firm stakeholders, technology can take you to the moon and back.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/september/columns/tech-tips-to-operate-more-efficiently

How High-Growth Law Firms Achieved an Average Growth Rate of 37% in 2021

High-growth business development and marketing technologies. High-Growth Marketing and Business Development Technologies. In addition to using more digital marketing technology, these law firms are also realizing greater impact from this technology when they use it.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/may/departments/how-high-growth-law-firms-achieved-an-average-growth-rate-of-37-percent-in-2021

How Tech Can Enhance the Employee Experience

THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY. Human capital management (HCM) technology can play a significant role in facilitating development. Not all HCM technology is equal.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/june/departments/how-tech-can-enhance-the-employee-experience

Keeping Pace with the New Law Firm Work Environment

Some attribute this to new and innovative technologies that brought about this digital workspace; however, this premise is false. Many assert that the adoption of technologies focused on delivering a complete virtual workspace for remote users is a profound difference in how we worked in the pre-COVID world. Networking with colleagues and reaching out to legal technology experts can help alleviate some of the worry and clear obstacles.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/may/columns/keeping-pace-with-the-new-law-firm-work-environment

How Legal Ops Is Redefining the Role of the Legal Team

What it also does — through improved processes, technologies and data-driven insights — is help set strategy that yields maximum value to the organization. Three key factors in emerging technology help a legal ops team move the legal department forward:

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/september/columns/how-legal-ops-is-redefining-the-role-of-the-legal-team

Why Analytics Make Workflow Technology Mission-Critical in Today’s Law Firms

The benefits of workflow technology can make a big impact. Legal managers play a critical role in helping their firms understand what to look for with workflow technology, including the ease of implementation and adoption.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2017/april/columns/why-analytics-make-workflow-technology-mission-critical-todays-law-firms

Law Firm IT Customization: Approach at Your Own Risk

All of this can be costly to both find and reverse, which can negate any savings from implementing technology in the first place. If staff and attorneys are not making full use of expensive software add-ons that sounded great in the sales pitch, that means the firm has 1) paid for technology that was never needed in the first place, and 2) spent time training people on something irrelevant to their day-to-day work. In most cases, firms should use new technology as is for six months before even considering customization.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/july-august/columns/law-firm-it-customization-approach-at-your-own-risk

Maximizing Your Knowledge Management Reserves

A number of firms have obtained or produced technological tools and procedures to help facilitate the knowledge management process. Aderant’s 2020 Business of Law and Legal Technology survey. A number of firms have obtained or produced technological tools and procedures to help facilitate the knowledge management process.”

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/january/features/maximizing-your-knowledge-management-reserves

Strengthen Your Internal Communications to Fortify Your Law Firm’s Future

With hybrid as the new normal, it’s critical that law firms adopt effective internal communication strategies, paired with technology to enable greater productivity, foster healthy work-life balance and maintain the connections that make your firm a special place to work. This technology didn’t just help firms keep the lights on during 2020 and 2021 — it had a measurable effect on the way they do business. By adding technology that enables a consistent client experience and better teamwork, these firms actually grew their practices during COVID-19.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/july-august/departments/strengthen-your-internal-communications-to-fortify-your-law-firms-future

6 Ways to Boost Time Management Amid the Legal Services Boom

Fortunately, technology tools can help firms capitalize on this surging opportunity. Existing technology can automate 23% of work done by lawyers. Technology adoption and mobilizing a digital transformation strategy

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/april/columns/6-ways-to-boost-time-management-amid-the-legal-services-boom

5 Technology-Focused Roles Legal Departments Should Recruit For

Advances in technology continue to both drive innovation and enable law firms and in-house counsel to adapt. Technology is often an enabler, not the solution. Paralegals, trainees or even former lawyers with a strong interest in technology are ideal candidates for this role.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2018/september/departments/5-technology-focused-roles-legal-departments-should-recruit-for

What Every Legal Manager Needs to Know About the Digitalization of Planning, Reporting and Forecasting

As new technologies arise, digitalization has touched virtually every industry imaginable. In order to optimize their reporting, planning and data analytics processes, they needed to update their aging technology.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/february/columns/what-every-legal-manager-needs-to-know-about-the-digitalization-of-planning-reporting-and-forecasting

How to Ease Time Tracking Struggles

If you’ve been waiting for technology to make timekeeping easier, more accurate and stress-free, it’s here today. Fortunately, with the help of technology — and/or the building of consistent habits — timekeeping struggles and stresses can be minimized, opening up more opportunities to better serve clients.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/april/features/how-to-ease-time-tracking-struggles

E-Discovery in the Modern Workplace: What Law Professionals Need to Know

They should also go well beyond tagging, using technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to generate knowledge from data by understanding the context and content of what’s being stored.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2022/february/columns/e-discovery-in-the-modern-workplace-what-law-professionals-need-to-know

Want to Move Tech Forward? Make It Part of Your Strategic Planning

This indicates a growing gap between law offices that are leveraging technology for efficiency and those that are lagging in adopting technology.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/october/features/want-to-move-tech-forward-make-it-part-of-your-strategic-planning

IT Strategy for a New Era of Business

With this strategy, firms can refresh their technology every three to five years and prevent user downtime. New technology allows firms to stay competitive and drive innovation within the legal market.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/october/columns/it-strategy-for-a-new-era-of-business

How to Boost Your Legal Tech Skills

The first step is to educate yourself in the technologies that are reshaping how law firms work. One of the easiest ways to learn about technology is via technology. Finally, always remember that learning how to use technology is not an end in itself.

https://www.alanet.org/career-center/career-resources-and-articles/articles-from-robert-half/boost-your-legal-tech-skills

HR Automation for More Time, Less Headaches

Technology reshapes the way that HR interacts with employees. Technology can also streamline recruitment by replacing piles of paper résumés with easily searchable online documents. Technology may be the answer, and it may cost a lot less than you might expect.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/january/features/hr-automation-for-more-time-less-headaches

AI’s Unknown Role in Legal Operations

The technology has actually been in use for years. There’s really been an explosion in thinking about how to use the technology.”. We basically built our own solution that uses Kira as background technology.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/october/features/ais-unknown-role-in-legal-operations

The Gift of Time

Technology has made a lot possible for law offices, but people still play a huge role in making it deliver on its promise. While technology helps manage the office, matters and documents, people still need to interact with it to do the filing, organizing and retrieval. While IT support is required for any new office technology, you don’t have to be a wizard to take advantage of AI.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/october/features/the-gift-of-time

Finding the Positives in Challenging Times

SPOTLIGHT ON TECHNOLOGY. These changes and the incorporation of other technology tools as a part of its client services yielded welcome benefits: “The pandemic has normalized technology in our practice for good!”. One technology tool even made a major comeback: the phone.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/november-december/features/finding-the-positives-in-challenging-times

Raising the Value of Employee Reviews

EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY. Administrators should consider a technological solution to aid with these processes. Your firm’s current technology may already offer capabilities for performance management, or you may be able to add on to the technology in place.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/may/features/raising-the-value-of-employee-reviews

Digital Assets: Digital Transformation – Blockchain and the Web3

In 2017, Lissoni and Don Tapscott, the best-selling author in blockchain and technology created Blockchain Revolution Global, a worldwide community of decision-makers using the technology to accelerate the digital transformation. Application Credit: 1 hour of Information Technology

https://lms.alanet.org/products/digital-assets-digital-transformation-blockchain-and-the-web3

Your Vital Role in Implementing a Software Change

and implement new technology on the fly. Include technology assessments and the “tech angle” whenever possible in your communications. Continuously discuss the effectiveness of the firm’s technology, and

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/march/departments/your-vital-role-in-implementing-a-software-change

HR Automation for More Time, Less Headaches

Technology reshapes the way that HR interacts with employees. Technology can also streamline recruitment by replacing piles of paper résumés with easily searchable online documents. Technology may be the answer, and it may cost a lot less than you might expect.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/january/features/surviving-your-office-move/hr-automation-for-more-time-less-headaches

Smooth Operators

Legal departments] began evaluating legal technology tools from a research and efficiency standpoint,” Mendez says. From a technology standpoint, they’re really innovating and delivering valuable solutions that create efficiency.”. And you need to make sure your technology is being leveraged in the best way possible.”

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/march/features/smooth-operators

The Role of Tech in Client Communications

In the last year, many legal organizations have done a good job of focusing on their internal technological needs. But fewer have fully explored how technology can enhance their client relationships. More than ever before, technology is integral to law firm functioning.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/april/departments/the-role-of-tech-in-client-communications

How AI Is Accelerating Progression Through Contract Management Maturity

But if there is a silver lining to 2020, it’s that we now know we can achieve amazing things when we have to, thanks in large part to technology. This newfound acceptance of technology — especially among previously reluctant lawyers and legal management professionals — has catapulted technology to the top of 2021 priorities when it comes to planning for growth and development. Plus, your firm can apply technology to so many areas of work.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/january/columns/how-ai-is-accelerating-progression-through-contract-management-maturity

AI and the Future of Legal Work 

Listed as one of five technologies to keep an eye on in Robert Half’s. If you’re not prepared, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with new technologies. Technology is evolving at a rapid pace that isn’t expected to slow down.

https://www.alanet.org/career-center/career-resources-and-articles/articles-from-robert-half/ai-and-the-future-of-legal-work

Hacking Comes Home: 7 Tips for Data Security for the Remote Workplace

Given the dynamic, ever-changing consumer technology landscape, law firms’ technology professionals may never be able to secure personal devices and at-home networks to the same degree as office-based infrastructure. By advising your remote technology users on how they can best secure their personal as well as their professional information inside and outside the office, you build on their cybersecurity awareness. Encouraging your law firm’s remote technology users to implement these basic network security features will further extend your firm’s cybersecurity beyond its office walls.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/may/departments/hacking-comes-home

What’s Next? 4 Legal Trends in the New Normal

Firms are investing in technology initiatives that will continue to help their employees work efficiently from home or the office, and they are looking for digitally based solutions for some of the day-to-day processes. Firms are adopting technology-based solutions to reduce employee contact and lessen exposure to germs. Their focus will continue to be on enhanced technology, work mobility, space redesign and financial security in order to position their firms for the future and thrive in our new business environment.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/november-december/departments/whats-next-4-legal-trends-in-the-new-normal

Balancing Tradition with Progress

Cloud computing has allowed firms to use technology to undertake the requisite transformation of their systems from paper to digital. For starters, there was the challenge of perfecting the requisite communications technologies. And we will continue to use remote technology where it makes us nimble.”

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/september/features/balancing-tradition-with-progress

The Effect of a War Overseas on Cybersecurity at Home

As technology and events evolve, vulnerabilities and hacks change. Constantly staying on top of your firm’s cybersecurity coverage and training users to be cybersecurity aware may sound more like information technology work than the practice or business of law, so talk to your colleagues who work with well-regarded, industry-experienced managed service providers.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/lm-extras/the-effect-of-a-war-overseas-on-cybersecurity-at-home

Seeking a Second Career? Consider These Alternative Legal Jobs

If you love using technology to find, organize and analyze data, consider a position as a legal technology specialist.Technology is evolving quickly, and law firms need experts to help them keep up.

https://www.alanet.org/career-center/career-resources-and-articles/articles-from-robert-half/seeking-a-second-career-consider-these-alternative-legal-jobs

How to Protect Your Firm from Cyberattacks

Recognize how to properly secure your firm following the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. He has received multiple software design awards and has founded other acclaimed technology businesses.

https://lms.alanet.org/products/how-to-protect-your-firm-from-cyberattacks

Legal Skills Essential for the New Normal

Try to learn as muchas you can about the leading collaboration platforms but remember that human interaction isn't just about technology. This kind of technology helps legal professionals glean insights that might otherwise remain hidden. Paradoxically, the more technology transforms the legal profession, the more important people skills become.

https://www.alanet.org/career-center/career-resources-and-articles/articles-from-robert-half/legal-skills-essential-for-the-new-normal

How One Firm Enjoyed a Year of Growth in 2020

Well before the pandemic, Ball Janik and Elevate Technology Group teamed up to assess the firm’s use of technology among its coast-to-coast offices. Today, we continue to adapt and improve our use of technology thanks to internal focus groups that share lessons learned about what works well and what needs to be improved.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/january/columns/how-one-firm-enjoyed-a-year-of-growth-in-2020

The Efficiency of the Attorney Experience in Your Firm’s Back Office

Standardizing and streamlining back-office equipment and workflows reduces the stress of engaging new environments, learning new technology, and positively impacts confidence in increasingly displaced work styles. Clients no longer pay for a firm’s inefficiency ― whether that’s a staffing failure or a technological failure or something else. Mattern has been widely published, including recently in the The Wall Street Journal, Law Technology News and Legal Management magazine and is an editorial board member of Law Journal Newsletters’Accounting Financial Planning for Law Firms.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2020/march/columns/the-efficiency-of-the-attorney-experience-in-your-firms-back-office

Must-Have Skills for Legal Administrators

As technology continues to transform the legal field, legal administrators need to be well versed in specialized legal software that helps to keep track of e-discovery, evidence management, billable hours and more or making remote work more efficient and productive for legal teams by researching mobile technology and collaborative software.

https://www.alanet.org/career-center/career-resources-and-articles/featured-articles-and-questions-answers/q-a/must-have-skills-for-legal-administrators

How Legal Organizations Can Restructure Their Culture and Adapt to Changing Norms

Technological advances and generational shifts in views on the workplace were already eroding those habits, but the pandemic put those changes into hyperdrive. Clark says as younger people enter the workforce, they continue to revolutionize the law firm culture by introducing technology and all the changes that come along with it. Law firms must accept technology, flexibility and community to not just attract current new talent but to prepare for the future.”

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2021/november-december/features/how-legal-organizations-can-restructure-their-culture-and-adapt-to-changing-norms

Preparing your Firm for the Future

which features findings related to more than 10,000 legal industry professionals, including 25 new positions in business development, knowledge management and technology.

https://www.legalmanagement.org/2019/november-december/columns/preparing-your-firm-for-the-future

How Continuing Education Can Turbo-Charge Your Legal Career

By regularly attending workshops or seminars, you’ll get the scoop on the latest legal technology and regulatory information.

https://www.alanet.org/career-center/career-resources-and-articles/featured-articles-and-questions-answers/q-a/how-continuing-education-can-turbo-charge-your-legal-career

Remote Working as an Effective Recruitment and Retention Tool for Law Firms Post-COVID-19

This policy should be updated annually, or whenever a new technology or new ways of using the existing technology are implemented in the workplace. Technology is what makes virtual teams possible. Demonstrate familiarity and comfort with technology.

https://www.alanet.org/docs/default-source/whitepapers/ala-white-paper-april-2021-final.pdf?sfvrsn=52133dab_4

The Risk: Cybersecurity Dangers During and After COVID-19

The plaintiff is alleged to be an investor in blockchain technology and digital assets with $1.5 million invested in digital currency mining hardware. Ars Technica, “When coffee makers are demanding ransom, you know IoT is screwed”. ars- technica.com/information-technology/2020/09/how-a-hacker-turned-a-250-coffee-maker-into-ransom- machine/.

https://www.alanet.org/docs/default-source/whitepapers/ala-white-paper-november-2020_final.pdf?sfvrsn=e3673aab_6