10 Technologies That Have Changed The Practice Of Law


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From typewriters to the cloud, here is a list of 10 technologies that have changed the practice of law as we know it today!

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10 Technologies That Have Changed The Practice Of Law

  1. 1. computerized legal research 1983 6 TECHNOLOGIES practice of law 10 T H A T H A V E C H A N G E D T H E 5 word processing 1980 1 typewriters 1867 The first standard typewriter weighed 15-25 lbs. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Xerox_914.jpg copiers 19602 THE XEROX 914 MODEL WEIGHED 650-POUNDS. 3 facsimilie machines 1964 Took 6 minutes to fax one sheet of paper. desktop computers 1977 4 The first computer from Tandy Corp. cost $600. source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect#mediaviewer/File:Wordperfect-5.1-dos.png source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandy_Corporation #mediaviewer/File:Tandy_1400_LT.jpg internet mid-1990s 8 It took the radio 38 years, the television 13 years, and the World Wide Web 4 years to reach 50 million users. source: flickr.com @lino1959 source: http://www.investorsinpeople.co.uk/ resources/ideas/engaging-communication 7 laptops 1986 The first IBM laptop weighed 12 lbs., cost $1,995, and had 256K Random Access Memory. source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/ thumb/9/9a/Ibm-convertible.jpg/280px-Ibm-convertible.jpg 9 mobile revolution source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fax#mediaviewer/File:Dacom_DFC-10.jpg WordPerect was first released in 1980. both lexis and westlaw became accessible via PCs in 1983. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry#mediaviewer/ File:Collection_of_old_phones_and_PDA-BlackBerry.jpg 1999 Blackberry got its name from the keypad which looked like the seeds of a fruit. All advertisements for the iPhone show a time of 9:42. 2007 SOURCES: http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/typewriter.aspx http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Xerox_Corp.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fax | http://www.statisticbrain.com/internet-statistics/ http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/computer.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPerfect | http://www.esoftload.info/blackberry-unknown-facts-and-fun-information http://hightechhistory.com/2009/04/02/this-day-april-3-1986-ibm-introduces-the-first-laptop-computer/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet | http://www.omgfacts.com/lists/27/6-Little-Known-Facts-About-IPhones/6 http://www.lawsitesblog.com/2010/02/chronology-of-legal-technology-1842.html https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2006/08/24/announcing-amazon-elastic-compute-cloud-amazon-ec2---beta/ Amazon EC2, a service that provides resizable computing capacity in the cloud, was released in beta in 2006. The first blackberry email pager. The first smartphone, the iPhone. Mechanized the writing process and greatly increased transcription speed. Eliminated carbon copies, saving time and reducing printing costs. Increased communication speed and reduced mailing costs substantially. Revolutionized information and knowledge management and data storage. Made typewriters obsolete and greatly decreased the time needed to create and revise documents, saving time and money. Increased research speed and efficiency while eliminating the need to maintain costly law libraries. Lawyers were no longer chained to their desks and could work from anywhere. Revolutionized communication, interaction, and the way that business was conducted. Smartphones and tablets made a truly mobile office possible, allowing lawyers to access case-related information from anywhere at anytime. Cloud computing greatly increased computing power and efficiency while reducing computing costs, making the mobile revolution possible and leveling the playing field, allowing solo and small law firms to compete with larger firms in ways never before seen. cloud computing revolution 2006 10