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These are the slides from my Keynote at the the Lexis Nexis 2011 Practice Management Annual Conference, which was held in Orlando, Florida (See: http://www.lexisnexis.com/pmac2011/).

These are the slides from my Keynote at the the Lexis Nexis 2011 Practice Management Annual Conference, which was held in Orlando, Florida (See: http://www.lexisnexis.com/pmac2011/).

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  • Welcome to the legal technology revolution--you may not realize but you’re right in the middle of it. Today I’m going to talk about law & tech--and examine the rapidly changing technological landscape and its effect on legal practice--and how those who adapt will be better lawyers. Questions at end.\n
  • Astronomer--”Silicon Snake Oil”\n
  • “(Visionaries say) commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems . . . Baloney.”\n
  • “Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper.”\n
  • “Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Internet. Uh, sure . . .” \n
  • “Then there's cyberbusiness. We're promised instant catalog shopping—just point and click for great deals. We'll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts . . . . Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn't—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople . . .”\n
  • Law school--Star Trek TNG--amazing technology--touch screen interfaces--voice responsive computers--tricorders--tablet computers. Still waiting for the transporter app...\n
  • Fiber-optic cables put in place during dot.com boom.\n
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  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • --30 million ipads sold \n\n--radio--38 yrs to reach 50 mil; tv 13 yrs to reach 50 mil, facebook 3.5 years to reach 50 mil, \n
  • Technology is catching up to us and making the practice of law easier--Xerox eDiscovery prototype--large touch screen table.\n
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  • Social media is affecting cases--evidence, etc. For eg.: Dist Court judge polling crtroom re: vio of OOP by FB friending.\n\n
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  • But it’s important to understand it. But it’s not always easy.\n
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  • Sometimes it’s obvious\n
  • Sometimes it’s totally random\n
  • Sometimes it seems arbitrary\n
  • And sometimes it makes no sense. But I know you want to figure it out.\n
  • And you may feel like you’re on a one way trip to nowhere.\n
  • But it’s better than getting left behind.\n
  • There’s whole world out there waiting for you\n
  • Learn gradually. Take it step by step, day by day. \n
  • From 2010 Sunday Times article Susskind wrote: “In 1996 senior figures in the Law Society said that I should not be allowed to speak in public. I had been predicting that most lawyers and clients would soon communicate by e-mail and the feeling was that I had failed to understand confidentiality and was bringing the profession into disrepute.”\n\n
  • “I often get the sense, however, that lawyers feel that the impact of IT and the Internet has peaked, that technology has matured, and that, in consequence, legal work can carry on much as before, untainted by any further developments . . .”\n
  • “Within the lifetime of most readers of this book, our social and economic lives are likely to be radically overhauled as a result of the rapid emergence of a clutch of information and Internet-related technologies of unimaginable power.”\n
  • “All aspects of the raw technology with which lawyers are familiar will improve radically in a small number of years and thereafter, at an accelerating rate. Yet further advances can be expected: from the resolution of screen displays to the portability of equipment; from the speed of machines to storage capacity; from the availability of wireless connections to the bandwidth of these links.” \n
  • “My message to lawyers in this context is simple—far from approaching the finishing line, the race has barely begun.”\n
  • And, this is my challenge to you--change is good!...As much as change may be uncomfortable, you’ll find irrelevance is even more so.\n
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Legal Technology: Change is Good Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Legal Technology: Change is Good Presented by: Nicole BlackCo-author of Social Media for Lawyers--The Next Frontier
  • 2. “The Internet? Bah!” by Clifford Stoll,1995
  • 3. E-Commerce? Bah!
  • 4. E-books? Bah!
  • 5. E-readers? Bah!
  • 6. E-business? Bah!
  • 7. How did we get here?
  • 8. Grove’s Law: A theory that predicts thattelecommunications bandwidth will double just once every century.
  • 9. Moore’s Law: A theory that predicts that every two yearsthe price of a unit of computer processing power will be reduced by half.
  • 10. Koomey’s Law: A theory that predicts that the energyefficiency of computers doubles roughly every 18 months.
  • 11. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud product
  • 12. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launched
  • 13. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launchedAugust 2006--Amazon EC2 cloud product released in private beta
  • 14. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launchedAugust 2006--Amazon EC2 cloud product released in private betaSeptember 2006--Facebook opened to the public
  • 15. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launchedAugust 2006--Amazon EC2 cloud product released in private betaSeptember 2006--Facebook opened to the publicJune 2007--iPhone released in US
  • 16. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launchedAugust 2006--Amazon EC2 cloud product released in private betaSeptember 2006--Facebook opened to the publicJune 2007--iPhone released in USNovember 2007--Kindle released in US
  • 17. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launchedAugust 2006--Amazon EC2 cloud product released in private betaSeptember 2006--Facebook opened to the publicJune 2007--iPhone released in USNovember 2007--Kindle released in USJuly 2008--Apple launches the App Store
  • 18. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launchedAugust 2006--Amazon EC2 cloud product released in private betaSeptember 2006--Facebook opened to the publicJune 2007--iPhone released in USNovember 2007--Kindle released in USJuly 2008--Apple launches the App StoreApril 2010--iPad released in US
  • 19. June 2006--Google launches first non-email cloud productJuly 2006--Twitter launchedAugust 2006--Amazon EC2 cloud product released in private betaSeptember 2006--Facebook opened to the publicJune 2007--iPhone released in USNovember 2007--Kindle released in USJuly 2008--Apple launches the App StoreApril 2010--iPad released in USJune 2011--Google+ launched-more than 25 million users in 4 weeks
  • 20. Lawyers cannot afford to be left out of the loop
  • 21. 3 major technology trends:
  • 22. 3 major technology trends: • Social Media
  • 23. 3 major technology trends: • Social Media • Cloud Computing
  • 24. 3 major technology trends: • Social Media • Cloud Computing • Mobile Computing
  • 25. Why should you care about social media?
  • 26. For companies, resistance tosocial media is futile. Millionsof people are creating contentfor the social Web. Yourcompetitors are already there.Your customers have beenthere for a long time. If yourbusiness isnt putting itself outthere, it ought to be. Business Week, February 19, 2009
  • 27. Social Media Factoid #1: Source: Socialnomics.com
  • 28. Social Media Factoid #1: porn Source: Socialnomics.com
  • 29. Social Media Factoid #1:Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web Source: Socialnomics.com
  • 30. Social Media Factoid #2:
  • 31. Social Media Factoid #2: third largest
  • 32. Social Media Factoid #2:If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s third largest
  • 33. Social Media Factoid #3:
  • 34. Social Media Factoid #3: 55-65 year-old females
  • 35. Social Media Factoid #3:The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females
  • 36. Social Media Factoid #4: Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey, May 2011
  • 37. Social Media Factoid #4: 65% Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey, May 2011
  • 38. Social Media Factoid #4:As of May 2011, 65% of adult users in the US use social media sites Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey, May 2011
  • 39. Social Media Use by Global Fortune 500 Companies 65% 54% 50% 33%Twitter accounts Facebook pages YouTube channels Corporate blogs Source: Burson-Marsteller Fortune Global 100 Social Media Study Data collected between Nov 2009 and Jan 2010
  • 40. But how arelawyers usingsocial media?
  • 41. Networking & buildingrelationships
  • 42. Finding clients
  • 43. Locating information to supporttheir practice
  • 44. Making it easy for people tofind them (SEO)
  • 45. Obtaining speakingengagements & media mentions
  • 46. Brandingtheir practice
  • 47. Showcasing their expertise
  • 48. Cloud and Mobile Computing: Not a Trend Source: Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2010 and Beyond: A New Balance
  • 49. Cloud and Mobile Computing: Not a Trend• Cloud computing was the top technology trend for 2010 Source: Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2010 and Beyond: A New Balance
  • 50. Cloud and Mobile Computing: Not a Trend• Cloud computing was the top technology trend for 2010• By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide Source: Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2010 and Beyond: A New Balance
  • 51. Cloud and Mobile Computing: Not a Trend• Cloud computing was the top technology trend for 2010• By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide• By 2012, 20% of businesseswill own no IT assets and willconduct business solely in the Cloud Source: Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2010 and Beyond: A New Balance
  • 52. Cloud and Mobile Computing: Not a Trend• Cloud computing was the top technology trend for 2010• By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide• By 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets and will conduct business solely in the Cloud • By 2014, over 3 billion of the world’s adult population will beable to transact electronically via mobile or Internet technology Source: Gartner’s Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2010 and Beyond: A New Balance
  • 53. *Source: The Hub Spot Blog/Mobile Marketing Association Surveys
  • 54. The growth of the iPhonewas 10 times faster than the growth of America Online *Source: The Hub Spot Blog/Mobile Marketing Association Surveys
  • 55. The growth of the iPhonewas 10 times faster than the growth of America Online There are more mobile phones on the planet *Source: The Hub Spot Blog/Mobile than there Marketing Association Surveys are TVs
  • 56. The growth of the iPhonewas 10 times There are 6.8 faster than billion people on the growth the planet. 5.1 of America billion of them Online own a cell phone, but only There 4.2 billion own a are more toothbrush mobile phones on the planet *Source: The Hub Spot Blog/Mobile than there Marketing Association Surveys are TVs
  • 57. But arelawyers using mobile technology?
  • 58. Sources: International Legal Technology Association and Inside Legal’s2011 Annual Law Firm Technology Purchasing Survey and ABA’s 2011 Legal Technology Survey
  • 59. Lawyers’ smartphone use has increased from 79% in 2010 to 88% in 2011 Sources: International Legal Technology Association and Inside Legal’s 2011 Annual Law Firm Technology Purchasing Survey and ABA’s 2011 Legal Technology Survey
  • 60. Lawyers’ smartphone use has increased from 79% in 2010 to 88% in 201188% of lawyers use a smartphone for law-related tasks while away from their primary workplace Sources: International Legal Technology Association and Inside Legal’s 2011 Annual Law Firm Technology Purchasing Survey and ABA’s 2011 Legal Technology Survey
  • 61. Lawyers’ smartphone use has increased from 79% in 2010 to 88% in 201188% of lawyers use a smartphone for law-related tasks while away from their primary workplace 11% of firms have purchased iPads for their attorneys Sources: International Legal Technology Association and Inside Legal’s 2011 Annual Law Firm Technology Purchasing Survey and ABA’s 2011 Legal Technology Survey
  • 62. Lawyers’ smartphone use has increased from 79% in 2010 to 88% in 201188% of lawyers use a smartphone for law-related tasks while away from their primary workplace 11% of firms have purchased iPads for their attorneys 25% of respondents said that the iPad would be one of the major technology purchases over the next 12 months Sources: International Legal Technology Association and Inside Legal’s 2011 Annual Law Firm Technology Purchasing Survey and ABA’s 2011 Legal Technology Survey
  • 63. Sometimes the world of technology will feel like a maze
  • 64. A lot of people will tellyou what you can’t do
  • 65. Sometimes, the journey will be frustrating
  • 66. Don’t get left behind
  • 67. Explore and learn
  • 68. Take it step by step
  • 69. The End of Lawyers?by Richard Susskind, 2009
  • 70. The beginning of the end?
  • 71. Or perhaps, the beginning of an evolution?
  • 72. O r, the be ginningof a re voluti on?
  • 73. Or even, the beginning of a new era?
  • 74. How can you squander evenone more day not takingadvantage of one of thegreatest shifts of ourgeneration? How dare yousettle for less when the worldhas made it so easy for you tobe remarkable? --Seth Godin
  • 75. Thanks for listening! Nicole BlackCo-author of “Social Media for Lawyers” www.nicoleblackesq.com @nikiblack on Twitter