How tech-savvy should lawyers be?

How tech-savvy should lawyers be?

Summary: I recently attended an event for lawyers involved in the technology field.When one of the speakers went up, he asked how many lawyers in the audience had recently completed an eBay transaction.

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I recently attended an event for lawyers involved in the technology field.

When one of the speakers went up, he asked how many lawyers in the audience had recently completed an eBay transaction. He asked the question because he was illustrating a point about eBay's mechanism. To his horror, only one person put up his hand!

I wonder, how really tech-savvy are lawyers?

We see many businesses using Web sites and social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter to reach their clients. Have you seen lawyers using the same to effectively reach out to their customers? Do you think that lawyers are being hampered by their lack of tech-savvy? How do you think lawyers can use Web 2.0 to help their work?

I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Emerging Tech, Legal, Enterprise 2.0

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  • How tech-savvy should lawyers be?

    The fact that you have no other comments other than this is perhaps the sad illustration of the point you are making.
    anonymous
  • How tech-savvy should lawyers be?

    I think that lawyers should be a whole lot more tech savvy and that the lack of tech savviness does hamper them. Tech savvy lawyers can rewardingly connect with a wider audience, whether through social publishing or social media. Tech savvy lawyers can do more in less time, and run happier law practices.

    A disinterest in technology is also a disservice to a law firm's clients, as the right tools can mean quicker and more accurate turn around time in legal documentation, as well as the ability to uncover smoking gun evidence in cases involving massive emails and other digital documentation.

    I have seen quite a few lawyers on linkedin, but not on twitter. I also know some with runaway Google Ads budgets Lawyers who blog are a rarity but there a couple. I think the social publishing platforms are a great way to share and get noticed, and should certainly be utilised to greater effect.
    anonymous