adopting new technologies. While they
understand its value and what it can do,
they fear the learning curve is too steep
and don’t want to look foolish or weak
when trying to learn how to use it.
“There’s definitely a fear of failure,
especially with e-discovery,” says Bruce
Furukawa, member and technology part-
ner at Severson & Werson. “There’s an issue
inside the corporation where attorneys
don’t want to look like they make mistakes,
and stay away from technology because
they don’t want to make that mistake.”
To combat this, Furukawa says that
when he works with inside counsel, he
makes sure to educate them so they can
ask their IT people the right questions
and intelligently talk to their supervisors
or anyone else about the project.
with these generational differences?
Education is perhaps the most effective
There are scores of technology-
focused conferences, such as Legal Tech
and the International Legal Technology
Association’s annual conference. In
addition, local bar associations often
have technology sessions that offer con-
ences so they can get out of it what they
desire. “For the very busy senior lawyers,
we most often use one-on-one training.”
But regardless of where attorneys of
all ages fall on the range of education,
aptitude or reliance, they have to under-
stand that technology is now the norm,
Technology is part of our lives now.
Crossing the Chasm
You just can’t practice law without it.
So how are legal departments dealing
tinuing legal education credits, and
technology vendors are always will-
ing to share knowledge and advice.
Internal technology boot camps and for-
mal training with IT departments also