AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / March/April 2017 / Volume 21, Number 4

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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MARCH/APRIL 2017 | AALL SPECTRUM 25 presumption does not equate to an understanding of applying legal tech- nology in practice. Canick also notes the academic assumption that new lawyers will learn law rm technology once they join a rm. is is the ip side of the assumption noted about law rm management. e MacCrate "dis- connect" continues. A review of the literature clearly supports a conclusion that lawyers with uency and prociency in the use of legal technology will be in greater demand and that rms or solo prac- titioners who can prove they know technology will have a better chance of survival. Law schools need to teach legal practice technology skills within the doctrinal scaolding throughout the curriculum, not in insolation. It is imperative that we teach all students the legal technology skills they will need to survive and thrive in the "new" world of legal practice. e conversation must continue. We will not get legal technology instruc- tion into all courses in all law schools any time soon, but until we do, we can and should oer library workshops on technology skills and continue to push the curriculum committees at our institutions to add legal technology courses. We can do as Greg Lambert recommends in his October 2016 blog post, "What Tech Skills Should Law Schools Teach Future Associates?": "Make sure they know the basics … then we [law rms] can teach them the unique skills needed for our particular rm." (Read the entire 3 Geeks post at bit.ly/MA17Techblog.) Next Steps Technological innovation will continue to change the practice of law. Over the past 30 years, the profession has moved from an environment where very few lawyers used computers themselves to one where most lawyers have comput- ers on their desks, to the current and unprecedented one with its cloud of smart connections between desktops and mobile devices. Although advances in technology may not mean the "end of lawyers," it is certain that "tomorrow's lawyers" will need to stay abreast of changes and adopt a lifelong learning approach to incorporating new technol- ogies and applications into their daily lives as practitioners. Ultimately, learn- ing the required legal technology skills will depend on an individual attorney's investment of time to move beyond personal preferences to adopt profes- sional and workplace standards, includ- ing the ability to transfer skills between desktop and mobile devices.Current awareness of technology trends and continual training will become a prac- tice requirement. To help attorneys learn and update the needed skills, a teaching model will need to emerge. e most viable approach to teaching legal technology skills must be a collaborative eort of all segments of the legal profession. Ideally, the underlying skills will be introduced and reinforced through law school doctrinal programs, but all segments of the legal system will need to provide the additional training needed to supplement skills learning. Law rms will need to teach their own unique particulars; court administra- tors will need to keep the legal com- munity apprised of court systems and requirements; and the ABA, along with local and state bar associations, will need to host CLE programs to address not only general practice skills but also regional court requirements. Law librarians are perhaps uniquely situated and suited to accept the chal- lenge of aligning forces and creating the technology training programs necessary to support the legal profes- sion, our profession, and those who employ us. We share information and work collaboratively on a wide spectrum of projects to assist lawyers and society in the pursuit of justice. In fact, a new AALL Teaching Legal Technology Caucus has been formed to bring together librarians interested in teaching legal technology in law schools and other settings. Who bet- ter than librarians to take the lead in helping design appropriate technology training programs. We have started our conversations, let's continue them and move forward in this very important and critical area. ¢ KATHLEEN BROWN LIBRARIAN brown.ksm@gmail.com © 2017 BY KATHLEEN BROWN CAMILLE BROUSSARD DIRECTOR OF THE MENDIK LIBRARY ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR INFORMATION SERVICES New York Law School New York, NY camille.broussard@nyls.edu © 2017 BY CAMILLE BROUSSARD AALL2go EXTRA Watch the "Taking the Lead on Teaching Legal Technology: Opportunities and Challenges" webinar at bit.ly/AALL2goLegalTech. SARAH K. C. MAULDIN DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY SERVICES Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP Atlanta, GA smauldin@sgrlaw.com © 2017 BY SARAH K. C. MAULDIN DANIEL CORDOVA SUPREME COURT LAW LIBRARIAN Colorado Supreme Court Library Denver, CO daniel.cordova@judicial.state.co.us © 2017 BY DANIEL CORDOVA

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