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The technological rebirth of law practice you’ve been hearing about since the days of the dot-com bubble is finally here—if only because lawyers have no other choice. The rapid migration of U.S. legal processes to the internet in response to COVID-19 has also created more opportunities for firms to automate administrative tasks. When implemented correctly, the changes can allow legal professionals to shift a larger share of their work hours to substantive, billable tasks that…
As U.S. courts explore ways to reduce foot traffic during a global public health crisis, they are adapting to the use of videoconferencing at breakneck speed. On March 23, 10 days after issuing an emergency order authorizing the use of videoconferencing for civil proceedings, Texas civil courts held 101 Zoom conferences in a day. Less than two months later, that number had increased to over 1,000. In recent weeks, states such as Illinois have…
This post originally appeared on the InfoTrack US blog. An excerpt is provided below with a link to the original post. As Illinois’s civil courts scramble to adapt to public health measures during the global Covid-19 pandemic, a clearer picture is emerging of what court operations might look like through most of 2020—and perhaps beyond. On May 13, a panel of clerks from three Illinois judicial circuits joined McHenry County trial court administrator Dan…
As litigation firms adjust to a distributed workforce and unpredictable revenue streams in the age of Covid-19, many must rapidly learn how to simplify their business operations for the months ahead. The answer isn’t the “robot lawyers” of your legal blog nightmares. But it may well be automation of more menial processes. Today, most law office tasks that can be more effectively accomplished via automation than human labor are still relatively simple. What’s more,…