Is some tech “legal”?  There is a legal tech industry.  There are legal tech specialists.  There are conversations in law about legal technology, even trade shows.  Is legal tech different than tech?

It shouldn’t be.

There is already a lot of overlap.  Legal tech uses tech bits (despite our tendency to find nuance, our bits are clear 1s and 0s, not quantum states in between).   Legal hardware has become the same, even blackberries are past their season.  Email communicates with non-lawyers.  Some tweet. 

But there is a large stack of “legal” software.  Document management, doc assembly, workflow, analytics.   We don’t use text editors, version control, modularity, IDEs.  The dividing line is of course word processing.  The legal world sees most things through the perspective of documents and our tool is word processing.

We lawyers would be far more productive if we adopted the rest of the conventional tech stack of tools and methods.

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