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While the technological aptitude of the average law firm or corporate legal department attorney may be in the low range, just how receptive they are to new innovation efforts could be tied more directly into how those initiatives are explained. Especially beyond the use of buzzwords such as “efficiency.”

To be sure, a tech knowledge gap is still a reality inside firms or legal departments. For example, the 2020 Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer Survey, released earlier this month, showed that 67% of in-house legal respondents believed that big data and predictive analytics would have a significant impact on their department. However, only 25% claimed to understand that concept very well.

Those findings may be applicable not just to corporate legal departments, but attorneys in general. Tomu Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s tech subsidiary Parsons Behle Lab, indicated that while attorneys generally understand that technology has wrought some radical changes to the way law is practiced, that may be where it stops.

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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