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Never underestimate the persuasive power of a global economic meltdown. For years, technology proponents beat the drums for gadgets and gear, claiming that if used wisely, they could boost the legal department’s productivity and lower costs. In flush times it was an argument met with nods, agreement—and a cozy spot on the back burner. Who, after all, had time to figure out a smartphone when there was all that money to count?

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