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Michael Payne, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman

I find it interesting that some of the younger attorneys I know, and most of the older ones too, do not share my fascination with computer technology. Perhaps my interest is not shared by younger attorneys because they find no novelty in something they have lived with for most of their lives. They have no frame of reference for what it was like in the pre-digital age, and they have no baseline with which to compare the analog and digital worlds. The resulting digital apathy is unfortunate because the practice of law benefits greatly from the application of computer technology and the functionality of that technology is growing exponentially.

In the early days of the digital age, technology involved the transition from typewriters to electronic word processing. Even that undeniably useful technology was resisted by some attorneys because they did not want to invest in computer hardware, they did not want to learn how to use the software, or their legal assistants were fearful of the unknown. There was the inevitable resistance to change that has always been characteristic of the legal profession. Of course, the passage of time has shown that word processing makes us more efficient, although some would argue that since it is no longer necessary to get it right the first time, we have become somewhat lazy and sloppy. It is, after all, easy to change our minds, correct mistakes, and make wholesale changes to a document. The end result, however, is a more polished product.

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