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Sam Glover

Sam Glover is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Lawyerist.com, an online magazine and reference manual for solo and small...

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Luddite: a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology.

As we’ve heard time and time again, many lawyers are averse to becoming knowledgeable about modern technology. Older attorneys often do not want to learn a computer-based management tool and feel as though they can hire someone to manage the security and encryption of their sensitive information. Often, even having a young lawyer in the firm can seem like a solution since they will most likely have grown up with a certain level of technology knowledge. But none of these are valid excuses to a proper level of technological education. The luddite lawyers need to face the ethical implications of their ignorance.

In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview lawyer and legal technology blogger Sam Glover about when technology became an issue for attorneys, how they can get in trouble due to ignorance, and what all attorneys need to know about hackers, cloud services, and the resulting ethical duties. First, Glover explains that lawyers are getting into trouble in the courtroom by not knowing about how technologies like Twitter work, therefore losing cases that could be easily won. Concerning cyber security, Glover discusses the many reasons lawyers cannot simply outsource technology knowledge:

  1. Without a certain amount of tech knowledge, you cannot adequately hire a security consultant.
  2. Basic technology competency is not taught in law school or college, and is not self-explanatory.
  3. Amateur hackers can easily access your client data in in public places like coffee shops through open, unsecure networks.
  4. Whether they like it or not, all lawyers are in the cloud, so they need to learn about encryption and secure servers.

Simply put, you cannot avoid technology as a lawyer anymore. There are courses, blogs, webinars, books, and many other ways to become educated about legal technology.

Sam Glover is a lawyer and the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Lawyerist.com, an online magazine and reference manual for solo and small firm lawyers. He has been writing about technology, law practice management, marketing, and other legal information on Lawyerist since he started it in 2007.


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Published: February 17, 2015
Podcast: The Digital Edge
Category: Legal Technology
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