3.0 (Ethics) CLE credit applied for this program.
Nationally recognized speaker, Nicole Black, joins local attorney Mark Lassiter and IT professional Ben Schorr in providing practical advice for lawyers transitioning their practice to the “Cloud."
The "Cloud" is here to stay. By the year 2020 90% or more of all businesses will be 'in the cloud.' Forrester Research predicts that the global cloud computing market will grow from $35 billion in 2011 to $150 billion in 2020 and it will be a key part of Information Technology ("IT") infrastructures. Its impact is nothing less than revolutionary. Just as electricity from utility companies empowered by dams built during the Great Depression changed rural America forever, the current cloud-based IT infrastructures under construction today during today’s Great Recession will deliver and empower the IT 'utilities' of the future.
However, the cloud won’t just change the way lawyers work and where lawyers work, it will change the very nature of legal services delivery methods and the organizations that provide them. The traditional, 20th Century, 'Pyramid' law firm based on equity partner leverage of downstream associate lawyer labor is dying. But who needs a law firm anyway? Law firms were necessary when lawyers needed to go to a physical place that had the 'means of production' necessary to do their work (e.g., phones, fax machines, printers, dictation equipment, etc.), but now all of that resides with any lawyer with a mobile phone or tablet computer irrespective of the lawyer’s location. Moreover, other benefits of the traditional 'law firm' (e.g., mentoring, knowledge management, administrative support, etc.) are now offered by virtual, closed legal communities and by outsourcing to independent contractors and Legal Process Outsourcing companies ("LPOs"). The Cloud may spell the death knell of law firms. A radical idea? YES – just like the airplane or automobile spelled the demise of the stagecoach and the livery stables that serviced them. If you think change is hard, try irrelevance.
This CLE program offers an introduction to Cloud Computing for Lawyers, including a discussion and analysis of these issues:
- What is the "Cloud"?
- What are its implications for the delivery of legal services and the organizations that provide them?
- How does the Cloud aid and assist the administration and management of the practice of law?
- What are the ethical issues posed to lawyers that embrace Cloud Computing?
- How does a law firm integrate the benefits of Cloud Computing into its practice areas?
- What are the law firm "cultural" challenges to be expected when embracing Cloud Computing?
- What resources are available to assist lawyers and law firms in learning about Cloud Computing?
Featuring: Nicole Black, MyCase, Inc., Mark E. Lassiter, The Lassiter Law Firm PC and Ben M. Schorr, Roland Schorr & Tower
This program is done online. Registrations must be done through InReach.