ATTORNEYS AND THEIR USE OF TECHNOLOGY

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                   ATTORNEYS AND THEIR USE OF
                         TECHNOLOGY

             John T. Lambert, The University of Southern Mississippi

                                           ABSTRACT

         This manuscript provides a look at trial lawyers as micro-firm entrepreneurs, and at their
decisions to adopt technology as an integral tool for their firms. Within the U.S., a significant

				
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Description: This manuscript provides a look at trial lawyers as micro-firm entrepreneurs, and at their decisions to adopt technology as an integral tool for their firms. Within the U.S., a significant number of trial attorneys are in micro-firms; organizations in which many of the functions of larger firms are handled by very few individuals. Day-to-day management decisions made in these micro-firms, as well as in entrepreneurial micro-firms in other industries can lead to an immediate feast-or-famine outcome. To illustrate technology use by trial attorneys, data from a recent survey provides a glimpse at the factor s that influence technology adoption by micro-firm attorneys. First, we discuss attorneys and the practice of law as a service-sector industry. Second, a brief review of literature illustrates entrepreneurial decision-making. Third, a discussion of practice-related literature illuminates the trend toward increased presentation technology adoption by attorneys, and the need to convey information during trials Subsequently, a review of findings from the 2004 Louisiana State Bar Association Legal Technology Survey looks at the variety of technology tools in use by trial attorneys, and provides insight to their technology adoption and prioritization, followed by the conclusion. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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