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January 1, 2014
Bar board creates new Technology Committee

A new Special Committee on Technology to help lawyers identify and make use of technological changes has been approved by the Bar Board of Governors.

The new panel will work with the Technology Subcommittee of the Vision 2016 commission to help lawyers and law firms adapt to a changing digital world. The Program Evaluation Committee recommended creating the committee and the board unanimously agreed at its December 13 meeting.

According to information provided to the board, “The Special Committee on Technology shall recommend to the Board of Governors actions to assure the proper and effective use of technology to further the purpose of service to lawyers and the public. The committee will seek and identify technology tools for lawyers and examine methods to provide communication, resources, and assistance to lawyers about these tools. The committee will work in conjunction with the Technology Subcommittee of the Vision 2016 commission.”

The committee will have between 12 and 18 members, at least one of whom also belongs to the commission’s Technology Subcommittee, one member from the Board of Governors, and have representatives from the judiciary and specific legal practice areas. Members will be appointed by President-elect Greg Coleman and the special committee will have its initial meeting at the Bar’s Winter Meeting later this month in Orlando.

According to the board materials, the Vision 2016 Technology Subcommittee has identified technology issues where immediate impact can be made for lawyers and law firms. “By having this special committee of The Florida Bar explore these areas and develop recommendations that contain tools, resources, and potential solutions to technology-based problems within the legal profession, Bar members can become better educated in preparing their firms and law offices to meet the challenges of the always evolving practice of law. The special committee will also work closely with the Technology Subcommittee of the Vision 2016 commission to assure that short-term and long-term technology-based goals and objectives are aligned.”

[Revised: 07-14-2014]