By Jerry Sullenberger
LOMAS Practice Management Advisor
The impact of technology on the legal profession is indisputable. Thousands, if not millions, of words have been written on the subject. In August 2013, it was made even clearer how important it is that you understand technology as it affects your practice. In August, the ABA House of Delegates voted to amend the comment to ABA Model Rule 1.1 Competence. The rule remains unchanged, but the comment was revised and the added information is in italics here:
 To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.
Now is a good time to commit to understanding the benefits and risks of technology, and how to apply it to your own practice or firm with good effect.
Lawyers and legal technologists from around the world are focusing on the upcoming 2014 ABA Techshow, which will open at the Hilton Chicago, on Thursday, March 27, 2014. This premier technology conference provides an outstanding slate of educational sessions, as well as opportunities to see and experience the latest in legal technology software and hardware.
As a LOMAS practice management advisor, I answer many questions about technology. It’s one of my niches, since I came to The Florida Bar staff after 10 years as a computer consultant and trainer. However, without the updates that attendance to Techshow provides, I would find it almost impossible to keep abreast of the flood of technology changes that happens every year. Last year, cloud computing and the impact of mobile technology on the practice of law were but two of the topics getting attention. I am eagerly looking forward to what I will find in March.
The thing is — regardless of your technology background, novice or expert — Techshow offers educational seminars attainable nowhere else. There will be more than 15 different tracks and 50 CLE sessions focused on the latest technology trends. In addition, dozens of legal technology vendors and their latest offerings are on hand at the vendor expo.
As a Florida Bar member, you can take advantage of the substantial discount The Florida Bar can provide you on registration. Standard registration costs $1,050, but with The Florida Bar’s discount code, standard registration will cost $895. Register before Monday, February 10, 2014, the early bird deadline, and the cost to attend is only $695. To get this special rate, simply include this unique Florida Bar Discount Code, EP1413, to receive the rate when registering.
Go to www.techshow.com/conference to register and for up-to-date information on ABA TECHSHOW 2014, the best event for bringing lawyers and technology together.
I hope to see you there.