Technological illiteracy and generational bias in the legal industry is causing law firms to implement faulty strategies regarding technical training and education of their attorneys and staff. Co-authors Ivy B. Grey and Darth Vaughn discuss the myth of the digital native and tech bias and applicable ethical rules:
Using the example of MS Word, the authors explore how the presumption of tech talent can lead to inefficient and poor work product, lower realization rates, lost profits, and creates a multi-layered cluster of incompetence and potential ethical violations in law firms. In the article, the authors urge firms to move to competency-based assessment and training so that all lawyers have the opportunity to develop appropriate tech competence.
This article was prepared for The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.017, a TED-like conference for lawyers, hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism on May 18, 2017, where Vaughn presented. Download the article today and check out our Lawyer's Guide to MS Word Training and Resources.
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