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Don't Just Dream About Legal Tech, Learn to Use It at This CLE

By George Khoury, Esq. on January 23, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

California lawyers, have you been California dreaming of learning to actually use technology in the courtroom? Have you been too timid to Tweet on behalf of your law firm? Do you get an eerie feeling whenever eDiscovery gets mentioned? If so, stop fearing tech, and take the time to learn about how it can actually help you in your practice.

If you can make it Los Angeles on February 10, then you can get schooled on some of the best practices for using technology in your legal practice. The Rutter Group, in coordination with the California Judges Association, will be presenting an all-star faculty for an all-day CLE covering a broad range of tech related issues: The New and Future Reality: How Technology is Affecting Litigation. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

Make Tech Work for You

As more and more litigators have begun incorporating technology in the courtroom, presenting your case clearly these days might require utilizing tech. For instance, if your opposing counsel is projecting images of significant evidence larger than life and pointing out nuances for the jury during their closing, your dry, projection-free closing might not garner the same level of attention.

Also, given the widespread use of social media, if you're on social media, especially during a trial, you need to be exceptionally careful and know the boundaries. Use of social media can be an ethical nightmare for attorneys and not just when it comes to marketing.

Welcome to the Future

The Rutter Group's program boasts 10 California judges, including Judge Steve Kim from the U.S. District Court and Justices Chin and Corrigan from the California Supreme Court. In addition to the judges, more than 10 other legal professionals will be presenting various topics ranging from cybersecurity for lawyers and judges, to what's really important for lawyers today: learning how to try a case from your iPad.

Additionally, as the law is ever changing to keep up with the advancements in tech, you can learn about the current best practices for the admissibility of electronic evidence, including what to do with all those videos from your client's smartphone. While most of the program focuses on tangible skills you can take back to the office and use, the keynote presentation will focus on the impact, or lack thereof, of artificial intelligence on justice. If you register before January 31, you'll receive a $100 discount.

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