Demystifying Legal Technology

VOLUME 5 ISSUE 3December 2007
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Demystifying Legal Technology

As part of its mission of supporting the innovative and effective use of technology to increase access to justice, Pro Bono Net tries to bring to its members’ attention related resources and information.  ALM, one of Pro Bono Net’s corporate sponsors, recently announced the launch of a new monthly podcast, Law Technology Now, meant to enable members of the legal community to track the latest tech developments aimed at helping lawyers deliver improved legal services to clients. 

The 15-minute podcasts feature Law Technology News editor in chief Monica Bay interviewing leading industry experts, based on articles they’ve written for LTN.  The idea, Bay said, is to make content meant to demystify technology accessible in as many ways as possible.  With a podcast, she noted, a busy attorney can download it and listen on the way home from the office.  Plus, she said, “it’s fun to get the drilldown and listen to the author.”

Of particular interest to members, the inaugural program features David Whelan, manager of legal information for the Law Society of Upper Canada, discussing RSS (“really simple syndication”).  The interview covers how RSS tools, which allow websites to syndicate content, can help legal professionals easily track information they need to practice effectively. 

The survey of members this fall showed that public interest legal news and training calendars are among the site’s most valuable features.  RSS feeds on now allow you to pull these and other content feeds directly into your browser or inbox and keep on top of the latest public interest legal developments.

To listen to the inaugural podcast or to learn more, visit Law Technology Now.

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