Friday, March 8, 2013

Does the practice of law need to be "reinvented"

Many of the players in the legal software field talk of "reinventing" the practice of law.  Maybe it's because many of us are former attorneys, as opposed to technology evangelists, but regardless of the merits of this claim (and that is surely a discussion for another day), we don't see ourselves as "reinventing" anything.

Telephones, facsimiles, copy machines, computers - none of these "reinvented" the practice of law.  They are tools, adopted and used by attorneys; with both positive and negative aspects - but none changed the fundamental and time-tested practice of law.

We see our software much in the same vein.  It's a tool.  Hopefully, it helps you become more productive and better organized, but it doesn't reinvent how you will practice law: you're not going to turn into Atticus Finch overnight.  But maybe less time spent on the administration of your office means you'll be able to spend more time actually practicing, actually reading cases, actually observing court, actually doing all the things that will turn you into the best lawyer you can be.

We don't want to reinvent the practice of law, we just want to help you practice it better.

What do you think?