If you’re conversant about Agile documents and blockchain systems, then you are definitely tech savvy.
If, on the other hand, your professional email address is hotmail or aol, then you are probably tech stunted.
You can be perfectly happy either way. What’s important is knowing where you fall on the tech savviness scale and being able to deliver quality service to your clients - whatever tools you use.
Tech Savviness Test
Here’s a little test to gauge your Tech IQ:
- The percentage of lawyers who use a laptop as their primary computer: (a) 12 percent (b) 95 percent (c) 76 percent (d) most still use IBM Selectric typewriters.
- Agile software refers to: (a) Files that are easily converted from one word processing format to another (b) Apps stored in the cloud (c) An alternative to traditional sequential project management that relies on collaborative teams and a rapid response system (d) Apps for a yoga practice.
- The most popular cloud computing provider is: (a) Clio (b) Google Docs (c) Dropbox (d) The National Weather Service.
- Eighty percent of lawyers say this is indispensable to their practice: (a) Well-stocked law library (b) Keurig coffeemaker (c) Smartphone (d) Aspirin
- These days the push for paperless transactions is coming mostly from: (a) Vendors like Adobe and Kofax (b) Other lawyers (c) Clients with mobile devices who want results in real time (d) Nobody – paper is making a comeback.
- A majority of Fortune 500 companies now use electronic signatures to: (a) Save money on fax expenses (b) Eliminate writer’s cramp (c) Boost productivity (d) Relieve the boredom of having to sign so many documents.
- The content on your website should be: (a) Full of impressive legal jargon (b) Updated every six months (c) Fresh, dynamic and user-friendly (d) What website?
- The top reason lawyers use online or cloud storage is: (a) Their file cabinets are full (b) PODS won’t fit in their office (c) Easy browser access from anywhere and 24/7 availability (d) It sounds cool.
- Blockchain refers to: (a) A football team’s defensive alignment (b) Jewelry worn around the neck (c) A database of linked records called blocks (d) A protective barrier used at neighborhood parties.
- A good way to increase your Tech IQ is to: (a) Delegate to someone who actually cares about this stuff (b) Nothing – stick to what has worked in the past (c) Attend a CLE on the topic (d) Sleep with a USB flash drive under your pillow.
Answer key: The correct answer to each question is (c). If you got more than seven right, congratulations! You’re a tech warrior. If your answer to any question was (d), please contact your liability insurance carrier immediately.
- ABA Legal Technology Survey http://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_offices/legal_technology_resources/publications.html
- LawFuel http://www.lawfuel.com/blog/tech-savvy-lawyer-2017-following-key-trends/
- Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development
- Legalit Professionals https://www.legalitprofessionals.com/legal-it-columns/8775-lawyers-cloud-computing-and-mobile-technology-in-2016
- Kofax http://www.kofax.com/