As past co-chair of LegalTech (2000-2007) and chair of the ABA Techshow (2000-2001) Andy Adkins of the Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida has been at the forefront of innovations for how law firms use technology to practice law and manage their operations.
At LegalTech, we got a chance to talk with Adkins about the trends in legal technology that’s he’s been following and found out he’s about to publish a book on case management titled The Lawyer’s Guide to Computerized Practice Management Systems, due out in April.
Adkins says there’s confusion in law firms over the definition of case management versus matter, or practice management:
Adkins told us he spends most of his time at LegalTech in the exhibit areas, talking with vendors and developers that he knows from seeing them year after year. “Everything changes so fast,” Adkins says. “It’s not only the technologies but how people are using them.”
As a legal technology consultant, Adkins has worked with more than 350 law firms, law departments, law schools, courts and companies in the last 15 years. He’s also published two books, several newsletters, national studies, and more than 100 articles on legal technology, including his 2008 essay titled “Techno Retro: What I’ve Learned in the last 20 Years” (PDF).
Posted by Kevin Hunt, senior communications specialist, Thomson Reuters