Having emerged a few short months ago from one of the harshest winters in recent years, potholes have been plentiful this spring in Indiana. So what do potholes have to do with the legal profession?
Having recently read How Should Seasoned Lawyers Prepare for the Future of Law? which provides advice on what attorneys should do now so they are not caught unprepared in the future, I was reminded of a recent Indy Star news article titled Report-a-pothole app wins Indy hack competition . It discussed how 4 college students collaborated to develop an app, entered it in a contest, and subsequently won the first Indy Civic Hack Day competition with their novel interactive pothole reporting app. Thereafter, an “aha!” moment seized me.
Now onto my aha! moment to illustrate what potholes and preparing for the future of the legal profession have in common. Big data, the cloud, security are certainly on the minds of business leaders. Lawyers young and old alike must embrace the fast and furious technological changes that continue to rock the legal profession. Technology can be, and indeed is continually being put to good use to further enhance the changes we face. Witness the teamwork of the creative and resourceful college students who created an app for electronically detecting and reporting potholes that will result in quicker repair times.
Likewise, attorneys preparing for the future of legal services need to embrace a team approach that pairs resourcefulness with creativity to solve the business challenges law firms face now and will continue to face in the future. Much like the development of the pothole app, collaborating on finding novel technology applications to assist in solving legal issues and business tasks will result in quicker results for the client and a more streamlined way of doing business.
Legal professionals need to capitalize on the opportunities new technologies offer and thereby be in charge of transforming the way law firms do business and hopefully avoid a few potholes in the years to come.
Always one to embrace technology, I’ll be downloading the pothole app ahead of this years winter season, so to be prepared for the future potholes that are sure to crop up. What will you do to prepare for your future as a legal professional?