The widespread use of data and technology are changing the legal industry. The most recent release of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct requires attorneys to stay up-to-date with technology’s affect on their law practice and the law itself.  This means that court reporters and others who work with and support attorneys must also stay up-to-date.

Specifically, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conductstate:

“To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.”

As a legal community, we are just at the beginning of a new wave in how we practice—including how we use our depositions and transcripts. For attorneys, a better transcript format can mean the difference between efficiently locating key facts in a transcript and competent representation of clients versus hours lost combing for a needle in a haystack and clients who are unwilling to pay for lost or inefficient hours.

As the practice of law has evolved to encompass technology and security, the business of court reporting must also evolve.

The post originally appeared at the Legal Solutions blog here.

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