5 Obsolete Legal Technologies that Shouldn’t Be Obsolete

selectric-2Lawyerist, which happens to be live-blogging some nerd confab in Illinois at the moment, recently admitted it doesn’t use quill pens or mimeographs anymore. More disappointingly, it came up with a somewhat blasphemous list of six legal technologies that should go the way of the Dodo bird, like the copier, fax machine, Dictaphone, and typewriter. Whatever. Except for the copier (which is too complicated for my liking), I use each one of these—and others, like the paperweight—in my practice and advise lawyers to do do the same. Why? We’ve moved far away from our inefficient but profitable origins and need to reclaim our hand-crafted bespoken heritage. For that reason, here are 5 fundamental legal technologies the tech gods believe are obsolete—but are just as good today and just as fundamentally sound as they were in 1984.

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C. Hank Peters ("Chank") is an attorney whose background includes a rural, small-town, solo practice in Minnesota. He uses his practice experience from the late 1970s to advise attorneys who want to establish a lean and client-focused legal practice. He is one of a few legal marketing attorneys online and remains the inspiration for the website Big Legal Brain.


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  2. Allison Williams Esq.

    April 28, 2014 at 6:24 am

    This is a good post. I mean who would have imagined carbon paper would go obsolete. It was such a blessing having it around in the office. And the typewriter was something god sent for a lot of us.

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  4. Julie

    October 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    We use Word Perfect at my office. We actually have both Word and Word Perfect, and I always find myself picking Word Perfect. It’s the best.

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