Looking at the future of law

No profession can remain static. Things change over the years. All professions have changed over decades and centuries as technological advancement s and innovations change their way of doing things. The main objectives of improving the implementation careers is to make services much more efficient, faster, better and less expensive. Be it the media, the medical fraternity, teaching and even the legal fraternity cannot be left out as the future beckons and with it comes changes and adaption to new challenges and demands.

ILTACON, International Legal Technology Association Conference, is a seminar which scrutinizes the professionals in the technology who work within law firms and the legal departments and seeks to share and empower on what works and what the future holds for the profession.

ILTACON on the future of law focused on how there can be a streamlining of legal services to offer adequate service delivery and improve the legal system while at it. There were promising ideas on how there can be a tweaking and a re-think towards the future of law. Some of those ideas include lawyers actively engaging with technology and the people behind technology so that services are effective and faster. On the other hand, technologists should understand the role of lawyers better to streamline services. Another suggestion is shifting of risk from the corporate clients onto the law firms, this will enable law firms secure their top line revenue.

ILTACON has the agenda of increasing revenue for law firms while decreasing operational costs. When technology plays a part in legal firms operations, there will be lesser and cheaper timekeepers who still uphold quality. The time savings which have been accrued will be used to resell other corporate clients. If the future of law is to be much more convincing in service delivery, then change needs to start from the foundation, technology is just going to be laid out later after the fundamental changes and, primarily, acceptance of those changes is effected. Incentives have to be laid out for there to be a gradual shift in practicing law in the days to come.

There are questions which ILTACON purposed to answer at the just concluded conference three weeks ago. All these questions are pegged on how the practice will be carried out in the future. Some of those key questions are, what does the legal profession need to do better than it is doing now? Secondly, what can be done now but less intensively? How can systems and delivery of services be re-thought? And finally, can preventive law be practiced? All these questions served to create a conversation on how the future of law will be shaped.

ILTACON has made steps in looking at the integration of technology into the practice of law. By gathering great legal and technological minds to pursue a future for how things work for the good of the legal profession in the future. One of the other objectives is to ensure that the legal profession is prestigious to boost attraction and retention in the profession.

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