Law by the Numb#rs

Lawyers say they like storing data online

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For a profession sometimes criticized as being slow to change, the law seems to be flying into use of cloud computing for legal work.

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s 2013 survey of ABA lawyers shows a heady amount of satisfaction with online-based software solutions. Among this year’s findings in the report’s volume on law office technology are:

• Asked if they had ever used Web-based software, 30.7 percent of respondents answered affirmatively. That number is up from 20.9 percent in 2012 and 15.5 percent in 2011. Solo practitioners were the most likely to respond affirmatively at 40.2 percent.

• Among those who reported having used cloud computing for law-related tasks, 70.4 percent said they would continue using them in the future. While 8.8 percent said they would not use them, 14.7 percent answered “maybe.”

• Among those who reported they had not used cloud computing, the top factors that prevented them were:

  » 57.7 percent: confidentiality and security concerns.

  » 47.4 percent: less control of data because it’s hosted by the provider.

  » 47.4 percent: unfamiliarity with the technology.

  » 17 percent: cost.

• Among those who said they had not used cloud computing, 46.3 percent said they did not intend to use the cloud in the future.

The LTRC surveyed attorneys from January through May on the use of technology in the legal profession. A 208-question survey was divided into six questionnaires. An outside research firm emailed 12,500 ABA lawyer members in private practice, asking for participation in the law office technology survey. The data in this report is based on the research firm’s tabulation of the 888 completed questionnaires about online law office technology.

The six-volume survey report is being published sequentially from May through July. Volumes I and II, Technology Basics and Law Office Technology, will be available in May; volumes III and IV, Litigation and Courtroom Technology and Web and Communication Technology, will be available in June; and volumes V and VI, Online Research and Mobile Lawyers, will be available in July. A combined edition of all volumes and an executive summary will be published in August.

Copies of the report, sold by volume or as a complete set, may be purchased through the LTRC webpage or the ABA Web Store.

• Data excerpts from The 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report


Graphics by Jamie Gannon

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