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Majority of lawyers will continue investing in tech for 2019, says new survey

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The majority of legal practitioners will continue to invest in technology in 2019, according to a new survey. The report also found that 67 percent think they will increase the use of tech in their practices in 2019.

Announced at ABA Techshow 2019 in Chicago, the results were put together by LawClerk, a website for freelance lawyers.

In a press release, Kristin Tyler, co-founder and chief marketing officer at LawClerk, said the ABA Techshow was the perfect opportunity to “announce our survey findings, which highlight the bright spots and shortcomings of our industry. As a practicing lawyer myself, I’m excited to see the agility and speed of adoption taking place in our industry.”

While artificial intelligence is a top trend, respondents also were focused on court technology improvements and stricter privacy laws.

Beyond technology, the survey found that 43 percent of respondents have tried alternative billing models and another 28 percent were open to experimenting with different fee approaches.

Meanwhile, a 55 percent thought the legal industry was behind other industries in gender and racial diversity.

The survey was conducted at the recent 2019 ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas and included responses from more than 160 legal practitioners.

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