From the Boston Globe:

Young lawyers seek to shake up legal profession with mobile appsWilliam Palin is a 32-year-old lawyer who passed the bar exam in 2013. But it didn’t take him long to wonder why, when the rest of the world is increasingly conducting business on cellphones and tablets, the legal profession is so tied to paper, desktop computers, and e-mailed Microsoft Word documents.

So as a child of the digital age, he decided to act, joining a growing group of young, tech-savvy lawyers dedicated to developing technology to deliver legal services more efficiently.

Legal Hackers hopes to bridge that generational divide — and the group seems to be making progress. In August, at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting, one panel was titled “Cracking the Code: Everything You Wanted to Know About Coding, Open Data & More But Were Afraid to Ask.”

‘If lawyers want to be competitive, they have to learn a new skill set and that is what the Suffolk program provides its students.’

The tech industry, meanwhile, is eager to see lawyers on board.

 

As for Palin, his PaperHealth app won the American Bar Association’s Hackcess to Justice Legal Hackathon, held at Suffolk last summer. It’s available in the app store.

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