Monday, September 8, 2008

Old-School Attorneys Face E-Discovery of New World

Two years ago, Patrick McLaughlin used a Dictaphone when working on pleadings for his criminal cases. But times have changed for the assistant U.S. attorney, who has graduated from using the recording device – to dictating to his legal secretary.

“I never became comfortable with the idea of sitting down and typing out documents,” said McLaughlin, 58, who prosecutes drug traffickers and money launderers for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He’s one of many trial lawyers who started practicing before the Internet came into common use. They are now facing a changing legal landscape as technology takes a larger place in the world of law, specifically in the area of electronic discovery.

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