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We all know there are “must-have” skills that every lawyer needs in their toolkit. Just as legal workflows continue to evolve, so too have the skills lawyers need to succeed. Lawyers face new challenges as technology advancements change both the business and practice of law. From understanding the ethical obligations of information security and data privacy to business communications and social media, lawyers today more closely resemble Steve Jobs than Atticus Finch. Even if they do not yet realize it, here are five skills lawyers need to succeed:
For years, trainers have watched as interest declined in traditional approaches to technology training. Confronted with a changing job market, many still struggle to find their way on a new path. Key skills are required for trainers to increase their value, deliver programs with more impact and engage the modern learner.
In the age of Panama Papers, WikiLeaks and near-daily news stories of data breaches and hacks, law firms understand they must take measures to ensure information security is a priority. From technological safeguards to employee education programs, most law firms have implemented information security strategies to help protect their firm and client data from outside threats. However, there is another challenge looming on the horizon: data privacy.
As the number and complexity of security audits continue to expand, law firms must pay more attention than ever to the risks posed by their vendors. In an increasingly outsourced world, law firms have to ensure their vendor partners closely guard the private and confidential information entrusted to them.