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Mark Privratsky Discusses Technology Training for Lawyers with Minnesota Lawyer

05.16.14

Minnesota Lawyer’s article “Firms Channel Their Inner Techie,” explores the various steps law firms are taking to ensure that lawyers are current with the latest technologies. Mark Privratsky, IP litigator and Lindquist & Vennum’s systems committee chair and security officer said the best way to train lawyers in technology is to grab them as soon as they walk in the door. Lindquist provides regular formal training sessions on word processing, email and e-discovery software, but also expects new lawyers to learn on the job. He said that law schools do a “good job” with the training but that there is more for a first-year lawyer to learn. “One of the first things a new lawyer will be assigned to is an e-discovery project, and we show them here is the software we have to make this easier, here are some of the basics, now get to it. When you have questions, find someone who knows the program and ask,” he said.

The firm has had good participation in training from older attorneys because the technology allows them more freedom. Attorneys can work at home and access large amounts of data without having to lug boxes back and forth. “They realize it is part of the landscape now to know how this stuff works,” Privratsky said. “The courts have moved to e-filing, and clients demand expertise. They don’t want to pay hourly rates to review documents when there are programs designed to save time and money.”

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