The Washington Post article “Lawyers, could you pass this test?” looks at an auditing system which determines whether lawyers use basic software skills to speed up their work, or old-fashioned and time-consuming approaches. One example: editing a contract using the “search and replace” function instead of manually changing the same phrase dozens of times.
The Legal Technology Audit was developed in a collaboration between Casey Flaherty, former in-house counsel for Kia Motors America, Suffolk Law Professor Andrew Perlman, and Suffolk Law’s Institute for Law Practice Technology and Innovation. The team is developing a version of the test that can be distributed to law schools, with the intent to train law students.
“Legal Tech Audit launched this month and is already drawing interest from dozens of Fortune 500 companies and large law firms," wrote the Post’s Catherine Ho. "More than 300 people took the beta version that came out in September, and several hundred more are lined up to take the final official version. Flaherty said he is in “serious talks” with in-house lawyers at more than 30 major companies, many of which are considering including the test in future request-for-proposals for law firms.”