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Lucas: The pace of news, like life, changes fast

Kelly Lucas
October 26, 2011
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EidtPerspLucas-sigWhen addressing the group of eager young lawyers being sworn in at this year’s fall Bar Admission Ceremony, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr., Northern District of Indiana, reflected on how the day-to-day business of practicing law has changed in the 36 years since he took the oath. Typewriters and other modes of communication used when he entered the profession in 1975 have become nearly extinct, he explained, and today’s lawyers must continually update to the latest technologies to stay abreast of developments in the law.

While he gave those in attendance the impression that this new world sometimes left him feeling a bit behind-the-times, when Judge Miller finished his talk, Chief Justice Randall Shepard, who was sitting next to the district court judge, let the audience in on a little secret. Judge Miller had been reading this address from his iPad.

The wave of technology that has swept the late 20th and early 21st centuries is taking us all for an interesting ride. Whether we decide to surf the wave and revel in the new opportunities it offers or submerge ourselves and become overwhelmed by it is up to each of us. I’m guessing that many people feel sort of like a duck in these waters – calm above the surface but paddling feverishly beneath to keep up.

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

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