New educational series focusing on technology

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David Whelan, director of the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center, will lead the first in a series of lectures on issues relating to the effective use of technology in legal practice on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at noon in Room 3043.

Whelan's presentation will address all facets of the use of technology in the practice of law, from the wired legal office to electronic filing to case and client management to trial practice. Pizza and drinks will be provided immediately following the lecture.

David WhelanAbout the speaker

Whelan is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. As director of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center, he provides practice technology resources and research to ABA members as well as provide guidance on the ABA's internal technology direction and publish annual legal technology survey reports. Whelan is a frequent speaker and writer on technology-related topics and the effect of technology on the legal profession. Educated as a lawyer and librarian, he has worked for a legal case management vendor, law firms, and managed the technology infrastructure at a law school.

About the series

The "Technology in the Practice of Law" series is a new initiative sponsored by Duke Law School Information Services. The series is organized by Kenneth J. Hirsh, Director of Computing Services, and Wayne Miller, Director of Educational Technologies.

"As technology transforms legal practice, legal education has not kept pace. Curricula do not integrally reflect the ways in which information technologies are being used, and could be used, to change the practice of law in the United States. Our initiative addresses the need for a certain level of technological competence as part of the skill set for a lawyer," say Hirsh and Miller.

Future workshops are planned for March and April.