October 26th, 2009 by The Clio Team
Although much of the dialog around cloud computing in the legal context is typically focused on the attorney crowd, it’s important to involve the ecosystem of other legal professionals that are equally curious about the changing technology landscape. Accordingly, we were pleased to read an excellent educational piece written from the perspective of paralegal Kim Walker, titled “Paralegals Take a Walk on The Cloud”, which appeared recently on Law.com. Both accessible and informative, Kim’s analysis provides an unbiased overview of the risks and benefits of “the Cloud”, graduating readers through the basic meaning of the terms and acronyms, conceptualizing the underlying technology, and offering a few tips to ensure prospective “Cloud” adopters are versed on matters of security and data ownership. According to Kim:
As a paralegal in the 21st century, you are required to keep abreast of all the latest technology, how it works and how it can benefit your firm and clients. Technology is changing business as usual in the law firm every day. But cloud computing is storming onto the scene, and your knowledge of the way cloud computing works will ensure either blue skies or gray skies for you.
For any legal professional contemplating a move to “the Cloud”, or just interested to keep informed of the evolving world of legal technology, we highly recommend giving Ms. Walker’s article a read.