Don't be afraid to welcome electronic overlords

In-house counsel must embrace the technology revolution in the legal department

Lawyers tend not to be the world’s most daring folks. As we are raised through the “baby lawyer” stage, we are taught that protecting our clients through the negative path results in a safe client and a safe lawyer. For the in-house lawyer, this philosophy is quickly dashed on the rocks of client demands and reality. Our internal clients are risk-takers and demand that their lawyers “find a way.”

So we alter our mindset and try to become more business-friendly, and sometimes discover our entrepreneurial and daring side in order to best serve our clients, and excel in the new economy. 

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Stephen Kaplan

Stephen Kaplan is senior vice president and general counsel of Connextions, Inc.

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