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From advancements in technology to changes in the workplace, the latest legal trends are having a significant impact on attorneys and their clients. Here are the ones to watch in 2023:
Law firms are now using much smaller offices than before the pandemic. This has led to more firms placing an emphasis on “collaborative workspaces.” This collaboration refers to expanding each attorney’s practice areas and how their cases are handled. The shift toward a more collaborative environment provides a learning environment for legal professionals and helps them reach cooperative breakthroughs.
Diversity & Inclusion
Achieving workplace diversity requires an inclusive and tolerant mindset, which is vital to a successful work culture. Diversity is more than a buzzword. Combining minds from various backgrounds creates unique and specialized solutions to problems.
The American Bar Association highlights the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace:
- a rise in the quality of service
- cost reduction
- an enhanced reputation for the law firm
- an improvement in departmental operations,
- and increased contributions to organizational initiatives.
Technology has evolved, and mobile devices are so common that the stacks of boxes containing documents are now a thing of the past. Some law offices have chosen to go paperless as legal documents can be accessed on a phone or computer. Considering the dire predictions about Earth’s environmental future, we should expect to see more legal practices using automation technology to further reduce dependence on paper.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Assistance
AI stole plenty of headlines in 2022, from image generators like Midjourney that are uncanny in their ability to create an image from any prompt one could think of to AI chatbots that can write your cover letter for you. Automated billing, document storage, accounting, and practice management are all areas that will benefit from AI automation technology moving forward.
With data volume increasing, firms and corporate legal departments are using AI software to streamline data management. AI software solutions are also improving workflow, taking care of ordinary tasks unrelated to legal work (billing, e-mail, marketing) that chip away at billable hours.
Improving the Client Experience
Following a larger trend in business, the legal sector is becoming more client-focused. The candidate pools are experiencing a more diverse array of applications. These potential employees are invaluable to law firms that want to sustain long-term growth by providing better connections with clients from many walks of life, which increases the appeal of firms that champion diversity.
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