We all use technology to manage our lives every single day. From our smartphones to GPS to email…it is fully ingrained into the way we do business, socialize, and learn new things. Innovation in the technology sphere moves fast, and new automation and tech systems are cropping up faster than they ever have before. As people find ways to integrate new technologies into their everyday lives, legal issues arise. New laws and legal processes always follow emergent technology, which is why you should check the technology sphere if you are trying to spot emerging legal practice areas.
Legal cases surrounding new technology regularly makes the news. For example, the Supreme Court of Indiana recently ruled that the police cannot force a suspect to unlock their smartphone to check content, citing that it could violate someone’s 5th amendment right, protecting them from self-incrimination. As an attorney, it is important to stay on top of new technology, how people use it, and how it may become problematic from a legal standpoint.
Here are several areas of technology that we believe will soon lead to new practice areas:
In order to be prepared for the inevitability of legal cases surrounding new and emerging technology, your firm needs to stay on the cutting edge. Watch the news, think of everything through a legal lens, and prepare yourself to be dealing with unprecedented issues. The faster your practice can adapt to new types of cases, the more market share you will capture in these areas. The best way to beat the competition is to stay ahead of them. The research and analysis you do today will contribute to your firm’s success tomorrow. Don’t delay.