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There is No Legal Tech. There is Only Tech.

Last week, we attended the EvolveLaw Tech Savvy In-House Counsel event with an incredible group of legal technology thought leaders. SimpleLegal CEO, Nathan Wenzel, gave a talk on a very thought-provoking topic: There is no legal tech. There is only tech.

I’ll give a quick recap here.

It’s All the Same

Despite all of the #LegalTech buzz, legal technology is really just “tech” that has been modified for the legal department. After hearing Nathan draw parallels between what is considered “new” legal technology and other types of technology that already exist, it is hard not to see the irony.

The idea of leveraging technology to help streamline manual processes, report on KPIs, and understand ways to improve a department is NOT NEW.

Technology = Metrics

Every department in an organization relies heavily on technology to run their department efficiently – marketing, sales, HR, finance, etc. All of these departments have evolved with the addition of tech to their respective areas, which has ultimately changed the business conversations they are able to have. Leaders now have quantitative metrics, with data to back them up.

Nathan points out that without tech we can’t have the important business conversations that help us understand what is moving the needle. He recommends tech-less legal teams start to adopt technology sooner than later and to look to their corporate peers as a resource for how to talk about business.

Other Takeaways from the Tech Savvy In-House Legal Event

Collaboration is Key

Monica Zent from Foxwordy spoke about why collaboration for in-house legal departments can be beneficial. Not only does collaboration save time and costs, it can boost employee morale and lift employee engagement. Monica describes how collaboration works best through a combination of the following:

Legal is a Cost Center but Legal Ops Helps to Save Costs Through Technology and Process

The evening’s panel, moderated by Joshua Lenon, consisted of Anthony Blackburn from AdRoll, Marika Daggett from Google, and Roycee Hasuko from Salesforce. There were a myriad of topics covered, and I list my favorite takeaways here:

To stay on top of visionary legal technologies, check out other EvolveLaw events on their event page.