Legal technology skills program teaches latest innovations

By: Prof. Phil Broadhead

The University of Mississippi School of Law has launched a legal technology skills program to teach the latest innovations in law practice.  Led by a partnership between the law school’s Clinical Programs and the Grisham Law Library, this two-year program features outstanding attorneys and information technology specialists, who teach substantive skills law students will need.  These skills will not only make Ole Miss Law graduates more “practice-ready,” they will provide a foundation for success with future advances in electronic media and hardware.  The program has focused on technology for law office management, court document filing, and trial litigation simulations and demonstrations. Previous events have included: Dennis Joiner, Federal Public Defender for Mississippi, who spoke on the use of Trial Director, a document management software for litigation; Clint Penecost, Counsel with the Mississippi Supreme Court, who has presented four times on the Mississippi Electronic Courts (MEC), the new digital documents filing system for state courts; William Andrew Lewis, Electronic Discovery Counsel with Recommind and Vice President for Innovation with Paragon Legal Technology Support, LLC, who has spoken twice on predictive coding, electronic document security, and other cutting-edge law practice issues; and Rick Patt, past chair for the Mississippi Bar Technology Committee, who discussed small law office-friendly apps, digital information sharing platforms, and website design.  Thanks to Clinical Professor Phil Broadhead, Director of the Criminal Appeals Clinic, and Professor Kris Gilliland, Director of the Grisham Law Library, for organizing this important series.