I cannot imagine what it was like to practice law without a photocopy machine. In the first years of my practice, I received a few briefs typed the old fashioned way, on onion-skin paper with five sets of carbons in between. But since then, we have witnessed a continuing march of progress in information processing. From the mag card, to the memory typewriter, to the System 6, to the dedicated word processor, to the personal computer and now to the computer network, we have seen technology, when working correctly, providing tremendous assistance in meeting the demands of our busy lives. Word processing, document assembly, document management, deadline control, and many other things that lawyers did by hand are now automated. Photocopy machines facilitate an increased quality and speed of paper flow. The routine use of fax machines has reduced delivery time for paper communication by at least a day. The online transfer of word processing files allows paperless editing, coast to coast, in a matter of minutes. Advances in data storage, transfer and manipulation allow us to do, in minutes, things never thought possible.
Stephen T. Maher,
Lawfutures, or, Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I'm Sixty Four?,
Rich. J.L. & Tech
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