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The Impact of Technology on the Legal Profession
Taught by: Conrad Johnson and Brian Donnelly

Description
E-Seminar Description
This e-seminar is an exploration of the influence technology has exerted on the practice of law. The revolutionary nature of digital and communications technologies—especially regarding the practice of law—will undoubtedly change the profession.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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Lessons | Instructors' Background | Technical Requirements

Lessons
This e-seminar is divided into three sections and contains a number of interactive elements to help your understanding by engaging you as an active participant in the course. An open-ended question at the beginning of each section and questions posed by the lawyers throughout the course are designed to allow you to express your ideas and ask questions of fellow participants in the course. While this course is not for credit and your responses to questions are not required, we strongly encourage you to participate in the discussion.

There are no required outside reading assignments. At the end of the seminar, Johnson and Donnelly have listed additional Web resources and a list of books for those interested in further study.

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Instructors' Background
Conrad Johnson
Conrad A. Johnson is Clinical Professor of Law, School of Law, Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Columbia in 1975 and a J.D. from Brooklyn College in 1978. Upon graduation from law school, he worked as staff attorney in the Harlem office of Legal Aid Society, Civil Division. Johnson was named attorney-in-charge in 1983. He joined the faculty of the City University of New York Law School in 1987, teaching courses in lawyering, professional responsibility, and civil procedure, and supervising students in their simulation program. He was named to the Columbia University faculty in 1989, where he co-founded the Fair Housing Clinic. Johnson is the co-creator of the Columbia Law School's first distance learning offering, Seminar in Race-Conscious Remedies. Professor Johnson was named Director of Clinical Programs at Columbia in 1992. He was a member of the Mayor's Committee on the Judiciary (1990-94), appointed a member of the Professional Education Project of the Hon. Judith Kaye, and serves on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Clinical Legal Education Association, the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, the National Black Law Journal, the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and the City-Wide Task Force on the Housing Court. Professor Johnson has done extensive work on the impact of technology on the law and lawyering while chairing committees on technology for Columbia Law School, The Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools, the Clinical Legal Education Association, and the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the Association of the Bar for the City of New York.

Brian Donnelly
Brian Donnelly is Lecturer in Law at the Columbia Law School, where, with Conrad Johnson, he co-teaches the seminar Lawyering in the Digital Age. Mr. Donnelly also serves as the Director of Instructional Services of the Law School. He was the Instructional Services Librarian at the Columbia University Law Library, where he managed instructional programs in electronic research skills as well as all phases of law school student computer labs. He was principal investigator in the digital library initiative "Project Janus." Prior to joining the Columbia staff and faculty, Donnelly practiced law in Stamford, CT, where he was primarily concerned with commercial real estate. Brian Donnelly received his B.A. in Political Science from Boston College in 1978, his J.D. from St. John's University in 1983, and a Master of Science in Library Science from Columbia University in 1992.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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