The NLJ 250: Three Decades of Change

Dale Cendali, Kirkland & Ellis

The National Law Journal


To me, law practice has changed in two material ways since I began practicing law (which I hasten to add was a bit less than three decades ago). First, technology has totally changed basic practices. I remember editing law journal articles on a green Wang computer terminal. I remember when I was a summer associate and the firm I was working for just bought computers for secretaries. The secretaries were so opposed to them; they had gotten great at literally cutting and taping revisions to briefs and then photocopying the Frankenstein-like result such that they were convinced computers would be a fad. A few tried what seemed to me to be a slowdown to complain about the change — but over time this was unsuccessful, and everyone literally got with the "program."

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