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Katrina Revisited

Eight months after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, the legal community in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi continues to recover and rebuild. This month, a special issue of Law Technology News provides an in-depth look at Katrina's impact on and implications for legal technology. For this special issue, LTN editor-in-chief Monica Bay and photographer Russ Curtis traveled to New Orleans. Among the people they met with there were lawyer Ernest Svenson, a/k/a Ernie the Attorney, who was inspired at least in part by the storm to leave his firm and start a solo practice. As Bay notes on her blog, this is LTN's first-ever single-theme issue. In an editor's note, she explains what motivated her to produce the issue:

"When Hurricane Katrina hit, I felt compelled -- just as I felt on 9/11/01 -- to be a witness. To try, in some small, humble way, to tell the stories of those in our legal technology community whose lives were forever jarred by forces outside their control."

Meanwhile, you can listen to both Monica Bay and Ernie Svenson talk about Katrina's impact on New Orleans' legal community in this week's Coast to Coast, the podcast that J. Craig Williams and I co-host. Along with Bay and Svenson, we speak with Tim Doody, firm administrator for Chaffe McCall LLP in New Orleans, and Tom O'Connell, president of XOsoft, a technology company that helped law firms restore data after Katrina.

And if you think disaster planning is just for firms along the Gulf Coast, take a look at Steve Terrell's Hoosier Lawyer post about how a storm this week knocked out several Indianapolis law firms along with the Indiana State Bar Association. Terrell writes:

"It looks like it was a bomb," one downtown attorney said, after seeing the damage on Monday morning.  People in Lockerbie Square just east of downtown Indianapolis, were reporting picking up legal papers from their front yards, trees and bushes.

For lawyers, the lesson should be: You can never be too prepared.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on April 7, 2006 at 10:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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