55 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1141 (1993-1994)
Digital Lawyers: Orienting the Legal Profession to Cyberspace

handle is hein.journals/upitt55 and id is 1153 raw text is: DIGITAL LAWYERS: ORIENTING THE LEGAL PROFESSION
TO CYBERSPACE
Ethan Katsh*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.  Introduction  ......................................         1142
II. The New Electronic Environment ...................            1146
A .  N etworks ....................................          1146
B.   Interactive Communication .....................         1147
C.   Word and Image .............................            1149
D .  Hyperm   edia  .................................        1150
III. The New Legal Environment .......................            1151
A .  Boundaries   ..................................         1156
B.   Communication and Conflict ...................          1159
C.   An Example: Health Care Reform ..............           1162
IV. Lawyers and Informational Value ...................           1164
A.   Capturing Conflict ............................         1165
B.   Reorienting    Legal   Practice:   An   Information-
Oriented Approach ...........................          1167
C.   An  Exam  ple  .................................        1170
V .  Conclusion  .......................................         1174
Most of what lawyers do is store, categorize, organize, retrieve and analyze
data. Microcomputers and networks have revolutionized the way people in other
* Professor of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Internet ad-
dress:katsh@legal.umass.edu. This article is adapted from a longer work, LAW IN A DIGITAL
WORLD, that will be published by Oxford University Press in 1994. I was pleased to have the
opportunity to share some of the ideas expressed in this article at faculty seminars of the Univer-
sity of Montreal and University of Connecticut Law Schools and the University of Quebec Legal
Sciences Department. My understanding of the capabilities of information technologies also owes
a great deal to discussions with a number of individuals during the past year, particularly Ronald
Pipkin, Peter d'Errico, Peter Martin, Tom Bruce, Trotter Hardy, David Johnson, Henry H. Per-
ritt, Ronald Staudt, James Hambleton and Ejan MacKaay. I am also grateful to the West Pub-
lishing Company for providing access to WESTLAW, to Mead Data Central for providing access
to LEXIS, to LEXIS Counsel Connect, and to Donald Dunn and Bonnie Koneski-White and their
staff for courtesies extended to me in using the law library of the Western New England College
School of Law.

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