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Impact of Technology on the Legal System: A Study of a Law Firm’s Disaster Recovery Planning

Impact of Technology on the Legal System: A Study of a Law Firm’s Disaster Recovery Planning
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Author(s): Stan Lewis (The University of Southern Mississippi, USA), Ernest W. King (The University of Southern Mississippi, USA) and Eddy J. Burks (Frostburg State University, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 3
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch030
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

The manuscript presents the results of an unanticipated opportunity to study disaster recovery planning and collect data about a law firm’s successes (and failures) when the plan had to be implemented. The researchers are engaged in an ongoing study of a professional law firm handling tort (civil) cases in the U. S. legal system. Prior research was presented at the 2005 IRMA International Conference in May, 2005 and reported on a case study that examined the strategic planning undertaken by a law firm pertaining to its developing use of information technology. Based upon the experiences of this legal firm in planning for disaster recovery and its successes (and failures) in protecting its developing decision support capabilities a post-disaster study was conducted to ascertain the impact on the law firm’s continued viability and growth, and on the impact on the U. S. legal system.

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