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No Drones for Marijuana Deliveries, Says Bureau of Cannabis Control

Where are Cheech and Chong when we need them?

"Hey man, am I driving OK?" Cheech asks in the 1978 classic, "Up In Smoke."

Chong, his partner in cannabis crime, looks around their smoke-filled car and then answers: "I think we're parked, man."

Since California has ruled that marijuana deliveries may be made only by people in motor vehicles, it has snuffed out other means of transporting the drug. It's no laughing matter to companies that make drones and other autonomous vehicles.

Tide Rises on Lawyers' Duty of Tech Competence

The wave started five years ago when the American Bar Association approved a new rule of professional conduct requiring lawyers to be technology competent.

As Nebraska has recently adopted the rule, the competency wave has crested and is about to break. Now, twenty eight states have raised the bar for attorneys to be technologically proficient.

It's only a matter of time before every lawyer has to take a technology class. So, you may as well get started before the ethics wave crashes.

It's no secret that law firms are starting to utilize all sorts of new technology and software. Granted the rate of adoption for new tech at law firms is typically abysmal, one law professor's special project might actually be showing a change in the weather.

The Law Firm Innovation Index is the project of Daniel Linna, a law professor in Michigan. The index works by having bots crawl the web to search for key terms on law firm websites in order to provide a general idea of what technology law firms are using, or which tech industries firms seem to be targeting most. The index only examined firms in the Am Law 200 and Global 200.

Why Your Law Firm Needs a Tech Committee

If you were on a rocketship going to the moon, how long would it take to get there?

Oh wait, you don't have a rocketship and you don't know how to command one anyway. So basically, you're not going to make it.

That's kind of the problem with many law firms today. Relatively few have fully functional tech committees, and some attorneys wouldn't know what to do if they had one.

There's no question to it, using technological gadgets during a trial, or even just a hearing or scheduling conference, has made the lawyer's life increasingly easier. Using laptops, smartphones, tablets, digital projectors, and other devices can make a big difference, not just in saving time, but also in keeping organized and making presentations to the court. Electronics, which were once banned, are now becoming commonplace.

But what do you do if a device fails? Or worse, fails mid-presentation? Below, you'll find some tips on what to do, and what not to do.

While many science fiction fantasies may posit that when AI takes over the world, the type of discrimination we know today will no longer exist because the robot overlords just won't care about color, gender, or origin ... or, will have just killed us all off indiscriminately.

Even though AI and data science are advancing rapidly, systemic discrimination permeates everything. Implicit bias is real, and is being passed on to the algorithms and artificially intelligent machines that may soon dictate and predict our very lives.

A contest run by National Institute of Justice (NIJ) sought to help develop technology to predict when and where crime will occur. However, as pointed out by the brilliant minds at Lawyerist.com, there's a bit of a problem inherent in the system: crime prediction and forecasting just isn't fair.

Sonic weapons have been around for some time, but a new application could be cause for concern in the future. At the recent Black Hat Conference, researchers from Alibaba Security demonstrated how a sonic gun could disrupt many of the new smart technologies that have been released to the public and consumers.

The researchers were able to show how a drone could be taken down, a "hoverboard" could be disoriented, and robots made to fail, with the use of homemade ultrasound emitting systems. The researchers explained that the same technologies they targeted exist in self-driving cars and other devices, including smartphones.

Are you a lawyer that knows the difference between a motherboard and a mother goose? Can you write a page of simple HTML while chewing gum at the same time? Can you effortlessly pilot a drone through flaming hoops of fire?

If so, you might be one of those "tech-savvy" lawyers. And if you are, you might be wondering if there are any niche practice areas to which you might be particularly well suited. Below, you can read about the top three niche practice areas for you tech-savvy attorneys.

Summer Reading for Legal Tech Pros

How many programmers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None. It's a software problem.

If that didn't make you smile, then you are not a programmer. But if you find pleasure in reading tech stuff -- even books that talk around the subject -- then you might enjoy this list of summer reading for legal tech pros:

Legal Tech Training Isn't Mandatory in Every State -- Yet

It's a strange new world, isn't it?

Florida, the state famous for hanging chads on its voting machines, is the first to mandate lawyers receive technical training.

Perhaps there is no irony in the legal developments, although the hanging chads case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court while the legal profession has been slow to recognize that technology has changed everything in the law. So is it time for mandatory technical training for attorneys everywhere?