(How to Avoid Being Roadkill on
the Information Superhighway)

1996 All Rights Reserved
Richard R. Orsinger

I. SCOPE OF ARTICLE This article is a pastiche, covering technology and its possible impact on appellate practice. It includes a consideration of the tools which technology has made available to us now, as well as projections regarding what the future may hold for technology and appellate practice. The Article does not build from a beginning to an end. Rather it lets ideas "rise to the surface" in no fixed order. Hopefully something in this Article will resonate in your life.

Some readers will have no interest in the subject of this Article, or will lose interest quickly in reading it. To those readers the Author would say: don't read the Article--the future will come to you even if you don't plan for it. And for those who do plan for the future, remember the example of the American Army general handing out packets to his field officers before D-Day, the largest movement of men and material in human history: "Men, this is General Eisenhower's plan for the D-Day invasion. Study it, but not too hard. The one thing I know for sure about D-Day is that what you see in this plan is not what is going to happen."

To quote Bill Gates, one of the creators of the personal computing revolution, who has become immensely wealthy through some luck and a lot of foresight: "When change is inevitable, you must spot it, embrace it and find ways to make it work for you." Because of the speed at which technology is changing, and the magnitude of the changes, you probably need to spend one out of every 20 hours (5%) of your work time on learning and implementing new technology, and changing your work habits and long-term plans to account for technological changes.

Throughout the Article there are citations to URL's (uniform resource locator), which are World Wide Web sites that discuss the matter in more detail. On the World Wide Web version of the article, these URL's are hypertext links.

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Created August 27, 1996
Last updated August 27, 1996