TECHNOLOGY AND THE

COURTROOM OF THE FUTURE

(How to Avoid Being Roadkill on
the Information Superhighway)




Author

RICHARD R. ORSINGER
Attorney at Law
1616 Tower Life Building
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 225-5567 (Telephone)
(210) 267-7777 (Telefax)

74767.2472@compuserve.com
rrichard@txdirect.net
http://www.txdirect.net/users/rrichard


STATE BAR OF TEXAS

10TH ANNUAL ADVANCED CIVIL APPELLATE PRACTICE COURSE

September 12-13, 1996 - Austin, Texas


© 1996 Richard R. Orsinger
All Rights Reserved




Table of Contents


I. SCOPE OF ARTICLE

II. PARLEZ-VOUS 1's AND O's?

III. THE COMMUNICATION REVOLUTION

IV. COMPUTERS WILL BECOME THE PREEMINENT COMMUNICATION DEVICE

V. WE'RE ALL PUBLISHERS NOW

VI. THE INTERNET

VII. INTERNET VS. ON-LINE SERVICES

VIII. ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR CONCURRENCY WILL CHANGE OUR VERY LIVES

IX. THINGS ARE STARTING TO LOOK AWFULLY DIFFERENT OUT THERE

X. SOME IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF COMMUNICATING

A. Communicating Across Distance

B. Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication

1. Examples

2. Eliminates "Telephone Tag"

3. E-Mail

4. Voice Mail

C. Unilateral vs. Interactive Communication; "Inter-creativity"

XI. DEMATERIALIZING THE WORKPLACE

XII. SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FUTURE, AND ITS IMPACT ON THE PRESENT

A. What's Past is Prelude--No Longer

B. Change in the Rate of Change

C. A Sampling of Progress in Travel and Communication

D. Predictions About the Future

E. An Interview With Bill Gates, the Richest Man in America.

F. More From Bill Gates

XIII. INFORMATION OVERLOAD

A. Filtering Services

B. Agents

C. Boolean Searching

D. Serendipity

E. Self-Education

XIV. DEMOGRAPHICS OF WEB USERS.

XV. OVERVIEW OF FUTURE TECHNOLOGY.

A. Computers of the Future

B. Wireless Technology.

C. Roadkill on the Information Highway.

1. Computing

2. Communicating

XVI. RECOMMENDATIONS ON COMPUTER HARDWARE.

XVII. CHOICES ON COMPUTER SOFTWARE.

A. Windows 95

B. Software Suites

1. Microsoft Office

2. Corel Wordperfect Suite 7

3. Lotus Smart Suite

C. World Wide Web Browsers

1. To Buy Netscape Navigator

2. To Obtain Microsoft Explorer

XVIII. CHOICES ON ACCESS TO LEGAL INFORMATION

A. Some Information on CD-ROMs

B. Merger Mania

C. West's Texas Cases and Annotated Texas Statutes on CD-ROM 24

D. LCP's Texas Cases on CD-ROM

E. Q'Case (Cases on CD-ROM)

F. Westlaw

G. Lexis-Nexis

XIX. RECOMMENDATIONS ON INTERNET ACCESS

A. On-Line Services

B. Internet Service Providers

C. Austin Internet Service Providers

D. Dallas Internet Service Providers

E. El Paso Internet Service Providers

F. Houston Internet Providers

G. San Antonio Internet Service Providers

XX. ISDN (DIGITAL) TELEPHONE LINES

A. What is ISDN?

B. Cost and Arranging for ISDN Service

XXI. URL'S OF INTEREST TO APPELLATE PRACTITIONERS

XXII. THE COURTROOM OF THE FUTURE

A. Electronic Filing of Pleadings, Etc.

B. National Center for State Courts

1. Court Technology Conference

2. Perspectives on Automating Courts

3. Publishing Opinions and Dockets

4. Court Technology in the 21st Century

5. The Internet and Courts

Appellate Practice & Advocacy Section Home Page

U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library

U.S. Code (searchable)

Texas Rules of Civil Evidence



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Copyright © 1996 Richard R. Orsinger
Created August 27, 1996
Last updated October 8, 1996