chapter  14
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Technology and Part-Time Lawyering

U s i n g the new communications technologies-most o f them c o m m o n only i n the past 15 years or less-lawyers and clients n o w have easier access to each other and, as we have seen, their relationships have been affected by the shortened turnaround time that technology makes possible (Jacobs and Gerson 1997). "Social ly expected durations" (Mer ton , 1984) have been compressed w i t h respect to lawyers' availability to their clients and clients' expectations for complet ion o f work and its delivery. T h e new technologies engender rising expectations that work can be completed i n less time, and lawyers must live w i t h increasing pressures to get work done quickly and efficiently. Cec i l i a M c C o y , an associate at a midsize boutique law firm, described a coworker i n Manhattan:

[She].. .is sort of a permanent attorney-not a partner, not an associate-who has kids, five and seven. She's made a superhuman effort to accommodate both [work and home]. She was the first person to have a cellular phone; she's the first person to have a fax at home. She's the first person to have the system wired at home.