An Unusual Recipe For Your Law Firm’s Thanksgiving Dinner

I bet you never thought of these unusual Thanksgiving combinations:

  • Irradiated Turkey 
  • Thermostabilized candied yams
  • Freeze-dried mash potatoes
  • Thermostabilized cherry cobbler
  • Powdered (as in, literal powder) tea with sugar and lemon

But, each of these is on today’s menu for NASA astronauts in honor of this American holiday.

While you may be stuffing your face with Turkey stuffing, warm cornbread, and pumpkin pie, residents of the International Space Station must make do without refrigerators or heavyweight foods.

It allegedly took 18 months, according to the UK’s The Independent to develop this questionably mouth-watering feast for America’s finest. But even if this menu doesn’t wet your appetite, the unusual combination of science and creativity should.

Whether it’s hybrid animals like the Liger (male lion and a female tiger), the mix of bacon chocolate chip cookies (some say it’s gross, others glorious), or counter-intuitive combination of color and noise (yes, noise can have the colors white, pink, purple, or blue); this century is marked by atypical associations.

And while you may be grateful for your oven-roasted honey ham—a classic Thanksgiving blend—law firm professionals should look forward to another crazy combo: Technology and Law.

You may not foresee a future where hackers and lawyers come together, but it’s already happening between computer programmers and journalists with Hacks/Hackers, which encourages journalists to work with software developers on projects. It’s time to open up the legal space to hackerspaces.

One organization has taken the lead in this area: Legal Hackers, a group encouraging a tech-focused approach to tackling tough issues in the legislative and legal space.

“After scores of internet users opposed the passage of SOPA and [its Senate counterpart] PIPA through vocal and technological protest, Congress decided to table the bills for later consideration,” Legal Hackers states on its website, according to AssociationsNow Technology News.

“But the fact that the bills got so close to becoming law troubled a few Brooklyn Law School students. How could Congress come up with a law so devoid of stakeholder input and so divorced from a meaningful resolution to this common legal problem?”

Legal Hackers decided it needed to find a solution. It is working to build tools that help move lawyers from desktop-based inefficiencies (like, emailing Word documents instead uploads to the cloud or apps) toward a more mobile-friendly approach.

For now, Legal Hackers is a self-proclaimed low- or non-profit organization. In August, it presented at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting a session called, “Cracking the Code: Everything You Wanted to Know About Coding, Open Data & More But Were Afraid to Ask.”

But even if you see no place in your firm for work with Legal Hackers, the idea still stands that technology and law are two sides of the same service coin. They belong together, like turkey and stuffing or pumpkin pie and whipped cream.

If you don’t know how to upgrade your software or, more importantly, upgrade your corporate culture to a technology-friendly and mobile-first one, then seek support.

Hire consultants that know how to integrate technology and tailor these tools to your firm’s needs (C4CM has a variety of online courses to help you, here).

Today, thanks to mobile technology, you can watch football at home without fear of missing important work calls or deadlines. And sitting down to share Thanksgiving dinner with family this year is something to truly be thankful for.

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