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December 2016 , Page 22 

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Cloud Computing for Criminal Lawyers: It’s Not the Future Anymore

By Dane S. Ciolino

For many criminal lawyers, “the cloud” — a place where digital data is remotely created, stored, or shared using the internet — is a distant, dark, and foreboding place. Civil lawyers, with their abundant resources, staff and consultants, may choose to ascend there. But criminal practitioners are often more comfortable with their feet resting on familiar terra firma, and their hands clutching well-worn paper files and expandable folders.

This must change. And it already has. Whether they realize it or not, criminal lawyers spend much of their personal and professional lives in the cloud. They get movies from Netflix, not Blockbuster. They read case law on Fastcase, not in the Federal Reporter. They file motions through PACER/ECF, not court runners. They let Google, not their fingers, do the walking for contact information.

But criminal lawyers — indeed all lawyers — can and should do so much more in the cloud. Rather than conservatively clinging to past practices an

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