So a Lawyer Walks into CES

January 10, 2017 By Stephen Embry
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Sounds like the start of a joke, right? It’s not. Here are my tales from CES.

“Unsuspected by this dark land, I had the civilization of the nineteenth century booming under its very nose.” Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

You may remember Mark Twain’s novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. It’s about a 20th century engineer who gets hit on the head and wakes up in medieval England, where he astounds and astonishes King Arthur and his Court with technical 20th century knowledge – until the Church calls him a witch.  

That’s what it felt like for me at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – only I was the peasants in the field. And everyone else was the time traveler with a head injury.

The Show’s slogan, Whoa! , is a bit of understatement (to put it mildly) and, like most non-techie lawyers, what I hear and see borders on magic.

I came to CES with one goal in mind: to represent lawyers and the legal field to the creators of next-gen tech. Why? Well, because lawyers are consumers of electronic devices too. There is virtually no area of legal practice not touched (or let us be honest, radically changed) by new and evolving technology.  

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