A senior environmental lawyer at a law department estimates that she spends approximately an hour a day on Google finding material that helps her in her practice. She brings up proposed regulations, court decisions, regulatory rulings, information about Superfund sites, expert witnesses and a plethora of other material.
For many specialty lawyers (See my post of Sept. 10, 2005 on inside specialists.) the internet could be a resource resorted to frequently. As more law firms pour material into the internet, as the legal blawgs flourish (See my post of July 20, 2005 on legal blogs.), as government agencies turn more and more material into digital form online, as legal Wikipedia projects increase (See my post of Dec. 29, 2005 about Cornell’s initiative.), time spent online by in-house lawyers will grow.