Communication has changed dramatically in the workplace in the past two decades. In a span of less than 20 years, voice-mail, cell phones, overnight delivery and personal computers have altered where and how we interact with clients and colleagues.

Email: career opportunities and pitfalls


But it is the widespread adoption of e-mail as a communication tool where change has been the most significant. E-mail has fundamentally changed the way we do business. E-mail has given us an unprecedented way to quickly share our thoughts in writing, regardless of our physical proximity to the intended recipient (or our presence in an office). E-mail has provided us with a means to easily share our written thoughts with multiple parties.

What follows is an attempt to highlight how the effective use of e-mail can help you in your legal career. More importantly, we wanted to demonstrate some of the career pitfalls associated with poor uses of e-mail.