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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Julia Virginia Jones, October 6, 1997. Interview J-0072. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

New technologies alter the way lawyers worked

Jones discusses the imbalance new technological innovations provided for workers' lives. She assesses how technological changes have increased attorneys' work load and decreased their freedom outside of work.

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Oral History Interview with Julia Virginia Jones, October 6, 1997. Interview J-0072. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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NANCY S. FRIEDMAN:
You said, how you think it's harder now, probably not just for young attorneys. Why do you think it's harder now?
JUDGE JULIA V. JONES:
I think it's just the business world. The technology. You'll hear this from everybody. When I started practicing law they used carbon copies, and you could talk to somebody and say, "Well, I'll get that letter out," when you know you hadn't even started it. Now you know what you are going to say in it, you're not lying, but now it's fax me what you got or E-mail me what you got. There's no give, there's no everything now. So, I think technology, if we're not careful, it's going to rule us rather than us ruling it. I remember the first time Ted Rast, whom you are going to be working with, I was going backpacking somewhere, maybe to Nepal, and he said something about taking a flip phone with me. I was just appalled. Well, since then I almost always, for safety reasons, not for work, but almost always will take a phone. When we were in Colorado we had the llamas carry our phone. So, that's the good part, but the bad part would be if you were sitting up there in Colorado, looking at the mountains and not seeing them because you were on the phone with your partner. Again, everybody's different. I had another friend who would take long vacations, but he had to call the office every morning. He just said, "Okay, from 9 to 11 I'm going to call the office, and then we'll go hiking or whatever." It drove me crazy, but he needed to do it. So, everybody has to make their choice about how they are going to have balance. I think you are going to burn out if you don't have some balance, but again I can only choose for me.