I remember the first time I was told that our industry would be paperless within 1, 2 or 3 years. Bill Clinton was president and hadn't been impeached. Home values actually rose. Noone had heard of Osama Bin Laden. Children born that day are now legally driving cars and picking colleges. Alas, we are STILL not paperless.
Why, oh why do we still pretend that an industry as tradition-bound and luddite-ridden as The Law will ever truly be paperless?
There is only one possible explanation: We single-handedly keeps many other vendors in business. Paper manufacturers, photocopier dealers, photocopier repairpeople, velobinding suppliers, hole punch makers, an entire wing of the ballpoint pen industry. If we go paperless, think of the massive job losses that would ensue. The already-fragile economy would collapse, and within months we'd be in complete anarchy.
So do your duty, print that e-mail! Make those extra copies for the court! Remember, paper keeps our way of life intact.