Legal Innovators

By Thomas Sandstrom with contributions by Jonathan Greenblatt and Bryan Parker. Last week, in a landmark decision for LGBTQ rights, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has protected workers for decades from wrongful termination by their employer based on a number of characteristics, including race and sex. However, protections…
There are lessons to be learned from COVID-19 that should provide the impetus for change to address some of the structural flaws in the way Big Law recruits and develops legal talent. Any analysis must acknowledge that while it may be easy to make broad proclamations about the permanent changes to Big Law that will arise from COVID-19 and its aftermath, it is dangerous to do so. Traditionally, Big Law does not change quickly or…
For small and medium sized businesses, legal disputes as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic are probably inevitable. To help professionals consider their options as well as their legal rights and obligations, we’re hosting a webinar, together with FTI Consulting, The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and other partners. …
On April 10th – in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic – Legal Innovators CEO and Co-Founder Bryan Parker spoke with two of the Three Geeks, Marlene Gebauer and Greg Lambert, to talk about the Legal Innovators model and why the retention of junior legal talent today can’t be the equivalent of a coin flip.  Here’s what Greg and Marlene had to say after their conversation with Bryan: Greg: “This issue of spending seven…
            The coronavirus pandemic has pushed telecommuting and digitalization of offices into overdrive, with many companies now requiring employees to work remotely and most large cities ordering non-essential employees to stay at home. Where the option to video conference into a meeting was once the exception, it is now the rule. And where office workers could once rely on IT departments to monitor and support all of their technological needs, work from home employees must…
With the global economy besieged by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are trying to figure out how to operate amidst a global crisis that has produced a major market disruption. After taking time to slow down and assess the situation, businesses must start thoughtful planning on how to survive this unprecedented time. This planning may include right-sizing cost structures for an unknown time period and investment in activities that can keep the business going as…
We in the business and legal communities talk about diversity and inclusion.  Most of the people of privilege who I know focus on the diversity component, but far fewer truly understand the importance of inclusion.  I plan to work harder to ensure inclusion in my personal and professional life.  And when I fall short, I beg to be informed.  I ask all of us who have had the privilege of inclusion to do the same.…
Among the chaos that is COVID-19, the practice of law has shifted from a professional office environment to at-home counseling. The change in the legal industry undoubtedly brings tension and uncertainty as lawyers grapple with maintaining a sense of normalcy during a global pandemic. When faced with new challenges resulting from the crisis mitigation efforts, we must continuously adapt to maintain our physical and mental health in highly limited circumstances. While we’re hunkered down at…
As an African American woman, and first-generation college student, my initial goal in law school was to keep my head above water. Commonly, first-generation college students lack the cultural, social, and financial capital that allows them to navigate higher education spaces smoothly.[1] Moreover, they are also overwhelmingly minorities.[2] We often do not have the same level of resources and support as some majority counterparts, who benefit from previous family guidance. Unfortunately, I had…