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One of the few companies doing regular research on trends in the legal industry and sharing that information publicly is Clio. The practice management company already broke ground with its Legal Trends Report. But researchers there have upped their game, pulling and publishing data more regularly to track the industry during the pandemic. Jack Newton Clio CEO and co-founder Jack Newton is giving regular industry briefings on the data and I was able listen…
As I was preparing to for a conversation about my view of the access-to-justice crisis, I was struck by three recurring themes. Because of the global pandemic and now civil unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd: Courts are undergoing rapid experimentation and adoption of new technologies. The level of collaboration, discussion, and sharing of lessons learned is consistent, at an urgent level, with a focus on immediate and long-term solutions. No one…
Each Friday, I have the pleasure of joining legal journalists from the U.S. and U.K. to talk about the latest legal technology news. Bob Ambrogi hosts the Legaltech Week in review, which is recorded live via Zoom and posted shortly afterward as a podcast. Legaltech Week with Bob Ambrogi and guests Because I’m fairly obsessed about access to justice and how the courts in particular are responding to the pandemic, I tend to pull…
One positive from the pandemic is the amount of information sharing and note comparisons happening. The Legal Services Corporation’s briefings are a prime example. At its latest briefing, LSC focused the overview and anecdotes on domestic violence, a problem already on the rise before COVID-19 led to shelter-in-place orders that exacerbated abusive situations.  Initially, legal services providers across the country reported seeing a decrease in domestic violence calls. Experts at the briefing speculated that’s…
My recent piece at Above the Law focused on why we should expect and really demand that many of the quick fixes we’re seeing adopted by courts be further developed. Just look at Michigan, where cases are being argued and posted on YouTube. And now Utah has proposed sweeping regulatory reforms that would accelerate new access-to-justice measures and allow more modern lawyer/non-lawyer business arrangements. The state was also the first to allow law grads
On Monday, the Legal Services Corporation held an incredibly informative briefing on the state of the courts and access to justice from coast to coast. The two-hour program using Zoom and Facebook Live was broadcast publicly and is archived for anyone to review. It’s worth checking out if you’re interested in improving the courts and making sure everyone is afforded equal justice under the law. But if you don’t want to sit through the…
Like many entrepreneurs breaking new ground, Nicole Bradick’s legal innovation spark came from personal experience. A litigation associate at a Maine law firm, Bradick began telecommuting after the birth of her first child. She suddenly found that she was a prime resource for other new moms trying to figure out how to balance work and life. That led her to create Custom Counsel in 2011, which offered contract legal services provided mostly by lawyer moms…
This week at Above the Law, I wrote about making sure communications are considerate of all employees/staffers. While many employers have been on top of good communications from the start, I was struck in conversation after conversation how many were caught flat footed and with foot in mouth. Even well-meaning leaders were creating problems for themselves by failing to consider how their messages and actions would sound to folks at all levels in their…
As the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus rise and shelter-in-place orders spread, the fear of prolonged isolation and loneliness is pervasive.  Stephen J. Dubner addressed this topic in February on Freakonomics Radio, noting that unwanted social isolation can be destructive. It turns out that there is a way out, a tried-and-true way to combat loneliness: Service. Vivek Murthy’s forthcoming book “Together” is set to publish April 28. Vivek Murthy has been studying…