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Last week Altman Weil released its 2020 Law Firms in Transition Survey, which reports on large law firm trends as of 2020. I provide comment here on several, including long term changes, innovation, and how many firms have senior strategic professionals. Part 2 of this post will cover additional trends, mainly around creating value for clients. [I also Tweeted about findings, here. I last blogged about the Law Firms in Transition survey in…
This is a live blog post of a 75-minutes video discussion with Richard Susskind and Mark Cohen about “UK vs US – the next decade” and “Skills and education for legal professionals in the 2020s”. It is hosted by Legal Geek and sponsored by Thomson Reuters, UnitedLex, and iManage. This is the third of a four-part discussion, The Uncertain Decade, “Richard Susskind and Mark Cohen debate the future of the legal industry”. The topic today…
Litigation, ADR, ODR—The Next Normal? a live blog post of a College of Law Practice Management virtual event. As with all my live posts, please forgive typos and misunderstandings of meaning. (Note abbreviations: ADR = alternative dispute resolution. ODR = online dispute resolution) The session description is below; the panelists are: Jordan Furlong, moderator—author, speaker, analyst, forecaster at Law 21. Nicole Nehama Auerbach—litigator, co-founder of pioneering law firms Valorem Law and ElevateNext. Sohail Mohammed—electrical engineer,…
This is a live blog post of Microsoft’s Trusted Advisor Forum on Innovation webinar on 17 June 2020. As with all my live posts, please forgive any typos or errors of understanding. I post this as the session ends. The full description of the event is below. A speaker reports this event has almost 300 registrant and between 200 and 250 were attending at about the 30 minute mark. This is a long post. This…
Collaboration improves problem-solving, productivity, and innovation. In normal times, lawyers and legal professionals collaborate in-person. With work from home (WFH) during the COVID epidemic, video conferences have replaced in-person meetings. The WFH video experience prompts a collaboration question. Beyond in-person or video meetings, how effectively do legal professionals collaborate. How well do they work in groups? And can we do better? To answer this question, let’s look at how others professionals work. Across industries, many…
In networking for a new job, I recently met (remotely) Troy Pospisil, the Founder and CEO of InCloudCounsel. Two surprises stood out in speaking with him. First, InCloudCounsel is an established Alternative Legal Service Provider (ALSP). I track the sector but had not previously come across it. And second, his wife, Dorna Moini, also founded a legal tech company, Documate, a cloud-based no-code document automation platform. I immediately thought that both…
This is a live blog post of a 75-minutes video discussion with Richard Susskind and Mark Cohen about clients and ALSP (alternative legal service provider). It is hosted by Legal Geek and sponsored by Thomson Reuters, UnitedLex, and iManage. Lisa Hart Shephard, Acritas founder and now part of TR, moderates questions in the first part. This is the second of a four-part discussion, The Uncertain Decade, “Richard Susskind and Mark Cohen debate the future of…
Legal operations started as a handful of people two decades ago. Today, it has become a robust discipline with many practitioners. I was delighted to have the chance to interview one of the leading legal operations pioneers, Steph Corey of UpLevel Ops.  I met Steph in 2018 doing work for my alternative legal service provider (ALSP) client Cenza. We discussed offshore teams to help with contract management. This year, law departments face new…
Lawyers may be the only professionals who routinely rely on dense text to understand complicated ideas. And that could change for transaction lawyers with the release of StructureFlow to diagram and track complex deals. Before I report on this product, based on a conversation with Founder and CEO Tim Follett, some background.  [As with all my product-specific blog posts, this is neither a review nor a product comparison. I occasionally write about products that…