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Dec 25

A Holiday Wish List for the Legal Vertical

It’s that time of year again when gifts are exchanged and returned; resolutions are made and quickly breached; and hopes for the future abound- so long as one stays away from the news and social media. So, in the spirit of the season- and recognizing what follows is as likely... read more →
Dec 10

Around The World, It’s “Hola, Dentons”

Dentons is the Donald Trump of the legal vertical. The firm is brash, bigger-than-life, and something entirely different.  It receives a disproportionate amount of press  because it is always doing something that drops jaws. Around The World in 80 Days (Almost) Dentons has had a very busy year expanding across... read more →
Dec 02

What Law Firms Can Learn From Amazon and Wayne Gretzky

Amazon’s shares have doubled during the past year in a flat market. Good news for Amazon shareholders, but what-you might be wondering-does this have to do with the legal vertical? Lots. Law firms-and legal service providers -can learn from Amazon’s remarkable success. A recent article by Farhad Manjoo, “How Amazon’s... read more →
Nov 25

Stress Cracks and Repairs to the Big Law Structure

It’s hardly news when a law firm delivers legal services in concert with another firm or service provider. Disaggregation of legal services has been around for some time, even if its scale, scope, and complexity continue to expand. But it is news when a Goliath law firm partners with a... read more →
Nov 19

The New Threat to Law Firms From Across the Pond

It’s no longer a secret that the UK’s Legal Services Act of 2007 (LSA) is a game changer.  It was intended to provide retail and corporate legal consumers more and better options of legal services delivery.  Among other things, it enabled licensure of “Alternative Business Structures” that could accept non-lawyer... read more →
Nov 11

So Many Conflicts, So Many Contexts

Conflicts of interest are anathema to lawyers. The Rules of Professional Conduct-written by lawyers- decree that they are to be avoided. But the Rules do not begin to address the many real-life conflicts that lawyers and law firms confront. Conflicts can arise from a law firm’s size and structure, a... read more →
Nov 09

A Feel Good Story for Law?

Walter Cronkite, a legendary reporter turned news anchor at a time when that meant something substantially more than simply reading stories written by others, was asked why so much news was bad.  He responded there were so many positive things that occurred every day that they simply did not elevate... read more →
Nov 06

Harvard Law School Turns The Page-Big Time

Harvard Law School has announced that it will be digitizing its vast collection of U.S. case law and making it available free online. Ravel Law, a commercial research and legal analytics company is partnering with Harvard and funding the substantial cost of converting the collection from print to electronic format.... read more →
Oct 28

What is Legal Scholarship?

Have you ever wondered why “legal scholarship” has little to do with legal practice? The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines scholarship as: “the serious study of an academic subject and the knowledge and methods involved.” If we accept this definition and apply it to “legal scholarship,” there is a disconnect.... read more →
Oct 21

Legal Practice and Legal Delivery: An Important Distinction

Lawyers parse words and define terms. So why do they so often use “legal practice” and “legal delivery” interchangeably when the terms have such different meanings and implications? This distinction is especially important in the context of the tectonic shift occurring in the legal vertical. The practice of law is... read more →