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Mar 19

Post-Pandemic Legal Education

Higher education is confronting an existential crisis, and law schools are its poster child. Even before Covid-19, the law school business model, pedagogy, culture, faculty composition, marketplace detachment,  poor student outcomes, and ever-escalating cost/massive student debt have drawn withering criticism. The pandemic has elevated law schools’ challenges and accelerated their... read more →
Mar 10

The Legal Industry Needs A Standardized Vocabulary—Even If Legalese Remains

Linguistic precision is a must-have in the legal toolbox. Words matter—especially to lawyers. Lengthy “definitions” sections are standard fare in lawyer-crafted contracts. Who but lawyers parse definite and indefinite articles or contest the meaning of the word “is?” Semantic gymnastics are exercised regularly by the legal profession. With all the... read more →
Feb 18
Feb 04

Atrium Sheds Lawyers: Why Is This Such A Big Legal Industry Story?

Atrium, the Silicon Valley tech company and law firm, is laying off the bulk of its law firm staff. Justin Kan, the tech company’s CEO and co-Founder, wrote that Atrium “will continue expanding outside of legal services as trusted startup advisors by building a professional services network dedicated to founders.”... read more →
Jan 10

2020 Vision: Focus On Defending The Rule Of Law

The legal industry is principally focused on technology, new models, competition, reregulation, the sustainability of the traditional partnership model--issues that impact stakeholder livelihoods and career trajectories. Defending the rule of law is a less concrete, but seminal challenge the industry must focus on in 2020 and beyond. It is law’s... read more →
Dec 30

Holiday Wish List For The Legal Industry

The Stones intoned, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” That’s certainly true for the legal industry.  Here’s my holiday wish list for its key stakeholders. 1.  Law Schools: ·     Align with the marketplace ·     Cut cost ·     Prepare students for the profession/industry as it is, not as it was. This requires practice skills... read more →
Dec 30
Dec 22

Legal Leader in Tech Interview

How can legal technology make legal services more relevant to consumers and what’s holding the legal sector back? We speak to Mark A. Cohen, CEO and Founder of Legal Mosaic, global thought leader on legal technology and regular contributor to Forbes. Read the full article
Dec 18
Dec 03

Law in the Age of the Customer

This is the age of the customer. The asymmetrical advantage that sellers long held over buyers is gone. Consumers have access to market information and choice that has transformed the buy-sell dynamic. Social media provides them with a reference source and a voice. The balance of power has shifted from... read more →