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Here are the episodes of my LawNext podcast that got the most listens during November. This reflects only downloads of episodes during the month of November, not for all time. (In the all-time tally, the most listened-to episode is my April interview with legal futurist Richard Susskind.) 1. Clio CEO Jack Newton and VP of Product Mik Lernout on the Changing Landscape of Law Practice. 2. Lauren Sudeall on Legal Deserts and Other Obstacles to Access to Justice. 3. Stevie Ghiassi, Founder of Legaler, Legaler Aid and the Global Legal Tech Report. 4. John Tredennick On His New Company Merlin…
After a week away for Thanksgiving, the Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable returns today at 3 p.m. ET to dissect and discuss the top news stories of the week. One topic I’m sure we’ll discuss: Yesterday’s avatar-based virtual conference, presented by EDRM for E-Discovery Day, and covered by Niki Black yesterday on Above the Law. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Once you register for one, you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but…
Cries for lawyers to “embrace technology” have been echoing in the legal profession since before the Model Rules were amended to require tech competency (adopted by 38 states as of this post). Now, lawyers and law firms are utilizing various types of technology like never before to embrace quantifiable benefits for themselves and their clients.   The numbers are quite astonishing (and promising), according to Clio’s 2020 Legal Trends Report. For example, 85% of law firms use software to manage their practice, 83% of firms meet with clients virtually, 73% enable clients to pay invoices electronically, and 62% allow clients to share and sign documents electronically.  Whether lawyers continue to run their practice virtually or return to brick and mortar in whole or…
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the livelihoods of many, residents in Cook County may find some relief with the recent launch of Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD). The county-wide initiative focuses on helping residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, and tax deed issues. Affordable housing has been an issue across the country for some time but the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated challenges, particularly among the city’s most vulnerable residents. In a recent press release, Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans highlighted the need for such a program, saying, “It…
From : Blog Entry>>Holly’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post co-authored by Holly Hanna, KM Firm Solutions Manager, Perkins Coie and Paul Henry, Chief Executive, NGAGE Intelligence. Whether you’re using the Objective & Key Result (OKR) framework, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), or some other performance measurement framework, identifying how you will define success is an integral part of proving the value of your program or solution. When rolling out a new solution, or an update to an existing solution, many solution owners [More]
Earlier this year, Paula Littlewood, IAALS Board of Advisors member and past executive director of the Washington State Bar Association, was a guest on ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels podcast. During the episode, she spoke about how she came to be an advocate for re-regulation, the need for lawyers to engage the public when it comes to regulatory changes, and Washington State’s pioneering limited legal license technician (LLLT) program. Littlewood explained that she became a champion for legal re-regulation when she served as the head of the supreme court’s regulatory agency (i.e., the state bar association) and learned about…
Today is E-Discovery Day 2020, and Portland, Ore.-based Exterro is celebrating in a big way. In a nine-digit deal that it says makes it the only company to address governance, risk, compliance and digital investigations in a single integrated platform, Exterro is announcing that it has acquired AccessData, one of the world’s leading providers of digital forensic investigation technology. Exterro says that the acquisition furthers its vision of empowering customers to proactively and defensibly manage their legal governance, risk and compliance (GRC) obligations while maintaining and ensuring the highest levels of data integrity. Through the acquisition of AccessData,…
Several surveys in recent months have looked at the impact of the pandemic on lawyers, but a survey out today examines the effect the pandemic has had on paralegals and other allied professionals in law firms and legal departments, and it finds that the events of the last eight months have taken a major toll. While paralegals, law clerks and legal administrators are essential to the functioning of law firms and legal departments, many of them report that they have experienced higher workloads, higher degrees of anxiety, reductions in income, and difficulty achieving work-life balance. Thirty-seven percent of those who…
One of the modern realities of consumerism is the requirement of arbitration clauses. The idea is that consumers and businesses can settle their disagreements without going to court, and instead have an arbitrator negotiate a settlement between the parties. For many of us, it is viewed as a part of doing business, and that the arbitration process is weighted heavily in favor of the corporations. Teel Lidow and his online tool, FairShake, is working to make filing an arbitration much easier for consumers and to actually show that many corporations are quite easy to approach when it comes to…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Valarie K. Howard, Senior Manager of Talent Evaluations and On Boarding at Jenner & Block, and Morgan L. Smith, Professional Development Director at Dykema. Valarie and Morgan talk about navigating the new professional development environment in the legal profession, the opportunities that COVID-19 has created, and the importance of mentorship during a pandemic. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:49 – As you reflect on 2020, how has professional development in the legal profession been impacted? 4:30 – How have conversations and actions…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. J. Steven Beckett is an attorney in Urbana, Illinois and serves as of counsel to his former law firm, now known as Beckett Law Office PC. He has been practicing law since 1973 in Champaign County and has appeared in state and federal trial and appellate courts in both criminal and civil cases, including twice before the U.S. Supreme Court. How is your firm adapting to…
Earlier this week, I saw an article by Dan Roe with Legal.com about how contingency fees were on the rise in business and commercial litigation since the beginning of the pandemic.   But lest some think this means BigLaw may be getting ready to stride into a lucrative new area that frees them from the tyranny of the billable hour and downward rate pressure, think again.   Most of BigLaw, whose business models are primarily  based on the billable hour, is not wired to deal with a different business model. The contingency fee model (and for that matter, alternative fee…
Legal Innovators, a Washington, D.C., alternative legal services provider that aims to promote diversity and inclusion among junior legal hires, has entered a deal with the global engineering, construction and project management company Bechtel to place recently graduated lawyers in its legal department. As I wrote last year when Legal Innovators launched, the company seeks to upend how new lawyers are recruited, hired, priced and trained, and in so doing, help enhance diversity and inclusion in larger law firms and corporate legal departments. Legal Innovators’ formula is to take on the job of recruiting law school graduates, employing them…
Andrew Perlman is one of the nation’s leading forces helping to establish the future of legal education and legal practice. As a professor and now dean at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, he has helped drive the creation and development of programs for teaching about legal innovation and technology. He was founding director of Suffolk’s Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology and its related legal technology and innovation concentration for law students. He also helped establish Suffolk’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, or LIT Lab, where law students are able to work directly on legal tech and data science…
After last week’s Tech Toys for the Holidays podcast and some links to other tech gift collections, one might assume I might have completed the tech gift suggestions for the season. But, not so fast! Lawyer Tech Tips: Technology Treats to Brighten Year’s End from Attorney at Work features an ensemble cast of technology tipsters including me and some other people whose names you may recognize including Brett Burney, Anne Haag, Tom Lambotte, Reid Trautz, Sheila Blackford, Nerino Petro, Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek. This is certainly a diverse collection of ideas. Happy holiday shopping!…