The future lawyer

The Future Lawyer is based upon the Mark Cohen’s keynote address to The German Bar Association on May 26th, 2017. Mark starts by identifying some of the key challenges attorneys will confront, and then sets about the skills they will require to meet them.
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The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers: Book review

The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers (1) took me three days to read. Normally I need months to get through books like this because I read several concurrently. Not so Philip Wood’s riveting work.

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Obstacles to change in law firms: How to navigate them

Obstacles to change in law firms is a very welcome contribution to The Dialogue by Nick Jarrett-Kerr. I  value Nick’s practical perspectives for two reasons: [1] they are grounded in his astute observations based on decades of hands-on experience of working in and with law firms, and [2] in using How in the subtitle for Remaking Law Firms: Why & How, Imme Kaschner and I focused on the practicalities of what needs to change in the BigLaw business model. 

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The coming changes in how lawyers practice

The coming changes in how lawyers practice by Ron Friedmann is today’s contribution to The Dialogue. Ron’s experience and acuity as an observer make his opinions valuable, most especially on topics like this one.  

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The Lateral Unicorn – Recruiting a Fantasy

Today’s thinkpiece by Tim Corcoran, The Lateral Unicorn – Recruiting a Fantasy, is not only timely (once again!), but also cogently put. Trade media headlines using phrases like ‘lateral hiring frenzy’ and ‘laterals hit another record’ abound and make good voyeuristic copy. But I think Tim’s headline, The Lateral Unicorn – Recruiting a Fantasy, really nails the issue. Read why. 

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Stop Pummelling BigLaw

Ken Grady’s title of his post today, Stop Pummelling BigLaw, is a really important sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree. The BigLaw industry (remember BigLaw refers to the business model of all but a handful of today’s larger law firms) comprises 10s of 1000s of firms around the world. As Ken says “BigLaw is tough enough to take the punches and it doesn’t need me to defend it“, but the commentariat and NewLaw are serving no one’s interests by BigLaw bashing. 

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