Goodbye guild: Law’s changing culture

Mark Cohen’s column in Forbes, Goodbye guild: Law’s changing culture, struck a deep chord with this sentence: “Law is not about lawyers anymore”.

Rhetorically, one might ask, was law ever about lawyers? Like the other ‘original’ professions of medicine, priesthood and military service, law and lawyers – as I understand it – arose to further the interests of civil society and protect the rights of fellow human beings.

Which is what makes Mark’s commentary about law’s changing culture so important.

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Embrace the Rebels

Publication of Embrace the Rebels marks Heather Suttie joining The Dialogue as a contributor. I am most grateful to Heather – indeed to all those who accept my invitation to contribute.

Embrace the Rebels is subtitled Law firms risk market erosion by ignoring the audacious in their ranks heralding Heather’s exhortation for BigLaw to recognize and enable one of their greatest assets – young professionals – to blossom. 

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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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