COVID-19 has abruptly brought our world to a screeching halt. We can all agree that the post-pandemic world will be different, and the legal practice will not be an exception. As we continue to be apart and try to overcome the global pandemic, it’s easy to become despondent about what the future waves of the
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COVID-19 is affecting the Practice
This is an unsettling and chaotic period of no longer business-as-usual for every industry, and the legal practice is no exception. While we are all trying to stay safe and relatively production, a tsunami of change is overwhelming us.
Clio, one of the largest law firm management systems, published a survey of law firms to…
Lawyers are lagging behind in e-Discovery Training
Many lawyers have just not taken the time to get training in e-discovery.
The rules have changed. It’s no longer about “documents” in the sense of paper. It’s about getting information in a digital format, which is why the rules now refer to ESI – which refers to Electronically Stored Information.
What is e-discovery? It…
AI and the Practice of Law
Technology is advancing at a rate that is increasing exponentially. Other industries are moving faster to adopt tech into their business than the legal industry. What was once fanciful is becoming real. Self-driving cars are just one thing that comes to mind, but robotics is invading every industry. And technology is being developed to take…
‘Legal Innovations’ Can No Longer Be an Oxymoron
THIS IS ANOTHER POST IN THE FUTURE OF THE PRACTICE SERIES.
We live in an age when lawyers are underemployed and yet many consumers lack access to legal services. Law firms are losing business as companies “in-source” their legal work, while the incomes of some solo practitioners are plummeting. Many lawyers would like to make better use…
Future of the Practice – Part 5: Impact of Technology Like Watson Might Not Be So Elementary
Imagine attorneys had an assistant that could structure data, help firms maintain transparency through more accurate information, keep track of complex legal and regulatory issues, improve efficiency so firms can scale up their services, and help lawyers handle various forms of “disruptive” competition, without breaking a sweat?
Some believe that technology like IBM’s Watson will…
The Future of Law – Part 4: Our Robot Colleagues
Call it the rise of the robots. The legal profession continues to be transformed by the use of artificial intelligence in new and innovative ways. New developments in the past five years alone stagger the mind as what would have sounded like science fiction not along ago continues to become reality, making the lives of…
Future of the Law – Part 3: Meet LISA, the future of Law.
The term “Legal Intelligence Support Assistant” might sound like a fancy-pants way of referring to your paralegal, law library or perhaps secretary. When you shrink that term to the acronym LISA, you might be tempted to ask about LISA’s professional background or whether she’s a nice woman.
But this LISA is no woman, let alone…
Future of the Practice – Part 2: How Can Lawyers Better Serve the Public?
To survive and thrive in the 21st century, and to continue serving the public adequately, attorneys can no longer muddle through with business as usual.
Wide swaths of the public are unable to get their legal needs met. Innovations in technology and other changes in society continue to shift how legal services can be accessed…
Future of the Practice – Part 1: Why So Much Non-Billable Time?
Clio’s “Legal Trends Report” tries to suss out what lawyers are doing, exactly
What happens to the nearly six hours per day that lawyers spend on non-billable tasks? Why can’t attorneys dedicate more of their time to billable work? How do they spend their time, anyway? The 2017 “Legal Trends Report” from Clio attempts to…
Michigan Bar Considers Ethics Resolution for Online Matching Services
Potential legal clients are increasingly turning to online matching services to find attorneys. In some cases, these services charge a fee based on a percentage of the attorney’s costs for their legal help, and the money is paid to and controlled by the third party.
A Michigan state bar committee is considering a resolution asserting…
Should I become a Lawyer?
Should I become a lawyer? Or are lawyers themselves becoming extinct?
The first question is one that I have been struggling with. The second question is one that George Bellas asked me when I began working for him this past summer.
I first met George a few years ago at a “business” lunch with my…