• Finding Middle Ground in the Technology Debate

      Stonehenge, England By any objective view, the law has fallen far behind scientific advancements and lawyers have fallen far behind in their use of technology. With notable exceptions, lawyers are the anti-technologists living in a world increasingly driven by technologists. Paul Saffo, Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University, discussed a similar dichotomy outsi ...

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    • The 50 Law Students

      How do you follow 300 lawyers creating 26 process maps in 40 minutes? Take it the next logical step and head to the law school. This past weekend, I had the privilege of leading a workshop lasting all day Saturday and Sunday at Michigan State University’s College of Law. For those of you who have not been following trends in legal education, MSU is one of the New Law School 5 ...

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    • The 300 Lawyers

      Gideon chooses the 300. On Thursday morning, many of us attending the ACC’s 2014 Annual Meeting participated in an event I feel comfortable saying no one has witnessed before – a process mapping extravaganza with around 300 people mapping at the same time. To those of you who participated in the event, my congratulations on a job well done.

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  • A Skinnerian View of Why Lawyers Don’t Change (Part 1)

    … Why oh why won’t lawyers change? I hear and read this lament daily. It fills discussions at conferences among those who advocate for change and it populates the tweets of legal industry pundits. We have a long list of reasons explaining why lawyers resist change. The list includes risk aversion, skepticism, ignorance, and even depression…

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  • What Lawyers Will Do as Technology Takes Over (Part 1)

    … put those debates aside for the moment. Instead, I want to think about the impact on lawyers of that change. Basically, I want to briefly examine what it means to be a lawyer when we strip away routine and even some not so routine tasks. The role of a knowledge worker after technology moves in, and in particular the role of a professional…

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  • Lawyers, the End is Not Nigh for You Bring Wisdom

    … aware of any changes affecting her at the time her performance dropped off? Apart from performance, what is her history with the company? Since the employer is a family-owned business in a smaller community, does she have other connections to the company? As the lawyer flushes out the story, we learn that the employee lost her mother to cancer…

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  • Managing the Transition Through Change

    … There are two kinds of change – change you want and change you don’t want. That’s an oversimplification, of course, but, according to Tom Meier, an HR consultant speaking at a conference I recently attended, how we manage the transition through change depends very much on whether we view it as a desirable or undesirable change. Meier laid out…

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  • Why a Computer Won’t Replace Law Firm Associates Tomorrow

    … diligence. Vendors are starting to find ways to gather and structure the unstructured information sitting in corporate and law firm databases. As more data becomes readily accessible and “meaningful,” software will use it more effectively. Right now, we all seem focused on when certain changes will occur. Instead of focusing on the unknowable, we…

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