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

    Source: Impact Lab The 2014 lawyer will not be successful in 2024, and that is good for all of us. We focus our energy today on technology and its relentless expansion into our lives. We spend relatively little time, however, talking about where lawyers must go as that expansion occurs. Over three posts, I’m going to explore where I think the role of lawyers will move as te ...

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

    “This is the end My only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end” — The Doors, “The End” In the latest lawpocalypse article, Ryan McClead presents us with his thoughtful view of a future where computers tend the clients and lawyers tend the computers. Mr.

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    • What Lawyers Will Do as Technology Takes Over (Part 3)

      In the first part of this three part series, I explored left brain (L-Directed) and right brain (R-Directed) thinking. In the second part, I talked about how technology takes over L-Directed Thinking. In this last part, I’ll talk about what lawyers will do after L-Directed thinking moves to computers.
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    • A Skinnerian View of Why Lawyers Don’t Change (Part 2)

      In part 1 of this series, posted yesterday, I talked about B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning theory and lawyer personality traits that drive resistance to change. Good Times Improve Change Resistance So how do these characteristics, lawyers and change, and the PwC Survey, tie together? Let’s go back to the PwC Survey.
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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 2)

      In the first part of this three part series, I explored left brain (L-Directed) and right brain (R-Directed) thinking. In this part, I’ll talk about how technology takes over L-Directed Thinking. Source: Impact Lab When technology enters our lawyer lives, it takes over L-Directed thinking. Computers are well designed to do repetitive, logical, sequential tasks; they do the ...
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    • A Skinnerian View of Why Lawyers Don’t Change (Part 2)

      … In part 1 of this series, posted yesterday, I talked about B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning theory and lawyer personality traits that drive resistance to change. Good Times Improve Change Resistance So how do these characteristics, lawyers and change, and the PwC Survey, tie together? Let’s go back to the PwC Survey. The Executive Summary…

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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 3)

      … analyzes documents for discovery, and from that and other databases it constructs draft interrogatories and and interrogatory responses and deposition outlines. Drafting such materials isn’t unusual. Why, back in 2014 Yahoo already published sports reports and financial reports prepared by computers from information held in data sets. You think…

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    • What Lawyers Will Do as Technology Takes Over (Part 2)

      … it did, and the computer will be stumped. Some computers are venturing into writing, but it is the emotional component – the R-Directed thinking – that escapes the computer. For those of you who are Star Trek fans, think of Lieutenant Commander Data in his early years. Pink hypothesizes that the world is moving in a direction where L-Directed work…

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

      … of this post. By the way, for those of you who feel your “what does Pink know about law” skepticism rising, consider these facts. While he never practiced law, he graduated from Yale Law School and was editor-in-chief of The Yale Law & Policy Review. Meet the Right Hemisphere So if the left side of our brain has dominated the Information Age…

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

      …: digitization, deceptive, disruption, dematerialization, demonetization, and democratization. I’m going to save my thoughts on the application of The 6Ds to the legal industry for another post and focus for now on Mr. McClead’s conclusion that lawyers are legal processors. Lawyers Are Processors With Wisdom While I agree we will continue to see routine…

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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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