Ron Friedmann | Monday April 14, 2014
Every day I read about big and exciting changes in industry. On Monday, the New York Times reported on the huge impact graphene could have in electronics and other industries, Forbes on the first artificial red blood cells that may go into production. Change happens even in old line industries. For example,...
Bruce MacEwen | Saturday April 12, 2014
Yesterday morning I got back to New York on the redeye from Seattle where I’d been at the annual NALP conference, attended by well over 1,000 people involved in career services from law firms and law schools. (I was there figuratively wearing my JD Match hat, not my...
ABA Journal | Sunday February 9, 2014
Lawyers need to embrace technology, can’t be afraid to try new things, and must focus primarily on improving their clients’ experience.
Those were the main takeaways from Friday’s ReInvent Law conference in New York City. More than 800 lawyers, academics, business owners, students and others in the legal industry...
Pamela Woldow | Sunday January 19, 2014
Many managing partners tell us they are struggling to get their arms around new tools and techniques for driving more efficiency and cost-effectiveness into legal service delivery. Firms are seeing more and more RFPs in which clients make increasingly draconian demands for better management and control of legal work....
- Move a firm from ‘normal’ to ‘better’ by focusing on clients, getting creative with lawyer...It is time for the legal profession to stop looking at how to survive the “new normal” and concentrate on thriving as the “new better.” Let's get on with it! All those merger moves, all those lateral moves, all those staff moves. All that internal financial focus. But there is…
- As lawyers learn to be integrators, who will be ‘the straw that stirs the drink?’The legal field is in a state of flux—many would say decline. I prefer "reconfiguration." The forecast is bleak. The weight of the evidence supports the glum outlook: Law school enrollment is declining; student debt is escalating; and the job market for lawyers—newly minted and old-hands alike—is the worst it…
- More lawyers are embracing change—even though ‘old normalists’ are still the majority“Those whom the gods would destroy, they would first send to three conferences on the future of law.” That’s not exactly what Euripides said, but more or less how I feel. Our basic thesis here at the New Normal is that law is changing from what we might call “lawyer-centered…
- Walking the talk: Putting the agile manifesto into action at an in-house legal departmentRecently, I was on a panel on the future of the legal profession. As expected with such a broad topic, you can bet the lawyers in attendance had a lot to say. We covered alternative fee arrangements, the impact of globalization and the changing allocation of…
- Microsoft Lawyers Map Out the Bid for YahooIn the days after Microsoft's bid for Yahoo, the players in the merger drama had their legal teams beating the antitrust drums. Google, which hit the blogosphere to bash the deal as anti-competitive, has a team of antitrust veterans. Microsoft, too, has a connected advocate in Charles "Rick" Rule, who worked with Thomas Barnett, the head of Justice's Antitrust Division, while the two were at Covington & Burling. The antitrust lawyers may be key to hammering out a deal -- and their work is cut out for them.
- $4.1 Million Fees Award Upheld in Kia Class ActionThe Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld $4.1 million in plaintiffs attorney fees awarded by a Philadelphia judge in a Kia Motors faulty-brake class action. The Superior Court panel found there was no palpable abuse of discretion by Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein, and echoed his reasoning that the plaintiffs attorneys' award was reasonable considering the rates the defense counsel charged, which topped out at $595 per hour for partners -- rates higher than those requested by plaintiffs' counsel.
- 9th Circuit: No Sovereign Immunity for DA ContractorsPrivate companies that run diversion programs administered by dozens of California district attorneys are now open to legal attack. A 9th Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that state sovereign immunity does not extend to a private contractor hired by the Santa Clara County DA's office to go after individuals who passed bad checks. Public Citizen Litigation Group's Deepak Gupta, who argued the plaintiff's case, said the opinion is important in an age of increased privatization of governmental functions.
- Small Law Firm Thrives as Real Estate Market SwoonsMeltzer, Purtill & Stelle is benefiting from shifts in the real estate and legal industries even as the U.S. economic downturn takes a toll. The 24-lawyer firm specializes in real estate, related lending work and general corporate and business law. And it's content to stay its current size since larger firms refer "less lucrative" work to Meltzer Purtill. "It doesn't make economic sense" for larger firms to do general corporate work on employee matters and other day-to-day issues, says Brian Meltzer.
- The Impact of Information Governance Trends on E-Discovery Practices in 2014While information governance (IG) may be a gigantic, broad category, GCs and CIOs were hit with a startling realization: For their organizations to significantly reduce e-discovery costs they must proactively manage electronic information at an enterprise level. This starts with information governance.
- Bracing for the e-discovery dangers of employee status changesGiven the potential consequences of destroying legally responsive ESI, it is imperative organizations develop processes for protecting vulnerable data. Current approaches to addressing this critical preservation issue tend to be ad hoc, highly manual, time consuming and error prone.
- Overcoming IT limitations with a cloud-based e-discovery solutionCloud-based e-discovery has received so much attention of late that it’s easy to forget that it’s still a relatively new phenomenon. Companies are still assessing the potential pros and cons of the cloud deployment model.
- Capital One scores IP litigation victory over Intellectual VenturesA U.S. district judge dismissed an IV lawsuit against Capital One on April 16, invalidating two patents that IV was attempting to assert against the financial institution.