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International Bar Association – President’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Services

President’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Services: “The legal profession is in a period of profound change, the pace of which is intensifying. Change on this scale can be both threatening and challenging, but change can also make way for new opportunities. The IBA Task Force on the Future of Legal Services was formed to address critical issues arising from change, and to make a tangible and meaningful contribution to help our profession transition through this period. The new Task Force will not reinvent the wheel. Phase I was to quickly summarize and categorize, on a global basis, the changes found to be affecting the legal profession, as those changes may determine our future. With the aid of an experienced contracted resource, Phase I was completed. That work, “Drivers of Change for Legal Services ” may be accessed via the link below. The video guides the viewer through the Phase I presentation of findings. It was designed so that the global legal profession has an easy to comprehend, tangible current take-away presenting the world of changes affecting legal services. The Phase I findings are now being circulated for commentary to the IBA member bar associations; and to a broad group of global thought leaders in the area of change in legal services. This outreach will ensure that the findings reflect, as comprehensively as possible, the major drivers of change in legal services. In Phase 2, Task Force members will discuss, debate and identify what the IBA can do for its members to enable them to cope with change, manage change, or prevent change. This will be a value-add to the existing body of knowledge. In Phase 3, the task force will conduct independent research with the bars and IBA committees to determine the tactics likely to have the best leverage helping IBA members deal with the global changes identified. And finally, the task force will publish reports as appropriate. We hope that the Task Force on the Future of Legal Services will be a stellar example of the leadership that the IBA can take for the legal profession worldwide. This work concerns us all. Drivers of change in legal services – Powerpoint presentation with voice over commentary…”

How Artificial Intelligence Will Affect the Practice of Law

Alarie, Benjamin and Niblett, Anthony and Yoon, Albert, How Artificial Intelligence Will Affect the Practice of Law (November 7, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3066816 “Artificial intelligence is exerting an influence on all professions and industries. We have autonomous vehicles, instantaneous translation among the world’s leading languages, and search engines that rapidly locate information anywhere on… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Why Big Data Doesn’t Reveal Process Waste

Via LLRX – Why Big Data Doesn’t Reveal Process Waste – Ken Grady describes, documents and illustrates the successful use of a waste-reduced standardized process that will permit a firm to accurately estimate the time it takes to prepare specific work product, such as a draft stock purchase agreement. Continue Reading

Facebook, Google and Twitter Executives Testified on Russian Disinformation

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing entitled: “Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online: Working with Tech to Find Solutions” October 31, 2017. This link includes video of the testimony as well as transcripts of prepared testimony by Facebook, Twitter, Google as well as two subject matter experts. View the… Continue Reading

Harvard Law School Report on the State of Black Alumni II 2000 – 2016

Harvard Law School Report on the State of Black Alumni II 2000 – 2016 “In this Report, we offer a preliminary assessment of how much progress had been made — and how much work remains to be done — in a part of the American economy President Obama knows well: the legal profession. We do… Continue Reading

Study – America’s Next Commercial Revolution: Influence vs. Affluence

Via Quartz at Work, Marc Bain:”…For its new report, titled “America’s Next Commercial Revolution: Influence vs. Affluence,” A.T. Kearney examined demographic, economic, and technological trends to predict how US buying behavior will change over the next 10 years. (The firm also released a global version based on surveys with more than 7,000 consumers across seven… Continue Reading

Deloitte – The legal department of the future

The legal department of the future – How disruptive trends are creating a new business model for in-house legal – “Over the past 10 years, unprecedented disruptions—including the deregulation of the practice of law and advancements in technology—have been changing the face of the legal sector. Rigid silos are being replaced by more fluid structures.… Continue Reading

Survey – Ready or Not: Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Legal Departments

“Lawyers have long been characterized as technology Luddites who are slow to change and wary of innovation. For corporate counsel, though, this stereotype may be fading. According to the results of a new Thomson Reuters report, “Ready or Not: Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Legal Departments“, corporate counsel believe they are tech savvy but acknowledge that… Continue Reading

Paper – Lawyers’ Abuse of Technology

Preston, Cheryl B., Lawyers’ Abuse of Technology (August 11, 2017). Cornell Law Review, Forthcoming; BYU Law Research Paper No. 17-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3037079 “The Article is a thorough analysis of how the current scheme for regulating lawyers has failed to adapt to technology and why that failure is disastrous. It discusses (1) why technology,… Continue Reading

How many people completed listening to audiobooks by politicans?

Via FiveThiryEight – Politicians Write Lots Of Books. Here’s How Far Into Them People Read: “…here are two ways to slice this data. First, you can look at the percentage of the book the average listener played (the second column from the right). The average reader made it through three-quarters of “Faith of My Fathers”… Continue Reading

Legal Services Innovation Index

“This study is part of a pilot project to create an index of legal-service delivery innovation. Phase 1, version 1.0 consists of a Catalog of Law Firm Innovations and a Law Firm Innovation Index, which is based on searches of law firm websites for indicia of innovation. This index is not intended to be a… Continue Reading