January 24th, 2012 → 9:40 am @ Ari Kaplan
In anticipation of attending Legal Tech New York next week, I wanted to share this conversation with Paul Unger of Affinity Consulting Group about reinvention in law practice management. He discusses the impact of cloud computing, online learning, and how the use of technology in the courtroom is “breathing new life into what [lawyers] do.” Watch our interview below:
January 12th, 2012 → 8:50 am @ Ari Kaplan
In my column for the National Law Journal online today, I note that the time has come to talk more openly about the cost of a legal education and I don’t mean cheaper, I mean different.
I have been studying the industry for years. I released my report: The Evolution of the Legal Profession: A Conversation with the Legal Community’s Thought Leaders on the Front Lines of an Industry in Transition (underwritten by DiscoverReady) in 2010 and have addressed law students at almost 50 law schools worldwide since the release of my first book, The Opportunity Maker in 2008.
My conclusion: 2012 can be the year to implement a positive shift in the logistics of legal education. The legal academic community has jump-started this discussion by beginning to implement changes to the curriculum, practical training initiatives, and greater transparency in reporting employment statistics.
January 9th, 2012 → 7:18 am @ Ari Kaplan
I have had the honor of addressing students at law schools at colleges throughout North America and at the London School of Economics. As such, I am always interested in spotlighting great resources and speaking with those who provide them. During my visit to LSE, I met with Paul Harris, founder of AllAboutLaw and AllAboutCareers to talk about how he and his team are making career advice more accessible to students across the globe. We discussed why he founded AllAboutLaw in September of 2008 and its growth to about 25,000 members, who regularly access a wealth of information about law schools, courses, internships, jobs, and firms in the UK. Watch our interview below:
January 3rd, 2012 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I had the good fortune of interviewing Tony Williams, the founder of Jomati Consultants and the former managing partner for Clifford Chance, for Reinventing Professional Services and during my visit to London late last year. We discussed trends in the legal profession for 2012 and Williams noted that “Law firms are going through a massive transformation … and it is really just beginning.” He highlighted that law firms are coming to terms with a more sophisticated buyer, globalization, and relatively flat profitability. These factors, among others, are causing firms to think about how they operate, the clients they target, and the markets in which they provide services. In 2012, Jomati will be releasing a report addressing the shape of the new law firm and offering ideas for increasing profitability and competing in new markets, including those throughout Asia and Africa. Watch our interview below:
December 22nd, 2011 → 7:05 am @ Ari Kaplan
During my visit to London over Thanksgiving to speak at the 2011 BigHand User Conference, I met with Andrew Partridge, co-founder of Mondaq about the evolution of content distribution and the value of metrics in marketing. He noted that since the market has changed, professionals are much more focused on who reads their work, why and for how long. Metrics that can profile those readers and permit organic follow-up are increasingly important. Ultimately, content generation is about showcasing your expertise, he notes. “The key is getting to the detailed analytics behind the readership.” Watch our interview below:
December 20th, 2011 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I read about a recent initiative by Australian software firm, Nuix, to combine its e-discovery technology with a worthy philanthropic initiative and had the opportunity to interview Eddie Sheehy, the company’s CEO. He explained that following the Nuix Exchange in October for clients, judges (from both the U.S. and the U.K.), and prominent thought leaders, including keynote speaker Craig Ball, his team created an initiative to offer the legal community a 10GB version of Nuix Desktop called Proof Finder for $100/copy and donate 100% of the proceeds to Room to Read, an organization that partners with local communities throughout the developing world to establish libraries, create local language children’s literature, and construct schools, among other projects. Nuix was able to generate $17,000 in the first 10 days of its campaign. Watch our interview below:
December 14th, 2011 → 10:48 am @ Ari Kaplan
A few years ago, I met Arihant Patni, the CEO of Bodhi Global, at a legal technology event. We discussed the transformation of the legal market in India and he introduced me to a few prominent lawyers in Mumbai, including Saurabh Misra. I reconnected with Saurabh during his recent visit to New York City and he shared some ideas about how the legal market has changed in India and where it is headed. Watch our interview below:
December 12th, 2011 → 5:58 am @ Ari Kaplan
During a visit to Toronto this fall, I had the chance to speak with Ron Collins, founder and president of Gavel & Gown Software, Inc., makers of Amicus Attorney and Credenza, among other products, about the evolving nature of business models in the software industry. From Freemium to traditional subscriptions, as an award-winning developer of practice management software for lawyers, Collins shares his insight on the state of the market and its future trajectory. Watch our interview below:
December 9th, 2011 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
Following my presentation over Thanksgiving at the 2011 BigHand User Conference, I spoke with Richard Newton of Business Integrity, makers of ContractExpress.com, about content creation and related document trends for 2012. He noted that fixed fee arrangements have been prompting firms to streamline manual processes and focus on automation in document generation, particularly in the legal, banking, real estate, finance and employment fields. Watch our interview below:
December 7th, 2011 → 7:06 am @ Ari Kaplan
While in London for the 2011 BigHand User Conference, I met with UK journalist Alex Aldridge in London to talk about his new venture, Legal Cheek, which takes a look at the lighter side of the law for a target audience of law students and junior lawyers. In addition to operating Legal Cheek, Aldridge is a columnist for The Guardian and the UK correspondent for Above the Law. Watch our interview below: