January 26th, 2012 → 4:48 pm @ Ari Kaplan
In anticipation of the upcoming Legal Tech New York conference, I spoke yesterday with Steve Harber, the President and co-founder of DiscoverReady, a leading provider of e-discovery services. Steve and I have been discussing fixed-fee document review services and innovations in automated review for a few years. He shared his views on how the market has changed, as well as key trends for 2012 and beyond. Listen to our discussion below:
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: