Legal Industry

News and information about the legal industry, including economics, jobs, and the future of the practice of law. You can also read just our legal tech industry coverage.

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Podcast #87: Building an Agile, Virtual Immigration Law Practice, with Greg McLawsen

This week, we replay Sam's conversation with Greg McLawsen about building an agile and virtual immigration law practice.

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Limited Scope Representation, Limited Access to Justice

Limited representation models—either by lawyers or nonlawyers—will probably not solve the access-to-justice gap.

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Podcast #85: Learning Creative Problem-Solving Skills, with Michele DeStefano

This week, Sam talks with Michele DeStefano, law professor and founder of LawWithoutWalls, about how to be a creative problem solver.

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Where Should You Hang out Your Shingle?

A recent deep dive into law school graduate and projected legal jobs statistics could help you figure out where you might want to hang your shingle.

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Change is Coming to a Theater and a Law Office Near You

The movie industry is being disrupted by Napster's creator, Sean Parker, and the industry's pushback sounds a lot like the legal industry's pushback against the alternative delivery of legal services.

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Tips for First-Time Clio Cloud Conference Attendees

I’ve been to every Clio Cloud Conference so far, so here are five tips for getting the most out of it.

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Podcast #83: The Future of the Legal Profession, with the Attendees of TBD Law

For this week’s podcast, Sam talked with several attendees of the inaugural edition of TBD Law, a first-of-its-kind gathering of innovation-minded lawyers sponsored by Lawyerist and Filament.

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Measuring the Access-to-Justice Gap: Nearly 70% of All Civil Defendants Aren’t Represented

Nearly 70% of defendants—and over 75% of all litigants—go to court without a lawyer. We aren't going to solve this gap with an app or more pro bono work.

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Fee Splitting is Mostly About Protecting Lawyers, Not Clients

Is South Carolina right in determining that Avvo's new fixed-fee service constitutes impermissible fee-splitting with non-lawyers? Sort of.

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Product Design, Better Documents, Client Service, and Ethics, with TBD Law Sponsors

At TBD Law, sponsors were invited to share their knowledge, not sell. Each took a turn into the "hot seat" to discuss product design, better documents, client service, and the difference between attorney-client confidentiality and data privacy.

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TBD Hackathon: Building the Law Practice of the Future

At TBD Law, talented attorneys hacked the future of law.

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Here’s What You Missed This Morning at TBD Law

It's the first day of TBD Law, a unique collaboration between Filament and Lawyerist, where a diverse group of lawyers has gathered to talk about how to shape the future of law. Here are a few quick highlights.

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TBD Law 2016 Kicks Off Today in St. Louis

We will literally be reinventing the practice of law in a series of discussions, workshops, and hack sessions.

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It’s about Time the ABA Added Anti-Harassment Language to the Model Rules

The ABA just approved changes to Model Rule 8.4, adding language prohibiting discrimination and harassment. You'd think we would have already had this covered.