Posts By: Jordan Furlong

Canada’s Big Bang

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Globalization.

Earlier this fall, I gave a presentation to a Canadian law society that described the key trends in the current legal marketplace and forecast where they’re likely to lead in future. As part of the presentation, we discussed a series of hypothetical future developments that would require the profession’s regulators to respond. One of them… Read more »

Destroying your own business

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Competition, Innovation.

Well before Blockbuster Video actually filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this fall, The Onion produced a prescient video about a museum tour based on the movie rental chain: Historic ‘Blockbuster’ Store Offers Glimpse Of How Movies Were Rented In The Past. One dazzled visitor remarks: “It’s like stepping into a time machine … it’s hard… Read more »

What’s your sports department?

Posted by & filed under Innovation.

As both a former journalist and a recovering professional sports fan, I was intrigued by this entry at Mark Coddington’s blog about innovation in newspapers. He reports on a study that found the department within most news organizations most amenable to innovation is actually Sports. The two journalism professors who prepared the report, along with… Read more »

Can’t buy me motivation

Posted by & filed under Satisfaction, Talent.

I still remember the story told by a friend of mine who quit his job at a large national law firm. The income, of course, was great. But he had become increasingly unhappy with the work he was doing, the people he was doing it for, and the culture of the firm for which he… Read more »

John Plank joins Edge International

Posted by & filed under Edge.

I’m extremely pleased to announce that another world-class consultant has opted to join the Edge International partnership! John Plank specializes in personal communications and speaking skills for managing partners, practice group leaders and trial lawyers. In addition to providing John’s services in leadership development and executive coaching, Edge is now the exclusive provider of John’s… Read more »

Law as an undergraduate degree

Posted by & filed under Law School.

The start of the school year is upon us. You can tell from the firestorm of written commentary in the legal press and blawgosphere about the function, fitness and future of legal education. Fanning the flames hardest is Brent Evan Newton, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, who has written an article… Read more »

Pam Woldow joins Edge International

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It’s my tremendous pleasure to announce that Pamela H. Woldow, one of the world’s top legal consultants and an unparalleled expert in legal project management and alternative fee arrangements, has joined Edge International as our partner and general counsel. To those of you who read this blog regularly, Pam requires no introduction: you’ve seen me… Read more »

Will-writing and the redefinition of “legal services”

Posted by & filed under Clients, Competition, Governance, Outsourcing.

Last month, a BBC investigative program called Panorama exposed a wide range of illegal and unethical practices by “will-writers,” advisors who help people prepare wills and who are not lawyers. One result of that broadcast could be a significant clawback of lawyer regulatory power over the legal services marketplace in the UK, with implications for… Read more »

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