Posts By: Jordan Furlong

The other shoe

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Recession, Talent.

If you like your comedy dark, track the law firm layoff news. There’s the partner at Pillsbury LLP who, seated on a crowded but quiet commuter train into NewYork City, conducted a loud cellphone conversation with a colleague at the office that revealed planned associate layoffs at the firm, right down to naming the names… Read more »

The evolution of lawyer regulation

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, Governance, Talent.

The thing about change is that once it gets rolling, it’s almost impossible to control and can go in directions you neither anticipated nor like very much. That thought occurred to me while reading a report issued last week by the Legal Services Policy Institute, the think-tank division of UK legal training company The College… Read more »

The future law book

Posted by & filed under Publishing, Technology.

Two thought-provoking posts from the UK shed some light on the future of the printed word in law. Nick Holmes at Binary Law notes the accelerating demise of the printed law review journal and other hard-copy forms of legal scholarship: “Where online equivalents are already paid for out of the budget or where free access… Read more »

It’s the InnovAction Awards, Charlie Brown

Posted by & filed under Innovation.

This is an article I wrote for the February 2009 edition of the ABA’s Law Practice Today e-zine about innovation in the practice of law and the College of Law Practice Management’s InnovAction Awards, which I’m very happy to be chairing this year. The awards are now open and are accepting applications starting next week…. Read more »

Lawyers as a public good

Posted by & filed under Law School, Purpose.

Thanks to San Diego lawyer and blogger Joseph Dang, I belatedly caught up with an article in California Lawyer magazine about the University of California at Irvine‚Äôs intention to launch a new law school this fall. If you’re not familiar with this plan, UC Irvine ambiti0usly aims to debut in the Top 20 rank of… Read more »

About ABA TECHSHOW

Posted by & filed under Law21.

Just a quick note this morning to take part in an Internet meme I can get behind: a two-day promotional effort for ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago April 2-4. If you don’t know (and if you read this site, that’s pretty unlikely), ABA TECHSHOW is the world’s premier legal technology CLE conference & expo. It’s a… Read more »

The corporate client disconnect

Posted by & filed under Clients, Innovation.

I’m coming to think that many corporate clients get the outside counsel fees and service they deserve. After reading this LegalWeek article about in-house lawyers’ predictions for 2009, I had to note the ongoing disconnect between what corporate law departments say is important to them and what they actually do. The article speaks with some… Read more »

The disappearing associate

Posted by & filed under Big Firms, New Lawyers, Recession, Talent.

Well, that was ugly. In case you missed it, or you need a summary, here’s what happened on a day (yesterday) that the ABA Journal called Black Thursday and Above The Law readers have decided should be named (a little early) the Valentine’s Day Massacre: Holland & Knight fired 70 lawyers and 173 staff DLA… Read more »

Please take Law21′s readership and market survey

Posted by & filed under Law21.

Whether you’re a subscriber, a semi-regular reader or a first-time visitor, I’d be tremendously grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill out Law21′s first readership and market survey. Working with renowned market research firm The Strategic Counsel, we’ve put together a brief (10 questions) survey to help find out three things: demographic… Read more »

Book Review: The End of Lawyers?

Posted by & filed under Books, Innovation.

The End of Lawyers? by Richard Susskind (London: Oxford University Press, 2008) This is an enormously important book, and if you have any interest or stake in how the legal marketplace will operate in future, you have to read it. The End of Lawyers? provides a sweeping assessment (and in places, an indictment) of today’s… Read more »

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