Posts By: Jordan Furlong

What diversity looks like today

Posted by & filed under Demographics, Diversity.

Back in November, before this blog started up, the National Association of Law Placement published some analyses of its 2007-08 NALP Directory of Legal Employers, an annual compendium of legal employer data. You may have already seen these results, and I apologize for the redundancy if so, but they only belatedly caught my eye in… Read more »

Money talks

Posted by & filed under Billing, Collaboration, Innovation.

I get a huge kick out of law firm innovation. It’s one of the reasons I signed on last year to be a judge for the College of Law Practice Management‘s Innovaction Awards, and why I’m doing so again this year. It’s like being a film buff on the screening committee for the Oscars. So… Read more »

Inter alia, a real boost

Posted by & filed under Law21.

After only a month at this gig, I feel like I’ve been given the blawgosphere’s stamp of approval: Tom Mighell’s Inter Alia has made Law21 its Blawg of the Day. I’m delighted and honoured — thanks, Tom! — and I’m looking forward to reading the balance of Tom’s Canadian Legal Blogs report this week (a… Read more »

A new offshoring strategy?

Posted by & filed under Innovation, Outsourcing.

Another day, another article about a major international law firm getting involved in India’s legal market. Pretty soon, the question’s going to change from “Why is your firm in India?” to “Why isn’t your firm in India?” But today’s entry is notable for other reasons. Howrey LLP, reports The American Lawyer, is opening a new… Read more »

The trust factor in online networks

Posted by & filed under Clients, Collaboration, Technology.

Three separate items about social networking for lawyers hit my feed reader today, each of which deserves a read. At SLAW, Steve Matthews of Stem Legal says Facebook is not a viable marketing tool for lawyers, in part because its closed-door nature prevents a lawyer’s marketing efforts from reaching a wider audience. In the ABA’s… Read more »

Women, law firms and semantics

Posted by & filed under Big Firms.

I’m reluctant — wisely, I think — to say much about women in the private practice of law. They tell you to “write what you know,” and since I neither work in a law firm nor check off “female” on my census form, I’m doubly unqualified to say much on the subject. But I will… Read more »

Student-focused law degrees

Posted by & filed under Innovation, Law School.

Mark Osler at the Law School Innovation blog points us towards the University of Dayton Law School, which offers students the option to complete the standard three-year degree in just two calendar years (including a summer off) through an earlier start date and a more intensive course load. The implications, as Mark observes, include less… Read more »

Beyond Facebook

Posted by & filed under Collaboration, Innovation, Technology.

Lawyers are going to have to figure out what to make of social networking. By and large, as the link to the articles in last fall’s edition of National indicates, a few are active believers, a few more are cautious optimists, and the vast majority are dismissive or clueless. I can actually understand that. I’ll… Read more »

Transforming the practising bar

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

If you’d like a glimpse of the legal profession of the near-to-mid-future, look to London. Yesterday, the UK’s Bar Standards Board launched a consultation paper concerning the effect on barristers of the new Legal Services Act, which received Royal Assent last October. (The Solicitors Regulation Authority addressed the LSA’s impact earlier.) Here’s LegalWeek and The… Read more »

It’s still not funny

Posted by & filed under Purpose.

I can understand why a lot of people tell lawyer jokes. I will never understand why some lawyers do. Jokes about people in positions of authority — political leaders, clergypeople, doctors and lawyers — trace their lineage back centuries. They’re grounded in people’s real need to exercise some sort of control over or resistance to… Read more »

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