I respectfully suggest that we stop using the following lines from Henry VI Part 2, Act 4, Scene 2 in conversations about the modern legal profession: DICK: The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. CADE: Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of… Read more »
Posts By: Jordan Furlong
I’m honoured to organize and present a special session on the future of the justice system during the 40th Anniversary Conference of the Canadian Judicial Council at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Québec (near Ottawa) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
I’m very happy to deliver a 75-minute plenary address on the immediate future of the legal marketplace at the 48th Mid-Year Conference of the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.
People love lists. We love the choosiness, the ordering, the nice linear way they stack up or count down. There’s a reason why every cover of Cosmopolitan includes at least one numbered list. You think Stephen Covey would be a millionaire today if he’d merely written The Habits of Highly Successful People? You think we’d… Read more »
I’m pleased to be moderating a panel on international developments in the practice of law at the College of Law Practice Management’s 2011 Futures Conference: Challenging the Law Practice Model in Chicago on October 28-29.
I’m honoured to join a special panel on the lawyer admission process at the annual meeting of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, September 16-17.
Last week, having written about the rise of online disruptors and the emergence of super-boutiques, I promised that the final entry in this de facto trilogy would identify how lawyers and law firms can ensure their profitability in this new environment. But then I spent three days at ILTA’s Rev-elation, the 2011 annual meeting of… Read more »
Yesterday, I advanced the notion that lawyers’ profitability now depends on what they do and how they do it. One reason is disruptive internet-based providers that not only are grabbing commodity work and profiting from it, but more dangerously, are also changing the values clients associate with “good legal service” to emphasize speed, affordability and… Read more »
Lawyers used to have the Midas Touch: whatever we did, however we did it, we were profitable, because no one else could do it (and no one else was allowed to try). From now on, lawyers’ and law firms’ profitability hinges completely on what we choose to do and how we choose to do it…. Read more »
I’m willing to wager that the one phrase most frequently spoken in partnership meetings, when the subject of potential new initiatives comes up, is: “Are any other firms doing this?” Law is virtually the only industry where a negative answer to that question is met with disappointment. Doing what everyone else is doing will get… Read more »