Jordan Furlong is a strategic consultant and analyst who forecasts the impact of the changing legal market on lawyers, law firms and legal organizations.

The Brink

Solving the wrong problem

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Filed under: Access, Finance

The New York Times caused quite a stir last week when it published an article that looked at a third-party litigation funding company focused on the family law market. Balance Point Divorce Funding covers the cost of a party’s divorce proceeding in exchange for a share of what it calls the “winnings.” The article describes… Read more »

The new battlefield: convenience

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Filed under: Clients, Competition, Innovation

Whatever happened to Napster? Depending on your age, you might remember it either as a piracy-enabling nuisance, a groundbreaking music-swapping service, or the dusty antecedent of iTunes. Time magazine caught up with Napster’s founder, Shawn Fanning, and three other pioneering hackers in a recent article that describes them as “The Men Who Changed The World.”… Read more »

That’s me all over

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Filed under: Law21

In addition to keeping busy with client work, I’ve had the opportunity to write a number of articles recently and to be interviewed for a few others. I thought you’d be interested in checking some of them out. As part of the newest edition of the Edge International Review – a journal of Edge partners’… Read more »

Canada’s Big Bang

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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