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Law School, Law Firms, and the Titanic

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

It is easy to find books and articles that highlight the problems within the legal industry. What is rare is to find something that instead of just pointing out the problems, actually offers solutions. Mark Cohen’s recent article, The Death of Lawyers is Greatly Exaggerated, does just that. Those...

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Technology is Changing the Practice of Law

On the Future of Law

I have written previously about how consumers are the first of the four major disruptors I see occurring within the legal industry.  Technology is the second. I want to explain a concept created by Richard Susskind who is a legal futurist. He created a flowchart depicting the evolution of...

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LLLT Paves the Way for ABS in WA

On the Future of Law

Washington State is now the first state[1] to allow alternative business structures (ABSs), whereby non-lawyers are authorized to share fees with lawyers and have ownership interests in law firms via the recently approved Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). This new rule allows LLLTs to...

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Will LLLTs Really Improve Access to Justice?

On the Future of Law

Despite the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors voting against it numerous times, in 2012 the Washington Supreme Court adopted APR 28 the Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT).[1]  This rule was submitted to the Court by the Practice of Law Board, the board that...

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ABA Futures Commission Testimony

Sights and Sounds on the Future of Law

I had the opportunity to provide testimony to the ABA Futures Commission at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX on February 7, 2015.  You can view videos of the testimony from all of the presenters here.  My thoughts on my own testimony can be found here.  ...

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The Access to Justice Myth

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

Within the Washington State Bar Association, some have argued that ABSs (alternative business structures) will decrease the cost of legal services and thereby increase access to justice. Indeed, access to justice is the primary reason for the Washington Supreme Court’s order enacting the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) program,...

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The Corporatization of Law

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

In 2007, Australia’s Slater & Gordon was the first law firm to go public. Jonathan Molot, a law professor at Georgetown and a co-founder and CIO of Burford Capital, argues that this should become the rule, rather than the exception.  In his Southern California Law Review article, What’s Wrong...

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American Legal Profession in Crisis

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

If you have not yet read James Moliterno’s 2013 book, The American Legal Profession in Crisis: Resistance and Response to Change, I recommend you do so. Moliterno provides a chronological history of the bar association as it deals with self-identified crises. It is a dark account.  “This book aims...

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My Two Cents at the ABA Midyear Meeting

On the Future of Law

I had the opportunity to testify before the ABA Futures Commission on February 2, 2015 during the ABA Midyear Meeting.  I had already submitted written comments in December 2014, which focused on current and future changes in legal services – the business and profession. At the hearing I took...

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