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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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The British are Coming: ABS in the US?

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

Recently, the ABA Journal published an article entitled, Does the UK Know Something We Don’t About Alternative Business Structures?  In 2007 the UK passed the Legal Services Act, which allowed for ABS (alternative business structures); meaning non-lawyer ownership and investment in law firms. Recently, US companies, such as LegalZoom...

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The Future of Law is Here: Regulation

Sights and Sounds on the Future of Law

This video was taken during my presentation entitled, The Future of Law (is here), at the November, 2014 McKinley Irvin Leadership Retreat.  This is the fourth of a four part video series entitled, The Future of Law (is here): Regulatory Liberalization, which discusses the early stages of disruption occurring within the...

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RPC 5.4 and Other Fairytales

On the Future of Law

I’d like to borrow from Lewis Caroll and tell you a little nonsensical story about a serious subject, which is about how the ABA needs to undertake a wholesale change in the ethics rules; particularly RPC 5.4, which currently prohibits non-lawyers from ownership or investment in law firms. I...

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Lawyers Must Shape the Future of Law

On the Future of Law

At the ReInvent Law Laboratory’s London Conference in June, 2014, I presented an ignite talk on the current state of the legal profession’s regulatory status and its prospective future absent change.  The talk was entitled, Lawyers in Wonderland, or Why the ABA Should Undertake a Wholesale Reformation of Model...

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8 Must Have Legal Innovations

Opinions and Commentary on the Future of Law

The American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on the Future of Legal Services released an Issues Paper on November 3, 2014, which solicited public comment.  In December I submitted my comments, which can be found on McKinley Irvin’s blog.  While the Commission called for comment on a number of significant...

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Lawyers in Wonderland

Sights and Sounds on the Future of Law

This video was taken of my presentation, Lawyers in Wonderland, or Why the ABA Should Undertake a Wholesale Reformation of Model Lawyer Ethics Rules, and Specifically Rule 5.4, which Currently Prohibits Non-Lawyer Ownership or Investment in Law Firms, at ReInvent Law Laboratory’s London Conference in June, 2014....

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