November 2, 2017
The Re-Envisioned Lawyer
The Re-Envisioned Lawyer: We must reshape our profession to serve Americans in a new era
America’s legal industry is at a crossroads. The profound technological, economic and demographic changes of recent years are calling for a new approach to how we cultivate and inspire the next generation of lawyers. On the technology side, emerging online legal services platforms such as LegalZoom and Modria augur the coming of a time when well-trained, experienced lawyers may be called on far less often to resolve minor disputes or handle routine matters.
Seizing the Millennial Advantage: To lead tomorrow, law firms must understand and engage today's young lawyers
Leaders across the legal services industry face an important challenge: determining how to engage and cultivate a new generation of lawyers that may view work and career in a way that’s starkly different from its predecessors.
I speak often with senior lawyers across the country through my role as President of DRI and as a partner in a major U.S. law firm. Many senior lawyers say they struggle to connect with younger lawyers, citing the latter’s inclination to question everything – from policies and work processes to long-established traditions such as the arduous pathway to partnership.
Without Jury Trials Can There Be Justice? We must ensure that tomorrow's lawyers know how to try cases
The American civil justice system, despite its imperfections and challenges, has served as a model for the world for centuries. Among our system’s most important traits is its enduring support of the right to a jury trial – an impartial hearing of one’s dispute by peers, with the promise of a timely resolution. Unfortunately for all of us, this long-tested attribute is increasingly under attack – and the primary reason is money (or, more precisely, the lack of money needed to fund our courts).
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