David McNamara, managing director of SOS comments on a recent interview published on Legal IT Professionals with Richard Susskind, consultant and author of ‘The End of Lawyers?’
Talking about his new paperback revision of ‘The End of Lawyers?’ first published 2008, in interviews on Legal IT Professionals, Richard Susskind compares how two or three years ago his focus was on persuading lawyers that they needed to change, whereas today it is all about equipping them with practical solutions to help make changes to their organisations. He says the more imaginative firms are looking further ahead at more radical business transformation. As I was reading the interviews, it reminded me just how progressive and imaginative some law firms have become and how many of them have transformed their firms to meet the challenges ahead.
Charting the Legal Industry's Mac Invasion
“Are you a PC or a Mac?” This is today’s version of an identity crisis, though it’s requiring attention more from IT personnel than psychiatrists. A few years ago, almost every legal professional would have said “I’m a PC” whether they liked it or not. That said, there have always been a few avid Mac fans that would have heartily disagreed and staked their claim to a passionate Mac minority.
No one can debate the “megastore effect” on our personal lives. There is something compelling about the ability to visit a single store and shop for a refrigerator, laptop computer, cell phone, car stereo and then grab a snack in the restaurant. Even better, great “megastores” today provide highly experienced consultants to help with your selection. Why do we shop there? They us save time while providing a great selection, low prices, and high quality service from a single company.
Imagine this same approach with your legal department.
Anyone in a law firm will probably have a smile on their face reading those words or possibly they will feel a shudder, it’ll all depend on what your job is in the firm. For those that are new to law firms a short definition may be in order, so to quote Wikipedia:
a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organisation or field. The implementation of provides uniformity in style and formatting of a document.
I have one wish when it comes to house styles. One style to rule them all!
"Law firm CIOs should be working at Board level and have a deep appreciation of the challenges of knowledge management and knowledge sharing"
This month, a new paperback edition of Richard Susskind’s last book “The End of Lawyers?” will be published. A good reason for Legal IT professionals to interview Susskind and ask him about the current status of the legal industry. Today the third and final part of the interview, where Susskind talks about cloud computing, video conferencing and the changing role of law firm IT management.
"Legal IT software suppliers are central players in the transformation of the profession"
This month, a new paperback edition of Richard Susskind’s last book “The End of Lawyers?” will be published. A good reason for Legal IT professionals to interview Susskind and ask him about the current status of the legal industry. Today the second part of the interview, where Susskind talks about social media and legal IT software suppliers.
Although the uptake of social media by the legal world has somewhat accelerated over the last two years, there is still a big lag, “and this does puzzle me” Susskind says. “I think there's also more specialised systems like Legal OnRamp where actually an online community will go for lawyers and the clients.
Susskind publishes new ways of thinking about the practice of law
This month, a new paperback edition of Richard Susskind’s last book “The End of Lawyers?” will be published. A good reason for Legal IT professionals to interview Susskind and ask him about the current status of the legal industry. Today part 1, about the new paperback edition, embracing change, and the impact of the global financial crisis on law firms.
Christy Burke reports live from ILTA 2010 - All the interviews
Christy Burke reported live from the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). During the conference, Christy interviewed visitors and exhibitors and asked them about their companies, new products and impressions of ILTA. Below you will find all Christy's interviews.
Well we reach the final day of ILTA 2010 (Thursday 26th August) and for me it was just a morning of sessions before I had to get ready to leave Las Vegas.
The first morning session was a look at Law Firm economics, “Next Generation Law Firm Economics” (#ORG15). A really interesting look at the economics of a law firm over the last few years and what this means for the future. A couple of snippets that stood out were:
Today was going to be “Autonomy day” and for the morning that was the case. The first session I attended was “The Search Is Over with iManage IDOL: Frontend and Backend Perspectives” (#AUT1). Initial feeling about the session was that it was going to be a bit of a sales push for IDOL search, but some of the presenters actually gave a real good “war stories” type run through of implementations.
OK this is an update on Tuesday, the conference is so busy that I’m losing track of what sessions came when and when I spoke to various people. But lots on good information gained both from the sessions, the vendors and the people at the conference.
The first session on Tuesday was on email management (#INFO5). The satisfying part was that all the presenters’ firms were having the same difficulties with email as we’re having. A few key points stuck out:
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