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A New Model Law Firm – A Closer Look at Clearspire (part 2 of 2)

In my prior post, I described the new-model law firm Clearspire, its inspiration, target market, and technology. The story continues here. To offer clients billing transparency and predictability at 50% of typical AmLaw 200 fees, Clearspire took several steps described below. I finish

A New Model Law Firm – A Closer Look at Clearspire (part 1 of 2)

Traditional mainstream media have shown much interest in the legal market this year with articles on legal outsourcing, law school issues, and contract lawyers. The legal press and blog had already mostly covered these developments in detail. One topic MSM covered, however, was news t

Why the US Should Allow Outside Investment in Law Firms (disagreeing with the GC of IBM)

Disagreeing with the general counsel of IBM may be risky, but here goes. And normally I do not write about policy or legal regulation. But when it comes to creating an environment that can foster legal innovation, I do speak out. In a Business Week ViewPoint, Law Firms Should Spurn Ou

Future Proofing Your Law Firm and Legal Technology 3.0

At the International Legal Technology Association annual conference last month in Nashville, I was a panelist for Future Proofing Your Law Firm. I share here an overview of the themes we prepared in advance (click here for the published slides (PDF).  My co-panelists were Gerard

Bill Speros Weighs in on e-Discovery and Evidence Management Certification

Recently Law Technology News published a set of articles on e-discovery certification. I stated my views in my post Calming the E-Discovery Certification Waters – Comments on LTN Articles. Subsequently I had an interesting e-mail exchange on the topic. I share here, with his per

A Sign that US Legal Regulations May Rationalize

I have long thought that archaic US rules that govern lawyers serve as a barrier to legal innovation such as new law firm business models or the adoption of time-saving and quality-improving technology.  The recent LegalZoom case, publicized elsewhere, about allegations of unauth

Law Department Innovation – An Oxymoron?

Each September, Inside Counsel published its “IC 10″, the annual winners of the magazine’s top 10 innovative law departments (The 2011 IC10 winners). By my read, not much serious innovation is taking place.   Only two of 10 winners caught my eye as interesting.