Deanna Johnston had 30 minutes to spare. As vice president of litigation at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., she and her busy team couldn’t afford to waste time meeting with another typical legal vendor. But her boss, the general counsel, had insisted on this one.Two hours later, Johnston hired the company to aid her outside counsel on a test basis to redo the discovery process: roughly 30,000 documents for a case two months before trial. The vendor’s team of lawyers identified a missing key document and saved Johnston $100,000 in outside lawyers’ fees on the matter—even as she paid for repeat work—because the high level of organization and analysis of the thousands of documents so thoroughly and quickly prepped her team and the BigLaw lawyers for trial.To date, Johnston says her relationship with Novus Law, the legal services company based in Chicago, has saved her an estimated 15 to 30 percent per case on outside counsel fees. With a single matter … [Read more...] about Who’s eating law firms’ lunch?
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In 2011, the ABA Journal initiated a series of reports on the shifting paradigm of law practice. This series looks at how the legal business is responding—and the legal profession often not responding—to pressures never before placed on lawyers and law firms: a maturing market, disruptive technology, economic recession and the rise of legal services competition. This article, written by law professor William D. Henderson, who helped initiate the Paradigm Shift series, looks at managed services—a new category of legal firms that build systems to handle high-volume, repetitive work—and how they’re making millions of dollars from the effort.My research on the legal profession has enabled me to study rainmakers up close. Jane Allen, founder of Counsel on Call, based in Nashville, Tennessee, certainly fits one of the profiles.Allen is affable and easy to talk to, getting high marks as a conversationalist because she asks good questions and seldom has to talk … [Read more...] about How managed services are building systems for corporate legal work
All About Advertising LawVenable’s group blog covers advertising laws of concern to broadcasters and marketers, with special attention paid to implications of Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission rulings. This year, they ran a very informative series called “Golden Rules,” all about the advertising and sponsorship issues raised by the Olympics. Arbitration Nation“This blawg provides recent news on all sorts of interesting arbitration decisions nationwide and does so accurately, intelligently, concisely and with a sense of humor and, sometimes, savvy political commentary. This may be the best ADR blawg, period. I have not seen a better one, and I read an awful lot of ADR news and edit the ABA ADR website for the Litigation Section.” —Mitchell Marinello, Novack & Macey, Chicago Art Law & MoreThe field of art law is often more swashbuckling than it’s given credit for. Posts on Art Law & More contain details … [Read more...] about 10th Annual Blawg 100
When we set out to name the ABA Journal’s inaugural Blawg 100, we knew we were up for a challenge. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 legal blogs—what we call blawgs. How many of those are worth a click? Turns out, quite a few.The trick is fitting them neatly into a category. By their very nature, bloggers defy categorization. What in one week is a blog devoted to the black-letter practice of law is the next week a heartwarming chronicle of a baby’s first steps or a devastating battle with cancer.Our Blawg 100 bloggers fill their posts with chatter about work, gossip, helping hands, frustration, love, rage and pleas for justice.There is no end to advice (lots of it useful), tips (many of them helpful) and opinion (goes without saying). And there are volumes, we repeat, volumes of cautionary tales.GENERALLY SPEAKING American Constitution Society BlogCovers a wide range of legal topics and includes a handy weekly roundup of blog posts for the occasional reader. The BLT … [Read more...] about ABA Journal Blawg 100
Perhaps no case could be a more monumental example of the reality of modern e-discovery than the ongoing Viacom copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube filed back in 2008. In that dispute, the judge ordered that 12 terabytes of data be turned over, according to Matthew Knouff.“People often say that one terabyte equals 50,000 trees, and 10 terabytes would be the equivalent of all the printed collections of the Library of Congress,” says Knouff, who is general counsel of Complete Discovery Source, a New York City-based electronic discovery services provider. For the Viacom/YouTube case then, the demand was for the printed equivalent of the entire Library of Congress. And then some.Experiences like these have left law firms and in-house attorneys scrambling to make sense of the new risks associated with the seemingly endless data produced by emerging technologies like cloud computing and social media—first as a way to get their own house in order and second as a … [Read more...] about As Bulging Client Data Heads for the Cloud, Law Firms Ready for a Storm
Thanks to Northwestern University School of Law, the only thing standing between foreign lawyers and an American LLM is 12 weeks.Northwestern, which already offers a two-year JD program, plans to launch an accelerated executive LLM program for non-U.S. law school graduates next year.“There’s been an explosion of American LLM programs aimed at foreign lawyers who come to the states for a year,” says associate dean Mayer Freed. While Northwestern offers a yearlong residential LLM program and executive LLM programs in Tel Aviv, Madrid and Seoul, the university was “looking to provide an American LLM midway between” those offerings.The accelerated program will run from May through August and can be completed in one or two summers. Students will spend five days a week and up to five hours a day in classes taught by Northwestern faculty where the focus will be on lawyers as strategic business advisers.Accelerated LLM programs are rare, but the University of … [Read more...] about As Easy as 1, 2 …12
It’s our lucky seventh time at this blog-ranking rodeo. Does luck come into play as we assemble our list? Perhaps. Maybe it’s a lucky break for a blogger when one of its readers takes the time to write to us to make sure we give it serious consideration. There are thousands of legal blogs, after all.But really, it’s a blogger’s dedication, creativity and engagement with readers and the other minds of the legal blogosphere that make us take notice. We think our familiarity with these blogs ultimately makes us better legal journalists—and getting to know them might make you a better lawyer. At the very least, you might find kindred spirits who articulate the highs and lows of practice with wit and empathy.What do you think of our picks? You can peruse an alphabetical list below. To vote for your favorites by category, click here. The polls open Nov. 25 and shut down at close of business Dec. 20. Each person gets a total of 13 votes, to distribute as they see … [Read more...] about 7th Annual Blawg 100