The pandemic has irreparably changed the world of work: showcasing different modes of working (remote and hybrid), emphasizing a reliance on technological solutions (Zoom and knowledge management software), and revealing the vast inequities that underlie different professions (service, essential, and knowledge workers). As we consider the meaning of labor, the legal profession has not been spared. This year, The Practice considered the types of skills needed to do work, the ways in which lawyers (and others) find meaning in their work, and what technology is changing the actual to-dos of work. Below, read a selection of articles that survey and question ideas around skillsets, finding meaning, and the pathways available to and created by lawyers.
Legal Informatics at School: Educational institutions provide new offerings at the intersection of law and technology
In this story from Legal Informatics (Vol. 8, Issue 1, November/December 2021), we discuss educational offerings at the intersection of law and technology in the U.S.
From Crisis Lawyering (Vol. 7, Issue 6, September/October 2021), we talk about how law school clinics, interdisciplinary simulations, and executive-level leadership training is training lawyers to deal with crises.
In this Speaker’s Corner from Crisis Lawyering (Vol. 7, Issue 6, September/October 2021), David Wilkins interview Jeh Johnson, former secretary of homeland security, on preparing to be a crisis lawyer.
In the lead story of Money and Meaning (Vol. 7, Issue 5, July/August 2021), Mitch Regan and Lisa Rohrer ask how lawyers in large corporate law firms derive meaning from their work.
In the Speaker’s Corner of Money and Meaning (Vol. 7, Issue 5, July/August 2021), David Wilkins sits down with Katie Bailey, professor of work and employment at King’s College London, for a discussion on finding meaning in work.
In this story from Law Firm Responses to the Big Four (Vol. 7, Issue 3, March/April 2021), we discuss how traditional law firms are expanding what it means to offer legal services, and what drives lawyers to pursue such nontraditional paths.
How could AI transform contracting—or the legal industry at large? What’s at stake for lawyers looking to pursue a path in legal tech, instead of the traditional law firm associate route? Learn more in this story from Legal Informatics (Vol. 8, Issue 1, November/December 2021).
In this story from Integration in Legal Services (Vol. 7, Issue 4, May/June 2021), The Practice delves into the shifting regulatory landscape around PeopleLaw. Companies like LegalZoom and RocketLawyer offer lawyers interested in expanding access to justice or the new delivery of legal services an alternative horizon for work; such companies also mean traditional lawyers may have to learn how to interact with such companies in the course of their careers.
From Perspectives on Legal Services Regulation (Vol. 7, Issue 2, January/February 2021), we explore Utah’s bold experiment in regulation, allowing non-lawyer ownership and investment in law firms. The Utah sandbox, as it is called, is overseen by an Innovation Office of lawyers interested in improving access to justice in the U.S.
What options might exist for lawyers if the legal profession was open to innovation? In this Speaker’s Corner from Perspectives on Legal Services Regulation (Vol. 7, Issue 2, January/February 2021), David Wilkins sits down with John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom from 2007 to 2019, for a conversation on the relationship between regulation and innovation in the legal profession.