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Law Firm 2.0

Law Firms Invent New Recipe For Disaster

Recently, the New York Times published an article called At Well-Paying Law Firms, a Low-Paid Corner. In short, the paper is reporting that some very well known firms are hiring lawyers at cut rate prices (less than half) of what associates on partner track are making at the firm. And these cheaper resources are performing…

New Must Read Blog by Rich Baer, General Counsel Qwest Communications

One of my absolutely favorite lawyers has started a blog: Reliance on Counsel.  It’s written by Rich Baer, currently the general counsel and chief administrative officer at Qwest Communications.  It’s going to be a must read for anyone wanting to see how one of the most innovative lawyers in the country thinks.  Rich has promised a…

Even Conan O’Brien Loves Our Portfolio Company Brightleaf

I thought I had seen about every possible way that a startup could market itself.  Until now.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present you Brightleaf’s marketing “materials” for their launch at LegalTech in New York this week.  (In all seriousness, they are doing a great job with their automated document platform and more instructive videos…

Future Practice Models for the Transaction Lawyer

Today, the Silicon Flatirons posted a report called Law 2.0: Intelligent Architecture for Transactional Law.  It is the work product of a half-day roundtable held at the CU law school featuring an international gathering (yes, we had someone from Canada) of lawyers, academics and technologists who are passionate about the future business models of practicing law. The…

Interview With Rich Baer – GC and CAO of Qwest

Law.com has a great interview with Rich Baer, General Counsel and CAO at Qwest.  I find 99% of interviews worthless, but this is one of the few that allows the reader to actually understand the subject a bit. The premise of the interview is that Rich is moving on from Qwest after the announced merger…

Spindle Law – Crowd-Sourced Legal Research

I recently got a demo of Spindle Law, a new crowd-sourced legal research site that’s part legal treatise, part wiki, and part lawyers’ forum for discussion.  Spindle Law organizes the law hierarchically with topics leading to ever-narrowing legal rules.  Instead of searching the text of cases or other authorities and then teasing out the legal…

Attorney River

The guys over at Legal River emailed today and let me know about a new product offering that they’ve come up with called Attorney River. Attorney River is trying to help improve upon the lawyer directory model, i.e. Martindale, which has not seen a lot of innovation in the last few decades. Attorney River allows…