Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Twitter - "One of those things that turner out to be a far bigger deal then I envisioned when I began it"
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Cindy Royal wrote an article on Medium, 'Are journalism schools teaching their students the right skills?' She asked:
So it’s platform or perish. We’ll never be able to fully achieve a digital, technology-based curriculum until we have faculty who are committed to preparing students for the digital, technology-based world into which they are graduating. The sooner we all accept this, the better.
Because we work in tech."
Likewise, I ask: are law schools teaching their students the right skills?
Monday, 12 May 2014
Richard Susskind believes that lawyers and law firms need to ask themselves a basic question: what are lawyers for? he them said:
"Most lawyers, when they think about the future, tend to think, ‘what do we do today’ – one-to-one consultative advisory service, usually on an hourly billing basis – and ‘how can we make it a bit quicker, cheaper, better’. Not often enough are lawyers taking a step back and asking the question: what fundamental value is it that we bring to those we advise? Why is it that clients pay handsomely for our service?"
Susskind said that of the Legal Services Act 2007 which introduced alternative business structures and meant non-lawyers could share profits with lawyers in legal businesses:
"What it actually means in practice is that we have an entrepreneurial spirit in the legal world that we have never had before. You’ve got banks, building societies and insurance companies coming into the legal marketplace alongside publishers and accountants. You have got external funding, which is bringing new ideas, new ways of delivering services– far cheaper for citizens."
In Ireland alternative business structures were the most contentious part of the proposed Legal Services Regulation Bill. The Bar Council, which represents barristers, strenuously opposed the idea, arguing it would hinder access to justice and have no cost benefit to clients.Richard Susskind criticised the American Bar Association for arguing that such liberalisation would prejudice access to justice. Saying:
"In fact it’s exactly the reverse. In almost all jurisdictions that are liberalising, it’s enabling access."
Suds kind concluded by saying:
"We have to open our minds to working in entirely new ways."
In Irish Times in full here: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/dragging-the-legal-sector-into-the-21st-century-1.1789869?page=2