Sharing expert insights on how and why the profession of law is changing in fundamental ways and how it will impact lawyers, the authors of this thought-provoking 20-chapter book will advance and sharpen the dialogue within the bar about accelerating disruption of the legal services marketplace, and how best to adapt. The collected wisdom and legal expertise in this book will help individual lawyers, law firms, law students, and bar associations better visualize and plan for their own futures in the law. The Relevant Lawyer: Reimagining the Future of the Legal Profession represents the vision and commitment of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, deriving from and supporting their vital purpose of preserving, protecting, and advancing the highest ideals of the legal profession.
As many chapters underscore, for the legal profession to endure as a profession, and all that term represents, lawyer professionalism must endure as well. The lawyer’s commitment to public service and the justice system, and in particular access to justice, will be paramount in an era when so many citizens are legally underserved. The formation of a lawyer’s professional identity will be indispensable if young lawyers are to develop the resilience and independent judgment they need to succeed in a change environment as professionals committed to serving clients, the cause of justice, and the public interest.
The Relevant Lawyer examines the rapidly evolving legal services environment that all lawyers must navigate. A central tenet of this book is that successfully navigating the profession’s future requires close consideration today of those dynamic forces and trends that are shaping a very different law practice landscape. It is a collection of independent voices connected by an abiding concern about the future path of a great profession.
Because not all chapter authors share the same vision of the future, The Relevant Lawyer offers more than a single perspective or limited roadmap of the future; the objective is that this singular publication will promote dialogue and engagement on the future of the profession. Each chapter focuses on one issue, development, trend, or practice setting relevant to the larger discussion of change in the legal profession. The 20 chapters organized in five overarching categories: Transformation, Equity, Practice Settings, Regulation, and Development.
Table of Contents
Foreword: William C. Hubbard, President, American Bar Association
Chapter 1: Saving Atticus Finch: The Lawyer and the Legal Services Revolution – Frederic S. Ury
Chapter 2: The Legal Industry of Tomorrow Arrived Yesterday: How Lawyers Must Respond – Stephen Gillers
Chapter 3: Alternative Legal Service Providers: Filling the Justice Gap – Paula Littlewood and Stephen Crossland
Chapter 4: Client Change: The Age of Consumer Self-Navigation – Jordan Furlong
Chapter 5: Women Lawyers: Big Firm Attrition—Small Firm Gains – Roberta D. Liebenberg
Chapter 6: Diversity and Inclusion as Filters for Envisioning the Future – Arin N. Reeves
Chapter 7: The Future of Virtual Law Practice – Richard S. Granat and Stephanie Kimbro
Chapter 8: Large Law Firms: A Business Model, a Service Ethic – Carolyn B. Lamm and Hugh Verrier
Chapter 9: Indie Lawyering – Lucille A .Jewel
Chapter 10: The Soldier-Lawyer and the Challenge of Perceiving Right Action – Benjamin K. Grimes
Chapter 11: The Shift to Institutional Law Practice – Thomas D. Morgan
Chapter 12: Globalization and Regulation – Laurel S. Terry
Chapter 13: A Sea Change in England – Mark S. Smith
Chapter 14: The Australian Experiment:Out with the Old, in with the Bold – Steve Mark and Tahlia Gordon
Chapter 15: Canada: The Road to Reform – Simon Chester
Chapter 16: Legal Education: Learning What Lawyers Need – Thomas W. Lyons
Chapter 17: Mentoring: No App for That – Lori L. Keating and Amy Timmer
Chapter 18: Social Media: Here Today, Here Tomorrow – Daniel A. Schwartz
Chapter 19: Professionalism as Survival Strategy – Jayne R. Reardon
Chapter 20: Bar Associations: Tapping the Wisdom of the Young – Paul A. Haskins