After a long absence I am returning to blogging. I guess I just have too much to say right now to keep it all to myself.
One of the reasons for my sudden urge to speak up is an amazing opportunity I have been given. Starting in January, I will be co-teaching 21st Century Lawyering with Professor Gabriel Teninbaum at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. This class is part of the law school’s Legal Innovation and Technology Concentration. Students earning this certificate learn the skills both traditional and non-traditional legal employers are looking for, such as cloud computing, knowledge and project management, social media, electronic discovery, automated document assembly, and so on.
My goal is to bring a business perspective to the discussions. What does that mean? Well, as some of you know, I believe that a law firm is a business and has to be run like a business to be successful, especially in the 21st century. Being a great legal technician does not guarantee success as a lawyer today. Not when technology and the competition is coming from outside the industry, without the baggage that so many attorneys have around the business of law.
The future is unpredictable. Current and future practitioners need to learn all the skills they can to succeed, and I am so excited to be part of that.
Over the next month, I’m going to be blogging about some of the concepts that will be discussed in the class. If you have any suggestions or ideas about what you think current law students need to know about the profession they will soon be joining, please reach out via the comment section below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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