What's New: Money, BigLaw, NewLaw, and Access to Justice

News I’ve been focusing a lot on personal development as the window to creating a life I love, and in the past few months my posts have reflected this. Although I believe wholeheartedly that living from the inside out has been the key to the happiness I have achieved in the past year, I’ve recently been feeling a little out of the loop when it comes to what’s going on in access to justice and the future of our profession. I haven’t really been keeping up with some issues that I hold dear.

So tonight, with glass of wine in hand… I decided to hit up Twitter to check out what’s trending in #BigLaw, #NewLaw, and #A2J (translation on the last for all you non-tweeters - #A2J = hashtag Access to Justice).

Here’s a recap of what I’ve found.

Things are going to get a little more serious, but first for some fun!

No way…

Life after BigLaw...as a galactic overlord? http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/lawyer-turned-galactic_overlord_leaves_biglaw_and_achieves_online_success/

Little league baseball coach sues his own 14-year old player: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/16/little-league-baseball-coach-sues-14-year-old-boy-after-helmet-thrown-in-celebration-severs-achilles-tendon/

Our legal system costs $80,000.00 to figure out who owns a monkey: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/ikea-monkey-mom-hit-with-80000-legal-bill/article16387973/

Legal Design Jam? “A legal design jam is an event where lawyers meet non lawyers and they together work on a legal document to make it over. Massively” http://lawyersareboring.tumblr.com/post/73504523608/what-happens-if-lawyers-meet-information-architects …"#law2025

Want to go to a Legal Design Jam in Milan? http://legaldesignjam.com/2014/01/07/milan/ 

Now for the money talk

Are lawyers who charge more actually getting less? http://www.economist.com/news/business/21594317-lawyers-biggest-customers-are-discovering-they-can-haggle-charging-more-getting-less?utm_content=buffer62bb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Is blogging a good way to build your practice? http://tips.slaw.ca/2014/practice/lawyers-to-blog-or-not-to-blog/

9 Ways Firms Find Cash for Partners - at their Great Peril http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/9_ways_firms_find_cash_for_bonuses--at_their_great_peril/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=daily_rss

How to start your own firm right out of law school: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-i-started-my-own-law-firm-right-after-law-school-2014-1?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Business+Insider+Select&utm_campaign=BI+Select+%28Wednesday+Friday%29+2014-01-10&utm_content=emailshare

And some advice - 12 Most Common Mistakes By New Lawyers: http://www.temple.edu/law/tjstel/2007/spring/v26no1-mather.pdf

The future: BigLaw vs NewLaw

NewLaw NewRules by George Beaton - Looks like an interesting book! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HCR98I4/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

What I like to call "How to reframe a BigLaw experience": http://biglawrebel.com/2013/12/30/top-10-skills-from-a-big-law-stint/

Client service will be the great equalizer. http://www.btibuzz.com/buzz/2014/1/14/global-law-firms-change-their-stripes.html?utm_content=buffer1d641&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Is the Law Firm Pyramid Collapsing?  http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/is_the_law_firm_pyramid_collapsing_biglaw_is_aging/

Is Mobile Technology Driving the Law? http://www.lawyersmutualnc.com/blog/is-mobile-technology-driving-the-law

Access to Justice

High Priced Justice - the CBA Access to Justice Report: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/high-priced-justice/article16193371/

Access to Justice in England - the Low Commission Report:

-  http://legalvoice.org.uk/topstories/legal-aid-commission-calls-on-next-government-for-another-50m-and-to-restore-legal-aid-for-housing/


The Rechtwijzer justice platform: interesting approach to early resolution of legal problems from the Netherlands: http://www.openlawlab.com/2014/01/16/rechtwijzer-justice-platform/

Many of these articles highlight the unaffordable nature of legal services and the uncertain direction our profession is heading. All of this is not to get you up in a rant about how awful our profession is (although if you feel the need to rant, then by all means rant), or to paint a bleak picture of its future.  

My interest in these topics is just that: this profession is my future. It is our future. We will not survive in it if we do not try to understand its current state (including its shortcomings) and what efforts are being made and can be made to make it better. Awareness is the first step to creating the changes we want to see.

If, despite my good intentions, these articles get you a little stressed out, here are a couple to get you back to #AWESOME.

Stress Reduction

How cultivating focus can reduce stress levels: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mequilibrium/dealing-with-stress_b_4596925.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Is there something to that thing called meditation? http://reallifepractice.com/2014/01/the-one-thing-that-changes-everything/

Working out really does give you more time: http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/work-life-balance-working-out.html?cid=sf01001

How a blind, deaf and arthritic dog taught a family how to incorporate well-being, wisdom and wonder: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-patricia-fitzgerald/pet-adoption_b_4607434.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Hope you enjoy getting "up to date" as much I have.