Updated: Sep 13, 2020
By Gabe Teninbaum
My name is Gabe Teninbaum (on Twitter at@GTeninbaum). You probably subscribed to this newsletter so long ago that you forgot what it is and who I am. Well, I've been on sabbatical since December, writing a *terrific* how-to book on productizing legal services (more on that someday soon). I'm back now and ready to resume the newsletter. I've been on a digital cleanse since Thanksgiving 2019 and this is actually the first time I'm turning on any electronic device since then.Did I miss anything?
By way of renewed introduction, I'm a professor, as well as the newly minted Assistant Dean for Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education, atSuffolk Lawin Boston. I'm also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. My work focuses on legal innovation, technology, and the changing business of law. Every day, I digest tons of content on these topics. The goal of this newsletter is to curate the most interesting, valuable, and thought-provoking of these ideas and share them with you.
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The Main Course: 5 Things That Made Me Think This Week
Arizona Becomes the First State to Allow Non-Lawyer Ownership of Law Firms: for eons, this has been among the holy grails for legal futurists, who envision it as a way to bring not just new money, but new energy and incentives, to improve legal services. Arizona's move came on the heels of Utah announcing sweeping changes to their own lawyer regulation. Bob Ambrogi of Law Sites Blog breaks it all down in this post.
FastCase 50 Announced: it's basically the Academy Awards of legal innovation, minus the red carpets, emotional speeches, and glamorous after-parties. Every year, this list of 50 people doing daring, interesting, & cool things in law becomes more impressive. Read it and be inspired.
Four Opportunities for Legal Industry Innovators: this is a long read from Dan Currell, writing on the Legal Evolution blog (which basically never fails to deliver interesting reads - if you have an RSS feed, you should add Legal Evolution) framed around lessons learned from the 1990 book about Toyota, The Machine that Changed the World.
Free "Coding the Law" Course (and more from the Suffolk LIT Lab): my colleague, David Colarusso, has made materials from his "Coding the Law" course available, at no charge, for anyone who wants to play along at home. It's been a busy few months in the LIT Lab, including Quinten Steenhuis joining the team in March and setting an all-time record for going from being hired to having a major newspaper article publish an article on this impact. The LIT Lab's Document Assembly Triage Project is one of the few silver linings in the pandemic and is making a real difference in the lives of people in need of legal help.
A Kiosk Grows in Brooklyn: a nice story about the various ways NYC courts are using legal tech to help people get access to needed legal services during the pandemic. It's gratifying to see stories of courts and judges finding ways to keep the system working when little around us seems to be. An additional example is Judge Scott Schlegel, from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, who has created a system so hearings can be completed online (one of many excellent projects he has kicked off).
IKEA Archive: I mostly go to Ikea to buy the delicious foods sold in toothpaste tubes from their small speciality food shop hidden among all the flat boxes. I also happen to collect their catalogs. I've got a stack with every one from 2007 to present (missing 2008 and 2012 - if you have a spare, please send it to me). Now, I can save a tree - and you can too. The IKEA Museum has posted every IKEA catalog since 1950. They're really worth a look.
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