Law is a profession and an industry: It should be regulated that way

Mark Cohen’s title Law is a profession and an industry: It should be regulated that way states what we all recognize, but somehow do precious little to regulate in an appropriate way, denying opportunities for clients and lawyers to create more value for society.

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What’s a lawyer now?

In What’s A Lawyer Now? I explore how lawyers define themselves because of the insights derived from the intellectual exercise, not only because lawyers like to define terms.

The American Bar Association (ABA) describes a lawyer as “a licensed professional who advises and represents others in legal matters”. This description raises more questions than it answers – and fails the ‘void-for-vagueness’ standard.

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Goodbye guild: Law’s changing culture

Mark Cohen’s column in Forbes, Goodbye guild: Law’s changing culture, struck a deep chord with this sentence: “Law is not about lawyers anymore”.

Rhetorically, one might ask, was law ever about lawyers? Like the other ‘original’ professions of medicine, priesthood and military service, law and lawyers – as I understand it – arose to further the interests of civil society and protect the rights of fellow human beings.

Which is what makes Mark’s commentary about law’s changing culture so important.

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Embrace the Rebels

Publication of Embrace the Rebels marks Heather Suttie joining The Dialogue as a contributor. I am most grateful to Heather – indeed to all those who accept my invitation to contribute.

Embrace the Rebels is subtitled Law firms risk market erosion by ignoring the audacious in their ranks heralding Heather’s exhortation for BigLaw to recognize and enable one of their greatest assets – young professionals – to blossom. 

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The future lawyer

The Future Lawyer is based upon the Mark Cohen’s keynote address to The German Bar Association on May 26th, 2017. Mark starts by identifying some of the key challenges attorneys will confront, and then sets about the skills they will require to meet them.
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The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers: Book review

The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers (1) took me three days to read. Normally I need months to get through books like this because I read several concurrently. Not so Philip Wood’s riveting work.

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