Are young lawyers being ignored in the race for the future of legal services

The just-published College of Law (Australasia) report suggests young lawyers are being ignored in the race for the future of legal services. 

This conclusion is based on a report on aspects of the future of legal services which found there is a large overlap between “the legal work graduates don’t want to do anymore and what clients don’t want to pay for anymore“. One of the reports key conclusions is “Young lawyers have a keener finger on the pulse than most older lawyers, yet their talents are not being properly or fully used.” 

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Lawyers, lemons and lemmings from Heather Suttie

In Lawyers, Lemons and Lemmings, I suggest that whether you’re a lawyer, a lemon, or a lemming, you’re different from others of your species, and that your unique factors distinguish you from the rest of your kind. Lawyers, lemons and lemmings may seem very disparate, but they have more in common than you might think.

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Making news this week: Speaking out for the rule of law

In Making News This Week, I am honoured to post Mark Cohen’s Time for the legal industry to speak out for the rule of law.

We should all remember the wisdom of Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” I urge all members of Dialogue community, wherever you may live, to support Mark’s cause and call.

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Deep thinking on the theory and practice of law

Ken Grady’s exercise in deep thinking on the theory and practice of law should be read, nay imbibed, by every practicing and aspirant lawyer, law firm leader, law school teacher and all others who care about the role of lawyers in society. Remember Philip Wood’s riveting The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers? If Ken and his kindred spirits are not heard, we may well be reading the sequel, The Fall of the Lawyers and the Rise of the…     

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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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