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The Future of Law: The Legal Workforce of the Future

When most people think about the people who work in law firms and legal departments, they think of lawyers, paralegals and secretaries. However, increasing competition, new technology and a heightened focus on the business of law has fueled the growth of non-lawyer roles in the legal industry.  In his work, in Tomorrow’s Lawyers, legal futurist Richard Susskind predicted a fracturing and disruption of the legal industry along with a proliferation of new roles within the legal industry.  A recent Robert Half survey found that nearly 60% of lawyers surveyed reported that their law firm or company plans to fill non-lawyer…

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The Future of Law: How AI is Changing the Landscape of Legal Marketing

It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the legal industry. Lawyers are using AI for research activities, analytics, contract review, e-discovery, litigation forecasting, document automation and a host of other legal tasks.   AI is also transforming legal marketing, automating marketing processes and changing the way lawyers market themselves, capture leads and engage with consumers.  Below are a few exciting ways that artificial intelligence is changing the face of legal marketing. Chatbots Chatbots are an intelligent software solution that “chats” with users who visit a website.  80% of businesses plan to deploy chatbots by 2020 and these tools are expected to reduce business costs…

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10 Ways to Become Indispensable at Work

The best piece of career advice I ever received was dispensed to me by my mentor during my summer clerkship in 2001: “The key to getting ahead is to make yourself indispensable,” he advised on my first day on the job. That summer clerkship was full of fun outings, partner luncheons and firm-wide get-togethers designed for the firm to get better acquainted with its ten summer law clerks. Many of my fellow clerks did not realize that the fun-filled summer was really a series of mini-interviews to determine if we were a good fit for the firm. Beyond all of the…

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