Legal Rebels

Legal Rebels Nominations Open: Who in BigLaw Is Re-inventing, Re-imagining the Practice of Law?

Posted May 4, 2011 7:48 PM CDT
By Rachel M. Zahorsky


Nominations are now open for the 2011 Legal Rebels project.

This year, the ABA Journal is looking for lawyers and senior staffers who are remaking their corner of the profession at trend-setting Top 250 law firms.

In the past two years the Legal Rebels project has featured 60 of the profession’s top innovators who are questioning and changing the status quo—from high-profile litigator and creator of the popular SCOTUSBlog Thomas Goldstein, who came to the court without an Ivy League law degree or a high court clerkship, to Kenneth Adams, a word miser intent on eradicating burdensome legal jargon and James Branum, a Mennonite minister who defends military dissenters. Other profiles include general counsel, entrepreneurs, social media mavens, legal support staff, niche practitioners, virtual lawyers, law school deans and even a holistic law prof.

While the recession has upended the stalwart business paths of some firms, others have embraced new courses with the awareness that many of the profession’s traditions—including those at most successful law firms—were once radical innovations.

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