Business of Law

663 ABA Journal Business of Law articles.

Businesses double down on mandating diversity from outside counsel

As law firms grapple with surging calls for improved diversity in their partnership ranks, corporate clients have joined the chorus and added to the pressure in three ways: the carrot, the stick and moral suasion.

ABA Techshow proves lawyers don’t need unlimited budgets to beef up their tech and security

The overall theme of 2019’s iteration of ABA Techshow, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, was “future-proofing your practice.” In that vein, Sharon Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises in Fairfax, Virginia, and Jeff Richardson, partner at Adams and Reese in New Orleans, stressed during their panel session that it was important not to get paralyzed by indecisiveness as a result of the abundance of technological options available in the marketplace.

Google Plus’ shutdown brings up ethical, legal questions about companies’ data retention obligations

Data stored in Google’s failed social network raises retention issues, not only for litigation purposes, but also for business continuity. Technologists and attorneys recommend data archival and contractual strategies to avoid losing important data.

Are law firms invoking obscure contractual clauses to delay lateral moves? Or does it just seem that way?

In recent years, there have been reports of BigLaw firms that invoked various contractual clauses to delay lateral partners from moving to new firms. Such headlines may create an impression that it’s a growing trend for law firms to enforce their notice provisions. However, three experts told the ABA Journal that holds are not new.

Freelance attorneys benefit from growing demand

A legal freelance option appeals to more attorneys every year. Lawyer Exchange, Montage Legal Group, LegalBee, Aggregate Law, Hire an Esquire and a handful of other companies were created to specifically connect freelance lawyers with law firms.

Wyoming and Vermont hope to attract tech entrepreneurs by passing laws favorable to blockchain

Wyoming enacted bills to entice the blockchain industry, while Vermont created favorable laws that attempt to clear up legal ambiguity surrounding distributed ledger technology.

Law firms hiring CEOs without law degrees reignites debate about turning over the reins to business professionals

Nonlawyers in charge of law firms may lack experience building a book of legal business, and law firms in the United States can’t generally offer equity as a matter of ethics. Yet their business management and leadership training are skills that help law firms succeed.

Jackson Lewis quietly reverts to billable hours totals as a tool for evaluating associates

Labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis reversed a policy that had eliminated the billable hour as a metric for gauging associates’ performance and awarding bonuses. Clients wanted lean, economical lawyering, but needed a key performance indicator.

How are law schools using virtual reality tools in classrooms?

Before virtual reality can take a place in core legal curriculum, VR must clear legal, ethical and financial hurdles. These law school experiments show the way.

University of California at Irvine School of Law leaders reflect on first decade

While other law schools have experienced significant drops in both class size and median LSAT scores, the University of California at Irvine School of Law has bucked both of those trends.

California’s new data privacy law could change how companies do business in the Golden State

Tracking parts of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 gives consumers access to their data, the right to have their personal data deleted and the ability to opt out of having their data sold.

What do AI, blockchain and GDPR mean for cybersecurity?

Emerging technologies will affect cybersecurity in the coming years. Artificial intelligence and blockchain will play pivotal roles in data protection, creating new solutions, risks and regulatory headaches.

Proving consent: Tech companies are creating apps to combat sexual assault

Software developers believe they can leverage technology to bolster and prove consent: uConsent is Gunner Technology’s app designed to enshrine consent between two people. Empowering Victims created consent app We-Consent and it is developing an assault reporting tool. The Callisto app helps victims document assault incidents.

Survivor mentality: Law firms are seeking out professionals to hold active shooter drills

It’s becoming more common for law firms to bring active shooter defense instructors on-site to teach their lawyers and staff about how to survive a shooting situation.

As state actors continue to wage cyberwar on the United States, they have a powerful ally

As state actors continue to wage cyberwar on the United States, they have a powerful ally—gaps and ambiguities in the law

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