William Henderson – Indiana University

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Is the Legal Profession Showing Its Age?

The figure below suggests that a growing number of students are attending law school but not going on to become lawyers. This conclusion requires some explanation, which I will supply below. Alternative explanations are also…more
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Does Cooperative Placement Accelerate Law Student Professional Development?

The title of an earlier essay posed a threshold question for legal ed reform: "If We Make Legal Education More Experiential, Would it Really Matter?" (Legal Whiteboard, Feb 2014). I answered "yes" but admitted it was only my…more
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Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Plexus, a NewLaw law firm based in Australia, has just released a new legal product that purports to apply artificial intelligence to a relatively common, discrete legal issue -- determining whether a proposed trade promotion…more
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Ahead of the Curve: Three Big Innovators in BigLaw

Nashville, TN. It is time to put down the broad brush used to paint BigLaw as inefficient and out of touch. At least for me, that is the big takeaway from the 2014 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference,…more
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Living Through a Paradigm Shift

The initial two paragraphs of Richard Susskind’s newest book, Tomorrow’s Lawyers, are perhaps the boldest and most confident of any commentator currently writing on the legal industry: This book is a short introduction to…more
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Supercharging Lawyer Development Through Feedback, NALP Bulletin (June 2014)

Legal education and the legal profession under-invest in developmental feedback. In the years to come, however, that is bound to change. The reason is simple: The costs of feedback, in time and emotional labor, are outweighed…more
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NewLaw, Innovation, and the Importance of Failure

Jordan Furlong is one of the first-rate commentators on the legal industry. He is an excellent observer, a deep thinker, and skilled and stylish communicator. Over at Law 21, Jordan has written a set of companion essays…more
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Another Datapoint for the Laptops Debate

In my inbox this morning was the HBS Daily Stat with the title, "You'll Absorb More if You Take Notes Longhand." Here is the accompanying explanation: College students who take notes on laptop computers are more likely to…more
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Critiquing Law Schools -- Some Perspective

Every few months, whether I like it or not, I get served a slice of humble pie. I thought those tiring of the steady stream of law school critiques might find this slice particularly tasty, as someone else (me) is ingesting…more
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What Ails the Large Law Firm? Will the Real FutureFirm Please Stand Up

What Ails Big Law?” was written in the early summer of 2009, shortly after the completion of FutureFirm 1.0 — a “collaborative competition” in which teams of law firm partners, in-house lawyers, and junior associates competed…more
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Letting Go of Old Ideas

Two recently published books make the claim that the legal profession has changed (Steven Harper’s The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis) or is changing (Richard Susskind’s Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your…more
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A Counterpoint To “The Most Robust Legal Market That Ever Existed In This Country”

There is a line in Professor Reich-Graefe’s recent essay, Keep Calm and Carry On, 27 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 55 (2014), that is attracting a lot of interest among lawyers, law students, and legal academics: [R]ecent law school…more
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If Legal Education Were More Experiential, Would It Really Matter?

I think the answer is yes. But, unfortunately, in virtually all of the debate surrounding legal education, there is a tremendous lack of clarity and precision about how we assess improvements in quality. And equally relevant,…more
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Did the Market for Law Firm Associates Peak 25 Years Ago?

Based on the chart below, which reflects 35 years of large law firm data, the answer appears to be yes. The chart enables us to compare two very simple trendlines: the percentage of lawyers in NLJ 250 law firms who have the…more
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Is Axiom the Bellwether for Disruption in the Legal Industry? Legal Whiteboard (Nov 2013)

I think the answer is yes. For the last several years, I have been an avid watcher of Axiom's growth, but this article in Friday's Houston Business Journal finally convinced me that the top-end of the legal industry is changing…more
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