JANUARY 23, 2014, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
NYC Bar Association/Women in the Profession Committee: Book Series
BOOK: Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind
Professor Carol Buckler, Director, New York Law School Center for Professional Values and Practice
Martha Joerger, Client Relations Manager, Bryan Cave LLP
Danielle Rivner, Account Manager, Large Law Firm, for Thomson Reuters
Kimberly Williams, founder and CEO of RedShift Legal, Inc., a legal process outsourcing firm
The legal profession today is rapidly evolving, driven by technology, client demands, and expansion of the legal provider market. While every lawyer needs to understand the nature of these changes and how to adapt existing law practices, women lawyers in particular, especially those seeking alternative career paths, should be aware of the ground-floor opportunities and vast array of new legal jobs these changes will bring. No surprise then that Richard Susskind’s Tomorrow’s Lawyers has been described as required reading for all who will be navigating the new legal terrain. Susskind is a UK lawyer, speaker, and scholar, whose expertise focuses on the future of the profession and, in particular, the way in which technology is changing the work of lawyers. His slim and readable book is divided into three parts: (1) the future of legal services, including the key drivers of change and strategies for coping with that change; (2) the new legal landscape, including the future for law firms, the shifting role of in-house lawyers, and opportunities for greater access to justice; and (3) prospects for aspiring and entrepreneurial lawyers willing to capitalize on the “creative destruction” the profession is now experiencing.