Audio: The Future of the Legal Profession – Jordan Furlong

Jordan Furlong is a partner with Edge International, providing consulting services to law firms on strategic planning and tactical matters. He gave a teleseminar on January 12th discussing the future of the legal profession.

He’s also a Senior Consultant with Stem Legal and principal of its Media Strategy consulting service. Finally, he’s also an award-winning blogger who chronicles the extraordinary changes underway in the practice of law at Law21: Dispatches from a Legal Profession on the Brink.

After graduating from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 1993, Jordan articled with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in 1994 before beginning a career in legal journalism. He spent more than a dozen years leading three top Canadian legal periodicals: he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Bar Association’s flagship magazine National for a full decade (1999-2009), during which time it earned eight awards for journalistic excellence. He also founded and served as Executive Editor of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s CCCA Magazine (2007-2009), and he held the position of Managing Editor with The Lawyers Weekly newspaper (1997-1998).

Jordan is an Honorary Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, he served as editor of its 2006 Innovaction e-zine on innovation in law practice, and he currently chairs the College’s InnovAction Awards, which recognize and reward creativity and innovation in legal services delivery. He’s also a regular columnist with Slaw, writing on the future of law practice. He has spoken about the challenges facing the legal profession at numerous conferences, and his written work has been published in a wide variety of periodicals aimed at both lawyers and clients. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter, and he lives in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife and two children.

Teleseminar Topics

  1. Why the billable hour’s not dead — just irrelevant.
  2. Why process and systematization will change how legal work is done.
  3. Why ‘access to justice’ no longer has to mean ‘access to a lawyer’. Will we see the demise of “Unauthorized Practice of Law” restrictions?
  4. How and why client collaboration will impact your practice.
  5. Are we finally ready for preventive lawyering, becoming full time holistic legal health professionals?
  6. How will the introduction of Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia and China (BRIIC) into the global legal marketplace effect you and your practice?
  7. Why solos and small firms are the long-term future of the practice of law.
  8. Why law schools won’t change, but legal education will.

The interview is approximately 76 minutes long. Listen directly below.

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