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A Clockwork Approach to Lawyer Development

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Lawyers can successfully adapt to the disruption of the Information Age just like we adapted to the legal challenges of the industrial era -- build a system for building the type of legal human capital that is in short supply. This was original logic of the Cravath System, which created specialized business lawyers in an environment where they were scarce. This Clockworks approach still works, but the specifications of the system need to be updated. I offer a prototype of what we might include in a 21st century Clockworks approach to lawyer development.

Presented at the "Innovations in the Law: Science and Technology" Conference, Oregon District of the Federal Bar Association (Sept 20, 2013)

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A Clockwork Approach to Lawyer Development

  1. 1. A Clockworks Approach to Lawyer Development William D. Henderson Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  2. 2. • Finding good raw talent • Pay a salary • Training rotation system ― Substantive knowledge ― Delegation ― Supervision ― Client relations • Low attrition, no lateral hiring • Teamwork demanded, rewarded • Up or Out Cravath System circa 1920
  3. 3. Source: Marc Galanter, Planet of the APs, 53 Buff. L. Rev. Expenditures on Legal Services as Percent of Gross Domestic Product, 1978 to 2003
  4. 4. Three Decades of Growth September 13: Page 6 0 20,000 40,000 60,000 80,000 100,000 120,000 140,000 First Year Enrollment JD/LLB's Awarded NLJ 250 Lawyers ABA Accredited Law Schools vs. NLJ Firms
  5. 5. “Is court a service or a place?” -- Richard Susskind, Tomorrow’s Lawyers
  6. 6. Counting … • 227 Exhibitors – 81% privately held – 19% publicly held – 1% non-profit • Employees – Average = 10,733 – Median = 125 – Minimum = 2 • Locations – 12% Foreign-based – 2/3 have foreign locations • Offerings – 35% Services – 49% Products – 13% Both • Target Clientele – 1% law firms – 1% legal departments – 90% law firms & legal departments – 8% law firms, legal departments, and government agencies • 59% make software
  7. 7. Inside the clockworks … • Contracts • Torts • Property • Civil Procedure • Collaboration Skill • Industry Knowledge • Effective Communication • Empathy • Self-Awareness • Active Listening • Project Management • Basics of Network Analysis and Stats • Basics of Systems Engineering • Basics of Knowledge Management • Basics of Design as a Discipline • Decision-Making • Upper Level Law
  8. 8. Thank you! wihender@indiana.edu

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