Jean O’Grady shares her journey from academic reference librarian to Director of Research Services at one of the world’s largest firms. Find out what it was like to transition from a world without the internet (or even Post-Its) to one increasingly focused on innovation, and learn how law librarians, millennials, and AI will shape the future of law. 

Episode 1: Jean O'Grady

Before joining Casetext to focus on legal tech full-time, Anand practiced law for six years, first as an Assistant District Attorney at the San Francisco District Attorney's office and then as a litigation associate at a large firm. Know someone shaping the future of law? Reach out to to recommend a guest.

Everything today's modern lawyer needs to know about the future of legal practice. 

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Hosted by Anand Upadhye Attorney & VP of Business Development, Casetext

When Jeff Rovner started working in KM, it was still “this thing that had no name.” Now, KM is at the forefront of some of the most fundamental issues in legal innovation, including Jeff’s own “white whale” of legal tech adoption. Anand talks with Jeff about the evolution of KM, what law firms can learn from the consulting world, and how adoption of legal tech will impact attorneys’ workflows, law firm business models, and more.

Episode 2: The "White Whale" of Legal Tech Adoption with Jeff Rovner

When many of us hear “blockchain,” we think of Bitcoin. But Judy Rinearson, partner at K&L Gates, wants attorneys to know: “The blockchain is not just cryptocurrencies. It’s a very intriguing and powerful technology that a lot of applications can run on.” On this episode of The Modern Lawyer, find out how applications of blockchain could soon change the way attorneys work. As Judy says, “Your clients are going to want you to know about the blockchain.” 

Episode 3: What Your Clients Will Want You to Know About Blockchain

When Scott Rechtschaffen thinks “there has to be a better way,” he creates that better way. As a shareholder and later CKO at Littler, Scott has implemented outside-the-box solutions to a number of long-standing problems in legal practice. Find out how he eliminated the annoyance of firmwide RFI emails, made training on workplace regulations actually fun, and more.

Episode 4: Old Problems, New Solutions

Jason Barnwell, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, explains why he tries to structure his relationships with outside counsel as partnerships rather than a supplier or vendor relationship, and the signals he looks for that a firm will be a good partner to him. You’ll also find out why Jason believes “The billable hour is a shackle on innovation and efficiency,” and what Microsoft is moving toward to replace it.

Episode 5: What Your Clients Are Thinking

Evan Shenkman, Ogletree Deakins’ Director of Knowledge Management Counsel and Research, describes how his experiences practicing law and building Ogletree’s KM department led him to the “holy grail” of legal technology: a system that can automatically kick off a chain of events involving both external vendors and internal systems whenever a motion is filed.

Episode 6: The Holy Grail of Legal Tech

As the Associate GC leading the litigation group at Macy’s, Betty Tierney and her team actually handle much of the company’s litigation themselves -- and she’s using that experience to guide her expectations when she works with outside counsel. Learn more about Macy’s unique approach to litigation, find out why Betty believes we’re going to see an increase in alternative fee arrangements over the next 10 years, and more.

Episode 7: Start-to-Finish Litigation

Frances McDormand ended her Oscars acceptance speech with two words: “inclusion rider.” Attorney Kalpana Kotagal, who actually wrote the inclusion rider, explains what it is, how it came about, and why it will drive diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and beyond.

Episode 8: The Inclusion Rider

Carolyn Elefant, solo attorney and author of the popular blog MyShingle, shares her predictions for how solo practice will change in the next 20 years, including new technologies and business models that are already gaining popularity among solo practitioners.

Episode 9: Is Small Law the Future?

Some estimates show that over 65% of legal needs in the United States are not met because most people simply cannot afford attorneys. Pro bono work can help bridge that gap, but as attorneys who have worked on pro bono cases know, it's often difficult to find and manage pro bono cases. That's what inspired Felicity Conrad to start Paladin, a platform that helps companies and law firms manage their pro bono work.  Join us for Anand's conversation with Felicity about problems in the way the legal industry does pro bono work, how technology can be leveraged to fix it, and the access to justice gap that Paladin is helping fill.

Episode 10: Innovating Pro Bono